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Hydration is key in the summer’s sweltering heat, and there’s no better way to keep yourself refreshed than with a healthy green smoothie as your right-hand accomplice.

You can find them in vibrant and colorful packaging, sandwiched between juices at your local grocery store, down the block at the smoothie go-to shop where all of the hip kids hang out, or you can make them yourself.

The common misconception about smoothies is that they’re always healthy. In reality, many of the smoothies that are available for purchase are made up of ingredients you can barely pronounce or that you’ve never heard of. (Fructooligosaccharides? Sucralose?) And even if you’ve heard of them (most likely from constantly seeing them on the labels of processed foods), it’s rare to know what they actually are and the way that they effect your body.

This summer, instead of relying on pre-made beverages for your smoothie fix, get creative and make them right in your own kitchen. This way, you’ll have total control; you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your body. You can dictate how much of each ingredient you want and make a healthy smoothie that bursts with sweet flavor, without all of the extra additives.

Deciding to make your own smoothie is the easy part, but the real challenge comes when trying to find a healthy yet delicious recipe that will nourish your body and satisfy your taste buds. Thanks to Simple Green Smoothies, we have two recipes to keep you full and feeling fresh when the air conditioner just won’t do it.

No drink screams “poolside” more than this Piña Colada Green Smoothie. Filled with fresh pineapple and made with almond milk, this sweet and creamy beverage makes it hard to believe that its main ingredients is spinach. Topped with coconut flakes and dressed with a slice of pineapple on the rim, this smoothie will taste so much like dessert that you’ll feel guilty for drinking it. But don’t worry, it’s completely wholesome and nutritious, so it’s perfect to sip by the pool!

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If the color green scares you, don’t worry. Luckily this mix of wholesome ingredients is filled with berries that’ll make your smoothie look less intimidating. This Oh Sweet Beet smoothie recipe can be found on Simple Green Smoothie’s Instagram (they post recipes there too, some of which aren’t on their website!). Made with ingredients such as chard, banana, nut butter, and more, this smoothie will make you question how something so nutritious can taste so good. Head over to their Instagram to find the full recipe!

With smoothies like these, your body will thank you for nourishing it properly and the heat will be no match for you. Feeling refreshed has never been so easy!

For more recipes like these, make sure to head to Simple Green Smoothies!

– Sarah Santos