Eat of the Moment

Three Summer Smoothies

It’s summer! Well, it’s almost summer, just a week or so until it’s officially summer: June 21st (also Prince William’s 30th birthday!!!!! I’ve had his birthday, middle names and many other facts about him memorized since the late ’90s. No big deal. I’m just a Prince William encyclopedia.)

Anyway, I’m a big fan of breakfast smoothies when it’s hot out; I drink one pretty much every morning, as they’re easy, healthy, portable and take almost no time at all to prepare. Here are three of my favorite smoothie recipes to chill you out and fill you up.

Feel free to add greens like spinach, kale or swiss chard to any of these combinations. It’s a great way to get some extra vitamins in, especially in the morning. You can also add tofu, yogurt, protein powder or ice cubes to any of these three.

Blueberry-Mint Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. If you’re using fresh blueberries, throw some ice cubes in there, too, just so the mixture is colder and thicker.

Ginger Peach Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 tbsps fresh ginger (can be sliced or grated, whatever)
  • 1/3 cup soft or firm (not extra-firm!) tofu
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1 cup almond or other milk

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend! Try sprinkling in some cinnamon, too.

Cherry-Banana Smoothie

Note: This one looks the ugliest by far, and that’s because the addition of the green hemp protein powder made it look like sludge. I promise it tastes good!

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/8 cup protein powder of your choice (I used hemp)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond or other milk

1. Put all ingredients together in a blender and blend! This one is very sweet on its own, but I think it would be delicious with kale mixed in, too.

You can aways substitute juice or water for the milk in these smoothies. It might be cool to try coconut water, just to make the smoothie extra hydrating. I also like to throw in applesauce for an extra fruit serving (adds some sweetness, too).