Summertime smoothies

Summertime means hot weather and lots of dancing! Whether you’re traveling to a convention, attending nationals, or participating in a summer intensive, you’ll want to make sure you fuel and care for your body in all that heat, humidity, and exercise. A quick and easy (and cool!) way to maximize your nutrition is to master the art of making smoothies. Jo+Jax curated a list of three delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes to kick off your summer blending.

Green Goddess

In this recipe, creamy almond milk, spicy ginger, and sweet pineapple mix together to create a smoothie that’s not only super healthy but also tastes amazing (trust us, you won’t even notice the spinach—minus the green color!). This blend is an ideal smoothie for any athlete because spinach, pineapple, turmeric, ginger, and honey all have incredible anti-inflammatory properties to help you recover from minor injuries or soreness from yesterday’s long rehearsals.

2 cups spinach

½ cup frozen pineapple

1 cup almond milk

1t turmeric powder

1 inch peeled ginger

1T honey

Cinna-banana Bliss

 This smoothie might taste like dessert, but it’ll fuel you right for a long day of dancing. Bananas are every athlete’s best friend—providing an instant boost of energy due to their high carbohydrate and natural sugar content. One scoop of your favorite protein powder won’t bulk up your long, lean dancer physique, but it will help repair your hard-working muscles. And cinnamon gives more than just a flavor kick—it is also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1t cinnamon

Strawberry Acai Refresher 

Acai is so “in”—The bright berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, vitamin A, iron, and calcium. Coconut water is super hydrating thanks to its high levels of potassium. You can likely find pre-packaged coconut water and frozen acai pouches at your local grocery or health food store. Otherwise, your favorite fruit juice and acai powder will also work in this recipe.

1 pouch frozen acai

½ frozen banana

¼ cup frozen strawberries

1 cup coconut water

Make it a bowl:

If you’re not sipping your smoothie on the run to class, make it a smoothie bowl! Simply pour your blended beverage into a bowl (you might want to use a little less liquid to keep the consistency thick) and top it with fresh cut fruit, granola, shredded coconut, chia seeds, or goji berries. And don’t forget to snap an Instagram-worthy pic to share your healthy breakfast with all your friends!

Freeze it:

Made too much? Freeze your leftover smoothie blend in a Popsicle tray for the perfect post-class snack to help you refuel and cool off.

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