Today’s article is by two StyleBlueprint team members who are also health and fitness professionals. Read on for tasty smoothie recipes and smoothie-making hacks from Katelyn Caughron and Zoe Yarborough.

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Smoothies! We know them, we love them, and they’re great refreshers in the heat of summer. But what kind of smoothies are actually beneficial to your body? We have three easy recipes that align with what you’re feeling. We’re firm believers that smoothies don’t have to break the bank or make you cringe at each sip. Each of these tastes like a treat while nurturing your body. Find the perfect smoothie for what you’re feeling, plus get a few fabulous smoothie tips and tricks.

Drink This Smoothie When …

You’re feeling bloated

After a long weekend of indulging, this smoothie (although not the tastiest, fair warning) can help relieve bloating and inflammation in the stomach. With soothing ingredients like ginger and cucumber, you’ll feel good as new in no time.

Detox Smoothie

This smoothie can help relieve stomach inflammation and bloating.

Drink This When You're Feeling Bloated

Katelyn Caughron
This smoothie can help relieve stomach inflammation and bloating.
5 from 1 vote
Course smoothie
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 1- inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and sliced
  • 6 - 8 ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in blender.
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You want to pack in a day’s nutrients … and feel FULL!

This smoothie is anything but boring. It’s designed to pack in an entire day’s worth of skin-glowing, immune-boosting vitamins and minerals into one delicious berry smoothie. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid … we could go on and on. The creaminess of the nut butter and crunch of the flaxseed make this drink feel equal parts hearty and indulgent. This recipe yields enough for two smoothies, so share with your kiddos or significant other.

The FAVE Smoothie

Drink this smoothie midday as (or with) lunch to ensure you get antioxidants, fiber, and good fatty acids.

Smoothie

The FAVE (Fruit And Veggie Elixir)

Zoe Yarborough
This smoothie feels equal parts hearty and indulgent.
5 from 1 vote
Course smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 handful of ice
  • 1 generous handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries blueberries, blackberries, and/or strawberries (if you use frozen berries, nix the ice)
  • 1/2-1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • Add water for consistency
  • 2 tablespoons collagen peptides optional!

Instructions
 

  • Assemble the ingredients in a blender as listed above (ice first, flax seed last). Blend on the highest setting for 1 minute or until creamy.
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You need an energy boost

Make this smoothie when you first roll out of bed or when you just simply need a little afternoon pick-me-up. You can grab any kind of cold brew coffee, or brew your own and mix it right in — it’ll taste just like your favorite barista made it.

Coffee Smoothie

When you need a little energy fix, this smoothie is the one to make.

Drink This When You're Feeling a Little Tired

Katelyn Caughron
When you need a little energy fix whether in the morning or as an afternoon pick-up, this smoothie is the one to make.
5 from 1 vote
Course smoothie
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cold brew
  • 3/4 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in blender.
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Tips to Up Your Smoothie Game

Here are some of our tried and true tactics for smoothie-making:

  1. Invest in a great blender. If you’re anything like us, you will use it almost every day. We both use a Ninja Pro 1000 watt. You can get yours for $79 HERE. It’s so easy to clean, dishwasher safe and will completely turn ice into snow.
  2. For a thicker consistency, put the bigger things at the bottom of the blender (ice, whole spinach). For thinner, do the opposite.
  3. Frozen fruits and veggies work wonders in a smoothie. Just remember, you’ll need more liquid to make up for the lack of natural water content found in fresh fruit.
  4. If you want a sweeter smoothie, first try adding a banana — it has a tendency to neutralize bitter flavors. Strawberries are always a good addition for a fibrous touch of sweetness. If you really need more sweet, opt for 100% agave nectar or honey. Remember that a little bit goes a long way!
  5. If you like your smoothie less sweet, add a squeeze of lemon or a little frozen lemon concentrate.
  6. For a creamier smoothie, avocado and/or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt work wonders.

We can’t wait to see all of the healthy smoothies you make! Tag us on Instagram @styleblueprint.

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