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10 Smoothies to Cool Down (and Slim Down) This Summer

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We all want to soak up the sun, but this summer is set to be a scorcher. When your thirst kicks in, say no to sugary soft drinks and snacks; choose a smoothie to beat the heat and stay in shape. Whether you need breakfast on-the-go, want a pre- or post-workout energy boost or you’re just craving something to sip poolside, these healthy smoothie recipes will do the trick all summer long.

Breakfast Blends

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
High in fiber with vitamin C and other heart-healthy ingredients, this classic smoothie mixes together cold apple juice, honey and ripe banana with the kiwifruit and frozen strawberries.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
Filled to the brim with fruits and veggies, this purple drink is a great meal replacement. With blueberries, strawberries, spinach, plain Greek yogurt and more, it starts your day the right way.

Green Tea, Blueberry and Banana
Rich in antioxidants and full of goodness, this smoothie is a unique combination of hot and cold. After brewing hot green tea with honey, add it to an icy blend of frozen blueberries, soy milk and a banana.

Stoplight Mango Green Smoothie
Easily the most Instagram-worthy recipe on the list, this mango, strawberry and spinach recipe has some assembly required. Blending in three separate steps, pour your mix into red, yellow and green layers for an eye-catching “stoplight” look. It only takes five minutes and it’s so worth it.

Protein Power

Orange Creamsicle Protein Smoothie
Ignore the temptation of the ice cream truck with this protein-packed blend. Invest in your favorite brand of vanilla protein powder; it works well with just about any fruit for a workout-friendly smoothie.

Kale Piña-Covado Smoothie
Another smoothie rich in protein (18 grams per serving!), this kale, pineapple and avocado concoction is a gorgeous green blend with a fun name and great taste.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie
Revisit childhood and turn your favorite kid-friendly sandwich into a yummy protein smoothie, using frozen berries, all-natural peanut butter, soy milk, rolled oats and a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

Not Too Sweet Treats

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
When life gives you lemons, make this smoothie. Enjoy as a delicious sweet treat any time – and with just a teensy scoop of sugar, it’s the ideal alternative to soft drinks and traditional lemonade.

Peach Coconut Smoothie
If you’re on a paleo diet, this dairy-free, sugar-free smoothie recipe is your new best friend. With just a few basic ingredients like coconut milk, ice, fresh peaches and lemon zest, it takes a grand total of 10 minutes to make.

Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Thin Mint-inspired recipe. Using only healthy ingredients like soy milk, pasteurized egg whites, spinach and mint leaves, it’s designed for diets, but still tastes like a cheat meal.

For more recipes or information on how to upgrade your current nutrition, see how Independence Blue Cross can become a part of your health and wellness plan with free visits to a registered dietician.

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