Summer is all about light, healthy foods and what better way to eat healthy and light than to make yourself a smoothie or smoothie bowl every day. I’ve always been a fan of smoothies – I tend to crave them almost daily and I love the variations you can create with each one. Today’s post is all about smoothies to energize you this summer whether you’re hiking, visiting museums or heading to the park. Start out your day with one of these and before you know it, the morning will pass and it’ll e lunchtime.
1. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE BOWL – This bowl combines bananas and oranges to create a delicious tropical-flavored bowl full of nuts, chia seeds, oranges and of course, coconut. It’s refreshing and perfect for a summer morning! Add pineapple for even more tropical goodness.
2. PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL SMOOTHIE – This is one of my favorite smoothies because it tastes like you’re eating dessert but without all the unhealthy sugars. The ingredients are basic: peanut butter, oatmeal, yogurt, banana, items you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator. You may even decide you want to sub this for your daily dessert craving!
3. STRAWBERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE BOWL – Sometimes a smoothie alone isn’t enough to make you feel full so it’s nice to have protein that you can add to help give you that nutritional boost without all the gross ingredients found in so many protein powders today. Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters come in three different flavors: chai, vanilla and chocolate. I’ve tried all three flavors and love to add them to my smoothies, depending on the type of smoothie I’m making. I made a strawberry banana smoothie recently and the vanilla was the perfect addition to it. I used a tropical flavored coconut water because it was what I had on hand but you could use plain coconut water or even milk if you prefer your smoothie to be creamier. Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters are an excellent source of protein and fiber and are sweetened with monk fruit. If you’d like to try them out, you can grab a coupon here.
STRAWBERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 T flaxseed
1/2 c flavored coconut water
1/2 c milk
smoothie bowl toppings: coconut, chia seeds, walnuts, cherries, strawberries
Blend all the smoothie ingredients together, pour into a bowl and top with preferred smoothie bowl toppings.
4. BEET BERRY SMOOTHIE – You may balk at the idea of adding beets to your smoothie but don’t judge it until you try it. The beet flavoring ends up adding a bit of sweetness to your smoothie along with a myriad of other nutritional benefits. Spinach and berries complement the beet flavors and fortify the smoothie even further.
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