Perfect for kids (and adults too!), these delicious drinks will cool you down without giving you the heavy feeling you might get from a shake. Most are filled with the freshest summer fruits, and all of them are ideal for breakfast or as a snack. Plus, all the fruit makes for a healthy treat!
Summer Melon Smoothie – Drank almost daily in Middle Eastern countries, this recipe was adapted to taste exactly like the ones drunk in Israel.
• 2 C. cubed summer melon (such as watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe)
• 1 C. ice cubes, crushed
• 2-3 Tbs. powdered sugar, if desired
In blender, combine melon, ice and powdered sugar. Cover; blend until almost smooth.
Tip: Use ripe, super-sweet summer melons or recipe will taste rather bland. If desired, alcohol can be added.
Yield: 2 servings
Per Serving: 85 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 1 g fiber
Starlit Summer Smoothie – This simple and unique smoothie is perfect for breakfast or snacking. Has a smooth, uniform flavor that makes it light and delicious.
• 12 red seedless grapes
• 1/2 C. milk
• 1 (6 oz.) container peach yogurt
• 2 Tbs. white sugar
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 C. ice
In a blender, mix the grapes, milk, peach yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and ice. Blend until smooth.
Simple Summer Watermelon Smoothie – This is a very quick way to enjoy a smoothie in the summer. It’s refreshing and keeps you cool through the summer.
• 1 C. cut up seedless watermelon
• 1 or 2 Tbs. sugar
• Ice cubes
Combine watermelon, sugar and ice in blender and blend until smooth or well blended. Serve it up in glasses.
Cool Yogurt Smoothie – This refreshing summer drink can easily be adapted to your favorite fruit.
• 1 (8 oz.) container Smooth Strawberry Yogurt (or your favorite flavor)
• ½ tub Whipped Topping, thawed or frozen
• 1 C. chopped fresh or frozen strawberries or any other seasonal fruit (
Place Yogurt, whipped topping and strawberries in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (For thinner consistency, add ice cubs as desired.)
Makes 2 servings.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie – The combination of fruits in this recipe is unbeatable!
• 2/3 C. milk
• 1 banana
• 1/3 C. fresh mango
• 1/3 C. fresh papaya
• 1/3 C. fresh strawberries
• 1/3 C. fresh peaches
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1/4 C. crushed ice
Remove skins and seeds from the fruit and cut into 1-inch cubes. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and frothy.
Strawberry Lime Smoothie – This quick and satisfying recipe will easily become a summer staple!
5 minutes preparation
• 1/2 C. 2% milk
• 2 to 4 Tbs. lime juice
• 2 C. fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
• 1 C. strawberry yogurt
• 2 Tbs. honey
• 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses. Serve immediately.
Banana Peach Smoothie – This fruit smoothie is a perfect way to start your day, an easy afternoon snack or even a summery dessert. The abundance of fruit in this recipe packs it with healthy energy.
• 1 can sliced yellow cling peaches, chilled
• 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
• 1 C. low-fat milk
• 1 C. ice
• 1 can pineapple juice, chilled
• Fresh sprigs of mint to garnish (if desired)
Combine peaches and syrup with all other ingredients in blender. Cover and run on high until smooth.
Yield: 3-4 servings
Carrot-Orange Mango Smoothie – Start your morning with a huge dose of vitamin C and fiber. It’s so tasty that you’ll never even know it’s healthy!
• 1 to 1 1/2 C. carrot-orange juice
• 1 ripe mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
• 1 C. mango, peach or apricot low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Nutty Chocolate-Banana Smoothie – This smoothie/shake is great for winter or summer- it’s sweet and nutritious at the same time!
• 1 large banana
• 1 1/2 C. chocolate soy milk
• 1 heaping Tbs. of peanut butter or cashew butter
Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Cashew Smoothie – This smoothie is full of important vitamins and minerals. And it’s dairy-free!
• 1 rip banana, peeled
• 2 C. frozen mango chunks
• 1 1/2 C. almond milk
• 1/2 C. cashew butter
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Cocoa Espresso Trainwreck Smoothie – A refreshing espresso smoothie containing cocoa, low fat frozen yogurt, and pecans.
• 1 pkg. instant cocoa powder mix, divided
• 2 oz. freshly brewed espresso, room temperature
• 5 oz. cold 2% milk
• 4 oz. low-fat pecan or coffee frozen yogurt
• 2 tsp. praline syrup
• 1 tsp. vanilla syrup
• 1/2 C. crushed ice
• 1 pinch instant espresso powder
• 1 tsp. chopped pecans
Reserve 1 teaspoon of the cocoa powder mix. Add the remaining cocoa powder, espresso, milk, yogurt, praline syrup, vanilla syrup and crushed ice to a blender or smoothie maker and puree. Pour into a tall glass and sprinkle with reserved cocoa powder, espresso powder and chopped pecans.
Raspberry Julius Smoothie – Raspberries and strawberries combine in this creamy smoothie.
• 1 C. low-fat raspberry yogurt
• 3/4 C. low-fat milk
• 1 C. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
• 1/2 C. frozen unsweetened raspberries
• 1/3 C. powdered milk
Combine the yogurt and low-fat milk in a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Blueberry Twist Smoothie – Very simple and healthy. Using yogurt and fruit juices keeps the calories down and the energy up!
• 2 C. fresh blueberries
• 1 C. pineapple orange juice
• 1 8 oz. vanilla yogurt
• 2 tsp. sugar or honey
Place everything in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Yield: 2 servings