As the weather gets warmer, we find ourselves craving smoothies all the time. So what did we do about it? We taste-tested over 100 store-bought smoothies to find the very best ones! In the Battle of the Bottled, we found five awesome winners available at your local supermarket— check them out in our June 2016 issue. But if you're more of a DIY type, we've rounded up some of our favorite homemade smoothie recipes, too. Slurp's up!
Store-bought: Evolution Fresh Defense Up. Stick a tiki umbrella in this combo of pineapple, mango and orange juices. It has no artificial sweeteners and delivers 310% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving. ($4.99 for 15.2 oz.)
Homemade: Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies. If you love tart and fruity smoothies, this one's for you. Try adding coconut milk to make it more like a piña colada.
Above: Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies
Store-bought: Jamba at Home Smoothie in Razzmatazz. Go from freezer to frosty treat fast with this kit from the popular chain — simply blend its three kinds of berries and nonfat yogurt with apple juice. ($3.49, makes two 8-oz. smoothies)
Homemade: Frozen Fruit Smoothies. Frozen fruit + agave syrup = a refreshing smoothie that's totally customizable. We like to make ours with raspberries, bananas, grapes and strawberries.
Above: Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Store-bought: Suja Sweet Beets. Green juices tend to dominate the veggie drink category, but the unanimous winner in our taste test was this beet drink blended with carrots and apple and orange juices. Turmeric gives it a spicy edge — and ups the antioxidants. ($3.99 for 12 oz.)
Homemade: Carrot-Apple-Ginger Smoothies: Carrots are another unsung hero in the veg department. Mix it up with apple juice and fresh grated ginger for an extra bite.
Store-bought: Trader Joe's Organic Lowfat Yogurt Strawberry Smoothie. This ultra-creamy smoothie tastes like strawberry ice cream, but it's packed with good-for-you probiotic cultures and has just 1% milkfat. ($3.49 for four 6-oz. bottles)
Homemade: Double-Berry Smoothie. Combining fresh with frozen berries is a great way to go, especially if only one kind of fruit is currently in-season.
Above: Double-Berry Smoothie
Store-bought: Evolve Kefir Peach Probiotic Smoothie. Sweet, tart and satisfying enough for a grab-and-go breakfast, this super-thick kefir has the added bonus of 20 billion (yes, really!) live and active cultures per serving. ($3.69 for 32 oz.)
Homemade: Blended Bellinis. Okay, so maybe this isn't a smoothie per se, but it's too good not to include! Best served with Sunday brunch, this recipe combines peach sorbet with frozen sliced peaches for a delectable drink. Swap the prosecco for sparkling cider to make it kid-friendly, or blended ice to make more of a classic smoothie texture.
Above: Blended Bellinis