Summer Sipping

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Smoothie Time

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the fresh fruits that are extra sweet and extra delicious in the summertime! That is definitely another reason why summer is my favorite season. Here are some great smoothie recipes that are sure to give you a pick-me-up during the summer months! And just for you, I have added some of the benefits of these ingredients as well!

Yellow Smoothie:

½ cup of pineapple juice (promote eye health, aids in digestion, high in vitamin C)

½ cup of Greek yogurt (source of probiotics, lowers blood pressure)

½ cup of frozen pineapple, diced (anti-inflammatory benefits, bone strength

1 banana, chopped (potassium good for your heart, high in fiber)

1 tsp grated ginger (anti-inflammatory, reduces muscle pain & soreness, medicinal properties)

 

Orange Smoothie:

¼ cup of orange juice (vitamin C, source of fiber, boosts immune system)

½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (source of probiotics, lowers blood pressure)

1 small orange, peeled and frozen (vitamin C, lowers cholesterol)

½ peach, peeled and diced (vitamin A, vitamin E, full of fiber)

1 carrot (vitamin A & antioxidants)

 

Red Smoothie:

¼ cup of almond milk (strengthens bones, reduces risk of heart disease, high in vitamin D)

½ cup of Greek yogurt (source of probiotics, lowers blood pressure)

½ cup of frozen raspberries (vitamin C rich, anti-inflammatory properties)

½ cup of frozen strawberries (regulates blood sugar, lowers risk of stroke, improves immune functioning)

½ cup of frozen watermelon (promote good heart health, high in vitamin B1

 

Purple Smoothie:

½ cup of pomegranate juice (full of antioxidants that protect cells from damage and can remove free radicals)

½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (source of probiotics, lowers blood pressure)

½ cup of frozen blackberries (high in fiber, vitamin K, high in manganese, boosts brain health)

½ cup of frozen blueberries (lowers blood pressure, reduces DNA damage, high in antioxidants)

¼ cup of cherries, pitted (lowers risk of colon cancer, heart disease, helps with arthritis, improves memory)

 

Green Smoothie:

½ cup of orange juice (vitamin C, boosts immune system, lowers cholesterol)

½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (source of probiotics, lowers blood pressure)

½ avocado, peeled (full of heart-healthy fatty acids, fiber and potassium)

2 kiwis, peeled (vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, folate, fiber)

1 handful of baby spinach (supports bone health, cancer prevention, asthma prevention, good source of iron)

 

For all these smoothies, add the liquid ingredients first, then all the other ingredients after. If you need a little sweetener, try honey or stevia (natural options) and try to stay away from refined sugars. Blend them all and either enjoy right away or put it in the fridge for later on that day! Great options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, post workout or just a midday pick-me-up!

 

Enjoy loves!

 

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