Scrumptious Summer Smoothies

By Rainy

Summer arrived last week; the days are long and the temperature will continue to rise (although the weather here in the Pacific Northwest is still very mild). For me, a fruit smoothie is a wonderful treat on a warm, sunny day. I never do very well in heat above 80 °F and I am easily melted down to a puddle of angst-y rage cursing at the summer’s weather.

Two glasses of fresh cold smoothies

However, I find that a cold smoothie is just what I need to cool down body core temperatures and keep my temper in check.

Smoothies are a wonderful tasting drink for the warmer months, although they can be enjoyed in winter as well. They are refreshing after running, hiking or exercising. They make a nutritious in-between meal snack for when your blood sugar is running low. Best of all they are delicious for children and adults alike!

Eating fresh fruit and vegetables is important to a healthy diet. Smoothies are a great way to deliver fresh nutrients. With the modern day’s easy access to fats and sweets, obesity has become a serious cultural problem in America. Another obesity-related problem is malnutrition. Studies, like Americans Do Not Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations, have shown that American diets lack important nutrients. A large majority of the United States population under consumes the recommended amount of fruit. Although I grew up learning the U.S. standard food pyramid, the more recently introduced Healthy Eating Plate more easily translates to our daily lives. Providing a balanced meal for family and friends is simpler if I consider that fruits and vegetables should fill half of our plates. This ratio should also be translated to the snacks we have in-between meals. Smoothies provide nutrients from fruit and yogurt that a bag of Cheetos could never replicate.

Smoothies are easy to make and the varieties are endless. I have listed a basic outline to get  you started making smoothies for yourself. It is simple to exchange ingredients with what is available in your refrigerator. To make my own smoothies, I always use a small amount of yogurt and a few ice cubes. The fruit is always determined by what is currently occupying my refrigerator or freezer, either fresh or frozen works well. I like to add a banana because they are a solid backbone to the drink providing a balance of nutrients and taste. Keep in mind some fruits can be tart or under ripe so I may add a little honey to sweeten it up. If the liquid seems closer to a solid than a liquid after blending, a splash of fruit juice (of any kind) will smooth the problem out. I don’t think it is possible to make a smoothie incorrectly as long as it is all chopped up together in a blender.

Fruit Smoothie

½ cup yogurt

1 banana

½ cup rinsed fruit

4 ice cubes

1 tbsp. honey (optional)

¼ cup fruit juice (optional)

In a blender, add all ingredients and secure lid. Blend ingredients until at desired consistency. Pour into cups and enjoy. This recipe serves two people. 

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3 thoughts on “Scrumptious Summer Smoothies

  1. Your blog prompted us to order a blender so we can make smoothies. We always have bananas and yogurt so it should be easy to follow your basic recipe. I’m glad to know that frozen fruit can be used. You have a helpful tip about adding fruit juice with thick honey. That’s a good guideline to have fruits and veggies fill half the plate. Like your new patio table and chairs!

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