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Springtime Smoothie Recipes!

Spring is finally here, and with it comes your sudden need for all things cold, fruity, and delicious. Whether you’re lounging in the park with your friends, walking to class, or relaxing at home after a long day at work, a good smoothie is a must. Instead of splurging on all of those trendy overpriced drinks you see on every corner, make your own! All you need is a blender, ingredients, a few minutes, and an empty stomach.

Here are three quick, easy, at-home recipes to satisfy your cravings this season.

1. Triple Berry Smoothie Surprise

    What You Need:

  • Assorted frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
  • Milk (substitute: almond milk)
  • Agave nectar (substitute: honey)

Assorted frozen berries can be bought at almost any grocery store in the frozen foods section. Place 2 cups of mixed berries into your blender, followed by about 1 cup of milk (add less milk for a thicker smoothie). For sweetness, add about 1 ½  tablespoons of agave nectar to taste. If you don’t have agave nectar, honey is a perfect substitute. Paired with a slice of toast, this three-ingredient smoothie is a perfect breakfast if you’re in a hurry.

Tip: Try using almond milk as a healthier alternative. All the taste and none of the dairy.

2. Mango Madness

    What You Need:

  • Fresh sliced mango
  • Sliced pineapple
  • Orange juice
  • Ice

Slice and peel 1 mango and ½ a cup of pineapples. Place them into your blender. (If a fresh pineapple sounds like too much work to cut up, a pre-packaged one works just as well.) Add 1 cup of pulp-free orange juice and 1 cup of ice to make it nice and cold. Blend and enjoy!

Tip: If you’re over 21 and looking to entertain guests, try adding rum for that extra punch.

3. Strawberry Banana Boat

    What You Need:

  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice

Throw 2 cups of freshly cut strawberries and 1 peeled banana into your blender. Then add 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1 cup of ice, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If it’s not sweet enough for you, try adding a little bit of honey to taste. If you want a really creamy, delicious flavor, substitute the greek yogurt for vanilla ice cream.

Tip: if you want your smoothie to be thicker, more caloric, but still healthy, try adding some avocado for that extra texture and nutrition boost.

Featured Image by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Flickr
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