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These five smoothie recipes are delightfully refreshing for the summer season!

Summer has finally come after a cold winter! In the hot weather I’ve started making smoothies again and I have been experimenting with new ingredients. It’s incredible how much impact certain fruits and vegetables have on the colour of smoothies and how much more fun they are to drink when they’re all sorts of different colours.

I really wanted to come up with different ingredients and recipes that would create a huge variety of colours for summer. These are five that I really enjoyed and I loved the rainbow effect that they created together. These would be great for a summer party with friends or to try one by one over a week.


Five summer smoothies


In all of these recipes I have included the main ingredients that give the smoothies their different colours but feel free to use these recipes as guidelines! For example, you can swap out the liquid for another of your choice, add other healthy ingredients like chia seeds, or add different fruits or vegetables. Just remember that some fruit and veg will affect the final colour of your summer smoothies.

Also, if you are using all fresh fruit and veg, try adding ice cubes to your blender to make the smoothies nice and refreshing for the summer heat. Alternatively, you can buy frozen fruit or freeze your fresh produce before adding it to your smoothies. Happy smoothie making!


The Purple Blueberry Smoothie

Image of purple blueberry smoothie

This rich purple blueberry smoothie is my absolute favourite from this list. The natural colour from the blueberries is so deep and intense and it tastes incredible. The taste of the blueberries isn’t as sweet as many of the others on this list so this is great for those of you who prefer your smoothies less sweet. I like to use frozen berries because it makes the drink nice and cooling but you could absolutely use fresh berries if you prefer. I also added the oats for more nutrition because I think this smoothie would be great for breakfast!

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (240ml, 200g)
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk (120ml)
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • Water, as needed


The Yellow Pineapple Smoothie

Image of pineapple smoothie

This pineapple smoothie makes me think of piña coladas at the beach! It is so refreshing and works especially well with coconut milk. I used canned pineapple rings for mine because it was the cheapest option but you can also use fresh pineapple or frozen pineapple chunks. This recipe also includes turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that people use a lot in Southeast Asian cuisine and it’s a great natural anti-inflammatory. It also has a vibrant mustard yellow colour which works great for this yellow smoothie. However, the taste can easily become overpowering so you can omit it if you just want a refreshing pineapple smoothie!

  • 1 banana
  • 3 pineapple rings (500g)
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk (120ml)
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric (optional)
  • Water, as needed


The Orange Carrot Smoothie

Image of orange carrot and mango smoothie

This smoothie ended up a lovely, warm orange colour due to the carrot and mangoes. I would normally stick to fruits over veg for my smoothies but I saw a suggestion online to try carrots and this one turned out really tasty. For this one I also used canned mango slices as opposed to fresh or frozen but either is completely fine to use. I also included the strawberries for more sweetness but these are optional if you don’t have any at home.

  • 1 carrot
  • ½ cup mango, cubed
  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • Water, as needed


The Green Spinach Smoothie

Image of green spinach smoothie

If you can’t already tell from the picture, the main ingredient for this smoothie is spinach. This is such a healthy option and spinach has plenty of health benefits as I discussed in this article on 10 healthy foods that I eat daily. Additionally, if you don’t like to eat spinach as it is this is a great way to sneak it into your diet! I’ve used both bananas and apples because they’re neutral colours that don’t take away from the intense green. To make this one even healthier, try adding a teaspoon of chia seeds!

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Water, as needed


The Pink Beetroot Smoothie

Image of pink summer smoothie with strawberry

This pink beetroot smoothie is the last one on this list! I was very sceptic about trying this one out because I’m not a big fan of beetroots however I really wanted to try this one for the vibrant colour. I realised with this one that a little goes a long way when it comes to colour so fortunately you don’t need to add a lot of beetroot to get this beautiful colour. Plus, with all the other ingredients combined, the flavour really is masked. This one looks absolutely gorgeous and will wow your friends and family!

  • 1 banana
  • ½ boiled beetroot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk (120ml)
  • Water, as needed


That’s it! These are my top 5 colourful smoothies for this summer. Which ingredients do you like to include in your smoothies? Are there any other fruit or veg that offer a lot of colour? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading! xxx

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