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Bottoms Up! Vegetables and Summer Hydration Smoothies

Summer and smoothies go together. They are versatile, light, and a great medium for adding new things to your diet. For people who struggle staying hydrated, smoothies add water while bursting with flavor. When bodies are hydrated, amazing benefits follow! Imagine being able to support skin clarity and high energy levels during summer chaos.

Try starting, interrupting, or ending the day with a vegetable-fruit smoothie. Smoothies can be a great source of protein by adding protein powder, spinach, or nuts. Depending on your needs and wants, a smoothie can be altered to provide for anyone’s lifestyle. There are smoothies for muscle builders, chocoholics, and even avid avocado fans. Start by trying these five great recipes for mixing up delicious drinks that families are sure to enjoy! Check out the websites below each recipe for more ideas and complete step-by-step directions.

Photo by: Caption 1: Smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated and sneak in additional vegetables.

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Smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated and sneak in additional vegetables.

Protein Power: This recipe allows you to mix in any protein powder. Protein powders vary in flavor, so cautious smoothie makers may want to start with 1/2 scoop to play it safe. For people who have tried protein powder in the past but were disenchanted by the taste, adding it to a smoothie can be the perfect way to fit it into your diet and mask the bad flavor.

1 cup strawberries, 1/2  cup pineapple, 1 banana, 2 cups orange juice, 1/2  cup Greek yogurt (berry flavor, vanilla, or honey), 1 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon chia or flaxseeds, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 4 ice cubes

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Morning Smoothie: This fresh smoothie is a great morning treat. It allows you the freedom to switch out fruits for flavors your family typically enjoys, or that happen to be on sale. If Greek yogurt is not a household staple, any other yogurt (as well as flavor) can work. Have some fun playing with fruity flavors.

1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts

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Easy Green: If you haven’t tried a green smoothie yet, this is the perfect recipe to start with: one vegetable and three bananas. Spinach is the green smoothie staple, and the fruit can be changed out for whatever you have available.

1 cup spinach, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup mango, 1 banana

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Chocolate Protein: For chocolate lovers, pack in protein and get your sweets at the same time. If you have been interested in trying different milks, this recipe is a great way to give it a go!

1-2 cups ice, 1 banana sliced, 1 cup milk (cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or any other), 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter, a pinch of salt

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Add Avocado: Avocados are growing in popularity, and they can be added to smoothies! They add a great texture and another dose of green.

1/2 cup spinach, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 cup milk of choice

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