As the temperatures rise, we start to look for something refreshing and delicious. Ice cream seems to be the go to cool down for the season but why not make your refreshing indulgence a healthy one instead. Try these delicious smoothies that will not only cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth, but they have some added feel-good benefits. Add some superfoods like flax meal, chia seeds and coconut water and you’ve got yourself a refreshing snack that will leave you feeling energised and ready to take on the hot days ahead, whether they be chilling at the beach or fighting the traffic under the scorching sun. If you’re really feeling the heat, then simply pour these smoothies into ice lolly moulds and let them freeze!

Banana and ginger smoothie

banana-smoothie

Ginger has long been touted as a remedy for all manner of the ‘queezies’ as well as heartburn, nausea and motion sickness. Teamed up with a banana, which is a natural antacid you have the perfect remedy for a queezy stomach from one too many cocktails the day before, or great if you’re planning a boat trip and are a little worried about sea sickness.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 4 ice cubes

Method

In a blender, combine the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.

Green tea and blueberry smoothieblueberry

Blueberries are king of fruits in so far as health benefits are concerned. These sweet balls of goodness have been known to improve heart health, brain function, urinary tract health and decrease risk of cancer. Adding antioxidant-rich green tea makes this smoothie a nutritional powerhouse. Add a sprinkle of flax meal for prevention of heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp flax meal

Method

In small glass measuring cup or bowl, microwave water on high until steaming hot. Add the tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Discard the tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves. In blender with ice crushing ability, combine berries, banana, and milk. Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve.

Recipe Tips 

Serve immediately if you want to drink as a smoothie. The flax meal will cause the smoothie to thicken after which you can eat it with a spoon as a healthy dessert.

Strawberry and kiwi smoothie, with chia seedstrawberry

Strawberries are almost out of season at this stage but you can’t get away with a smoothie feature without including these sweet and juicy treats. Chuck in a kiwi for a bunch of vitamins and minerals that promise to reduce inflammation, protect against cancers and promote bone health. A sprinkling of superfood chia seeds will not only help prevent a barrage of first world diseases but it is also packed with protein and stabilises blood sugar levels and adds a bit of a crunch.

Ingredients

• 1 ¼ cup apple juice
• 1 banana
• 1 kiwi
• 5 strawberries
• 1½ tsp honey
• ½ lime, juice only
• 1 tsp chia seeds
• 5 ice cubes

Method

In a blender, combine the juice, banana, kiwifruit, strawberries, and honey. Blend until smooth.

Banana, date and almond shake

Banana-dates

Almonds, as well as almond milk and almond butter are packed with protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats, quashing the myth that nuts are bad for weight loss programmes. Make your own almond milk, or pick some up Eco Mil Almond Milk from Holland and Barrett. The naturally sweet date and the banana make this a great start to your day. Add a little maca powder for an energy boost if that summer sunshine is taking it out of you.

Ingredients

• 2 large ripe bananas
• 1½ cups Eco Mil Almond Milk
• 6 medjool dates
• 2 tsp almond butter
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground cloves
• 2 tsp maca powder, optional

Method

Peel the bananas and remove the stones from the dates. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend into a creamy deliciousness, this should take 2-3 mins.

TIP

If your milk isn’t already cold I’d recommend adding a couple of ice cubes or putting the smoothie in the fridge for ½ an hour.

2017 – VIDA Magazine 

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