No matter when you start your health kick, whether it’s in the new year or after an indulgent vacation, sometimes we need a little help getting back on track with our healthy habits. Now that the summers here and cold drinks are a necessity, you can substitute your morning oats for a smoothie that’s as simple as it is satisfying. And with all the activities going on, those busy summer days don’t always leave us with a lot of time to make something on the spot, which is why we’ve made a list of smoothie ingredients you can prep ahead to keep you healthy and happy.

Matcha Maven

Are we still obsessed with matcha? Yes, we are, and for good reason. While the matcha craze might’ve died down in the past year, that doesn’t mean the benefits have gone away and this smoothie is going to reignite your love for the superfood. Substitute your favorite matcha latte for a cold alternative that’s bound to keep you buzzing. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup ice
  • Few drops of stevia sweetener or sweetener of choice

Remember to add some water or your favorite kind of milk (almond is a great alternative to regular milk and has more calcium per serving) so it has a good consistency. Chop up the ingredients and divide them into plastic bags ahead of time so when you’re in the mood you can blend everything up and hit the road.

Banana-rama

We all have those super ripe bananas that the kids don’t want to eat that we know we shouldn’t be wasting by simply throwing out. While they could be great for some banana bread, they’re also an optimal option for a filling smoothie! Bananas are the key to making a thicker smoothie while giving you a boost of potassium which will strengthen your bones so both your bones and your tummy will be happy! Utilize your ripe bananas by freezing them so you can have this great smoothie more often!

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup ice  
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • ½ orange
  • ½ cup plain yogurt of choice

Combine all these ingredients into a ziplock bag and dunk them into a blender with some water or milk of choice for a quick on-the-go snack.

Coffee Kicker

This is one that’s got a real KICK to it, (pun intended) thanks to a hit of coffee that we all need a little in the AM. What’s better than saving time and money while still getting our coffee fix? You can have it all without having to run to your local cafe for a pick-me-up when you can make a healthier version at home. Fuel your body by adding some protein powder to keep you feeling full longer in a delicious way.

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla (or chocolate for a mocha flavor) protein powder of choice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp agave or sweetener of choice

If you want to make it like an americano make the liquid base water but if you want more of a frappuccino type result (but healthier), go for a milk of your choice and enjoy!

PrOATein Powerhouse

This one’s for those looking to make #gainz and get swole or are just in a rush and know they need to get all their micro and macronutrients in quickly. This protein shake mixed with oats is just what you need to fill you up before a busy day especially if hitting the gym is on the agenda. Because meal prep is so important for you, you know the value of getting the most nutritious foods into your diet so here’s another example of a healthy and satisfying meal replacer.

  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (to boost metabolism)

When blending remember to add some liquid of choice to make the consistency smoother.

Berry Blast

Summer is the prime time for berries and while they’re in season you’re going to want to get as much berry power as you can. What’s great about fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries is that they’re low-cal in regards to their volume, and pack a lot of flavor. They’re also full of antioxidants and have great anti-aging properties while keeping you hydrated so what’s not to love? Their flavor is so strong that you can even hide some greens within the smoothie if you wanted! Here’s the recipe:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup kale
  • ½ cup plain yogurt of choice

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