5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes To Keep You Cool This Summer

Did you know that eating cool foods in the summer can physically change your energy?

Summer is synonymous with cold beverages, days spent by the poolside, and frozen desserts. There is also a reason that cool, summer salads and iced drinks are in abundance during the warmer seasons.

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But, did you know why?

When it comes to keeping your belly happy, cooling your system is imperative so it doesn’t get upset. Staying away from foods that will heat up your system will help you feel free and light and keep your energy humming.

That’s not all!

During warmer temperatures, more internal heat is generated in the body, making a person feel irritable, tired and restless. Drinking water is crucial to keep you hydrated, but that won’t help bring down your body temperature if you are eating foods that raise your body heat.

It goes even deeper —

Surprisingly enough, though, foods that seem like chill choices may actually have the opposite effect. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are “warming foods” and “cooling foods”—and the definitions have nothing to do with their temperature. Cucumbers, zucchini, leafy greens, lemons, amaranth, bok choy, eggplant — all of these are examples of “cooling foods” that will decrease your internal heat and flush out toxins in the body.

I am going to give you 5 smoothie ideas that will help you replenish and allow your body to cool down, by temperature and non-temperature definitions.

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Blend it up

Banana Almond Butter Power: Bananas help to restore potassium, which you lose while you sweat.

  • ½ c plain grass-fed organic yogurt or kefir or non-dairy alternative
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • ½ c almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 lg handful spinach
  • ½ tsp vanilla

BLEND all ingredients until smooth

Watermelon Mint Refresher: Watermelon can help to ease a sunburn. If you spend too much time in the sun, this may be the smoothie of choice.

  • 1/4 c vanilla grass-fed organic yogurt or kefir or non-dairy alternative
  • ¼ watermelon (about 8 medium-large pieces)
  • 1 mint leaf (or ½ teaspoon mint extract)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional)

BLEND all ingredients until smooth.

Berry Energy Booster: Blueberries help with muscle recovery and are a powerhouse in providing antioxidants and vitamin C. This helps with decreasing the oxidative stress in the body, which can be enhanced by outdoor activity, exercise, and loads of yard work.

  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 c frozen blueberries (or more)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein
  • large handful of spinach (or more)
  • 1/2 c water or almond milk
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • stevia to taste if desired

BLEND all ingredients until smooth

Green Power: Chia seeds increase energy and provide a delicious plant-based protein that is easily digestible.

  • 2 c fresh kale
  • 1 c coconut water, unsweetened
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 c pineapple
  • 1 c blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein, optional (for more protein)

BLEND all ingredients until smooth

Avocado Yum-Yum Smoothie: Avocados are high in potassium, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. They are excellent at lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup plain organic Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A splash of almond milk

BLEND all ingredients until smooth

**Use frozen fruit for colder smoothie and a thicker consistency

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Add-ins for more summer energy!

  • Chia seeds: Omega 3’s for decreasing inflammation, antioxidants to fight free radicals, increased protein to replenish, weight loss, high in fiber, energy booster. Add in 1-2 Tbsp.
  • Maca:  Energy booster, antioxidants to prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness after a strenuous workout, mood-lifter, calcium and magnesium and silica to promote bone health and possibly reduce chances of fractures. Add in 1/2-1 tsp to start.
  • Green food powder: Concentrated powder filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and alkalizing foods that will help with decreasing inflammation and pain, decreasing oxidative stress, and decreasing the acidic build up in the body. Add 1/2-1 tsp to start.
  • Trace minerals:  Replenishes the body with electrolytes and trace minerals which are needed to maintain proper fluid balance and increase energy levels. Add in recommendations on container.
  • Sea salt (preferably Himalayan or Celtic): Replenishes minerals and sodium lost during excessive sweating. Add in 1/8th tsp or to taste.
  • Cocoa: Energy booster, antioxidants to decrease free radicals that are produced with activity, increased magnesium, improves blood flow to the entire body including the heart and the brain. Add 1-2 Tbsp to start.
  • Collagen: Weight-loss, increased skin elasticity, increased joint and bone health, decreased inflammation, shortens recovery after exercise, helps to heal sport related injuries, and stimulates the release of growth hormone which is known to increased lean muscle mass. Add in 2 Tbsp or recommendations on container.

Choosing foods that will cool you off will give you more energy, vitality, and happiness to keep you going strong all summer long. Having quick, easy, healthy recipes is just an added bonus. Enjoy!


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