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

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

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

Getty Images/The Washington Post

 

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!