Healthy and Refreshing Summer Smoothie Recipes
Craving a cool, sweet treat on a hot summer day?
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Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Makes 3½ cups
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 mango
- 5 large strawberries
Directions: Add milk to your blender. Remove banana from the freezer, and peel and slice it. Add the banana slices to the milk. Remove the skin from the mango and cut into one-inch chunks. Add mango to the blender. Hull the strawberries and add them to the blender. Mix ingredients until thick and smooth.
Cherry Banana Smoothie
Makes 4 cups
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 ½ cups plain yogurt
- 1 ½ cups ice
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 cups pitted sweet cherries
Directions: Remove the banana from the freezer, and peel and slice it. Set it aside. Add yogurt, ice and honey to the blender. Blend until the ice is crushed. Add cherries and banana to the blender. Mix ingredients until it is thick and smooth.
Stone Fruit Smoothie
Makes 2 cups
- 1 plum
- 1 peach
- 1 nectarine
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
Directions: Remove the pits of your plum, peach and nectarine. Roughly chop the fruits. Combine fruits, yogurt and blueberries into the blender. Mix until it is thick and smooth.
Tips On Creating Your Own Smoothie
Want to make a smoothie with your favorite fruit? It’s simple and easy. Here are a few tips…
Yogurt makes a nice base, but if you’re going dairy-free, a frozen banana can add thickness to a smoothie without overwhelming the flavor of your other fruits. Also, be sure you’ve got a good blender with a strong motor so that your smoothie comes out thick and creamy.