Summer Smoothies

It’s summer time! That means sun, fun, and bathing suit season. Stay fit and cool with these sensational summer smoothies. Your blender is the only thing standing between you and a satisfying summertime snack.

Nuts and seeds provide the energy you need to get through all of those sunlit hours summer has to offer. Together, nuts and fruits are a match made in heaven, offering a complete meal in one glass.

For extra flavor without the addition of sugar, try unconventional yet delicious ingredients like cilantro or basil. Herbs provide full bodied flavor without the crash later. Coconut water offers more flavor than plain water, making for a subtly sweet and nutritious alternative to juice. Nut and gluten-free oat milks provide nutty flavor that complements the sweetness of smoothies perfectly.

A few tips before you get blending:

Keep your blender out on the counter if you have space as a reminder of your values: eating wholesome, homemade foods. You’ll find you’ll use it more if you see it on a daily basis.

Tired of cleaning out your blender’s nooks and crannies? Try this trick: After blending and enjoying a delicious smoothie, rinse the pitcher right away. Next, fill it with a little soap and water and place it back on the blender base. Turn it on and blend for 20-30 seconds. Ta da! The blender just cleaned itself. Rinse it, dry it and you’re done. How easy is that?

Summer Smoothies ImageStrawberry Cilantro Smoothie

(Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

Serves 2

1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed

1 medium ripe banana, peeled

½ cup gluten-free rolled oats

½ cup ice cubes

¼ cup cashews

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

½ teaspoon powdered stevia

½ teaspoon coconut flakes

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to serving glasses and enjoy! (Can be served over ice if desired.)

Summer Smoothies ImageAlmond Mango Smoothie

(Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

Serves 4

2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1 ripe fresh mango, peeled, pitted, and sliced

1 cup ice cubes

1½ cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon coconut flakes

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to serving glasses and enjoy! (Can be served over ice if desired.)

Written by Amie Valpone

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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