Super Fun Summer Smoothies!

Super Fun Summer Smoothies!

Every so often, I get on these mean green daily smoothie kicks that in all honesty, can get a little TOO green over time. The kick starts with delicious well-balanced smoothies but as the days go on, I start cutting corners. I add too much liquid so that the blender will blend fast, leaving me with a watery smoothie. And speaking of water, that’s what I use when I run out of almond milk. I add ice in the name of “thickness” and I start skipping all ingredients that actually add flavor. What I (we) are left with to drink first thing in the morning is basically a Kale Icy. I know that sounds like it might be good and healthy, but it’s really not – we gulp them down these leafy drinks are hungry a few hours later.

But now that it’s summer, I’ve decided to re-up on my smoothie game – these new recipes are SO delicious and they’re inspired by four of my favorite summer treats: blueberry muffins, peaches & cream, PB&J sandwiches, and mint chip ice cream. In other words – smoothies worth waking up for! For this post, I’ve teamed up with Whole Foods Market to try out some new plant-based protein powders. Their supplements are often on sale, click here to check out the sales flyer for your local store!

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

First up: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
This is next best thing to cake for breakfast! Its muffin-like flavor and thickness comes from whole rolled oats. It’s naturally sweetened with dates and a pinch of cinnamon. I used Whole Foods Market™ Plant-Based Fit Protein, which makes this a well balanced breakfast full of plant protein (pea protein, cranberry protein and hemp seed protein) as well as a little pick-me-up from the green coffee bean, and green tea extracts that are in the powder. I also snuck a handful of spinach in this smoothie which is pretty undetectable.

Peaches & Cream Pecan Smoothie

Peaches & Cream Pecan Smoothie
I love peaches more than any other fruit on the planet so this is by far my favorite smoothie. When I first made it, I tasted it and said “this is ice cream!” It works with almond milk or coconut milk, and the pecans make it so rich and creamy. The Whole Foods Market™ Plant-Based Fit Protein adds a nice vanilla and cinnamon flavor along with it’s protein boost. I like to make this one really thick and eat it with a spoon. Beyond breakfast, I’ll eat this for dessert any day.

Super Fun Summer Smoothies

Last week while making these, I basically raided the Whole Foods supplement aisle to test out the protein powders that would best compliment my summer smoothies. In the end I chose 2 favorites – both are both fantastic plant-based protein options that have great texture and complimentary and/or neutral flavors. Whole Foods Market™ Plant-Based Fit Protein works especially well with in the Blueberry Muffin and Peaches & Cream Pecan smoothies. 365 Pea Protein is great in these last 2 smoothies – Strawberry PB&J and Mint Chip – because its flavor is so neutral.

Strawberry PB&J Smoothie

Strawberry PB&J
Berries and peanut butter (or almond butter) is a go-to smoothie combo for me but I never get sick of it. It always reminds me of a PB&J sandwich and it always leaves me full until lunch. To thicken this smoothie, I used chia seeds and 365 Everyday Value® Pea Protein. I added a bit of spinach to this one as well – just enough to keep it pink. If you add too much spinach it will turn brown but it’s still delicious.

Mint Chip Smoothie

Mint Chip Smoothies
This one reminds me of summer as a kid because my sister would always order mint chocolate chip ice cream (I was a cookies & cream girl). To make this creamy, I used coconut milk frozen into ice cubes, dates, and 365 Everyday Value® Pea Protein. Its green color comes from a few handfuls of spinach and a good handful of mint. In lieu of chocolate, cacao nibs make this a healthy breakfast treat.

Super Fun Summer Smoothies!


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Super Fun Summer Smoothies!
 
