Soothing, Nourishing, Energizing, Refreshing…Delightful Summer Smoothies
It certainly isn’t the unbearable heat, or lack thereof, that has inspired me to dive into a smoothie making frenzy, but I can hardly resist when the fresh fruit is this plentiful. Something about how the light strikes through my kitchen window early in the summer months makes me want to rise early, with time enough for a lazy cup of coffee and nourishing breakfast while watching my dog peruse the dew coated grass in the back yard.
The sweet smell of warm air and lazy late July attitude begs for wholesome food to wake the body; refreshing nourishment that is often sacrificed to rushed mornings and stressed lifestyles. Nourishment that doesn’t take hours to prepare and makes the best of each flavorful piece of fruit this season provides.
I just cant think of a better way to start the day than with a smoothie, light on the still-waking digestive system. but energizing and packed with nutrients to support the body throughout the day. Smoothies are a simple way to enjoy what the season provides.
Whether you chose to cherish it during the first still-quiet moments of your morning, pack it with you as a healthy alternative to a take lunch, or savor the mild sweetness on a summer evening as you would dessert, a smoothie is a delightful and universally adored way to nourish and fuel your body while making use of extra summer produce.
- Make a smoothie the night before and keep it in the fridge for an easy healthy breakfast option on days you don’t have time to sit down for a meal.
- Use fresh fruit – it’s naturally hydrating. Staying hydrated is important for your skin, digestive system, immune system, energy production and to maintain healthy and pain free joints!
- Make good use of extra summer fruits, especially if you are worried about them going to waste. Stone fruits that are getting too soft, and berries that are heading towards mushy will still taste great blended up with some plain yogurt and a splash of lemon juice.
- Smoothies are a treat that almost everyone enjoys, and the best part is that they don’t contain any added sugar or processed ingredients. Making a smoothie at home with simple ingredients is a good way to get a nutrient packed meal and add extra fruit and vegetable servings to your diet, or to your kid’s diet, without having to force it.
- A freshly made smoothie is tasty way to cool down on hot summer day.
- Chose well produced, organic, whole ingredients that are packed with nutrients and protein to naturally energize your body. Most fresh fruits are filled with vitamins C and A, fiber, water, calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium and manganese and are low in fat but high in flavor. Mix your smoothie with plain whole yogurt, which is high in protein, healthy fats and beneficial probiotic bacteria, for a boost of lasting energy. The fruit’s natural sugar will sweeten and bring flavor, while the yogurt will help stabilize your blood sugar and keep you full and energized.
Three of my all-time favorite smoothie combinations are cherry-almond, minted-peach and strawberry-basil. All three have notable health benefits (more details to come) and are creative ways to combine seasonal foods to make new delicious flavors. Check back Thursday for the recipes!