The possibilities are endless when it comes to peak-season fruit. For the home cook or baker, the abundance of fresh produce is an inspiration to switch it up in the kitchen. But if you’re looking for an extra-nutritious breakfast on the go, fresh and light dessert or anytime snack, check out these 10 refreshing ways to drink your fruit. Smoothies, juices, agua fresca — you name it, there’s a winning formula.

Pro tip: Make these juicer pulp muffins with your juicing leftovers for extra fortification and less waste!

Recipe: Grapefruit Fennel Juice

There’s a sophistication to this delicate and well-balanced blend, despite its simplicity. You can always juice the green fennel fronds in addition to the bulb, but I’ve omitted them here to keep the pink color of the juice as vibrant as possible; I like to keep a couple fennel bulbs on hand and use the fronds as a delicate garnish.

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This cool green smoothie is extra-smooth, thanks to avocado!

Recipe: Avocado And Kiwi Smoothie

Avocado makes this smoothie lusciously creamy, while kiwifruit and pineapple add just the right amount of sweetness.

 (Photo: Julie Morris.)
(Photo: Julie Morris.)

Recipe: Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Basil gives strawberries a lightly floral accent, but that’s not the real secret here. Instead, say hello to tomatoes! Strawberries and tomatoes share many of the same flavor notes, which is why incorporating the lycopene-rich beauties in this blend is a seamless addition.

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Recipe: Strawberry-Watermelon Agua Fresca

I distinctly remember tasting cilantro for the first time as a preteen (at Chili’s!) and thinking that the restaurant hadn’t washed the soap off its dishes. I avoided the leafy herb for many years before deciding that I liked Mexican food too much to shun cilantro forever. After years of rigorous training, I am now a superfan. But if you’re not, substitute basil or mint, or just leave it out altogether.

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A sweet, refreshing smoothie made with green fruits and veggies.

Recipe: Green Grape Smoothie

This blender wonder mixes celery, cucumber, grapes, and almond milk for a satisfying snack.

Recipes For National Green Juice Day
There’s nothing like a fresh glass of fruit and vegetable juice to set your system right.

Recipe: Cucumber Aloe Melon Juice

After a fabulous morning yoga session, or a run with the man, opt for this electrolyte-packed refresher. You’ll be a fan of aloe’s immunity-boosting powers and hydration, along with its nutritious bennies. Not just for cuts and scrapes, aloe is great for the inside of your body as well! Delish!

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This silky green smoothie leaves out the dairy and pumps up the nutrition with healthy avocado.

Recipe: Avocado, Mango And Lime Smoothie

Avocados feature in several of the smoothies in our book as they create a silky smooth and creamy texture without the need for bananas or dairy products. However, in this creamy smoothie, avocado is no mere accessory; rather, it’s the star ingredient! We combine it with a generous amount of lime juice for freshness, as well as mango and dates for sweetness. The result is an ultra-lush and creamy smoothie with a flavor that reminds us of Key lime pie.

Raspberry Peach Smoothie Recipe
Summer fruit beckons to be in this super cool smoothie.

Recipe: Raspberry Peach Smoothie

A drink as summery as summer can be! Depending on the natural sugars in your fruit, this blend can potentially benefit from an extra touch of sweetener to enhance the flavors.

Refreshing summer drink featuring chia seeds. (Photo: Julie Morris.)
Refreshing summer drink featuring chia seeds. (Photo: Julie Morris.)

Recipe: Honeydew Mint Chia Fresca

“I am always immediately drawn to fresh melon drinks—to me, their cooling flavor is unsurpassed in the refreshing department, which means they’re an ideal base for chia frescas.”

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This carrot-pineapple smoothie is a nutrition-packed tropical treat for any time of day.

Recipe: Carrot-Pineapple Smoothie

Carrots get a tropical makeover in these luscious smoothies with coconut milk, ginger and pineapple.