10 Delicious, Healthy Drinks That Won’t Ruin Your Diet (PHOTOS)

watermelonThe second summer hits, I crave icy cold drinks. Yeah yeah, I'm all about the kind that contains a tad of tequila and ideally boast a vanilla salt rim. When it comes to staying bikini ready, though, it's all about smoothies and juices. Filling, delicious, and packed with vitamins? Yes, please.

Lucky for you, we have 10 delicious, healthy summer drink recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. For the record, they all taste better when consumed through a curly straw.

  • Delicious Summer Drinks

  • Banana Fig Smoothie


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    Fig, banana, and vanilla smoothie adapted from The Stone Soup:


    • 1 black fig
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
    • 1 ripe banana
    • quarter cup ice cubes

    Combine all ingredients in a blender, puree. If mixture is too thick, add water.

  • Sweet Potato, Celery, Ginger, and Orange Juice


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    Sweet potato, celery, ginger, and orange juice adapted from Breville:


    • 1 small sweet potato, halved and peeled
    • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
    • 4 oranges, peeled and sliced
    • 4 celery stalks

    Instructions: Process the ingredients through a juicer. Serve over ice.

  • Balanced Green Juice


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    Balanced green juice adapted from Serious Eats:


    • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
    • 1 cup cilantro leaves
    • 4 medium kale leaves
    • 1 large apple, cored and quartered
    • 2 limes, peeled
    • 1-inch piece ginger
    • 3 medium celery stalks

    Instructions: Process all ingredients through a juicer. Serve over ice.

  • Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie


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    Strawberry kiwi smoothie adapted from Joy Bauer:


    • 1 cup strawberries
    • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
    • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
    • 2 kiwis, peeled and quartered
    • 1 cup ice cubes

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

  • Carrot, Beetroot, Apple, and Celery Juice


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    Carrot, beetroot, apple, and celery juice adapted from Taste.com:


    • 1 small beetroot
    • 2 apples, peeled and cored
    • 1 celery stick
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 oranges, peeled
    • 1/2-inch ginger

    Process all ingredients through a juicer. Serve over ice.

  • Watermelon Juice


    Watermelon juice adapted from Cookie and Kate:


    • 1 small watermelon
    • 1 small lime, peeled

    Cut watermelon into chunks. Puree watermelon and lime until totally pulvarized in a blender. Serve over ice.

  • Banana Chamomile Smoothie


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    Banana chamomile smoothie adapted from Whole Living:


    • 1 cup room temperature chamomile tea
    • 1 ripe banana, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 cup low-fat yogurt, plain

    Start by pouring tea into an ice cube tray to make cubes. Once they're formed, blend chamomile ice cubes with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

  • Spinach, Pineapple, and Banana Smoothie


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    Green smoothie adapted from A Beautiful Mess:


    • 1/2 banana
    • 2 handfuls spinach
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

    Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.

  • Tango Berry Smoothie


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    Tango berry smoothie adapted from Vega:


    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
    • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

    Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. Serve immediately.

  • Simple Summer Smoothie


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    Simple green summer smoothie adapted from Center Stage Wellness:


    • 3/4 cup kefir or low-fat yogurt
    • 2 cups packed spinach
    • 1 cup frozen mango
    • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
    • 1 cup ice

    Instructions: Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

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