Smoothie takeover

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Today the high temp is 95 degrees, meaning it's officially H-O-T in Phoenix. Cool off with delicious and good-for-you smoothie recipes from our fantastic student blogger, Heather. 


Being incredibly busy is a part of life in college. Many of us barely remember what day it is, let alone remembering how many (if any) fruits and veggies you've had -- but throwing fruits and veggies in the blender is super simple and super delicous.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy blender, you can buy a basic one online like this one I found on Amazon for under $40. If that’s not in the budget, consider buying used at a thrift store (be sure to test it first). 

There are a ton of ideas online for healthy smoothies and it can be a little overwhelming. Try to find recipes that have at least two flavors you know you like so you aren’t venturing into a totally new territory. Avoid any that add a ton of ingredients as it can get expensive (especially on a college budget) and it complicates the flavors. The simpler the better with these healthy bevs.

Time-saving tip: Use frozen fruits and veggies to save on prep time.

Here are a few nutritious recipes I love:

Pineapple Mango Banana Smoothie

Yield: serves 2

2 cups spinach

2 cups water

1 cup pineapple

1 cup mango

2 bananas


First blend spinach and water, then add remaining fruits and blend again.

Click here for the original recipe


Sweet Spinach Smoothie

2 cups spinach leaves, packed

1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped

15 green or red grapes

6 ounces fat-free plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons chopped avocado

1 or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions: Place all items in the blender and blend to desired consistency.

Click here for original recipe


Food Babe's Super C Beauty Smoothie

1 cup strawberries, hulled

½ red bell pepper, sliced

½ cup cauliflower, chopped

1 cup spinach, chopped

1 banana, peeled

2 tablespoons chia seeds

½-1 cup almond or coconut milk

Directions: Place all items in the blender and blend to desired consistency.

Click here for original recipe


Post contributor: Heather Johnson


Meet Heather

Heather Johnson

I am a senior majoring in nutrition with a focus on dietetics. I wanted to get into this field because I have struggled with body image and weight management my entire life. Since these are real issues for me personally, I wanted to use my struggles to help others feel empowered and create healthy change in their own lives. I also love to write so bringing the two together made sense for me. Being at ASU has inspired me and let me see my inner “changemaker.”

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