5 Fresh Fruit Smoothie Recipes for Healthy Summer Sipping
In summer, there is an abundance of fresh fruit you can add to your diet; there is also a lot of hot, sticky weather. You can use fresh fruit to fend off the blazing temperatures by making smoothies packed with fruit. Cool off, while enjoying a healthy drink, by making one of the five recipes listed below!
1. Fresh Fruit Smoothie
Michael Chiarello’s fruit filled smoothie for Food Network calls for “grey salt,” a variety classified by Salt Works as a gourmet salt, also known as sel gris. But using regular salt won’t take away from the three fresh fruit stars of this smoothie. Strawberries, pineapple, and grapes are mixed together with juice and milk to make one to two smoothies.
- ½ cup soy milk (or other milk)
- ½ cup white grape juice
- 1 cup strawberries, stemmed
- ½ cup pineapple chunks
- ½ lemon, squeezed (for tartness if desired)
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C powder (1 capsule, optional)
- Pinch salt, preferable grey salt
- Small handful fresh seedless grapes
Directions: Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. If you’d like an iced smoothie, blend and then add ice to desired consistency.
2. Apple Smoothie
Spark Recipes has a smoothie you need to try if you enjoy bananas and apples spread with peanut butter. Make the blended version when you need your favorite treat to be travel-friendly. It yields one smoothie.
- 8 ounces vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 medium apple
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
- ½ of a medium frozen banana
Directions: Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
3. Citrus Berry Smoothie
Even though plenty of berries are in season, the grocery store isn’t always stocked with the best selection. Eating Well has a way around this, with a recipe that can use any berry, or combination of berries, you choose. It makes one smoothie.
- 1¼ cups fresh berries
- ¾ cup low-fat plain yogurt
- ½ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
- 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Place berries, yogurt, orange juice, dry milk, wheat germ, honey, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Banana Strawberry Peach Smoothie
In Essentials of Breakfast and Brunch, Georgeanne Brennan, Elinor Klivans, Jordan Mackay, and Charles Pierce replaced ice with strawberries that have been frozen to create this three-fruit smoothie. The recipe, via Williams-Sonoma, yields two servings.
- 1½ very ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
- 4 to 6 strawberries, hulled and frozen, plus 2 strawberries for garnish
- ½ peach, pitted, plus 2 thin slices for garnish
- ¾ cup peach nectar
Directions: Select two tumblers. In a blender, combine the bananas, the 4 to 6 strawberries, the peach, and peach nectar, and process until thick and creamy. Divide between the glasses. Garnish each glass with a peach slice and a strawberry and serve immediately.
5. Melon, Mint, and Cucumber Smoothie
Between the cucumber and honeydew, this smoothie from Martha Stewart already promises to be refreshing. The mint leaves only increase the satisfaction you’ll have as you sip this on a hot day. It yields two servings.
- 2 cups chopped honeydew
- 1 cup chopped English cucumber
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, to taste
- 1 teaspoon honey
Directions: Purée ingredients in a blender until smooth.