Summer Smoothies

How do you do smoothies?

How do you do smoothies?

I have always loved smoothies. Ever since I was a little kid, I would always ask my mom to make me a smoothie before soccer practice or on my way to school. It was sweet and satisfying but also filling and providing my body with nutrients. Once I was old enough to use the blender, I was making wild smoothie combinations and enjoying every single one of them. I did get a little help from my siblings (who both worked at Jamba Juice in high school) when making these amazing smoothie combinations. Whether it be an all fruit smoothie or a chocolate-y delight, I was always making smoothies at home.

This summer has been the perfect excuse for me to revisit my smoothie making roots and create some delicious, trendy flavors with some amazing toppings. I used a lot of Pitaya this summer along with bananas, raspberries, strawberries, mango and watermelon! 

I know smoothies can have high caloric content but in my opinion, everything in moderation. 

Now I don't drink smoothies EVERYDAY, but I do drink them more often then others would. DUE TO my busy schedule I have found it easier to make smoothies for a grab and go snack. With my nutrition background, I have found a balance and realized that with the combination of exercise and eating a well balanced diet (adequate intake of essential nutrients) throughout the day make a smoothie a bonus to my diet! If you enjoy it and find your balance, then enjoy smoothies like I do! 

So I hope you enjoy these smoothie combinations and stay hydrated this summer. 

Pitaya Paradise

Pitaya is dragonfruit. Packed full with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pitaya Plus smoothie packet
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water

Optional Toppings: Fig bars and Theo Dark Chocolate

 

Coconut Raspberry Banana Smoothie

"A one-cup serving of frozen red raspberries has only 80 calories but provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 36% fiber, 45% Manganese, 5%, of potassium, and all with only 1 gram of fat and, no cholesterol." -Red Razz

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Strawberry DragonFruit Smoothie

"Strawberries are in low in sugar and calories, and provide a unique combination of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and phytochemicals. Clinical research suggests that eating just one serving of eight strawberries a day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health, and reduce the risk of some cancers." -California Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh red flesh dragon fruit, skinned and diced
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water

Optional toppings: sunflower kernels

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender ad blend until smooth.

 

Mango Pitaya Smoothie

"A one-cup serving of mangos is 100 calories." -Mango Board

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mango, diced
  • 1 Pitaya Plus smoothie packet
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water

Optional: Top with fresh mango to add some texture and fiber!

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Or I just go for a simple smoothie without the toppings. 

Frozen Watermelon, Strawberry Banana Slushie

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"One serving of 2 cups of watermelon is packed with nutrients that support your health!... hydration and antioxidants that can aid in recovery after exercise." -Watermelon Board

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 fresh orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup water

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water for smooth texture. Enjoy immediately!

 

 

 

"Disclosure: I was not compensated for my time or sponsored for this post. I did not received any samples."