There’s no better way to beat the scorching Australian summer heat than with a tall glass of the most refreshing smoothies. And while you can always expect your favourite beverage counter to give you one spectacular drink after another, you’ll do a lot better making your own right at home.
You’ll have better control of the ingredients, adjust the taste accordingly, and will never pay a fortune for a glass. Best of all, you’ll be sharing these homemade smoothies with everyone else in the family. Here are some of the best smoothies you can enjoy this summer.
1. Banana Smoothie
Cut up some bananas. Add honey and vanilla extract. Now put ice then finish off with yogurt and give it a good blend. You’ll get one of the best homemade smoothies you will ever have. Bananas are rich in potassium which can help maintain the integrity of the body’s cells.
The addition of yogurt can also strengthen the bones and keep you away from osteoporosis. Honey has a lot of health benefits stemming from a bevy of antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.
This is one smoothie that will have you singing with joy as you spend the rest of the summer frolicking in the Aussie sun.
2. Simple Summer Smoothie
It cannot get any simpler than this. Put into your blender slices of bananas and a cup each of cherries, strawberries, and blueberries before dumping the ice cubes.
Turn the machine on and watch these tropical fruits get transformed into one of the most nutritious, albeit simple refreshments to enjoy this summer.
Potassium-rich bananas go so well with berries, accentuating not only their flavours but also their nutrient goodness. Berries are well-known for their antioxidants, making this summer drink a healthier alternative to your conventional refreshments.
3. Peanut Lover’s Green Smoothie
Unless you’re Popeye, you really don’t want to eat spinach raw. But you should. Well, at least if you turn it into a summer smoothie that also includes whole peanuts, creamy peanut butter, and sweetened almond milk.
Rich in folate, niacin, vitamin C, iron, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals, spinach is largely considered a superfood.
Add the protein-richness of peanuts and you have a summer beverage that will not only improve the health of your muscles, but can also reduce your risk of developing gallstones and heart disease. How’s that for a summer drink?
4. Tropical Mango Smoothie
Summer is never complete without mangoes in the mix. This bright yellow golden fruit helps in lowering cholesterol, promoting good vision, clear the skin, and can even promote healthier gut. And if you’re diabetic, you’d be glad to know that it won’t cause any spikes in your glucose levels.
The only other ingredient to this smoothie is yogurt. This dairy product is perfect for protecting you from osteoporosis as it is naturally rich in minerals that strengthen the bones. No wonder every summer, folks are all lining up for the tasty and nutritious tropical mango smoothie.
5. Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
If you loved the tropical mango smoothies, then you’ve got to try this breakfast concoction to go with your start-of-day meal. You’ll need coconut water, Greek yogurt, mango chunks, and orange juice.
It’s just like the tropical mango smoothie except that you’re adding pure coconut water that is rich in electrolytes.
As the summer heat intensifies, you’ll be losing a lot of electrolytes through sweating. This is one excellent way to replenish those lost electrolytes while capitalising on the health benefits of the other ingredients.
6. Blueberry Kale Smoothie
While not everyone loves kale despite its amazing antioxidants and nutrients, turning it into a nutritious and truly refreshing smoothie can give you an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and two of the planet’s most powerful antioxidants – kaempferol and quercetin.
Add the antioxidant-richness of blueberries and you’ve got a nutrient- and antioxidant-packed drink that will leave you feeling more robust as the summer days come.
This concoction also uses orange juice to help improve the taste of kale while also adding to the vitamin C already found in the smoothie’s 2 main ingredients. Now this is what we call a powerful punch.
Making a homemade smoothie you can enjoy this summer isn’t really that difficult. It’s not expensive, either.
Check out my other blog post about smoothie recipes by clicking here.