In the hot months of the summer, we find ourselves melting in the sun, hoping for a cool breeze. I find that the perfect way to cool off is with a delicious smoothie. Although ice cream may be an easier treat to grab on a hot summer day, taking the extra step to make a smoothie will reward you with many healthy benefits. Just make sure to be mindful of what you’re putting into your smoothie, or else it’ll end up being just as sugary as any ice cream cone. All you really need is one or two fruits (frozen or fresh) to get that sweet flavor, perhaps some nutrient-rich vegetables, and a base such as almond milk, yogurt or coconut milk. Once you’ve channeled your inner mixologist, you’ll be able to get a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins in the fastest way possible. Click here to test out different smoothie ingredients to calculate their nutritional values! When you create a fun smoothie, send the recipe to email@example.com and we’ll add it to your Favorites!
Luckily, this yummy snack or meal can be enjoyed year round. At my house, smoothies are a stellar boost to our morning routines and for our post-workout needs. Drinking a smoothie is an excellent way to replenish all the important vitamins and nutrients after your workout. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to build muscle and improve your athletic performance by consistently fueling your body with the healthy ingredients that are in your smoothie. It’s a meal in a cup!
Smoothies are for everyone, so try getting the kids involved by letting them help choose the smoothie and add the ingredients. Or, smoothies can be the perfect disguise when you’re trying to sneak more fruits and veggies into your child’s diet!
The benefits of dabbling in this wonderful world are endless, as it’s a quick and easy on-the-go meal that will never fail to keep your body happy and healthy. Enjoy, and we wish you smoothie sailings!
Four fun things to do with leftover smoothies:
- Make into a freezer-pop! The kids will love this fun, healthy, frozen treat. Click here to learn how to make freezer-pop.
- Or make a homemade sorbet! Let it freeze, and then when you’re ready, grab your spoons to dig in. DinnerTime has our own sorbet recipes too!
- Freeze in ice cube trays for fun ice cubes. Put the smoothie in a tray for the next time you want a cool and refreshing drink, but with a little twist.
Tip: If you don’t have an ice cube tray, you can use a mini muffin tray instead.
- Make a smoothie bowl with your leftover smoothie by simply adding freshly cut fruit and other grains to garnish the top! Submitted by Haley York, DinnerTime Intern