This week, I’m back with not just one, but three new healthy fruit smoothies full of protein and nutritious ingredients to fuel your day.
These fruit smoothies are all really simple to make. You don’t need to go and buy 5 different bags of frozen fruit to make these delicious concoctions. All you’ll need is one bag of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) along with a bag of frozen tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, peaches, and more strawberries).
That’s it! You can pick out whichever fruit you need from each bag, saving you valuable freezer space. I used to buy individual bags of each fruit, but once I discovered bulk bags of various mixed fruit options, I converted without hesitation. Although, I will still buy an individual bag of raspberries or strawberries occasionally because I enjoy putting them on a slice of bread with peanut butter as a healthy snack!
The real reason I’m sharing these healthy fruit smoothie recipes this week is that they’re the primary food source for me at the moment. For the past several weeks, I have been struggling with stomach pain that can worsen when I eat.
As a food lover, this has been torturous for me! I would love nothing more than a buffalo chicken sandwich from one of my favorite restaurants, or a taco or burrito with chips and salsa. Cinco de mayo was very sad and taco-less this year. A true crime, I know.
However, I still need to get protein and nutrients despite my temporarily strict diet, and these fruit smoothies are keeping me fueled up and fed!
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Not only are these fruit smoothies healthy, but they are also easy to digest. That makes them an excellent option for anyone who may also have GI issues with POTS or other chronic illnesses.
Liquid diets–which include all foods that become liquids when at room temperature as well–can be beneficial for those suffering from GI upset. Consuming all liquid food options, such as juices, protein shakes and smoothies, broths, and frozen yogurt offer a chance for your stomach and intestines to heal, as they are easier to digest than their solid food counterparts. This, in turn, can help manage pain associated with GI illness or upset.
While liquid diets are helpful in managing stomach pain and promoting healing, they aren’t meant to be longterm diets. Because of their restrictive nature, they shouldn’t be strictly followed for more than two weeks, unless prescribed by a doctor.
That being said, I typically replace one meal a day with a liquid meal given my current circumstances. This ensures that I’m getting enough calories and macronutrients from other foods so that I can feel my best.
Now that you know the benefits of drinking fruit smoothies to aid digestion and GI upset, let’s get on to the actual smoothies themselves. Here are the three that I am currently drinking in rotation and that I can’t get enough of.
Up first, my current favorite:
The Tropical Fruit Protein Smoothie
Remember literally a second ago when I said I’ve been drinking these fruit smoothies in rotation? While that wasn’t a lie, I definitely drink this smoothie more than the other two. What can I say? I’m obsessed! It tastes just like summer in a glass. When I’m drinking it, I feel like I need to be sunbathing out on the beach, with a good book in my other hand and a floppy sunhat plopped on my head.
But it’s still early May, and I don’t live anywhere near a beach, so I’ll have to keep dreaming. For now.
½ cup almond or oat milk (or dairy alternative of preference)
½ cup water
½-¾ cup frozen tropical fruit mix (mango, peach, pineapple, strawberry) *the amount will depend on your blender size
Toss all these ingredients into a blender. I depend on my Nutribullet Nutrient Extractor for all my fruit smoothie making needs, and I cannot be without it. (It’s literally making my meals while I’m on a strict diet–in a matter of seconds, too!) Once everything is in the canister, blend for 15-20 seconds or until smooth.
This smoothie will be thick! If it overwhelms your blender, add more water and give the canister a shake before blending it again. Pour into your glass of choice and drink up! I’ll see you over on the imaginary beach.
Now, on to fruit smoothie #2. I love the color of this one!
Quadruple Berry Protein Smoothie
You probably could guess that this one was coming based on my initial suggestion of which bags of frozen fruit to buy.
These ingredients are almost the exact same as the smoothie above, except you’re going to replace the tropical fruit with mixed berries and add ice. Easy peasy.
½ cup oat or almond water (or dairy alternative of choice)
½ cup water
½-¾ cup mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, straberries, blackberries)
Handful of ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into the blender except for the ice. Blend for 15-20 seconds. If you want the smoothie to be more like a juice, drink as is. If you want it to be a little thicker, add a handful of ice cubes and blend for another 10 seconds or until smooth. Ooh and ahh over the vibrant color and enjoy!
Finally, here’s smoothie #3, and we’re going to have a little fun with this one!
Pina Colada Mocktail Smoothie (for happy hour!)
Since my stomach is actively protesting most food I put into it, a cocktail with alcohol is clearly off the table. But happy hour isn’t canceled in my house, and I still gotta eat. So I put together a mocktail fruit smoothie to satisfy both needs. Sometimes, you just need to get creative, but the party can still go on! (Is that not a great life motto?)
1 cup plain coconut water (Bam! Electrolytes!)
Splash of almond or oat milk
Handful of ice cubes
¾ cup frozen pineapple
Blend everything together as you sing, “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain…” You know, just to get yourself in the happy hour mood.
Pour into a plastic coconut–or your favorite cocktail glass of choice–and top with an umbrella for flair. Totally optional. Stress, however, is not invited to this happy hour, so don’t even think of letting it tag along. Cheers, friends!
I hope you try and enjoy these healthy fruit smoothies! Even if you aren’t having tummy issues, these fruit smoothies will fuel your day and your happy hour. Plus, they also serve as an excellent post-workout snack. Being healthy never tasted so good!
In case three fruit smoothies aren’t enough, add this mango and berry smoothie to your list to try.
Let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram if you’ve tried any of these smoothies, and tell me what you think of them! Smoothies are so easy to make, and you can tailor them any way you like to accommodate your taste buds.
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