Smoothies are a quick and easy way to start off your day (or get a healthy sweet fix during the day). They can vary in flavor, color, and size, and are such a sweet cool summer treat to have.

I start most days with a smoothie for breakfast. It takes about 5 minutes to make, and with an insulated cup, I can sip it for over an hour (I make my smoothies really thick). Sure, it gets a little monotonous starting every day the same way, but couldn’t that be said for all the people who start every day with two scrambled eggs and wheat toast? At least mine is a protein packed, 2 fruit serving cup of cold goodness.

Most days, I just do a good old fashioned mixed berry smoothie, but some days, I’ll do a nice tropical flavored one. Here are a few good smoothie recipes:

1. Mixed Berry Smoothie

8 oz. of your personal choice of milk (I do almond milk).
2 scoops of protein powder (or a tablespoon or two of your favorite nut butter).
1 banana.
1/2-3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries – no sugar added.
Ice to make as thick or runny as you’d like.
Optional: 1/4 cup fresh berries

2. Tropical Smoothie

8 oz. of your choice of milk.
2 scoops protein powder (or a tablespoon of nut butter).
1 banana.
1/2 cup of frozen peaches.
1/2 cup of frozen mangos, etc. (Usually the market sells a bag of frozen tropical fruit).
2 frozen strawberries.
Ice.

3. Green Smoothie

6 oz. of water.
1/2 cup kale.
1 banana.
1/2 cup pineapple.
1/2 teaspoon ginger.
1/2 green apple.
(I’ll usually do this one cold, but not frozen – more like a juice.)

4. Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

4 oz. of your favorite milk.
1 container of plain greek yogurt.
1 banana.
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries.
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries.
Ice.
Optional: 1/2 avocado.
(This one smoothes your skin).

Honestly, you could add literally anything that sounds good together to a smoothie and sip it right up! To keep it healthy, though, definitely look for frozen fruit without added sugar, and keep that need for protein powder and milk to a minimum. What keeps you full is the whole smoothie put together, not just a few components of it.

I’m also super thankful for smoothies because they help me keep my cravings in check. When I’m trying to lose weight, or keep a stricter and healthier diet, starting my day off with a smoothie helps keep my notorious sweet tooth in check.

And during these warm summer months, I get to start my day off with a fresh and cool smoothie.

DElicious!

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