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12 Cool and Refreshing Smoothie Recipes

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Looking for some new smoothie recipes to help keep you cool during the summer? We've rounded up a variety of healthy and refreshing smoothie recipes for you to try.

Collard Green Pineapple Smoothie

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Gazpacho Smoothie

Kelly's Berry Smoothie

Young Coconut Raw Cacao Smoothie (Raw and Gluten-Free)

Banana Pumpkin Smoothie

Raspberry Mango Peach Smoothie

Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Banana Berry Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

Fresh Hawaiian Smoothie

Which of these smoothie recipes will you be trying? Do you have other favorite smoothie recipes?

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Normally I put smoothies in the category of a dessert. Veggies, I use in juice. Fruit for me has always been a dessert. Report
I also like to add protein powder to my smoothies. My favorite is Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla Cream Shake flavor (purchased at walmart). I use 1/2 scoop of it as a thickener and to add a creamy sweetnes to smoothies. I also like to add a teaspoon of ground flax seed for the omega 3's. I will try HON3Y3736 tofu idea. Great idea! Thanks Report
This is awesome! I am just discovering smoothies and I will be trying most of these! Report
I mostly follow Alton Brown's recipe from the Good Eats show "Live and Let Diet". 24oz (by weight) smoothie, with 4 oz of soy milk, 4 oz of a purple fruit juice (Acai, Pomegranate, Blueberry, or Cranberry), a frozen banana (to add creamyness) and then a selection of 3 frozen fruits in 4oz (by weight) portions (his recommendations included: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, mango, and peaches). He suggests preparing the ingredients in the blender cannister just before going to bed and stashing it on the bottom shelf of the fridge to use for breakfast the following day. Blend it on slow for 30 seconds to grind up the junks, then increasing speed (ideally with a variable speed blender) until on high, and then let it blend on high for a minute or two to totally homogenize and aerate. Report
I make a mixed berry smoothie using frozen strawberries, blue berries, black berries, & raspberries. This way U don't need ice cubes & then have a few cubes floating around that didn't break up. I use 1/2 c V-8 Fruit Fusion so no sweeteners are needed. The natural sweetness of the juice is all U need. Then I use a small banana (sorry to the gal that wanted non banana recipes), Greek yogurt (for the extra protein), & some ground flax seed. My FAVE summer bf Report
I can not get the page to come up with recipe. It says error and must sign in; but I am signed in. Report
I always add about 1/3 cup of canned/rinsed pinto beans to my smoothies. When you blend it all together, it doesn't impact the flavor at all. You also get a protein kick (never liked the flavor of protein powders), a fiber boost, and it never fails to leave me fully satisfied until lunchtime! Also, I do half juice and half seltzer water to thin out all of the frozen fruit. The seltzer bubbles give it a nice bit of fizz. Report
Thanks for all the ideas Report
I'd like to see more smoothie recipes that do not require bananas. There were only a couple above that did not have them in them. Report
Decisions, Decisions. Which will I try first. Definitely Kelly's Berry smooth. Then the sky is the limit. Report
I will be trying Kelly's Berry. It sounds really good and I like the name!!! Report
I will be trying the blueberry and peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie's. Sounds yummy! :) Report
I keep forgetting about smoothies! Great fast breakfast. Thank you for the recipes. Report
I love hi cal frozen beverages, so I always make my smoothies with ice to replicate those drinks. Ice, lowfat vanilla yogurt, mixed berries, and skim milk is my current fave. Totally scrumptious! Report
I can't wait to try the peanut butter smoothie. I'm going to pick up the ingredients this weekend when I go shopping. I printed the banana pumpkin and collard green smoothie recipes for my co-worker. Report
I'll try all the tropical smoothies more than likely.... I'm not sure about that collard green one, but maybe.... I like the seasonal spin on the recipes highlighted here; like the frozen pops and the smoothies for summer. I also like quick meal ideas. Report
When I have extra bananas going ripe before we can eat them all I cut one up in a sandwhich bag add 1/4 cup of orange juice with calcium , zip it up and freeze. These stack in the freezer and are ready anytime to use for smoothies or sorbet.

I plan to try the pineapple/collard greens smoothie and the chocolate peanut butter. Report
I like "SHADOWPUP's" advice! Protein powder addition is a great idea...thanks!! Report
I've been making something much like the Unchained Banana Berry smoothie for quite awhile. My tweaks: I like more protein to make the smoothie filling, so I'll add a scoop of chocolate protein powder, a tablespoon of peanut butter, or nonfat yogurt. Any berry will do and you can add ice if you don't want to freeze the berries. Personally I prefer not to freeze the banana, just the berries :) Report
Personally, I believe all calories must be chewable. Smoothies have never appealed to me. Report
I have a smoothie that I love...... Vanilla lowfat ( I used Activia or Yoplait )Yogurt and Orange juice... it is delicious! Report
Gotta admit that these are pretty high in calories but the all sound pretty great except the Collard Green Pineapple flavor. I'll bypass that one!!!! Report
I would never have thought about putting collard greens in a smoothy...but it actually sounds good...and a good way to get in a veggie too! Also, peaches are in season so I'll absolutely have to make a few peach inspired smoothies (great breakfast!) Report
We will be trying the peanut butter, chocolate, banana smoothie, 3 of DH favorites. Report
I will be trying the Hawian and Gazpacho smoothies. I was wondering if you could feature more smoothie recipes without bananas for those of us who are allergic to bananas? Report
I haven't read through them yet, but the names make them all sound good :) Report
I am going to save the banana pumpkin smoother for October, but the rest of them sound yummy Report
Cranberries, plain fat free yogurt and 1% milk. Report
I would love to try some of them - kinda high in cals though Report
I just can not imagine collard greens and pineapple. OMG The others look great. I will try them. I love smoothies for breakfast. I like tofu in them for the protein and a added thickener. Report
Wonderful Recipies!! Our family will be trying the Tropical and the Blueberry!

~Lynnizzle Report
I sometimes make the collard green smoothie but I use spinach. Report
I love to make Smoothies with a cup of strawberry halves, a scoop of protein powder and fat-free chocolate syrup. Yummy!! Report