Simple Summer Smoothie Recipes

Summer is, in my opinion, the ultimate time for smoothies. With tons of fresh fruit at its peak, there is no end to the combinations of smoothies you can create. Even though I love a good Jamba Juice or Smoothie King treat, I much prefer keeping my drinks simple, controlling the type/quality of ingredients, and not creating a separate line item in our budget for smoothies.

Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorite recipes for summer smoothies. They’re all made with 4-5 ingredients, highlight fresh summer fruit, and are perfect for a healthy breakfast or refreshing snack. I use Greek yogurt in many of my recipes, but if you’re dairy free, you could also use avocado, cauliflower, nut butters, or a ripe banana to create that super creamy texture. I also don’t prefer veggies in my smoothies, but if you love them, or want to sneak in a few extra servings for your kiddos, definitely feel free to add them! Some good options for veggies that blend well and don’t overpower your smoothies are greens {like spinach and kale}, carrots, beets, and cauliflower. Enjoy and let me know your favorite smoothie in the comments!

toddler sits outside drinking a smoothie

The Mom Smoothie

This is so titled because as a mom, I am forever finishing the leftovers on my children’s plates. During the summer, I always put out a platter of fresh fruit for every meal. And my kids always leave behind two strawberries, one orange segment, a few grapes, or some other combination of fruit not worth putting away. So I throw the leftovers in a blender with a few other ingredients, and I’ve made breakfast and prevented food waste at the same time. Not bad for a morning’s work! Below is my latest “go to” leftover smoothie.

  • 1-2 cups leftover fruit {this morning’s blend was 5 blueberries, half a golden kiwi, a half eaten banana, and 3 strawberries}
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp collagen powder
  • honey or maple syrup, depending on the sweetness of your leftover fruit

Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie cup and blend fully.

Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • a handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk

Add first four ingredients to a blender. Blend while slowly adding the milk, until it reaches your desired consistency. If using a blender cup, start with 1/4 cup milk. Add more as needed.

Summer Warrior

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp nut butter {I love almond butter}
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice

Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie cup and blend fully.

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into chunks {freeze them before for extra creamy smoothie!}
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt {or 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt and a tsp of vanilla extract}
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie cup and blend fully.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • honey, to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk {more for a thinner consistency}

Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie cup and blend fully.

hand holding a smoothie

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Rebecca Slocum
Rebecca S. is a born and raised Houstonian; she grew up in Katy, graduated with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston {go Coogs!}, and made a home in West Houston with her native Houstonian husband. She quickly realized that the chaotic lifestyle of the hospitality industry was not for her and soon found her calling in education. She taught while earning her masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Currently, she is staying home with her son, Thomas {2016}, daughter Charlie {2020}, son Zack {2021}. In her free time, she loves to read, write, run, and roam the world. While her roots are firmly planted in H-town, she takes every available opportunity to go on an adventure and explore historic cities, hike and run new trails, and, of course, try beers from every country.


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