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Smoothie Picks for a Smooth Summer

6 months ago / by Ahad Sanwari
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Summer’s hitting the roads but you probably aren’t. While the sun is exhausting and dehydrates you, are you dreaming of the special smoothie to get your energy back? Well, mango is the flavor of the month and banana is the go-to fruit all year. Still, there are a number of smoothies that are worth looking into.

  1. Strawberry: Everyone goes banana over the banana, but throw in about 200 grams of freshly washed and chopped strawberries to one banana, to give your mix the fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that revs up your body. Half a cup of coconut or almond milk, a few drops of honey – or dollops of it – and some mint leaves would complete your drink.
  2. Dragon fruit: This bright, visual treat is fat-free and fibre-rich, reduces your blood sugar and is rich in prebiotics and anti-oxidants. Blend the dragon fruit with bananas, whipped curd, coconut milk and finally a spoonful of corn cereal, for a great summer drink.
  3. Papaya: Now this fruit is different. The double P of papaya, plums, a kiwi fruit and some milk, or curds, can transform your drink into a double engine of ‘perfect’. High in vitamins and lycopene, papaya reduces oxidative stress, inflammation and LDL cholesterol.
  4. Guava: Guava is suave. It tastes floral and is a power keg of vitamins, high fibre and water. Even its seeds are potassium pellets. Blend one ripe guava with either pineapple, strawberry, mango, coconut and citrus fruits and feel it melt in your mouth.
  5. Noni: The noni is not a no no, even though it has a foul odor and bitter taste. Also called the cheese fruit or even the ‘vomit’ fruit, this is an oval-shaped Indian mulberry. Put in some effort to give it an image makeover, by blending it with some oats, banana and orange. The noni is rich in vitamin C, A, flavonoids, potassium, linoleic, amino acids and phytonutrients – great to improve your immunity, circulation, skin and hair.
  6. Cranberry: This fruit is the great coolant that makes your glass a power pack of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, building up your skin, blood vessels, eyes, hair and bones and helping your body to make collagen on very low sugar levels. Cranberry with orange is a great sweet-and-tart flavor on the tongue, with one banana to give it a creamy richness.
  7. Marshmallow: This interesting plant helps to form a protective layer on your skin as well as your digestive tract and even contains chemicals that can reduce your cough and heal your wounds. Mix marshmallow crème with strawberry ice cream, vanilla essence and a cup of milk to get the ‘mellow’ feel.
  8. Cacao nibs: Try out these interesting nibs with your next smoothie. They are great in taste and flavor, and also add antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and iron to your body. Blend the nibs with banana, almonds, a dash of oats and even spinach, to feel your tongue expand with the extraordinary taste.
  9. Carrot: Now this is an orange smoothie dreamsicle, full of protein, potassium, vitamins and fibre. It is a glass that brightens your eyes and is also a great, free, radical fighter. Mix carrot juice with pineapple, banana, ginger and turmeric for a vivid vegan experience.
  10. Peanut butter: This interesting kind of butter from peanuts is good for your tongue and great for your heart too. Here is a great-tasting source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Mix it with a banal banana, add strawberries, some yogurt and almond milk and appraise its effect on your palate – as well as your health.