What's even better than a big bowl of fresh summer berries, peaches or melon? A frosty glass of those juicy fruits whirled together with protein-packed yogurt, milk or non-dairy alternatives. Hello, instant refreshment that will power you through the morning or bridge that gap between meals. There's no guilt involved when drinking these great-tasting, top-rated summer fruit smoothies.
So Very Blueberry
When it comes to seasonal sipping, it's tough to beat the cheerful hue of a smoothie featuring blueberries. Oh, and talk about a super food. This antioxidant-rich berry also contains vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese, plus fiber. When using fresh berries, add an ice cube or two to the blender.
A great way to start your day. This smoothie blends blueberries, yogurt, and orange juice with a touch of sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. "Great on-the-go," says Lisa Marie.
Blueberries, yogurt, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and a touch of ground nutmeg mix it up here. “This is a quick and easy way to get some healthy fruit in during the day,” says Holiday Baker. “I highly recommend using frozen berries. A thinner brand of plain yogurt is a must for this recipe.”
Orange juice and pineapple juice mix it up with yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. “I make a version of this smoothie everyday for breakfast,” says Margo. “It's quick, yummy and keeps me going all morning.”
"This delicious smoothie is sweetened with natural sugars,” says Wirefox Terrier Mom. “Replace any of the fruit ingredients with your favorites if you like, but make sure one of them is frozen to make it nice and thick!"
Bananas and blueberries blend with soy milk, yogurt, flax seed meal, and a bit of honey. "This blueberry smoothie is to die for,” says bon_a_petite808. “It tastes so good, you forget that it's good for ya!"
"Almond milk and almond butter are the star ingredients in this berry smoothie," says Alli, "for a nutritious, on-the-go meal that is vegan and paleo-friendly."
The planet's juiciest stone fruit -- especially when it's fully ripened -- peaches are a natural for the smoothie treatment. There's no need to peel, just wash and slice before adding the remaining ingredients.
This blend of peaches, coconut milk, yogurt, and milk is the “perfect summer smoothie for a post-workout boost,” says megan.
Frozen peaches and bananas whirl together with orange juice, soy milk, and ground flax seed to create a "delightfully light smoothie that makes for the perfect start to a summer day,” says AllisonB.
Vanilla ice cream and soy milk shake it up with frozen strawberries, fresh strawberries, and peach slices. "Quick, delicious and refreshing on a hot day,” says segacs. "If you don't have fresh strawberries or peaches, you can substitute with frozen ones.”
Peaches and frozen chocolate yogurt combine with ice cubes in this super-simple smoothie. "Thick smoothie you can eat with a spoon,” says Aredendra. “And it's highly customizable!"
So Crushing on Strawberries
Yes, these red gems are available year-round in most supermarkets, but if you're fortunate enough to snag a basket or a flat of the sun-kissed, fresh-off-the-vine strawberries, make plans to toss a few of them into one of these winning smoothies. Ahhhh, so cool.
A creamy blend of almond milk, frozen bananas, strawberries, protein powder, vanilla extract, and honey gets a healthy boost with ground flax seeds, ground chia seeds, and cinnamon. "Delicious and nutritious," says Jillian. "I love the combination of strawberries and banana. Very easy to make and perfect for a cool, refreshing breakfast on the go."
A sensational summer smoothie. "Frozen strawberries and watermelon take a spin in the blender with cream, yogurt, and orange juice," says Nobody'sGirl. Serve with a slice of fresh watermelon, or a dollop of whipped cream!"
"The avocado gives it great texture," says ellenchild. Also featuring OJ, vanilla yogurt,strawberries, honey, and flax seed meal, "This is a great pick-me-up smoothie after a work-out. Also a really pretty smoothie if you're having guests over for breakfast!"
Fresh strawberries blend with equal parts skim milk and yogurt. It's a healthy and delicious way to start the day. "Excellent recipe," says REDGERANIUM. "Absolutely yummy but not too sweet."
15. Strawberry Lassi
"A cool, refreshing, healthy 'pick me up' drink that's not too sweet," says Rhianna.
Fresh strawberries and bananas whirl away with almonds, and chocolate-flavored protein powder. "This balanced smoothie is great for a meal replacement or after a workout," says cookiequeen.
"This is a fast vegan smoothie with a deep pink color and a rich, creamy texture," says ASTROPHE. "VERY filling, and perfect for people in a rush in the morning." It combines soy milk, rolled oats, banana and frozen strawberries with vanilla extract and a little sugar.