Smoothies are the ultimate drinks to cool you down during hot summer days. These are easy to whip up and easy to carry on the go. And what we love the most is you can choose from so many healthy ingredients and infinite combinations to suit your tastebuds!
Imagine sitting poolside and enjoying the perfect pina colada smoothie in a cute eco-friendly smoothie cup - totally Instgrammable babe.
We have rounded up the top ten ingredients to transform your smoothies into drool-worthy drinks to beat the heat. Also, up your smoothie game this summer with the best reusable Luxey Smoothie Cups, or if you are already a fan, it's time to bring those beauties out!
But first, let's go through our top ten favorite smoothie ingredients for delicious and nutritious summer smoothies. Use these ingredients in combination with other smoothie ingredients to get the best flavours and textures every time and keep you hydrated throughout long summer days.
1. Bananas, of course!
When we think of smoothies, the first ingredient that comes to mind is bananas. And there's a reason - blended they taste like ice cream ;-)
Whether mashed, cut up, or frozen, bananas add a creamy texture and a sweet flavor to your smoothie. They are a perfect base for smoothies as their flavour complements most smoothie ingredients. You'll see bananas in almost every smoothie recipe - most of us are not complaining!
2. Wild Blueberries
We love wild blueberries! They're an excellent way to add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and natural sweetness to your smoothie. They are low fat and higher in vitamin C, folic acid and manganese compared to conventional ones.
Wild Blueberries are not only healthy, but they also give gorgeous colour to your smoothies.
3. Coconut Yoghurt
Coconut Yogurt, like bananas give smoothies creaminess and substance. Yogurt adds protein and calcium for a nutritious boost and great flavor. It is primarily a perfect ingredient for breakfast smoothies as it keeps you filled for longer and keeps your snack craving under control. It is also rich in probiotics and great for your digestion.
4. Coconut Water
Want to up your hydration levels? Worry not! Incorporate coconut water instead in your summer smoothies. It is a dairy-free alternative that adds natural electrolytes and an amazing flavor to your smoothie and helps make it super refreshing.
Many of you will find this ingredient somewhat surprising for smoothies but trust us; you will be blown away by how refreshing, and oh-so-yummy watermelon smoothies can be!
You can blend watermelon with strawberries, bananas, yogurt, and many other ingredients to create different flavours, all equally delicious. Watermelon is 92% water, so it will keep you hydrated for longer and is great for your skin too!
6. Organic Cucumber
Most of us have cucumbers available in our pantry all summer long. Using cucumbers in smoothies is convenient, and the results are super tasty. Not to mention how healthy cucumbers are!
Cucumbers taste great especially with lime, melon, avocado, and pineapple. Plus, it's a healthy ingredient used in many weight-loss smoothie recipes. So, don't ignore the humble cucumber next time you crave a healthy smoothie.
Rich in healthy fats and potassium, they make a nutritious ingredient for smoothies. Although they are available all year round, they are at their best during the spring and summer seasons, so make a point to use them in your smoothies abundantly.
They help add creaminess and thickness to smoothies without sugar or sweeteness like bananas. It makes them an excellent choice for smoothies when you don't want an overpowering flavour.
8. Cacao Powder
OK, we get that cacao powder is not a summer-specific ingredient, but we can't imagine our family summer smoothies without it. Kids love anything chocolatey. And if you're making a smoothie to be shared by the whole family, adding cocoa will win hearts!
You can add it to bananas and strawberries or make a simple chocolate smoothie with only milk, cookies, and cocoa powder. Summer or not, nobody is going to say NO to this yumminess. Not even picky eaters!
9. Nut Butters
Nut butter, such as peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter, can add creaminess and richness to your summer smoothie without added sugar or sweeteners.
These nut butter are also great at providing an instant energy boost. So, add these to your summer smoothies to energize yourself when the hot weather makes you tired and lazy.
Can we count ice as an ingredient? Well, as long as we add it to our smoothies, it counts!
Ice is a great way to keep your smoothies cold and give them a creamy texture. Be sure to add what is necessary; too much ice will make your smoothie icy and hard to drink!
Enjoy Your Summer Smoothies in a Luxey Cup!