pimp your: smoothie sunday.

happy sunday lovelies. i have been dying to share these smoothie recipes with everyone! i came across them in the july/august women's health magazine -- i am not sure if any of you get this magazine or read it, but i {love} reading it! it has some of the best advice for EVERYTHING :] i haven't tried all of the smoothies just yet, but i am working on it! but here are 5 delicious looking smoothies for you to try on this {hot hot hot} summer sunday afternoon/evening. if you have tried these or do try them please share your opinions with me -- i would love to hear! hope everyone is enjoying their sunday :] xoxo. ashlyn
picture via {womens health mag} w. some edits by me.

1. Cherry Bomb:
Ingredients: blend 3/4 cup frozen cherries, 1 kiwi, peeled & quartered, 1/4 cup orange juice; 1/2 cup coconut water, 3/4 tsp agave nectar, and 3 ice cubes
Nutrition: serves 1. 159 calories. <1 gram fat {<1 gram sat fat}, 38 carbs, 129 mg sodium, 5 gram fiber, 3 gram protein.
Trick it out even more: add a scoop of vanilla protein powder for an additional 15 to 25 grams of protein. 

2. Awesome Almond: 
Ingredients: blend 1 small frozen banana, sliced; 3/4 cup kale, lightly packed, stems removed; 3/4 cup almond milk; 3/4 tsp almond butter, and 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, & ground ginger
Nutrition: serves 1. 233 cal. 8 grams fat {<1 gram sat fat}, 37 gram carbs, 134 mgram sodium, 6 gram fiber, & 6 gram protein
Trick it out even more: add 1/2 cup iced coffee for an extra dose of antioxidants.

3. Apple Mojito Light: 
Ingredients: blend 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice, 1 medium peach, peeled, pitted, & quartered; 1/4 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, & quartered; 1/3 cup sparkling water; 3/4 tsp fresh lime juice; 3 leaves mint; 3/4 tsp agave nectar; & 6 ice cubes.
Nutrition: serves 1. 107 cal. <1 gram fat {<1 gram sat fat}, 27 grams carbs, 3mgrams sodium; 3 grams fiber, 2 grams protein
Trick it out even more: add 1 ounce light rum {~65 calories} and have it at happy hour :] YUM!!!

4. island refresher:
Ingredients: blend 3/4 fresh pineapple, cubed; 1/2 cup frozen mango; 3/4 cup vanilla soymilk; & 3 tbsp low-fat cottage cheese. garnish with 1/4 tsp upsweetened coconut flakes.
Nutrition: serves 1. 221 cal. 2 grams fat {<1 gram sat fat}, 38 grams carbs, 244 mg sodium, 4 grams fiber, & 11 grams protein.
Trick it out even more: add 1 tbsp ground flaxseed for an extra 2 grams of fiber.

5. rise & shine:
Ingredients: blend 1/4 avocado, peeled, pitted, & cubed; 2 tbsp canned sweet potato; 1 small frozen banana, sliced; 3/4 skim milk; & 1/2 tsp honey.
Nutrition: serves 1. 291 cal, 8 gram fat {1 gram sat fat}, 50 g carbs, 135 mg sodium, 7 gram fiber, 9 gram protein
Trick it out even more: blend in 1/4 cup raw or cooked oats for a thicker texture and more energy fueling carbs.

all recipe credits go to women's health magazine :]