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Remember how I told you that Fall doesn’t actually start until September 22nd?  You’ll be grateful for that today, because I have a delicious, refreshing, summery (and, of course, healthy!) smoothie to wrap up your summer.  Seriously – make this NOW.  I wasn’t even going to blog today, but I am sitting here enjoying my smoothie as we speak, and just had to share it with you.  It’s that good!  (By the way, it does fit the guidelines of my MVP Rule for meal-planning that I shared yesterday – check it out if you haven’t yet!)

We really have my Mom to thank for this smoothie … last weekend, she brought me a taste of her similar smoothie, and this week she brought me a yellow watermelon as a gift (fresh fruits and veggies are the way to my heart :)).  After my long, HOT run today, a giant smoothie was all I was craving, and this was the perfect answer.  As I discussed in this post., I love green smoothies not only for the taste, but also the nutritional benefits.  OK, enough talk … let’s make a smoothie! last summer smoothie 2 the lyons share image

One Last Summer Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 medium avocado
  • 4 frozen strawberries (could also use fresh)
  • 80g cucumber (probably 1/2 cup or a little more)
  • 150g yellow watermelon (probably about a cup … could use regular watermelon as well!)
  • 4 fresh mint sprigs (mine was pretty minty, which I loved, but you could reduce if you don’t want too much mint flavor)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 serving vanilla or plain flavored protein powder (I used a single serving of ViShape Sweet Cream flavor)
  • 1/2 cup or so of water, plus 1 cup or so of ice avocado strawberries cucumber watermelon and mint all ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend and enjoy :). last summer smoothie the lyons share

This makes a huge serving (the glass was just for the photo, but it actually filled a cereal bowl and a separate smaller bowl.  If you make it according to these instructions, the entire smoothie will have 248 calories, 8g fat, 34g carbs, and 17g protein.  Perfect for refueling after a hot workout!  Enjoy!

So tell me in the comments … have you ever tried watermelon or mint in a smoothie?  What’s your favorite green smoothie ingredient?

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8 Comments

  1. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on September 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Yum!! This looks delicious. I would love to make more smoothies but my blender is so terrible and its not in the budget to replace yet. 🙂 I used to go for the typical: bananas, spinach, sometimes blueberries and raspberries, and almond milk. I have never tried mint or watermelon!
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    • Megan Lyons on September 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Sorry about your bummer blender! Good blenders are sooo expensive – I got mine as a gift. Your smoothie sounds good, so I hope you get a better blender soon!

  2. Davida @ The Healthy Maven on September 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    This sounds awesome! Avocado, cucumber, mint AND spinach?!! That is some serious green. People get all worked up over how it won’t actually taste like a smoothie which is so not true! Don’t know it till you try it. Really wish I hadn’t polished off the last of my watermelon before I saw this 🙁
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    • Megan Lyons on September 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Oh no! Well there is always another day :). I think the mint actually helps with the “green factor” of this smoothie … just like mint chocolate chip ice cream? But I totally agree that if people tried green smoothies with their eyes closed, their reactions would be different :).

  3. Em @ Love A Latte on September 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

    This smoothie looks fantastic! I love adding avocado to smoothies! Have a great day 🙂
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    • Megan Lyons on September 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Em! I’m newly on the bandwagon of adding avocado to smoothies, but I loved the creaminess it added!

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