People have been sipping delicious smoothies as a healthy way to kickstart their day, lounging by the pool or as a way to sneak healthy food into a picky kid’s diet. A delicious concoction of fruits and vegetables either together or separate, smoothies are virtually limitless as far as the combination of ingredients. They’re typically made with a base of milk, yogurt or ice and healthy components can be infused into the drinks, as can natural sweeteners such as honey.
Mediterranean and Eastern cultures have already been enjoying pureed fruit drinks for decades before a woman named Mabel penned a cookbook under the Waring Corporation umbrella in the 1940s that had 12 milk smoothies included, a new concept for the times in the U.S. Health guru Jack Lalanne began advocating for juicing and smoothies in the ’70s followed by lactose intolerant Steve Kuhnau opening the first Smoothie King branch after experimenting with recipes for years.
The wonderful thing about smoothies is that they’re perfect any time of the day and any time of the year. They’re a great kickstart to the day, a delicious and low-cal lunch, or a dinner to sip packed with nutrients and health. We’ve compiled a collection of 40 delicious sounding smoothie recipes perfect for summer, especially on a hot day. They also aren’t your typical traditional smoothies, but use a variety of ingredients you might not have envisioned in a smoothie, such as mandarin oranges, canteouple, kiwi, nectarines, grapes, honeydew melon, kale and lime. Give them a try!
1. Summertime Fruit Smoothie
With a Greek yogurt base and ice, this refreshing smoothie takes many of summer’s favorite fruits and combines them into one delicious drink. The flavors of peaches, raspberries, pineapple, watermelon, banana and raspberry honey hold their own in this smoothie that you’ll love.
2. Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
The icon childhood treat the Orange Creamsicle now comes to us as a healthy smoothie. It’s loaded with fiber, vitamin C, thiamin, folate and antioxidants. It takes just five minutes to whip up using frozen bananas, coconut cream, oranges, pitted dates and orange juice. Yum!
3. Rainbow Smoothie
Not only is this drink beautiful, but it’s also brimming with healthy ingredients. It’s filled with avocado, sweet potato, bananas, strawberries, blackberries and other yummy produce. It’s easy to make and fantastic to drink with flexibility in the recipe, as you can swap out your favorite fruits to get the same hues.
4. Raspberry Apricot Smootie
Tart and tangy, sweet and scrumptious. This smoothie is packed with raspberries, an apricot, honey, flax seeds and lemon juice with a Greek yogurt and ice base. It takes just minutes to make!
5. Refreshing Mint Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon is a symbol of summer. With its seeds kids delight in spitting out, the bright green rind and the sweet red flesh inside, it’s no wonder it transitions into a tasty smoothie, too. Add mint and honey and you won’t believe how delicious it is.
6. Apple Pie Smoothie
Apple pie is perfect at Thanksgiving dinner, at a summertime picnic topped with a scoop of ice cream and as a smoothie. This version is sweet, creamy and actually healthy. It’s all the deliciousness of a slice of pie but without the guilt.
7. Cherry Fruit Smoothie
Four ingredients is all it takes for this refreshing smoothie perfect for a hot summer’s day. Combine apple juice, raspberries, cherries and raspberry sherbet until well blended. They’re so good!
8. Green Tea & Berry Smoothie
Green tea boasts an abundance of health benefits, so when combined with blueberries, strawberries and chia seeds with a base of Greek yogurt, this smoothie bursts with flavor and nutrition.
9. Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
A filling smoothie, this one combines rolled oats, chia seeds, strawberries and bananas in a Greek yogurt and almond milk base. The health benefits reaped with this easy-to-fix smoothie are impressive.
10. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
This smoothie tastes similar to a pina colada but with much more of a health boost than the tropical alcoholic drink. By using coconut milk as the base and pitted dates, finely shredded coocnut, mango chunks and pineapple chunks as the main ingredients, you’ll want to sip this one on the back deck and dream you’re at the beach.
11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Chocolate lovers delight! This smoothie contains fruit and is packed with protein, too. Adding cocoa powder gives it an extra hit of chocolate flavor and frozen bananas will make it thicker.
12. Raspberry Mango Smoothie
On a warm summer’s day, this drink is the perfect refreshment for quenching your thirst. With equal parts tart raspberries and sweet mango, this drink will tempt your tastebuds. For a sweeter version, add a teeny tiny bit of a sweetener.
13. Razzy Blue Smoothie
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and health benefits. As the star of this recipe, they yield superb nutrition in a delicious drink. Combine banana, almonds, rolled oats, flaxseed meal, blueberries, grape juice and raspberry yogurt for a fantastic frothy drink.
14. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
Lemonade actually is a versatile drink, so when you add different fruits and a crushed ice base, it becomes a tantalizing smoothie you won’t be able to put down. Incorporating strawberries into this drink packs it with vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium.
15. Mango Basil Smoothie
Mango lends an abundance of vitamin C to this drink and can be found fresh or frozen year-round. The basil gives it an extra kick, it also includes maple syrup or agave as a natural sweetener, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and banana.
16. Groovy Green Smoothie
This is the perfect way to sneak those healthy greens into a smoothie for kiddos and finicky adults. The sweet taste stems from the banana, green grapes, green apple and vanilla yogurt. But blended in are fresh spinach leaves. They’ll never know unless they see you.
17. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This smoothie will remind you of fall while it’s still smoldering hot out in the summer. It combines maple syrup, ground cinnamon, peanut butter or almond butter, canned pumpkin and granola. Yum!
