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7 Days of Smoothies

Name a more iconic duo than shiny sunnies and a sweet smoothie—we'll wait. Here are seven recipes for every second of summer!

The Chill Out

PERFECT FOR: Road-tripping to the beach

• 2 cucumbers, rough chopped

• 1 cup coconut cream

• 1 cup frozen blueberries

• 2 tablespoons hemp hearts

• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: Sliced cucumbers, hemp hearts, a few blueberries

The Rise 'n' Shine

PERFECT FOR: Early a.m. preseason practice

• 1/2 avocado, seeded, peeled

• 1/2 cup frozen mango 

• 1/3 cup plain yogurt

• 8 ounces filtered water

• 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

• Pinch cayenne pepper

• 3-5 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: A sprinkling of toasted coconut, grated ginger, chia seeds

The Power Player

PERFECT FOR: Breakfast before your internship

• 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato (skin on)

• 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

• 1/4 cup raw cashews

• 8 ounces coconut milk

• 4 ounces filtered water

• 1 pitted date

• 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

• 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: A dusting of toasted coconut and chia seeds

The Glow Getter

PERFECT FOR: Lunch on a lazy self-care Sunday

• 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

• 1/4 cup frozen pineapple

• 1 handful baby kale/spinach

• 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

• 1 tablespoon hemp hearts

• 4 ounces beet juice or 1 small beet, peeled and diced

• 4 ounces filtered water

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: A mini mountain of frozen blueberries

The Brain Booster

PERFECT FOR: Prepping for summer bio

• 1 large handful baby spinach

• 1 banana

• 4 ounces coconut milk

• 4 ounces filtered water

• 1/3 cup plain yogurt

• 1 pitted date

• 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

• 1 teaspoon bee pollen (find it at a natural foods store)

• 5 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: Coconut cream and a sprinkle of bee pollen

The Sweet Dreams

PERFECT FOR: After-dinner dessert and a movie

• 1 frozen banana

• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice

• 1/3 cup raw cashews

 • 4 ounces filtered water

• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Pinch sea salt

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: Banana coins, granola and a smattering of chia seeds

The Recovery Remedy

PERFECT FOR: A sweet post-workout snack

• 1 handful baby spinach

• 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries

• 1/4 cup raw almonds

• 8 ounces almond milk

• 4 ounces filtered water

• 1 pitted date

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1 tablespoon coconut oil

• 6-8 fresh mint leaves

• 5 ice cubes (if using fresh strawberries)

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth and serve.

TOP WITH: Sliced strawberries, mint leaves and almonds

How to Insta Your Smoothie

Three tips and tricks to making your blend look gorge for the ’gram— no filter necessary.

1. Go ombre: Divide your main smoothie ingredients (like sweet potato or strawberries) into thirds. Blend up the first portion with a divided portion of your liquids and then pour 1/3 of that into a small bowl; add in the second portion and a little more liquid and pour 1/3 of that mixture into a separate small bowl; then add the third portion and the rest of your ingredients and blend. In a tall glass, use a spoon to layer some of each mixture from darkest to lightest.

2. Top it off: Master the fine art of scattering slivered almonds, fresh berries and a mint sprig (or three!) on top of your perfectly poured glass.

3. Add a fun straw: Stainless, paper, glass, swirly? A fancy sipper adds a hint of whimsy.

Republished from the June/July 2019 edition.

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by Jessica D'Argenio Waller, CNS | 7/29/2019
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