What better way to celebrate the warmer months than by whipping up a tasty smoothie? Smoothies are a great meal or snack to enjoy during summer season, and you can make hundreds of different combinations using your favorite fruits, juices and yogurt flavors. The great thing about homemade smoothies is they’re good for your body, too; since they’re a mix of fresh fruits, yogurt and other natural foods, you can enjoy a wholesome snack as part of your healthy diet. Here are some tips and ideas for making tasty, all-natural smoothies with some basic ingredients:
ALL NATURAL SMOOTHIE #1: Very Berry Smoothies
Mix up ¼ cup each of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey, and add some strawberry yogurt. This tasty treat is a must for any berry-lover!
Pineapple, coconut milk, papaya and mango are all you need to enjoy a taste of the tropics. Just mix these fruits and flavorings with vanilla soy milk for a thick and tasty treat that can could just turn into a meal in itself.
ALL NATURAL SMOOTHIE #3: Banana Chocolate Smoothie
Love chocolate? Monkey around with this simple recipe to enjoy a yummy banana and chocolate concoction for dessert, or better yet, for breakfast. Just mix up a cup of banana, dark chocolate cocoa powder, a couple of tablespoons of honey, and either plain or vanilla soymilk for a decadent treat.
If you love peaches, this one’s for you; mix up a cup of peaches, ½ cup of nectarines, ½ banana and your choice of vanilla or plain soymilk with a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. This dreamy treat is a great afternoon pick-me-up, and is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats.
If you’re a big fan of strawberries, pick up a pint of strawberries to enjoy a sweet treat! Mix one cup of sliced strawberries with ½ cup vanilla yogurt, ¼ cup strawberry yogurt, and 1/3 cup of orange juice. This delicious concoction is great for breakfast, or as a snack between meals. If you need it to be sweeter, add some agave nectar or fresh honey to the mix.
ALL NATURAL SMOOTHIE #6: Cantaloupe Wake Up Smoothie
Another great way to kick off your day is with some fresh cantaloupe. Mix one ripe banana with ¼ ripe cantaloupe (seeds removed), ½ vanilla flavored yogurt, and 1-2 tablespooons or orange juice and honey. This smoothie is sure to make waking up in the morning that much easier!
If you want to make your smoothies that much more healthy, you can add any of the following to the blender for an extra nutritious punch:
½ cup soft tofu to add protein and create a creamier texture
1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed to add some Omega-3s to the mix
Dark cocoa powder for a boost of antioxidants
¼ cup chopped walnuts or almonds for some extra healthy fats and protein
1 tablespoon peanut butter for a protein boost
You can find an abundance of fresh fruits and natural sweeteners like honey at your local Farmer’s Market. Don’t be afraid to venture to the market on the weekend to round up some tasty, in-season fruits for your unique smoothie creation!