Energizing smoothies to beat the summer heat

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    Let’s face it, the summer heat can be pretty unbearable after spending just a couple of hours outdoors. The big culprit here is the sun; which usually leaves us feeling both cheerful and exhausted. The best way to combat that sluggish feeling? A refreshing and nourishing smoothie! Smoothies are the easiest way to get in a healthy serving of fruits, vegetables, protein, and fat and they require minimal setup and are ready within minutes, making them the ideal summer drink. Continue reading for some refreshing summer smoothie recipes!

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    5Blueberry Banana Smoothie

    Start your summer off with a simple fruit-filled smoothie. This one uses a classic berry blend to create the fruity flavor you know and love. A few sneaky ingredients like spinach, flax seed, and protein powder help turn this fruit smoothie into a more substantial drink that will keep you hydrated and full for a longer period of time.

    Ingredients:

    • ½ frozen banana
    • ⅓ cup frozen blueberries
    • A few pieces of frozen pineapple
    • A handful of frozen spinach
    • 1 scoop of unflavored protein powder
    • 1 tbsp flaxseed
    • 1 tbsp chia seed
    • ¾ non dairy milk

    Add all the ingredients to the blender, adding the milk last, and blend until smooth.

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    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    4Creamy Date Smoothie

    Sometimes you really want that milkshake, but you also want to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs. Enter this creamy banana date smoothie. It has all of the milkshake taste you want with none of the ingredients you don’t want. The creamy consistency of this smoothie comes from the banana, cauliflower, rolled oats, and walnuts. Using natural sugars to create a sweet taste, this smoothie doubles as both a dessert and a breakfast!

    Ingredients:

    • ½ frozen banana
    • 1 cup frozen pre cooked cauliflower
    • 2 dates, soaked in water
    • 2 tbsp walnuts, soaked in water
    • ¼ cup rolled oats
    • 1 tbsp flaxseed
    • 1-2 scoops unflavored protein powder
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt
    • Splash of vanilla
    • Around 1 cup of nondairy milk

    Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

    3Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

    While this is more of a dessert smoothie than a breakfast smoothie, it can certainly be enjoyed at any time of day. Consider this the Starbucks mint chocolate chip frappuccino you can make and enjoy at home!

    Ingredients:

    • ½ avocado
    • 1 ½ cups ice
    • 1 tsp matcha powder
    • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
    • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
    • ½ tsp molasses
    • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
    • 1 cup oat milk

    Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

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    Jenny Lieberman is a recipe developer, certified group fitness instructor, and recent high school graduate from Boca Raton, FL. She loves all things health and wellness, so you will probably find her looking up the newest food and fitness trends. She is currently on a gap year program at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah (MTVA) in Jerusalem, Israel. Jenny will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, starting Fall 2021. You can follow Jenny on her Instagram healthy food account (@toomuchonmyplate_) to see more of her recipes!