Summer is smoothie time. The problem tends to be that with so many smoothie options, it's hard to tell which ones to try. Not to mention, they can get pretty complex quickly. Before you know it, a yummy sounding smoothie experiment turns into a ten ingredient potion in your blender, jacking up the calories and tossing those summer health plans out the window. Here are ten healthy and delicious smoothies you can make this summer with just three ingredients! All smoothies are either vegan or can be made so!

1. Mocha Madness

For all the chocolate lovers out there, this smoothie is a perfect treat. It's packed with flavor and will give you the energy boost you need for the day, be it a morning treat or an afternoon pick-me-up. It is also easily substituted if any ingredients aren't available or appropriate for you! Any milk can be used from rice to cow and cold brew coffee can be substituted for simply chilled coffee.

The protein powder makes this a great post-workout treat as well. Protein is great for weight loss properties. It also promotes muscle growth and reduces inflammation!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of milk of choice
  • 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of cold brew coffee

2. Almond Butter Bomb

Almonds are packed with health benefits from lowering cholesterol to controlling blood sugar. They're also great for weight loss and full of antioxidants. Not to mention, they taste delicious, too. This smoothie will keep you healthy and feeling full while being just the nutty treat you've been craving!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana

3. Pina Colada

Though you may not be able to get yourself to the beach this summer, that doesn't mean you can't relax with a delicious pina colada. This non-alcoholic smoothie will have you relaxing and feeling the summer breeze even if you're stuck in the office. Bananas are the heavyweight of nutritious fruits. They're loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy in almost every aspect!

Not to mention, this creamy concoction is simply the perfect indulgent treat. Any leftovers can be turned into popsicles, too! However, let's be honest - there probably won't be any leftovers.

Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana

4. Hydration Station

Raise your hand if you're not as hydrated as you probably should be. Did you know among the long list health benefits of keeping hydrated is that your muscles and joints work better?

This smoothie, which contains fruits full of their own health benefits, are each a highly hydrating fruit. This means with this one smoothie you're basically a temple of health. What a refreshing way to start the summer!

Recipe:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon

5. Strawberry Sunrise

Besides being the poster-berry for summer and tasty to boot, strawberries have a huge range of benefits!

From cancer prevention to beautifully glossy hair, getting a daily dose of strawberries is the most delicious way to a healthier you! According to Organic Facts, it is due to their high polyphenolic and antioxidant content that strawberries have so many health benefits. With this smoothie, you can get those benefits with just this tasty drink.

Recipe:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of milk of choice

6. Avocado Delight

Avocados are everywhere and with good reason! They're heart healthy and loaded with fiber, not to mention the long list of hight vitamins they contain. More importantly, they're absolutely delicious and perfect to go into, or onto, everything. Smoothies are no different! This avocado smoothie, aptly called Avocado Delight, is delightful. It tastes like freshness and summer. Not too sweet and with a mild flavor, this creamy smoothie is the perfect late night snack, daytime, lunchtime, or morning snack. Whenever you have it, it'll be a delight.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp agave
  • 1 cup of milk of choice

7. Give 'em Kale

In 2018, you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of the kale craze. Kale's antioxidants, fiber, and calcium are just what the doctor ordered. This simple yet wonderful green smoothie is just what you'll be reaching for when you want to get in your daily dose of greens. If kale isn't your green of choice, it can be replaced with spinach, though the health benefits will differ, there is still a mighty long list of them!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup of frozen kale

8. Oat Boat

Breakfast smoothies are the busy person's best friend. They're easy for on-the-go health-conscious individuals that want to feel satisfied and don't want to sacrifice taste. Oats lower bad cholesterol, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, and have a boatload of fiber in them. They make smoothies thicker, creamier, and more filling, which makes it the right way to start your day!

  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of milk of choice

9. Mighty Mango Cardamom

Putting herbs in your smoothie might sound a bit odd. Cardamom, which is indeed a herb, is known for its strong flavor and digestive benefits. A popular spice, cardamom is traditionally seen in Indian cooking such as in curries and naan breads. It's also good for your skin and hair, and it can even cure the hiccups! It's no wonder this smoothie packs a health filled punch. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for an even better treat!

Recipe:

  • 1 whole mango
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 cup of milk of choice

10. Caribbean Queen

Picture this: clear blue waters, the sun on your face, the sea breeze keeping you cool as you relax on the sand. It's the Caribbean getaway we're all itching for, but even though it might not be on the calendar this summer, you can still have a little bit of the Caribbean right at home. WIth this smoothie, you'll practically be smelling the sea air and feeling the tension drain from your body with every sip. The benefits this smoothie has (besides being a mini Caribbean vacation) come from all three ingredients. The mango clears skin, lowers cholesterol, and improves eye health. The coconut milk lowers blood pressure, helps burn fat, and prevents anemia. The chia seeds are full of fiber and calcium while it also raises good cholesterol due to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. You just can't go wrong with this smoothie.

Recipe:

  • 8 pieces frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
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