18. Toasted Coconut Almond Fudge
This smoothie recipe takes a tiny bit longer to make but has a memorable flavor thanks to the coconut, pears, cacao powder and almond butter. You won’t believe it’s healthy, even though it’s packed with spinach.
19. Cucumber Melon Smoothie
The flavor in this smoothie is refreshing and an amazing combination. It uses honeydew melon, honey, cucumbers, mint leaves and a yogurt base with ice. It’s delicious! Adding an avocado helps make it creamier.
20. Peach Pie Smoothie
The sweetened fruit flavor hides the healthy spinach packed into this smoothie. Peaches, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and spinach are blended in a coconut milk base. It takes a mere five minutes to whip up this tasty treat.
21. Island Smoothie
Close your eyes and imagine your strolling along the ocean, waves lapping at your feet, a glass of this incredible island smoothie in your hand. Then open your eyes and realize that the laundry needs done, the dishes are piling up and give yourself 10 minutes to savor this smoothie full of pineapple juice, ginger ale and coconut milk. Add canned or fresh pineapple to thicken it.
22. Orange and Ginger Smoothie
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, and really, who wants to be sick during the summer, whip up this orange and ginger smoothie. The tartness of the oranges and lemons are contrasted by the maple syrup and cinnamon. But it’s the addition of cayenne pepper that works wonders on clogged sinuses. The ginger helps boost the immune system, too.
23. Raspberry Pomegranite Smoothie
Super healthy pomegranite juice combined with raspberries, a bit of brown sugar and vanilla frozen yogurt makes a yummy summertime smoothie. You can alter the flavor a bit by switching up the flavor of frozen yogurt from French vanilla to vanilla bean to plain vanilla.
24. Strawberrry Carrot Smoothie
This fun orange-colored smoothie has a fantastic flavor with the orange juice, pineapple chunks and sliced strawberries. But sneak in carrot juice and you’ve got a healthy homerun.
25. Kiwi Bananaberry Smoothie
The kick of kiwi spruces up this banana and strawberry smoothie. The honey’s sweetness balances out the tartness of the kiwi in a vanilla yogurt base.
26. Lemon Berry Smoothie
The combination of lemon and blueberry in this smoothie reminds one of delectable lemon-blueberry bars but without the abundance of sugar in the dessert form. Blend blueberry nonfat yogurt, skim milk, ice cubes, blueberries, strawberries and powdered lemonade mix for a kick.
27. Banana Split Smoothies
Don’t let the ice cream name fool you – this has healthy fruit in it and is a crowd pleaser at summer parties. Blend bananas, pineapple, strawberries, honey, milk and ice cubes to whip up the smoothie. Optional additions are whipped topping, chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries to make it more like a banana split.
28. Strawberry Lime Smoothie
Strawberry yogurt and fresh strawberries with a dash of lime juice gives this fruity smoothie a tasty and healthy kick. Honey and ground cinnamon give it a sweet sensation.
29. Nectarine Sunshine Smoothie
Nectarines, bananas, oranges, orange juice and honey with a yogurt base really push the tart and sweet comination of fruit. The health benefits of this drink overflows!
30. Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie
So these may not be as healthy as many of the other smoothies we’ve listed here but they are just too darn tasty to skip. It’s packed with protein thanks to the milk and cream cheese. Add the lemon sherbet and this smoothie tastes like a delicious lemon dessert.
31. Hazelnut Mocha Smoothie
This smoothie packs in the protein with whole milk and Nutella. The espresso powder and vanilla ice cream, not to mention the optional chocolate curls, make this a special treat.
32. Blackberry Smoothie
For a healthy hit of energy in the morning, or any time of day to be honest, combine orange juice, plain yogurt, honey, fresh or frozen blackberries and mixed berries for this yummy smoothie.
33. Golden Smoothie
Process these orange-colored foods (orange juice, peach yogurt, apricot nectar, honey and optional orange slices) and whip up a golden smoothie. It’s packed with vitamin C, too.
34. Apricot Peach Smoothie
The calm and savory flavors of peach, banana and apricot are ignited with a spark of tart lemon in this smoothie. The honey brings everything together.
35. Ginger Kale Smoothie
The perfect kickstart to the morning, this smoothie combines eye-opening kale, gingerroot, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, orange juice, lemon juice and an apple. It’ll perk you right up.
36. Sunny Breakfast Smoothie
This smoothie might take a wee bit longer to fix but the end result is incredible and so healthy! Take fresh baby carrots, mandarin oranges, sliced peaches, orange juice, ground cinnamon, tofu and crushed ice, blend and enjoy!
37. Canteloupe Banana Smoothie
Who would’ve imagined that canteloupe could be used in a smoothie? This smoothie recipe uses a banana, honey, yogurt, orange juice and cantaloupe. It’s a sweeter smoothie with loads of health benefits.
38. Pear Smoothie
This recipe combines a bit of unhealthy with healthy and tastes incredible. The person who created the recipe said she and her daughter tried to recreate a cold fruit soup recipe they’d eaten while on vacation, but came with this pear cooler a.k.a. smoothie using pears, ice cubs, vanilla or almond extract and whipped topping mix.
39. Rosy Rhubarb Smoothie
Rhubarb is a versatile vegetable that tastes amazing in cake, pie, bars and as a jam. But it also jazzes up a smoothie. Combine rhubarb, a banana, yogurt and a cranberry juice blend for a recipe with kick.
40. Creamy Mandarin Cooler
Mandarin oranges are juicy sweet pieces of fruit and really kick up this smoothie recipe. Combine milk, orange juice, mandarin oranges, an orange cream yogurt, instant vanilla pudding mix and ice cubes. The result is delish!