It’s only going to get hotter out there this summer. Instead of sweating it out, though, why not make something refreshing to help you beat the heat? Smoothies are a wonderful way to do that.
Sure, some may argue that ice cream is the way to go for summer. However, when you give your body good-for-you ingredients, you’ll feel even better all day long. Quench your thirst and cool off the family with these 5 tasty smoothies everyone will love!
1. Cooling Mint Watermelon Smoothie
Perhaps watermelon is one of the best refreshing fruits of the summer. Paired with mint and it’s a match made in heaven! You’ll only need ¼ watermelon, ¼ cup of your choice of milk, 1 teaspoon of honey, a mint leaf, and a cup of ice. Cut the watermelon up into cubes and add it along with the milk, ice, mint, and honey to your blender. Yum!
2. Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
Take lemonade to the next level with a raspberry lemonade smoothie. The wonderful slushy texture and the tart yet sweet tastes are sure to cool you off. All you’ll need is a can of lemonade concentrate, 1 1/2 cans of water, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 cups of frozen raspberries, and 4 cups of ice. Put it all in your blender until there are no chunks, and then garnish with fresh lemon slices for a pretty presentation. Sip it by the pool and relax!
3. Peachy Coconut Milk Smoothie
How about something creamy and sweet that uses no dairy or added sugars? Now that’s a healthy treat for sure! It only takes 4 ingredients to make – 1 cup of chilled coconut milk, 1 cup of ice, 2 fresh peaches, and lemon zest added to your liking. The key is choosing good coconut milk made from only coconut and water. You’ll also want to peel the peaches first and remove the stone before cutting them into chunks. After that, it’s smooth blending until this yummy smoothie is in your glass!
4. Layered Raspberry Mango Smoothie
A bounty of berries and tropical mango will transport you from your sweltering kitchen to the island getaway in your mind. All you need is 1 ½ cups of frozen raspberries, 1 ½ cups of frozen mangoes, 2/3 cup each of milk (use non-dairy if you prefer), and orange juice, plus ice. You can also add sugar if the raspberries aren’t as sweet to balance the taste.
You’ll put the ice, raspberries, milk, and any sugar you’re using into the blender until it’s smooth. Then you’ll pour it out into your glasses and pop it in the freezer to chill while you blend more ice with the frozen mangoes and orange juice. Once smooth, add this second part onto the raspberry part for a layered look that really impresses!
5. Strawberry Lassi
In India, they keep cool by drinking a yogurt-based drink called a lassi. Make it with strawberries for a healthy, creamy, and dreamy heat-beating treat. You’ll need 9 ripe strawberries, 2 tablespoons of sugar, ¼ cup of whole milk, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt, and 3 ice cubes. Blend them, and voila! Your strawberry lassi is ready!
Now that you’ve got these 5 tasty smoothie recipes, you can have the coolest summer of all!