12 Easy Smoothies for Hot Days

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When it’s too hot to cook and you want something quick and satisfying, homemade smoothies are always the answer. They're so simple and refreshing, especially now with great summer fruits and vegetables to sip through your straw.

Looking for some fun smoothie ideas? We’ve got your recipe situation covered with a smoothie chock-full of greens, and another that tastes like blueberry pie. There's a sunny citrus and turmeric number, and an avocado lassi spiced with cardamom, plus much more. Drink up!

Smoothies are one of those things that aren’t limited by meal times. You could enjoy one whenever: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. I’m personally big on the breakfast smoothie, which I find is an easy way to get lots of vegetables and fruit first thing in the morning.

If you’re one to rush out the door in the morning (like me), there are simple tricks to make your smoothie-routine go a little faster, like freezing your smoothie into ice cubes and letting them melt on your commute to school or work.

Another idea I love is freezing all the ingredients for your smoothie into individual “smoothie bags” ahead of time, so you simply dump the ingredients in the blender and you’re on your way to smoothie nirvana. The best kind place to visit.

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