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15 Amazingly Refreshing Smoothie Recipes You Should Try This Summer

15 Amazingly Refreshing Smoothie Recipes You Should Try This Summer

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.

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      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?

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              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?

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                      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.

                          http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Smoothie-002.jpg

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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.

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                            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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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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