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The dog days of summer are here and a hot coffee is hardly a refreshing start to your day. July is the perfect month to start a new beverage routine that offers you more than a jolt of caffeine. Incorporating smoothies into your mornings can provide a better taste that comes with better nourishment and health benefits. Let’s take a look at some simple smoothie recipes that are full of color, taste and nutrition!

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

It’s never a bad idea to start your morning with some vitamin C. Let a little citrus put a smile on your face with the Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie. Here’s what you will need:

  • Three tangerines for juicing
  • Frozen strawberries – the recipe calls for a handful, but we won’t judge if you add extra
  • A ruby red grapefruit for juicing

Once the tangerines are finished in the juicer, mix in the frozen strawberries and puree. This smoothie will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on your day.

Go Green Smoothie

One of the coolest things about making the switch to smoothies is learning about different flavor combinations that you simply wouldn’t blend together in any other setting. Take for example the Go Green Smoothie. This smoothie calls for grapes, baby spinach and coconut milk. Here is what you will need:

  • A cup of seedless grapes
  • A cup of packed baby spinach
  • A quarter cup of coconut milk
  • About a half cup of ice

After blending this mix together you have a satisfying breakfast that packs 232 calories and 43 mgs of calcium into your diet.

PB&J Smoothie

What kid at heart doesn’t love a good PB&J on a summer day? Did your mom mix in banana slices in your sandwich? Even better! Conjure up happy feelings from your childhood any morning with the PB&J smoothie. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Half of a banana
  • A tablespoon of Nutella or peanut butter
  • A tablespoon of honey or agave nectar
  • Three quarters of cup of raspberries
  • Three quarters of a cup of low-fat milk

This frothy smoothie packs in 10 grams of protein, 53 grams of carbohydrates and seven grams of much needed morning fiber, but most importantly, it tastes fantastic!

Are you ready to make the switch from coffee to smoothies? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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