By SHAPE blogger Renee Woodruff
I know the end of summer is fast approaching, but who doesn't love a refreshing smoothie? Read on for three healthy and easy smoothie recipes that taste delicious, no matter what the season!
1. Lemon-lime smash-up:
Ingredients: Lemon juice, lime juice, coconut water, avocado, agave syrup and spinach blended together. This is so refreshing and delicious! Because avocado contains "good" fats, it keeps you full, so you don't gush through the shake and then have hunger pains an hour later.
Tip: I add more lime than lemon for this one, but more amounts of coconut water than either citrus juice. If you want to sweeten it up, just add more agave syrup!
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2. Banana almond cinnamon delight:
Ingredients: Frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. You may add a little agave syrup if you'd like it more sweet. The banana provides a lot of potassium for sore muscles (this is good for runners!), and the almond butter provides some fat and protein to keep you satiated for a good period of time.
Tip: For those that are kitchen rookies like myself, make sure you peel the banana before you freeze it!
3. Vitamin blast:
Ingredients: This one is a doozy of ingredients but you will feel so healthy after you drink it! Mix any combination of berries, half of a frozen banana, one-fourth of a cup of frozen mango, one-fourth of a cup of beet juice, one-fourth of a cup of carrot juice, the juice of one lemon, a handful parsley, a handful spinach and agave nectar together.
Tip: For nutritional add-ons to this already healthy blast, add vanilla protein powder (I use Tera's Whey) and dehydrated berry-green powder (Kendra loves Amazing Grass). Both are available at Whole Foods in large containers and also individual packets, which is great for sampling and experimenting (something I know all too well)
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