perfect summer smoothies

Smoothies are one of the newest trends in healthy eating. It is not hard to see why people like these drinks.

Smoothies make a great meal on the go. If a person does not have the time to sit down and have a proper breakfast, a smoothie is enough to get them through to lunch. Smoothies are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. In the summer, a smoothie is great anytime.

It is refreshing and filling without that heavy feeling. Smoothies are great when they are cold and can help keep the body hydrated. Here are some great ingredients that can be used to make the perfect summer smoothies.

Bananas

This fruit can be used with many different flavor combinations. A banana is great as the main ingredient as well. It is mixed well with other fruits, vegetables, and yogurt or ice. Bananas will give the smoothie a rich texture, and it will also be smooth to drink. There is no skin to break down and there are no seeds to worry about either. A banana is in season during the summer month. At this time, they are very cheap. A pound of bananas is going to cost well under a dollar, which makes them an affordable life hack for many people. Bananas are also packed with potassium which will make the body strong and healthy. A smoothie made with bananas will help keep a person hydrated and allow them to have fun in the summer.

Coconut Water

Coconut water can be used to replace ice or regular water added to the smoothie. It can be used in addition or in replacement of milk or yogurt. When it is added to these ingredients, it will help thin the smoothie out, and it will not be as heavy. Coconut water can also add an extra touch of flavor to the smoothie. Coconut water contains electrolytes which will help cool the body down and will help a person stay hydrated in summer even if they are working out in the hot weather. It is very important that a person keeps their electrolyte count high when it is hot outside so they do not get sick.

Berries

In the summer months, there are many different types of berries that are in season. Many of these berries are plentiful during the summer. At this time, they should not be as expensive to purchase as they should be a good variety. Berries are also good for an individual’s healthy diet. They contain a number of vitamins that the body needs every day. Berries also contain antioxidant properties to prevent a person from getting sick and keep the immunity and digestive system functioning properly.



Different berry combinations can be used to make many different flavors as well. One berry can be the main ingredient of the smoothie. Berries can also be combined in different tastes. When using leafy greens in a smoothie, the use of berries will help keep the smoothie sweet and tasting good. Berries are a natural source of sugar so there is no need to add additional sugar. Some great berries for smoothies include strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The best part is that during the summer they are fresh.

Avocado

This super food is in season during the summer, so a person can get them fresh and ready to do. The avocado will give the smoothie a creamy and rich texture. It will also help a person stay full for a longer period of time. Avocados go well with ice cream so in a smoothie they will go well with cold milk or yogurt. Avocados contain healthy fats, fiber, and potassium. They can be mixed with a number of different fruits. They will also give the person the feeling of fullness so they can continue on with their day and enjoy the summer activities.

Fresh Herbs

During the summer many people enjoy gardening. There are a number of herbs that can be grown in a garden. They are easy to take care of and handfuls grow at a time. Herbs also make a great addition to a smoothie. Herbs can add an extra touch of flavor to a fruit smoothie. They can add a fresh taste as well. Popular herbs that are grown and mixed into smoothie include lemongrass, lavender, and cilantro. Basil is also a popular herb. These herbs contain antioxidants and they are very low in calories, which makes them even more appealing. Starting a herb garden is also inexpensive. A person can have a summer full of herbs for only a couple of dollars.

Smoothies are healthy to drink and they taste great as well. These recipes contain the top five ingredients to make the perfect summer smoothies. A person will get all the vitamins they need and be able to cool down.

References:

1. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/top-15-smoothie-ingredients
2. https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/10-smoothie-ingredients-to-help-you-lose-weight-naturally.html
3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/smoothie-recipes-secret-ingredients_n_1676401.html

Author Bio: Kelly Everson is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written numerous articles/online journals on stretch marks, pregnancy, sleep disorders, female health and joint pain problems. She is also passionate about health, beauty and fitness. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest from 2011. Examiner from 2013, Epochtimes & Healthline from 2014