I love smoothies. I could drink them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never get sick of their refreshing yumminess.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. There’s just nothing quite like starting off your day with one. During the summer they cool you down. During the winter they allow you to feel like you’re sitting poolside (even if it’s just for a second!).

I’m particularly fond of homemade smoothies, since you know exactly what’s going into them (and since I have no desire to ask the guy at the smoothie stand in the mall for an Orgasm).

My go-to is strawberry coconut. I throw some frozen strawberries and coconut milk into the blender (sometimes I add a little Greek yogurt) and I’m good to go without thinking very much.

As much as I love my signature combo, sometimes a girl needs a little change. Real Simple recently had an awesome smoothie feature. I’m not gonna lie, I totally squealed when I saw it.

From run-of-the-mill mango to a spinach, grape and coconut concoction, these recipes most certainly piqued my interest.

I think I’ll try this one next:

Raspberry and Nut Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon natural almond or peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

Directions:

  1. Place the milk, raspberries, banana, almond butter, and agave nectar in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.

Click on the Real Simple link above for more tasty-sounding recipes!

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.