If you read our previous post on hydration, you know that smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated (and cool!) in the summer months. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, they are also a great way to squeeze in a few extra servings of fruits and veggies. Check out our favorite dietitian-created smoothie recipes and their unique health benefits below!
1. Minted Grape Creme by Jenna Braddock
Made with 100% grape juice, this smoothie is loaded with antioxidants making it an awesome post-workout recovery smoothie.
2. Green Avocado Peach Smoothie by Homemade Nutrition
At first glance you might think it’s a little weird to put avocado in your smoothie, but having that healthy dose of fat helps balance out the (natural) sugars from the fruits and veggies, and prevents spikes in your blood sugar levels. An excellent way to start the day!
3. Roasted Apricot Almond Smoothie by The Food Dietitian
This smoothie has the roasted nutty flavor of pie with the cool refreshingness of a smoothie. The almonds add a healthy dose of fat, fiber, and protein to this smoothie, making it a satisfying snack or meal.
4. Wild Blueberry Mojito Smoothie Bowl by The Average RD
Sneaky, sneaky! This smoothie bowl not only packs in antioxidant-rich wild blueberries, it also sneaks in a nutrient dense secret ingredient: spinach. If you’re having trouble getting your little ones to eat greens, this is a great way to “sneak” in those extra nutrients without them ever knowing!
5. Wild Blueberry Lavender Smoothie by Emily Kyle Nutrition
Yes, wild blueberries are full of antioxidants, meaning they alleviate stress within the body. But a less common ingredient, lavender, is one of the most potent antioxidants available. Not only does it work internally to alleviate stress, but it also gives off a pleasant scent, helping it calm and soothe your body and mind before it even hits your tongue.
6. Beet the Heat Smoothie by Bucket List Tummy
Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, beets are a great way to add nutrition and a beautiful color to your smoothie. Not to mention beets are known to enhance blood flow and circulation, making them an ideal food to help fuel your workout.
7. Thrive Green Blender Juice by Nourish Breathe Thrive
Hydration with a twist! This smoothie is loaded with hydrating fruits and veggies like lemon, apples, celery, and cucumber. These not only contain a high water content, but together create a fabulous blend of electrolytes. Think of this as nature’s Gatorade! Drink this smoothie on a hot summer day, or after a workout to stay hydrated.
8. Toasted Coconut Wild Blueberry Smoothie by Nutrition Starring You
Packed with over 27 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, and 40% of your daily calcium intake, this smoothie is more than just a beverage, it’s a powerhouse meal! Add some lemon or ginger for an extra boost of antioxidants.
9. Rawkolate Milkshake Smoothie by Jessi Haggerty, RD
This smoothie starts with the classic peanut butter and banana combination and uses raw cacao powder to uplevel the flavor and health benefits. Raw cacao powder (the unheated version of cocoa powder) has almost ten times the antioxidants as blueberries and is also high in fiber and magnesium, both of which help boost your metabolism.
10. Sunkissed Strawberry Smoothie by Meal Makeover Moms
This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from strawberries and beets, but also has an extra hydrating component: chia seeds. Chia seeds swell to almost 11x their normal size when soaked in liquid, helping regulate your body’s fluids and electrolytes when ingested.
11. Carrot Mango Smoothie by Real Living Nutrition
This smoothie contains over 200% of your daily value of vitamin A, a vitamin essential for eye health, thyroid (metabolic) health, and immune function. Plus, this is another fun way to “sneak” some extra veggies into you and your family’s diet!
12. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie by Hungry Hobby
Matcha is a green tea powder that has potent antioxidant benefits. It also does contain caffeine (maybe don’t feed this to the kiddos at night), which could serve as a healthier substitute for your morning latte.
Which of these smoothies will you try first? Let us know in the comments below!