It’s summertime, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy ripe, in-season produce in a mouthwatering, thirst-quenching smoothie. The following fruits and veggies are at their peak right now so don’t miss out! Put them on your next grocery shopping list so you can reap all the benefits that these foods will provide you in the summer months and beyond!
This refreshing summer fruit is 92 percent water, so it will help to keep you hydrated on hot summer days. It also contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that research shows may help protect your skin from UV damage caused by sunburn.
Smoothie idea: Try this in your smoothie along with a vanilla meal replacement shake powder, spinach, coconut milk, lime and banana for a resort-style treat.
Did you eat far too much at a summer barbeque or party and now you’re dealing with stomach issues? Not to worry, because healing mint can help to settle your stomach and relieve indigestion, so you’ll be ready for your next meal in no time. Not to mention that mint adds a totally invigorating element to your smoothie.
Smoothie idea: Use about half a cup of mint leaves, and combine with tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, watermelon and lime. Add Greek yogurt and chia seeds for some healthy protein and omega-3 fats.
- Strawberries and Blueberries
These sweet, juicy fruits offer so much more than just their blissful taste. They contain flavonoids, which are powerful disease fighters, and they also help to improve your skin’s appearance, structure and texture. No need to stress about not wearing make-up on balmy summer days; just add these fruits to your next smoothie!
Smoothie idea: These berries honestly taste great with just about everything, but add some Greek yogurt and coconut milk for a sweet, creamy taste that will make this drink better than any sugar-laden dessert!
You don’t have to worry about looking bloated in your bathing suit when you add this veggie to your smoothie. Celery acts as a diuretic while still keeping you hydrated, helping to flush toxins and unwanted waste from your body so you look and feel amazing.
Smoothie idea: Make this a super-energizing power booster and detoxifier with apple, kale, coconut water and lemon.
You can easily squeeze into your favorite summer clothes with this summer fruit favorite. Peaches can help you quench your sweet tooth and control your weight, since one naturally sweet, large peach contains only 68 calories and no fat. The fruit also contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
Smoothie idea: Try this with vanilla almond milk, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple – yum!
So there you have it. Don’t let summer pass you by before you enjoy a smoothie trying each of these nutritious and tasty fruits and veggies. And make sure you add a quality meal replacement shake powder to burn off pounds as you drink… Check out our list of the best meal replacement shakes in 2017, and join our Facebook Community to keep learning more about how to drop weight as you thoroughly enjoy your summer!