Summer Bites: 5 Smoothie Recipes You Need to Try

One of the things we love about summer is it makes for a perfect excuse to enjoy ice-cold treats all day long. Ice cream, smoothies, snow cones – wherever you go, you’d surely come across a store that sells these delicious concoctions to help you stave off the unforgiving Dubai heat.

 

Here’s the thing though, commercial products contain excessive amounts of sugar and other hidden ingredients that your body doesn’t really need. What should you do then if you suddenly get a craving for something sweet and icy? Make your own!

 

For Hijab House’s first summer recipe entry, we’re sharing 5 super fast and easy smoothie recipes. Here’s a tip: pop all your fruits in the freezer overnight if you want a slushier texture or if you prefer less ice!

 

 

  • Peach Cobbler Smoothie

 

Serves 1

 

8 oz unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup fresh peaches

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup cubed or crushed ice

 

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. You can also put in a scoop of vanilla protein powder for the extra nutrient boost!

 

Peach is known for its low calorie content and impressive amount of vitamins and antioxidants, while cinnamon has been around for centuries not just as a flavor-enhancing spice, but also for its wide array of medicinal properties.

 

  1. Orange Yogurt Smoothie

Serves 2

 

2 1/2 medium navel oranges, peeled

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1-2 cups cubed or crushed ice

 

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

 

The oranges are a key source of Vitamin C while the yogurt promotes good digestion and a healthy gut!

 

  1. Lemon Coconut Smoothie

Serves 2

1 medium lemon

1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp sweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp honey or 1 pitted Medjool date to taste

1-2 cups cubed or crushed ice cubes

 

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender except honey/Medjool date.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Add honey/Medjool date to taste and blend for a few more seconds. 
  4. Pour into glasses and serve. Bottoms up! 

 

Coconut milk is an excellent milk alternative that can help lower cholesterol levels and promote weight loss. It’s also rich in fiber!

 

  1. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

 

1 cup strawberries

1 medium banana, sliced

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp honey or 1 pitted Medjool date

1-2 cups cubed or crushed ice

 

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

 

Like oranges, strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C. The sweet and tangy fruit also contains manganese and potassium, while bananas aid in digestion and are proven to boost energy levels!

 

  1. Mango Smoothie

Serves 1

 

2 mangoes, sliced

½ cup almond milk

1 cup ice

 

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

 

Who doesn’t love mangoes? In some countries, it’s considered as the king of all fruits! Aside from the taste and versatility, mangoes are a pantry mainstay because they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can aid the immune system and even lower the risk of certain cancers.

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Which one’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! 

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