Summer is still in full session and the heat can be hard to handle at times. I always like to have something cold to cool me down, but, at the same time, I try to stay away from sugary drinks. They are an absolute waste of calories in my opinion. It’s much more satisfying to eat my calories than drink them! Fruit is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and also a way to hydrate and up your fruit intake.
I love trying out new fruit smoothies and, in the summer, I especially love frozen smoothies. I either freeze any extra fresh fruit or I buy frozen fruits from the market and I get creative by coming up with delicious and refreshing recipes. I also like to try out new ones from some of my favorite healthy food bloggers. I’m always up for learning and sharing new recipes, whether that’s fresh salads, smoothies, or meals. It keeps things new while I attempt to stay on track with what I put into my body.
I have some delicious staple smoothies that I keep on repeat throughout the year and especially to enjoy with my family and friends in the hot summer days. These smoothies are light and absolutely delightful next to just about any meal of the day or just as a daily treat. They are packed with vitamins and are a great way to keep up with the recommended fruit and veggie intake for the day. They also serve as a wonderful treat for everyone – even the kids.
First up on my menu of smoothies is my frozen watermelon-lemonade. There are two ways I like to make this thirst-quenching drink.
2 fresh lemons, squeezed
4-5 cups of cubed frozen watermelon – I always cube and freeze any extra watermelons that don’t get eaten fresh within a day or two of cutting up a watermelon.
1/2 cup sugar
A handful of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of water – add more as needed
- Place the frozen watermelons inside a blender.
- Add the fresh squeezed lemon juice and sugar as desired (you can add more/less than the recommended 1/2 cup)
- Drop in the fresh mint.
- Pulse blend everything and add water if needed.
- Continue blending all ingredients together until it’s well blended and you have a delicious slushy consistency.
- Pour and enjoy!
The other way I make this drink (when I don’t have fresh lemons) is to use store-bought ready lemonade. I pour about 3 cups of the ready lemonade into the blender, add a bunch of fresh mint and 3-4 cups of frozen watermelon cubes into the blender. I blend those out and, in a short few minutes, I have myself a delicious frozen watermelon-lemonade drink.
My next fabulous summer drink will have you feeling like you’ve traveled to your next tropical getaway without leaving your backyard.
4-5 cups frozen pineapples (I buy a large frozen bag from Costco thats already cut up and in a resealable frozen bag which saves the hassle of buying fresh pineapple and slicing it up on my own.)
1 can of coconut milk
1-2 tablespoons of raw honey
- Place all three ingredients into the blender.
- Blend until it reaches a thick and frozen consistency.
- Enjoy the end result – a delicious and tasty tropical drink even tastier than a pina colada sans sugary additions.
This is one of my faves! It’s a feel-good, nutritious smoothie as it contains vitamin A from the carrot juice as the base liquid, is rich in potassium from the bananas, and vitamin C from the strawberries. It’s a great drink to give as a snack for kids in between meals or even for adults as a meal replacement during the day.
4-5 cups of Carrot Juice
3 frozen bananas (Tip: I look out for my bananas – once they start to have spots on the skin, I know they are so sweet and packed with their most nutritional value and that’s when I peel and freeze them.)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon raw honey – optional
- Place all ingredients in blender at once.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes or until everything is well blended.
- Your deliciously creamy smoothie is ready !
I hope you find these recipes easy enough to try out for yourselves. They are absolutely delicious, nutritional, and take minutes to make. They are a great way to replace sugary drinks such as juices, sodas, and those yucky tasting energy drinks that are high in calories and sugars which your precious bodies are better off without! And remember, on a hot summer day, and on any day for that matter, you can never ever go wrong with water. It should be a daily staple – make sure you and your loved ones are always hydrated.