Serves: each makes 2 smoothies
Ingredients
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons whole rolled oats
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Foods Market™ Plant-Based Fit Protein
  • 6 ice cubes
  • ¾ to 1 cup almond milk or light coconut milk, or as needed to blend
  • optional garnishes: fresh blueberries, oats, crushed almonds
Peaches & Cream Pecan Smoothie
  • 2 peaches, sliced and frozen
  • 2 heaping tablespoons pecans
  • 2 soft medjool dates
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Whole Foods Market™ Plant-Based Fit Protein
  • ¼ cup light canned coconut milk, or additional almond milk
  • ¾ to 1 cup almond milk, or as needed to blend
  • optional garnishes: coconut cream, sliced fresh peaches, crushed pecans
Strawberry PB&J
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, plus 2 fresh strawberries, sliced for garnish
  • Small handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value® Pea Protein
  • 1¼ cups almond milk, more as needed to blend
  • optional garnishes: sliced strawberry, drizzle of peanut butter, chia seeds
Mint Chip Smoothie
  • 4 frozen coconut milk ice cubes
  • 1½ cup frozen spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, frozen
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • 1½ tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 3 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value® Pea Protein
  • 1 to 1½ cup almond milk, or as needed to blend
  • optional garnishes: coconut cream, mint leaves, cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. For each smoothie - blend ingredients in a blender. Use the blender's baton (if you have one) to help. Add more almond milk as needed. The key to a thick smoothie is to add enough liquid to move your blender blade, but not too much to make the smoothie thin and watery.
Notes
for all smoothies: you can either buy fresh produce and freeze it, or you can buy frozen produce.

This post was created in partnership with Whole Foods Market. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep us cooking!


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32 comments

  1. Melodie from happymelodie.com on said:

    I’m really looking for some nice smoothie recipes for the Summer and these look absolutely delicious!!!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration! xo
    Melodie
    http://www.happymelodie.com

  2. Anthony Donofrio on said:

    Can’t wait to try some of these smoothie recipes. We just picked several hundred peaches from our trees and they will be delicious in smoothie recipes.

    • wow, that’s a lot of peaches! I hope you enjoy the smoothies.

  3. Natalie from workovereasy.com on said:

    All of the peaches! I would never have thought of pairing them with pecans, but now you’ve shown me that smoothie they’re all I can think about. That mint number sounds super refreshing as well

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

    • Thanks Natalie – I hope you enjoy – peaches and pecans are so magical in my opinion 🙂

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  6. Jessi from veterinariannephiladelphia.com on said:

    Thank you for a great set of so delicious smoothies!!! Perfect for a happy and yummy summer:)

  7. Maria from almostproperly.com on said:

    The mint chip smoothie looks like something the kids would LOVE! And peaches and cream sounds right up my alley! I’m always really skeptical about the taste of protein powders, but I haven’t tried this one! Will have to give it a try!

  8. Maria from mamatestataqueria.com on said:

    The article is perfect. I love it.

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  11. Sarah from gastromommy.com on said:

    all of the recipes are mashed together… is there a way to separate them out for easier reading? thanks. they look great. 🙂

    • oops! the formatting got messed up, thank you for pointing that out. Take a look now 🙂

  12. Sabrina B from newkitchenlife.com on said:

    exactly the same thing with my morning green drink, as a matter of fact it was filled with ice and not at all the same texture as the best of them have been, so thank you for this new inspiration! PB&J butter smoothie, wow!

  13. Katherine from kinthekitchen.com on said:

    Lovely roundup! I’m especially eyeing that Strawberry PB&J smoothie. Almond butter is a staple in smoothies around our house!

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  15. Cathy on said:

    Any suggestions if you’re not near a Whole Foods? Thanks!

    • Hi Cathy, you can skip the protein powders if you want – the smoothies will be just as delicious without.

  16. donna on said:

    Great stuff! I’m not a smoothie fan but this is pretty darn good!
    Thanks for the tip.

  17. Allie on said:

    Just made the peaches and cream smoothie – amazing! Sadly, mine didn’t look as pretty and bright as yours (more of a beige-brown) but tasted incredible. Thanks!

    • Hi Allie – I’m so glad you enjoyed the flavors! My peaches might have been larger than yours – if you increase the peach it should turn out less beige (and should still taste great).

  18. Karine from tropicalcolours.blogspot.com.au on said:

    Ohhh my goodness these look so delicious!
    Putting this on my list of recipes to try!

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  20. Kari on said:

    Do you just use 1 banana in the mint smoothie? Noticed it wasn’t in the ingredient list. Can’t wait to try it!

    • oops! no banana – I had one in there during my first round of testing but ended up not using one in the final recipe. Although if you wanted to skip the coconut ice cubes, you could use 1 frozen banana instead – it’s tasty either way 🙂

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