Beat The Heat This Summer With These Delicious Smoothie Recipes
Claire Miles - August 9, 2021

15 Wholesome Facts



1. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.

2. The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

3. Mr. Rogers' sweaters were all knitted by his mom.

4. Libraries outnumber McDonald's in the United States by a ratio of 8:1.

5. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Babies don't smile because they're happy, they smile because they like the happy reaction from their parents.

7. Oftentimes an octopus heart will skip a beat when they see their potential mate.

8. The Beatles used the word "love" 613 times in their songs.

9. Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by forgetting where they put their acorns.

10. A group of bunnies is called a "fluffle".

11. Smiling actually lowers stress, whether you're faking it or not.

12. Cuddling with someone you love is scientifically proven to increase happiness.

13. We are all made of stardust.

14. Happiness levels are about 50% genetic, 10% circumstance, and about 40% choice.

15. For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a civic virtue that required a lifetime of cultivation.

If you’re looking to stay fit, healthy, and energized this summer, smoothies are definitely the answer! There are so many variations and combos of fruits, berries, and veg to choose from- not to mention, awesome add in’s like peanut butter and protein powder. One smoothie can pack a real punch with all the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants they contain. One of the best ways to cool down on a hot summer day is by drinking a nice cold shake. Don’t get it confused with unhealthy milkshakes! We’re talking good-for-you shakes with plant-based ingredients, greens, and superfoods. But you won’t even taste the difference. They are just as tasty and will really seem like a treat. Sip your way through summer with these delicious, well-balanced smoothie recipes!

 

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

 

Blueberry Banana smoothie with chia seeds pictured in Washington DC

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If you’ve ever wanted cake for breakfast, without any of the guilt, this is the smoothie for you! To a blender, you’ll want to add frozen blueberries (and frozen is key for that creamy texture!), rolled oats, dates for some extra sweetness, spinach, plant-based protein powder, almond milk (or any base you like!), and some ice cubes. Blend until creamy and enjoy your cake in a cup.

 

 

Avocado Dream Smoothie

 

 The Green Machine Smoothie photographed in Washington, DC

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Avocados aren’t just for guacamole anymore! Added to a smoothie, you’ll get the creamiest texture you can imagine, with lots of added fiber! To make, add frozen pineapple, spinach, avocado, banana, any base of your choosing, and some ice cubes to a blender. Blend, pour, and that’s it!

 

Reese’s Cup Smoothie

 

 

Peanut butter and chocolate lovers rejoice! This is a take on a childhood favorite candy, but with a healthy twist. What couldn’t be good about this smoothie?! You’ll add frozen banana, cocoa powder, a scoop of your fave peanut butter, coconut milk, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend until smooth, and that’s it! You’ll probably be making this one over and over again!