2016’s Trendiest Ingredients Make the Best Summer Smoothies

06.15.2016 • Food

Smoothies are the ubiquitous summer drink that double as a meal or snack that basically everyone has had by now. While fruits and vegetables blend into smoothies in the winter as easily as summer, there’s something so much more refreshing about them this time of year. When you’re trying to hit that breakfast trifecta of fast, easy, healthy, the smoothie is where it’s at. You can sip down most of your daily produce needs in one sitting and be on your way in minutes.

Plus, let’s not kid ourselves, you look great carrying a smoothie. The ones that look like muddy swamp juice are all the more intriguing… “Wow, she really takes care of herself.” And the ones that have a pop of color complement summer attire, or perhaps a bright and colorful sport bra!

Smoothies may be trendy, but they’re one trend you can embrace. So if you’re going to have a trendy drink this summer you may as well fill it with some trendy ingredients. You need something to keep your Instagram and Pinterest followers on their toes, right?

5 best summer smoothies

Here are some new smoothie recipes to add to your repertoire this summer using some of the year’s trendiest “on point” foods.

  • Mint Chocolate Seaweed Shake: wakame seaweed, cacao nibs, fresh mint, bananas, spinach, vanilla
    Seaweed does offer protein and minerals, but richness may be exaggerated for realistic serving sizes. Iodine is the key benefit here, lacking in most foods and necessary for thyroid health.
  • Papaya Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie: papaya, strawberry, kombucha, honey
    Fermented drinks like kombucha are all the rage this year, either because people actually love it or because they can’t get enough of those probiotics for healthy digestion.
  • Natural Protein Smoothie: berries, bananas, chickpeas, milk
    The UN called 2016 the year of the pulses -- chickpeas, lentils, beans, and peas -- citing their stellar nutritional profile. Not just for hummus, these legumes add a powerful protein punch to a smoothie.
  • Tropical Carrot, Turmeric, Ginger Smoothie: orange, carrot, mango, coconut water, hemp, ginger, turmeric, cayenne
    Hard to tell in that list but turmeric is a big, spicy star this year. This anti-inflammatory is most common in curries, but adds a peppery, warmth (and color!) to more hearty smoothies like this one.
  • Paleo Black Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie: raspberries, blackberries, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut milk.
    You’re getting three times as many antioxidants in the black raspberry than the garden variety. And they are not the same as a blackberry; they have several discernable differences. Most notably, black raspberries are less tart.