3 Summer Smoothie Recipes to Cool You Down
Posted byAlicia Trent
Summer is here and that means beach days, lake visits, and plenty of fun in the sun. But all those activities under the hot rays can be dehydrating. Here are some summer smoothie recipes to help cool you down and nourish your body when you need to refuel.
1. Post-Workout Boost
After a hard workout or day in the sun, you may want nothing more than to plop down in front of the television and rest. But wait! A summer smoothie recipe that includes nutrients is a better idea. Try these nutrient-boosting summer smoothie recipes after an exhausting, hot day.
- A navel orange, peeled
- 1/4 c fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
- 2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes
Mix the orange and creamer or yogurt with the orange juice concentrate, vanilla and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. This yummy smoothie gives you 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and is only 160 calories per serving.
2. Hydrating Smoothie Blast
For a healthy smoothie to try anytime, consider this green tea-based smoothie suggested by Prevention.1 Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 green tea bag
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 1/2 c frozen blueberries
- 1/2 medium-sized banana
- 3/4 c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk
Heat a small bowl of water until the water is steaming, then drop one tea bag inside and brew for three minutes. Remove the tea bag and mix honey into the tea until the honey dissolves. Blend the berries, banana and milk using a strong blender. Add the tea to the blender and then mix ingredients on the ice crush or strongest setting until liquid is smooth. Serve in a tall glass.
3. Dairy-Free Bonanza
No need to fret if you can’t have dairy in your diet. For a non-dairy nutrient boost, try this alternative smoothie. Recommended by the Food Network, this fruit-based beverage is every bit tasty without the lactose.2 Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 2 c frozen strawberries, raspberries or cherries
- 1 c rice milk or soy milk
- 1/2 c plain or vanilla soy yogurt
- 1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2-3 Tbsp honey
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Simple, delicious, and not to mention healthy.
1The Editors of Prevention. “20 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes.” Prevention. December 30, 2013. http://www.prevention.com/food/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes
2“Frozen Fruit Smoothies.” Food Network. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/frozen-fruit-smoothies-recipe-1914927
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On August 14, 2017