Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to get an ample dose of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your body. They also offer healthy carbs and protein to fuel you up for all your summertime activities. So, whether you're headed home from the gym or headed out to the beach, drinking a smoothie is the perfect way to keep you cool and satisfied.
Want to really rev up your bev? Add seasonal fruits and veggies from your local farmer's market or grocery store. In-season produce tastes better, contains more nutrients, and costs less. Plus, certain fruits have the right flavor and texture for the perfect smoothie. We're sharing 4 below.
4 Summer Seasonal Fruits That Are Perfect For Your Next Smoothie
The next time you're whirring up a quick smoothie this summer, throw any of the following fruits in the mix. These are in-season, delicious, and ideal for smoothies:
Known for their high concentration of potassium, bananas actually contain many other nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, magnesium, and fiber. Higher temps will cause bananas to ripen faster, so store them in your fridge to make sure they keep long enough for you to enjoy them.
Bananas are also a perfect base for smoothies. Blended, they become creamy and really hold all the ingredients together well. Frozen blended bananas? Even better. Plan on stocking your freezer all summer long with ripe and peeled bananas, so you'll always have the perfect smoothie base ready to go.
Unlike other in-season fruits like mangoes or even bananas, strawberries are low on the glycemic index, which means they won't cause a huge spike in your blood sugar (good if you want to avoid sugar crashes and weight gain). Strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, iron, and folate, among tons of other vitamins and minerals. Fresh or frozen, they're also a great addition to your smoothie.
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Packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants, "super food" blueberries are just about irresistible during the summer. Wild berries are best, but even store-bought organic berries are tasty and super nutrient-dense.
To your smoothie, blueberries add an appealing color and a slightly tart-yet-sweet taste. Just be sure to keep some floss handy: the skin can stick to your teeth pretty easily.
Yes, it's actually considered a fruit (technically, it's a single-seeded berry). Known as the alligator pear, the avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients like riboflavin, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. It also puts the "smooth" in your next smoothie! A ripe avocado has the perfect consistency and texture to make for a smooth, creamy, and decadent drink.
Try This Fruity & Fresh Summertime Smoothie
To make this luscious Banana & Berry Smoothie, mix the following in a blender:
- 1 cup of milk (for dairy-free go with coconut or almond milk)
- 3/4 cups of frozen blueberries
- 3/4 cups of frozen strawberries
- 2 medium frozen bananas (peeled)
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Garnish with a few berries or a twist of lemon, then sit back and enjoy.
Feel free to add some protein powder, hydrolyzed collagen powder, chia seeds, or some other good-for-you-add-ins, and stay cool AND healthy all summer long!
Try These Fruity & Fresh Summertime Smoothies at the HealthSPORT Café
To get your fill of fresh, energizing summer fruits try one of the delicious smoothies at the HealthSPORT café. Our Berry Blast smoothie has strawberries and blueberries in it. Looking for something with banana? The Strawberry Storm smoothie is loaded with vitamins and potassium because it has both bananas and strawberries. If you want to try something totally different you can always create a custom smoothie with your choice of one fruit and one source of protein.