Spring Smoothies

Spring Smoothies

Spring has sprung! I’m so excited that the weather is finally nicer and I can’t help but look forwards towards summer. Though I do not support eating for a “beach body” (after all, you should be concerned about your body’s wellbeing 12 months a year, not just when you need to strip down), summer does mean more dresses, bikinis and board shorts. Here are a few of my favorite healthy smoothie recipes to get you geared up for warmer weather (each is between 180-250 calories per serving and make a perfect breakfast-on-the-go or snack).


 

Wheatgrass shots

Spring Smoothies

Wheatgrass is not my favorite taste. But, it is called a shot for a reason. Wheatgrass has a boatload of benefits, including advantageous enzymes (necessary for weight-loss and/or repairing your body), increasing red blood-cell count and lowering blood pressure. Plus, one shot comes in at 10 calories per two fluid ounces. I’ve sampled the wheatgrass shots at the Juicery and the Fresh Press in Portsmouth and they’re both great.


 

Banana Date smoothie

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This is a classic. This is one of my favorite smoothies for breakfast and is often thick enough to eat with a spoon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (peeled, frozen, cut up)
  • 1 cup of almond milk*
  • 5-6 pitted dates (I am partial to this kind. Easy to find at most grocery stores and contains nothing except dates (i.e. no sugar).)
  • a shot (or two) of espresso (if you’re making this for breakfast)
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract.

Toss everything in the blender and you’re good to go.


 

Blueberry Cherry smoothie

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Mmmmhm. This is ideal for a sunny, lazy summer afternoon. Pairs perfectly with a neon straw and flip flops, it is sweet and hydrating to fend off the heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup of frozen cherries (pitted)
  • 1 cup of almond milk*
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Blend until smooth.


 

Mint Chocolate smoothie

Spring Smoothies

For those of you who “hate kale” – ugh. I am a diehard vegetable lover, and kale is a fantastic vegetable if you know how to properly prepare it. Needless to say, you absolutely cannot taste it in this smoothie (but if you really just can’t with kale, spinach is a good alternative).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 1 banana (peeled, frozen, cut up)
  • 1 cup of almond milk*
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 5 fresh mint leaves

Blend the kale, mint and almond milk until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and blend.


 

Way Better than Starbucks Vanilla “Frappe” – based on this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of vanilla (plant based) protein powder (I like this stuff!)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • a shot (or two) of espresso
  • 1/2 banana (peeled, frozen, cut up)
  • 1 splash of organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Note: This smoothie is a bit higher in calories (approximately 320 depending which ingredients you use) due to the protein powder and chai seeds, but it is a powerhouse drink that will keep you full for hours and fuel an awesome workout.


 

Tangy Orange smoothie

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This is another great summer smoothie. The orange is fantastically sweet without being overwhelmingly tart. And the color is amazing! Again, I promise that you cannot taste any kale, but feel free to substitute with spinach if it is freaking you out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 2 peeled clementines (remove the majority of the seeds and pith)
  • 1 banana (peeled, frozen, cut up)
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 4 fluid ounces of water (or all-natural coconut water)

Blend, blend, blend!


 

Apple Beet smoothie 

Spring Smoothies

Beets are an acquired taste, so I totally understand if this one isn’t for you. Personally, I love the rich earthy flavor and the color is so lovely. Definitely get fresh beets, not the canned ones. I peel my beets, but many people blend them unpeeled with the skin on. For more information, check out this article. Quick tip: If you’re struggling to peel the beet, boil it for a few minutes to soften the skin. The apple adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 big beet (peeled)
  • 1 apple (cut up into pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon of chai seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk*
  • 1/2 banana (peeled, frozen, cut up)

Blend until smooth!


I hope these recipes inspired you to try them or create your own. What are you favorite smoothie recipes? If I missed any good ones, comment below, or tweet at us! Happy blending and enjoy, Wildcats!


All photos taken by Annah Todd 


*I use unsweetened original almond milk (30 calories/cup). Feel free to substitute how you see fit!