Cool, healthy, powerful, sexy. This is your body on smoothies. Not only are they the absolute pinnacle of refreshment when the pavement outside your window shimmers with heat and the trees sag with the weight of humidity sent from the devil, they’re also an awesome way to pump whole raw food into your system without having to gnaw on uncooked vegetables or yet another boring apple. If you’re working extra hard this summer to keep away the jiggle, they’re also the perfect thing to fill you up without making your shorts tight. Everyone wins!
Here are four smoothie recipes that are really crankin’ my wheels these days, ready to go for your ultimate enjoyment. You’ll find they’re all dairy free — because no one wants a big bubbly food baby — and not mega sweet. But, you can definitely embellish them for a “Blend a la You.” Add some extra nutrition with sunflower or flax seeds, top it off with a big handful of whole frozen berries for an ice cream-y effect or add three chocolate bars and a shot o’ bourbon. No matter what you decide to cram in there, the process for smoothie-making is simple: Dump everything in the blender, buzzzzzz, then eat. Yesss.
> Classic fruit
The ol’ standby. To round this one out into a complete meal, stir in some unblended berries before you start slurping. And throw in a few nuts, too, while you’re at it.
*Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 2 cups water (more or less), Handful of ice cubes
This one packs an amazing health wallop — cups and cups and cups of spinach that were once on your counter will now be in your body, and it’ll taste like dessert. Trust me on this. Pack in all the ingredients then fill the water line about 2/3 of the way up.
*Ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 apple, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 2 cups of ice, Spinach, as much as you can fit, 2 - 2 1/2 cups water
Here’s a peppery banana-lime concoction to get your blood pumping.
*Ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 apple, 各Juice of 1 lime, 1 tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup, 1/2 jalapeño, 2 cups water, Handful of ice cubes
Oh baby, make it happen. Freezing the bananas ahead of time will make this smoothie utterly delectable and totally addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
*Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp chocolate chips or cacao nibs, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 cups non-dairy milk, Handful of ice cubes