To survive the summer heat, many of us add fruit smoothies, snow cones, and milkshakes to our diets. The problem with sipping on those cool, sweet drinks, however, is the massive amount of sugar that accompanies them. So why not make your own, healthier summer smoothie? Even better, why not add a kick of protein?
Save yourself the cash, calories, and insulin spikes, and make your own smoothies at home! Real fruit and whole ingredients are much tastier than corn-syrupy puree, anyway. These five simple recipes make delicious, refreshing smoothies that are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. Enjoy them as they are or add your own spin for more unique flavors!
1. Pina Colada
Instead of adding rum, add some protein! By making some healthy changes to this yummy favorite, you get to enjoy it without the guilt. Pineapples are full of vitamins, minerals, and bromelain, a digestive enzyme, so drink up!
2. Watermelon Mint
Tired of bland egg whites? Add watermelon and mint! This delicious treat is full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watermelon, while super water-dense, contains vitamins A and C, plus potassium. The mint sprigs provide a touch of extra freshness. Add this smoothie to your breakfast, or enjoy it any time of the day!
3. Strawberry Papaya
For all of those avid fish-avoiders, this is the smoothie for you. Although salmon is the heart of the omega family, papaya is also full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hooray! Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries will add some protein and flavor. It's the best of everything in one cup.
4. Cran-Coco Fibernator
Get your grubby paws off your Grandma's Metamucil wafers and gulp a big glass of this. Chia seed, flaxseed, and cranberries are all packed with fiber to keep your digestive system happy. The American Dietetic Association suggests that women consume approximately 21-25 grams and men 30-38 g of fiber per day. With almost 6 g of fiber, this recipe knocks out a significant amount of your daily needs in just one glass. It tastes great, too!
5. Coco-Mango Monster
Put some mango in the coconut and drink it all up! Simple, delicious, and full of the good stuff, mangoes are a fantastic source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. If you have this in your hand, a hammock better be nearby!