4 healthy smoothie recipes for summer

Try these tasty, easy-to-make drinks from Consumer Reports' test kitchen

Published: June 2014

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Many smoothies are refreshing and delicious, but it's not so easy to find one that's also nutritious. Made with whole fruit and vegetables, each of these four drinks is a tasty way to sneak in some of your five a day. They're also packed with protein and fiber, so they're perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Lean Green Dream

Yes, you known eating leafy greens is good for you. But do you always do it? Toss some kale into your smoothie and you'll get the nutritious boost without any bitter flavor.


In a blender, add one banana frozen then thawed for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 cups chopped kale, 1/2 cup almond milk, and 1 tablespoon honey. Blend until smooth. Makes 1 serving.


Per serving: 260 calories, 3g fat, 125mg sodium, 6g fiber, 35g sugars, 8g protein.


Chocoholic's Delight

Sure, it has healthy protein from soy, and potassium from banana, but the taste of this morning milkshake is pure chocolate goodness.


In a blender, add 1 medium banana frozen then thawed for 15 to 20 minutes, 4 ounces silken tofu, 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Makes 1 serving.


Per serving: 230 calories, 5g fat, 80mg sodium, 6g fiber, 25g sugars, 8g protein.


Fruit-And-Fiber-Frappe

You could eat your yogurt, then a bowl of fruit, then your oatmeal, with a glass of juice on the side—or throw it all in a blender for a three-course breakfast in a glass.


In a blender, add 1/4 cup oats and blend until powdery. Add 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Blend until smooth. Makes 1 serving.


Per serving: 320 calories, 2.5g fat, 45mg sodium, 8g fiber, 39g sugars, 17g protein.


Tropical Temptation

It's like having a pina colada—no airfare to the islands required. Tiny umbrella optional.


In a blender, add 1 cup frozen tropical fruit mix (pineapple, mango, and papaya), 1 6-ounce container non-fat plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk, 2 teaspoons sugar. Blend until smooth.  Makes 1 serving.


Per serving: 240 calories, 2.5g fat, 130mg sodium, 3g fiber, 32g sugars, 19g protein.


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