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Summer Drinks: 10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Packed full of fruit and protein, these recipes are perfect for breakfast or guilt-free snacks

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A blueberry flaxseed smoothie is full of antioxidants and omega-3s. — The Food Passionates/Corbis

A well-balanced smoothie that includes both fruit and protein can serve as a healthy breakfast or snack, or as part of a larger meal. There are endless ways to creating a delicious mix, but here are 10 recipes to get you started.

1. Dream Date

by Sharon Tyler Herbst

The dates in this smoothie are full of fiber, as well as a great source of calcium, magnesium and folic acid. Ginger gives it a little zip.

Per serving: 526 calories, 2g saturated fat, 105g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 19g protein, 245mg sodium

2. Summer Smoothie

by Andrew Chase and Nicole Young

Toasted wheat germ adds some texture to this smoothie, which is perfect for breakfast. Tangy buttermilk blends with sweet ripe peaches and blueberries.

Per serving: 246 calories, 2g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 12g protein, 259mg sodium

3. Cantaloupe-Peach Smoothie

by Mollie Katzen

Citrus notes from lemon and orange juice are mixed with peaches, cantaloupe and vanilla yogurt. (A tip from the author: Using frozen fruit makes the smoothie thicker and frothier. And consider freezing extra portions of your favorite fresh summer fruits to enjoy when they're no longer in season.)

Per serving: 440 calories, 1g saturated fat, 100g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 10g protein, 113mg sodium

4. Blueberry and Flaxseed Smoothie

by Domenica Catelli

Ground flaxseed adds healthy omega-3s to this smoothie, while the blueberries are full of antioxidants (plus, they're yummy).

Per serving: 467 calories, 3g saturated fat, 95g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 8g protein, 95mg sodium

5. Midge's Mudslide Smoothie

by Jane Brandt

This low-calorie, decaf treat is a nice substitute for coffee ice cream, and fancy enough for company when served in parfait glasses.

Per serving: 56 calories, 0g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 3g protein, 43mg sodium

Next page: 5 more healthy smoothie recipes, including watermelon aqua fresca. »

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