Summer is arguably the best time to whip up smoothies chock-full of fruits and veggies. With an abundance of fresh produce available at the grocery store or at the farmers' market, there's no better time to make use of all that summer has to offer.
This is also a great time to give your smoothies an extra boost of nutrients, protein, and healthy fats so that you're energized for your summer activities. Be sure to try some these nutritional powerhouses in your next smoothie for a refreshing and nutrient-dense treat:
While this green fruit is typically found in guacamole or topping breakfast toast, it makes for an amazing smoothie add-in. Not only will its healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins keep you feeling full and at your best, it will also add some luscious creaminess to your smoothie. This is fantastic news for all of you banana haters out there; simply swap out the banana in any recipe for an equivalent amount of avocado.
Recipes to try: Avocado Vanilla Smoothie from How Sweet It Is & Chocolate Avocado Smoothie from Texan Erin
It may sound weird, but adding herbs like parsley, cilantro, and mint into your smoothies is a great way to add antioxidants, vitamins, and flavor to your breakfast or snack. Pro tips: use a high-powered blender to make sure your herbs are blended completely with the other ingredients or blend your herbs in some liquid prior to adding the rest of your ingredients.
Recipes to try: The Stripped Smoothie from Nutrition Stripped and Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes from Sally's Baking Addiction
Nut and Seed Butters
Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, tahini...each and every "butter" adds protein and healthy fats to your smoothie creation! A single tablespoon of a nut or seed butter can have anywhere from 6-8 grams of protein, so adding some to your smoothies will help keep your hunger under control until your next meal.
Recipes to try: Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie from Fit Foodie Finds and Tahini Date Shake from Cookie and Kate
Is there anything this wünder-oil can't do?! Its high fat content is great for keeping your skin healthy, your hair shiny, and your digestive system happy. And because of that fat, it's going to give your smoothie a perfectly decadent and creamy texture you will not want to miss.
Recipes to try: Pineapple, Kale, Coconut Oil Green Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies and Frozen Peanut Butter Superfood Smoothie Bowls from Cotter Crunch
Oats and Quinoa
Oats, a grain, and quinoa, a seed and pseudo-grain, are a fantastic way to add fiber to your breakfast smoothie. They're also a great thickener, so if you're looking for a more filling smoothie, definitely give couple tablespoons a try!
Recipes to try: Peach Oat Smoothie from Minimalist Baker and Breakfast Quinoa Smoothie Bowl from Food Faith Fitness
While spices are usually used to flavor food, they also have a multitude of nutritional benefits. For instance, cinnamon controls blood sugar, so you might want to consider throwing it into a fruit-rich smoothie. Other spices like turmeric, ginger, and cardamom offer heaps of nutritional benefits, so find one or two you like and try them in your next smoothie!
Recipes to try: Pineapple Ginger Smoothie from Gimme Some Oven and Mango Turmeric Smoothie from Oh My Veggies