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Summer Smoothie Ideas

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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It's time to break out your blender and prepare your freezer and pantry with smoothie ingredients you love. Summer is the perfect season for upping your smoothie game, and as the heat rises in Hampton Roads, we turn to delicious, nutritious smoothies to help us cool down. 

Preparing healthy, satisfying smoothies sounds simple, but to get the nutrition you need and the flavors you crave, it takes some planning and prep work. Whether you prefer sweet and juicy, chocolatey or packed with protein and greens, there's a smoothie recipe out there for you. We've gathered up some of our favorite recipes from a few of our favorite sources online to help you pick and choose your ultimate summer smoothie recipe.

Before you dive too deep into these spectacular smoothie ideas, make sure your blender is in working condition. Then, choose a few recipes to sample and get to work making refreshing, tasty and oh-so satisfying smoothies all season long!

 Blueberry Smoothie
In summer, blueberries are at their ripest, making it the perfect time to freeze them up and use them in smoothies throughout the season. This simple recipe is full of antioxidants, protein and calcium, and is a perfect smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This classic smoothie recipe is a must for early summer, when strawberries are at their ripest and sweetest. Blend this recipe with our without honey, depending upon your need for sweet. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon beside the pool, or as a mid-morning snack, your taste buds will swoon for this smoothie all summer long.

Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie
This nutty and protein-rich smoothie recipe is as flavorful as it is healthy, packing in 7 grams of protein and healthy fats you need to stay satisfied. Choose this smoothie when you need to replace a meal, as the calorie count is higher than a simple fruit smoothie. Perfect as a pre-workout, light meal, or an after workout snack when you have hours to go before dinner, you can count on this smoothie to fill you up and cool you down.

Perfect Green Smoothie
Follow these 5 steps to make yourself the ultimate in green smoothies that is as good for you as it tastes. Green smoothies need just the right balance of fruit, protein and veggie, or they lack flavor and don't keep you satisfied. This recipe will keep you feeling full and give you a much needed energy boost when you need it.

Peanut Butter, Banana and Flax Smoothie
This smoothie is packed with fiber and flavor, and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours afterward. Use this recipe as a replacement for a meal or for recovery after a workout, and you'll feel energized and refreshed instantly.

Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
After you prepare this smoothie recipe once, you'll find yourself preparing it again and again. Packed with nutrition, protein and creamy, chocolate flavor, this recipe is a crowd favorite for adults and even kids. Perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack, you may even find yourself turning to this smoothie for dessert when a chocolate craving hits you!

Rehydration Smoothie
If you've been spending lots of time sweating outdoors or in workouts, this smoothie is your perfect recovery. Made with watermelon and hydrating coconut water to help you restore electrolytes, you'll feel instantly refreshed and satisfied after drinking any time of day.

Tropical Mango Smoothie
Perfect for lounging beside the pool and feeling tropical, this sweet and refreshing smoothie is a mini vacation in itself! Make sure to choose ripe bananas to kick up the sweet, and you'll find yourself reaching for this smoothie on weekend afternoons or at the end of a long, hot day.

Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie
Filled with antioxidants and caffeine, this smoothie is a great way to boost your energy and mood just about any time of day. Refreshing and tangy, you'll want to wake up this smoothie, or turn to it mid-afternoon when your energy begins to wane. 


Photo | (Rehydration Smoothie) 

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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