One of the best times of year to make smoothies is during the summer. This is because the local fruit is often at its peak and you can sit outside with your drink and bask in the glory of the weather.
In this article, we offer 6 breakfast smoothies that would be perfect for the summertime months, emphasizing healthy ingredients with unique twists on traditional smoothies.
We think this breakfast smoothie is one of the gooiest, creamiest creations on the planet. We use:
- 1 avocado
- Half a cup of sliced okra
- 1 medium sized tomato
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- The juice from one lemon
- 5 figs
- Half a cup of coconut water
Sometimes we steam the okra, but other times we eat it raw. It just depends on the day.
Other times, we add 2 tablespoons of hemp-seed protein powder to the blender for an extra boost of energy. When we do this, we like to increase the amount of coconut water to 1 cup or add 5 extra figs.
- Publisher: Mendocino Press
- Edition no. 21813 (03/20/2013)
- Paperback: 116 pages
- Jake Rhodes
- Publisher: Independently published
- Paperback: 48 pages
The Hypnotic Hippocrates
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is notable for viewing food as the most important medicine available. In honor of his perennial wisdom, we have created this breakfast smoothie with an emphasis on boosting the immune system. We use:
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup of pineapples
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
We usually add a handful of pomegranate seeds once we’ve poured this smoothie into our cup as well as several spearmint leaves.
Instead of the ginger powder, you can alternatively use freshly pressed ginger juice, which will give the smoothie a more bitter taste to contrast with the acidity of the fruit.
Cooing for Cacao
This breakfast smoothie is inspired by all the kids out there, specifically the foods that they typically consume in early childhood. We have emphasized milk, apples, bananas, and of course, chocolate.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 medium-sized apple
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
- 1 cup of cashew milk
You can technically use any milk you want for this recipe, or even Greek yogurt if you are craving dairy and some extra protein. But, we think cashew milk is the creamiest, tastiest nut milk out there, and pairs perfectly with the chocolate.
Another great addition to this smoothie is a tablespoon of mesquite powder, which imparts a subtle, caramel flavor that complements the chocolate perfectly.
Sunshine and Rainbows
Early summer is often a time of ample sunlight. And yet, depending on how late spring arrived, summer can also feature ample rain and thunderstorms. For this smoothie, we have emphasized as many colors as possible, as well as our favorite fruit of all time – the mango. We use:
- The flesh from two ripe mangoes
- The juice from two large carrots
- The juice from 1 medium beet
- Half a yellow bell pepper
- 2 cups of kale leaves
- Half a cup of blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of acai berry powder
If you don’t have a juicer on hand, you can either blend the beets and carrots first with some water and then strain the mixture, or you can just use the veggies raw. When our juicer is unavailable, we usually do the latter.
You can also use frozen acai berries to create a kind of kind of fruity ice cream which is perfect for the hot weather.
- Jennifer Koslo PhD RD CSSD
- Publisher: Rockridge Press
- Paperback: 208 pages
Herb it on the Grapevine
One of our favorite pastimes is dancing to Marvin Gaye under the azure, summer sky. In honor of his timeless music, we’ve created this herb-based breakfast smoothie. We use:
- 1/2 cup of fresh dill
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon balm
- 2 large peppermint leaves
- 2 cups of black or red seedless grapes
- The juice from half a lime
This might sound strange, but we swear by it. The herbs provide an interesting backdrop for the grapes to dominate. The lime juice is just enough to add a tangy, bitter kick to the smoothie.
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- Farnoosh Brock
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
- Edition no. 0 (04/22/2014)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Emma Katie
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Paperback: 142 pages
The Seeds of life
If we are craving fats upon awakening, then we love to indulge in this breakfast smoothie which heavily features seeds. We use:
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon of ume plum vinegar
- 5 dried dates
- 1 cup of coconut milk
Ume plum vinegar is a tangy product that has a strong taste and adds an umami flavor to the smoothie.
Our Final Thoughts on Summer Breakfast Smoothies
We think regardless of the recipe, you can’t go wrong if you include tons of fresh, ripe fruits and seasonal veggies.
Alternatively, any of these smoothie recipes can be made into an instant desert by substituting fresh fruit for frozen fruit and then topping off the mixture with some cacao nibs and a spoonful of yogurt.