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Easy Smoothie Recipes To Boost Your Energy

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Irvine chapter.

As we near the end of the quarter, it can be difficult to keep up our motivation and energy, especially when we see that semester students are already on summer break. This spring quarter has me feeling burnt out, but I’ve been able to get by with smoothies that boost my energy. I thought I’d share some of the recipes* to help keep you going to the end of the quarter! 

*These recipes are 1.5-2 servings, since I usually have a smoothie with breakfast and save the rest for later as a pick-me-up snack.*

Green Smoothie (my personal favorite!)

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or any alternative milk you prefer)
  • 1 banana
  • ⅔  cup frozen mango
  • ⅔  cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1-2 cups of spinach (to your liking)
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)

Tropical Smoothie (to get in the summer mood)

  • 1.5 cups Orange juice 
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 
  • ½ cup of frozen mango chunks

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (if you’re craving something a little sweeter)

  • ¼  cup any alternative milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter 
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 medjool dates (optional)

I usually eyeball the ingredients for smoothies, so these are just rough measurements. The best thing about smoothies is how easy and fun it is to experiment with recipes. Feel free to change these up to your liking or add your own twist to it! If you want to use fresh fruits instead of frozen ones, be sure to use less milk/liquid or add in ice to thicken it up a bit. You can also turn these recipes into smoothie bowls by using frozen bananas and less milk/liquid. 

I hope you end up trying some of these recipes, you’ll be surprised by how fun smoothies are and how much they can help with boosting your energy! 

Hello! My name is Alannah and I'm a third-year International Studies major and Political Science minor. My Irish and Peruvian background inspired me to learn more about global issues and how to make a positive impact on the world. Outside of school, you can catch me watching period dramas and playing the piano!