The only thing better than reading a book? Reading a book while also sipping on a cold, refreshing, delicious smoothie! But which smoothie is right for you? There are so many options! (Smoothies are kind of like books in that way.) Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and concocted some book-and-smoothie pairings so you don’t have to worry about it. Just pick a pairing that sounds tasty to you, hit the kitchen (or smoothie shop), and settle down to relax, sip, and read with your perfect reading accessory—all summer long.
Read: Color Me In by Natasha Díaz
Sip On: Green Goddess
Nothing tastes healthier than a smoothie full of green goodness. Whether you use spinach, kale, celery, or a combination, a bright green smoothie is delicious and beautiful. For a book to match, check out Color Me In by Natasha Díaz. That lush green on the background of the cover? Gorgeous! Plus, this coming-of-age story is totally gripping—you’ll devour the book as quickly as you devour the smoothie!
Green Goddess Recipe
- 1 cup cashew milk (or your milk of choice)
- 1 cup frozen kale, spinach, or celery
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp agave (or your choice of sweetener to taste)
Read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Sip On: Protein Power
The best protein-packed smoothie is also packed with flavor! You may choose to add fruits and veggies in addition to your protein of choice. Regardless, the perfect pairing for whatever kind of protein smoothie you choose is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Just look at that burst of color on the cover! You can’t go wrong with this multicolor beauty (and the story’s a beaut, too!).
Protein Power Recipe
- 1 cup hazelnut milk (or your milk of choice)
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice (optional)
Read: Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma
Sip On: Citrus Zest
When it comes to sipping on a zesty, citrusy smoothie, you’ll want a book that not only matches the color palette but also packs a punch. The perfect book pairing for a citrusy smoothie is Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma. Just look at that orange cover—you and your matching smoothie and book will be the talk of the beach (or wherever you’re reading this summer)!
Citrus Zest Recipe
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 seedless orange, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Read: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Sip On: Berry Bonanza
A smoothie full of plump berries—strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more—is bound to taste tangy and sweet, and match perfectly with Jeff Zentner’s Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. That purple?! To die for!
Berry Bonanza Recipe
- 1 cup oat milk (or your milk of choice)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey (or your choice of sweetener to taste)
Read: The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross
Sip On: Beet-iful Blast
With beets in the mix, you know this smoothie is going to be a stunning shade of red. To match it, pick up The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross. Don’t let the title confuse you—the deep red of the cover will pair perfectly with this beet-ilicious beverage.
Beet-iful Zest Recipe
- 1 frozen beet, peeled and diced
- 1 apple, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)