Smoothies are fantastic any time of year, but they are especially refreshing in the heat of summer when you may need a bit more hydrating. Delicious, nutrient-rich and cold, smoothies are quick and easy to make, versatile, and a tasty way to power up your diet. They are perfect to have for breakfast, as a light lunch, an afternoon snack or a healthy dessert.

How to Build an Awesome Smoothie

A smoothie can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on what you put in the blender so you want to keep a few things in mind: Skip the frozen sugary yogurt, sweetened fruit juice, and added sugars like honey and agave syrup. Too much sugar and too much fat and you can end up with a glorified milkshake. Instead choose your ingredients wisely and stick to nutrient dense ingredients that will give you long lasting energy.

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Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Use frozen fruit to make your smoothies thick.
• Use water or a low calorie liquid like coconut water or almond milk as your base.
• Add some protein powder or nonfat plain Greek yogurt for added “staying power” to control your appetite.
• Add oats, oat bran or chia seeds to thicken your smoothies. The fiber will keep you full longer and the chia seeds will add a dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Smoothie building is both an art and a science so once you have the basics down experiment with healthy ingredients to vary the texture and taste. Preparation is simple: Add all of the ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Here are a few recipes to get you started but don’t be afraid to use your imagination and mix things up.

5 Divinely Delicious Frozen Smoothie Recipes

Happy blending!

PB & J Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soymilk (or rice, hemp, almond, skim)
1 Tbs all natural peanut butter
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup rolled oats
1 tsp all natural jam
1 scoop preferred protein powder
1 cup ice

Chocolate Blueberry Dream Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soymilk (or rice, hemp, almond, skim)
½ cup frozen blueberries
3 Brazil nuts
1 Tbs cacao powder
1 tsp cacao nibs
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 scoop preferred protein powder
½ Tbs coconut oil
1 cup ice

Super Seed Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soymilk (or rice, hemp, almond, skim)
1 pitted date
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs flax seed
½ frozen banana
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop preferred protein powder (or substitute Greek yogurt)
1 cup ice

Pumpkin Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soymilk (or rice, hemp, almond, skim)
1/3 cup pumpkin
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop preferred protein powder
1 cup ice

Green Smoothie

1 cup light vanilla soymilk (or rice, hemp, almond, skim)
1 6-ounce container nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup avocado
¼ cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup frozen spinach
1 cup ice

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