I currently work at a gym café where I blend up healthy smoothies and shakes day in and day out. It’s not uncommon for these gym-goers to slurp down smoothies even in the coldest Minnesota months. For the majority of the population though, smoothies are a yummy treat to drink while lounging on the beach so this is the perfect time to round up some delicious smoothie recipes.

Working in this gym café, I have sampled dozens of smoothie recipes from the simple and sweet strawberry banana to the overly healthy kale and broccoli smoothies. This smoothie expertise serves a good purpose today as I have brought you some healthy yet decadent summer smoothie recipes to try out.

I also realize that “healthy” is one of those terms that is different to each person, so for the purpose in this post, none of the drinks contain ice cream, booze, or excessive added sugars. Many of them involve fruits which are packed with vitamins, nutrients and soluble fiber or leafy green vegetables which you probably already know are good for you since your mom probably insisted, “Eat your vegetables!”

I hope you enjoy drooling over these smoothie recipes as much as I did!

1. Peanut Lover’s Green Smoothie via Fit Foodie Finds

peanut lover's green smoothie via fit foodie finds

This is genius. What better way to hide spinach in a smoothie than to smother it with peanut-buttery goodness? This smoothie packs healthy fats and healthy, green leafy veggies into one mason jar!

2. Cake Batter Smoothie via Running with Spoons

Cake Batter smoothie via running with spoons

How can you turn down a smoothie that promises to taste like cake batter? The answer is: you can’t.

3. Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie via Averie Cooks

Strawberry Banana Smoothie via Averie Cooks

This is definitely a summer smoothie recipe made with simple, tropical ingredients. Kick back and sip on this smoothie while pretending you are on a beach.

4. Blueberry Mango Smoothie via Eat Your Heart Out

blueberry mango smoothie via Eat Your Heart Out

Blueberry and mango are flavors that seem as though they wouldn’t go together, but they really do! Try it for yourself.

5. Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoohie via Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This smoothie makes me think of chocolate-covered strawberries—a super decadent treat. This smoothie also contains chia seeds, which is something I’ve wanted to try adding to smoothies for the many health benefits.

6. Apple Pie A-La-Mode via Meals and Moves

apple pie a la mode smoothie via meals and moves

This smoothie is as American as apple pie. We all know that apple pie goes together with ice cream like peas and carrots, so why not try to duplicate those flavors in a healthy smoothie?

7. Banana Cream Pie Shake via Ari’s Menu

banana creme pie smoothie via ari's menu

We have another pie themed drink in the smoothie recipes round-up! This one involves frozen bananas which are so much fun to work with (you can also use a frozen banana to make make-shift ice cream!).

8. Berry Oatmeal Smoothie via Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life

berry oatmeal smoothie via mollie's sprinkles of life

Another fascinating way of adding nutrition to your smoothies is with oatmeal. You heard me right, oatmeal. You really can blend up anything!

9. Mango Strawberry Frozen via The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Mango Strawberry smoothie

Strawberry and mango are the perfect summer flavor combination. This smoothie is super simple and only has three ingredients.

10. Watermelon Spritzer via Barefoot Colorado

watermelon spritzer

Now that I have said strawberries and mangos are the perfect summer flavor combination, I cannot say that watermelon exudes summer, can I? You would agree with me if I did though, right?

11. Beautifying Beet Smoothie via Kiss My Broccoli

beet and avocado smoothie

I will be honest; I have never tried a beet. They remind me of Dwight, a weird farmer slash office worker from the sitcom, The Office. (Bears. Beets. Battlestar Gallactica.) This particular selection of smoothie recipes makes me want to at least try one blended up, especially if it is going to make me feel beautiful as the title suggests.

12. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie via Peanut Butter and Peppers

peanut butter and jelly smoothie

Now this is right up my alley. I have peanut butter (and sometimes jelly) toast every single morning. If I could blend it up in a smoothie and drink it while driving to the café, it would probably be a much safer alternative to what actually happens.

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13. Protein Packed Blackberry Smoothie via Eating Bird Food

Protein Packed Blackberry Smoothie

The color of this smoothie is out of this world. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this thus far, but pretty much the only time I eat berries is when they are blended up in a smoothie or in my jelly (see last smoothie) so this would be perfect for me.

14. Green Colada Power Smoothie via Little Blue Boo

green colada power smoothie

Do you like pina coladas? And getting lost in the rain? Well you will probably enjoy this smoothie as well as the added health benefits. Something interesting the blogger mentioned was adding a scoop of bee pollen for added energy. We use a powder that has bee pollen in it at work and I’ve always thought it a little weird. Whatever works, right?

15. Orange Push-Up Smoothie via Averie Cooks

Orange Push up smoothie

Apparently I like the sounds of smoothie recipes from Averie Cooks. The name of this smoothie literally made me start drooling. Push-ups remind me of summer days as a kid when we would go to a friend’s house whose parents were nice enough to buy this particular sugar-ridden treat. Okay, I do appreciate the fact that I wasn’t pumped full of processed sugar as a kid. This last one does deviate from the “healthy” mold I was trying to achieve for this post, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about this recipe. I’m sure you don’t have to add all the sugar…

 

Are you ready for some frozen summer smoothies on the beach now? I sure am!

Which of these smoothie recipes will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Collage Created by Me; all original images and sources found in post via semihealthyblog.com

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