We all know how easy it is to reach for unhealthy snacks and quick fixes, especially during the summer heat but there are a number of ways to avoid those pitfalls! Filling and fueling up on nutrient dense smoothies are an excellent way to not only quench your thirst for something cool and creamy but they are also great opportunities to pack in those fruits and veggies we often miss during the hectic work week.



Don’t be deceived by those fast food restaurant pseudo “healthy” alternatives that are packed with added sugar, mystery syrups, and additives that are claiming to be “fruit” and or yogurt smoothies!  After all, you get what you pay for in this instance. You can’t expect a fast food chain to deliver on healthy, organic and non-GMO at those prices (cheap up front, but you pay for it big time with the gains to your waistline) because the truth is, you will pay more for quality ingredients that have been sustainably sourced.

This is why I make the conscious decision to create healthy smoothies and protein shakes either from scratch or uses a protein powder that I know and trust (based on my own research, reviews, etc). For my smoothie recipes, I use one of my favorite protein mixes (check it out under resources in the fitness favorites section) along with some other varieties I’ve tried from my local health food store.

For my Choco nutrient blast smoothie I’ve created a list of ingredients below:

  1. Chocolate vegan shakeology (available via the link on the resources page under fitness favorites or you substitute your own variety that you love).
  2. 2 table spoons of organic nonfat vanilla (or plain and just 1/4 teaspoon real vanilla) greek yogurt.
  3. 1/2 cup almond milk (or soy, rice milk).
  4. 1/2 cup water (cold).
  5. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon maca root powder (I add this for an extra punch but you can leave this out if you prefer; also check with your health care provider to make sure this will not interfere with any medications you might be taking).
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder

Next, blend all of your ingredients in a high-speed blender and serve cold. You can also allow your smoothie to set in the freezer for 45 minutes for a soft serve creamy delight! Bonne Appetite! Plus, if you’re still clueless about how to begin your journey to clean eating, grab the free guide on this page or book some convo time with me when you visit the coaching and programs page!


Tonye Tariah

Tonye Tariah

Freedom At The Crossroads Founder

Tonye Tariah, Holistic Health Strategist and founder of Freedom at The Crossroads Blog, helps free women from inaction and unhealthy habits so they can get fit, healthy, and live free. Her approach is “the cookie cutter method only works for cookies,” meaning she helps each person in a unique way helps them transform their lives from the inside out. She’s not about helping you lose weight quick. She’s about changing your habits and helping you fall in love with yourself so you can live a life with pure joy.