Pastel layer smoothies to satisfy your sweet tooth

Normally on hot days my go-to sweet treat usually involves my two favorite words: ice cream. While I know that it’s OK to indulge and have a “treat yo self” moment every once in a while, lately I’ve been trying to steer clear of refined sugar… as much as possible. But just because I’ve kicked my sugar habit to the curb doesn’t mean that I can’t satisfy my overly needy sweet tooth. I’ve come to appreciate the satisfying sweetness of fresh fruit (in moderation of course!) and how incorporating it into smoothies can be a treat in itself.

In true LaurenConrad.com fashion, I set out to make a smoothie that was equal parts pretty and nutritious that I could share with all of you. If you’re as indecisive as I am when it comes to choosing a flavor, this smoothie recipe should solve that problem in a pinch! I introduce to you: the pastel layer smoothie. Each layer is a different combination of flavors that coexists to make one delicious drink. Keep scrolling to find out which flavors I used to create the best smoothie I’ve ever had…

Pastel Layer Smoothies

Layered summer smoothies

Ingredients:

For the orange-mango layer:

  • 5 cubes of ice
  • 4-6 mango slices
  • a splash of orange juice

For the strawberry-banana layer:

  • 5 cubes of ice
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • a splash of almond milk

For the kiwi-greens layer:

  • 5 cubes of ice
  • 2 kiwis
  • a handful of kale/spinach
  • a splash of almond milk

Pastel striped smoothies for summer

Instructions:

1. For the orange-mango layer, put ice into a blender along with a splash of orange juice and mango slices. Blend well. If you find that your orange-mango smoothie isn’t thick enough, try adding more ice and a couple more mango slices. Pour the mixture into a glass and place in the freezer while you’re blending your other two layers.

2. Clean the blender and reuse to make the strawberry-banana layer. Toss ice, strawberries, banana and a splash of almond milk into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour directly on top of the orange-mango layer, and then place back the glass back into the freezer.

3. Clean the blender once again for the final kiwi-greens layer. Blend your ice, kiwi, spinach, kale and almond milk until smooth. Pour the kiwi and greens on top of your strawberry-banana layer.

4. Garnish your pastel layer smoothie with a sprinkle of chia seeds and sliced fruit. Enjoy!

Get the recipe for these refreshing summer smoothies on the blog

These smoothies were so fun to make and beyond yummy to drink. Plus they’re the perfect way to cool down on a hot day!

Get the recipe for these pretty pastel layered smoothies on LaurenConrad.com

Do you have any creative and healthy smoothie recipes?

Let me know in the comments!

xo
Jessi
Team LC

Photos: Stephanie Todaro for LaurenConrad.com
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