Summers can be fun for those who are planning to spend in a hill station or beach areas but these are draining, stressful and exhausting for most of us who are obligated to work under the reeling temperature.
We all have our own ways of coping up with the heat. Some prefer staying indoors the majority of the time, while others keep gulping high calories aerated cold drinks at short intervals which not only add up to unwanted calorie intake but also affect our health in the long run.
But there is no need to worry as we have a list of some healthy drinks recipes that will help you to manage any hot summer day ‘like a pro’.
Let’s replace high-calorie saturated drinks with delicious healthy sips of fruit smoothies.
1. Mangoes Smoothie
Summers are the season of mangoes. Eating mangoes with siblings on a hot summer afternoon is a common childhood memory.
Let’s bring that childhood back but with a twist. A cup of mangoes with two spoons of honey, ice cubes, chopped coconut, and a teaspoon of vanilla ice cream makes it for the best mango smoothie. The recipe is prepared in the blender. You can also garnish the smoothie with mango slices.
2. Grape Smoothie
Grape serves as an antioxidant agent that helps in slowing down the aging process. It also provides Vitamin C to the body. Grapes have also proven to be beneficial in reducing cellular damage. Having high content of water, it becomes one of the best smoothie options for summers.
All you require is a cup of milk, some ice cubes, vanilla ice-cream, and a cup of grapes. Blend it till it gets all smooth.
3. Watermelon Frosty
This fruit consists of 80 percent of water. So, try this recipe to remain dehydrated throughout the summer. It contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B1, B5, and B6.
For preparing watermelon frosty, you will need one and a half cup of frosted watermelon cubes, half cup of coconut water, one lemon, and a banana for increasing the concentration of the blend. Add all these to the blender, blend, and serve it with a watermelon slice or lemon.
4. Blackberry Smoothie
Blackberries have immense health benefits. Also known as ‘Cancer Fighting Food’, it helps in preventing cancer and also improves brain function. For making a fresh basic blackberry smoothie, you will require a cup of milk, 3 cup blackberries, a ripe banana, 2 teaspoons of honey, and some ice cubes. Use the blender to make a delicious and healthy smoothie.
5. Peach smoothie
Peach is the store of various kinds of minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, and potassium. They are also a rich source of fiber so if you are on diet, peach is the best fruit option to choose. It also helps in keeping the skin healthy.
For preparing a basic peach smoothie, you will need 2 cups of milk, 4 ice cubes, frozen slices of peaches, and sugar (2 tablespoons). Make it in the blender till it gets all smooth. (Tip: You can also add some slices of orange fruit for enhancing the taste).
6. Avocado Smoothie
The avocado fruit is a full house of minerals along with healthy fats. Some of the nutrients that it contains are Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. It is also low in saturated fats and high in proteins.
For preparing the smoothie, take a half cup of avocado fruit, half a cup of milk, two teaspoons of honey, and some ice cubes with a half a cup of vanilla-flavored yogurt. Blend and serve fresh.
7. Banana- Chocolate Smoothie
The high fiber content of bananas keeps you full for a long time. Having a banana in the morning is always a good option as you don’t have to worry as to when you will be getting your next meal. Along with being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, it is easily digestible.
Meanwhile, chocolate is favorite among all age groups. So, let’s go for a combo of taste and health. You will need frozen bananas, 2 cups of milk, chocolate syrup, and ice cubes. Blend it till it gets all smooth, and drink.
8. Kiwi Smoothie
Kiwi is a rich source of vitamin C. It also helps to digest food well. This fruit comes with the antioxidant compound that boosts immunity and clears the body’s toxins.
Kiwi Smoothies are usually made along with a combination of other fruits. Like the strawberry, apple, pear, and cucumber. It is to be mentioned that no milk is used in making a kiwi smoothie like the previous others fruits. Try having this fruit on a regular basis to prevent any kind of clots or blockages.
9. Apple Smoothie
An apple a day keeps a doctor away is a tested and trusted phrase for centuries. Apples are a rich source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. It reduces cholesterol. Promotes weight loss and helps in managing diabetes.
For an Apple Smoothie, you will need a chopped apple, half a cup of milk, 1/3 cup plain yogurt, teaspoon of honey. Prepare it in the blender, till there are no fruit crusts. You can also use cinnamon for a better taste. (Tip: use peeled apples while making smoothies).
10. Pineapple Smoothie
Pineapple supports the immune system and helps in taking care of the eyes. It’s a rich source of fiber and also improves oral health. You can use it if you are trying to lose weight.
For preparing this smoothie, you will only need pineapple, ice cubes, and milk. Being an easy and quick recipe, you can always opt for it if you are in rush.
Try having all the above-mentioned recipes at least once for an easy breezy summer feels!
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