At Swimwear World, we simply cannot resist a snack which is healthy and tasty. I mean, could there be a better combination for the summer?! That's why we have been raiding our respective fridges for fun ingredients to throw into the blender and mix into delectable smoothies. Smoothies are great because you can have them at anytime of day. They make for a super filling pre and post workout drink but can also be had when the evening munchies kick in or with a light dinner. Here are our top five smoothie blends for the summer:
Orange and Almond
If you are craving a zesty kick, this scrumptious blend of orange and almond is just the thing for you. Throw one cup of almond milk, three or four peeled almonds, half a cup of orange juice, the juice from one lemon, the juice from one lime, a handful of ice and a teaspoon of honey into your blender, mix it all up and serve the smoothie immediately. Almonds are packed with nutrients, vitamins, protein and fiber so you can imagine how good they are for you. The cherry on top? It's only 148 calories and it tastes so good.
Load Up On Vitamin C
Did you know that they key to protecting your immune system is stocking up on your daily dose of vitamin C? This beverage combines the goodness of the vitamin with the deliciousness of fruits to create the ultimate summer smoothie. Blend up one large grapefruit (peeled, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces), half a cup of crushed pineapple (fresh is always better than canned), half a cup of fresh strawberries and half a cup of non-fat Greek yogurt. At only 159 calories and zero fat content, this has to be one of the tastiest, "good-for-you" drinks out there!
The summer heat can really suck the hydration out of your skin, leaving it dry, sallow and unhealthy. That's why you need watermelon in your diet - it re-hydrates you skin and instantly makes it glow.If you love the fruit as much as we do, whip up a tasty watermelon flavored smoothie for yummy post work-out snack. Just throw two cups of seedless watermelon (chopped into bite-size pieces), one cup of strawberries, one cup of low-fat yogurt and a handful of ice into a blender and mix until it is smooth. Garnish your drink with mint leaves and enjoy this delicious 149-calorie bliss!
Blend the Beets
It might not be your favorite veggie out there, but beetroot has some insane health benefits: it lowers your blood pressure, improves blood circulation and supports the function of your immune system. If you haven't acquired a taste for beets yet, don't worry. You can still have the health benefits and enjoy the taste too by adding some juicy strawberries to the mix. Start by cooking and peeling four medium sized beet roots. Add two cups of unsweetened coconut water, two cups of strawberries and the juice of one lime. Blend it all up until smooth and chill it in the freezer before serving. Calories? Only 147! You're welcome.
Green Tea Goodness
There is no doubt about it - green tea works wonders for your body by flushing out the toxins and restoring a healthy glow to the skin. As the temperature shoots up, enjoy your favorite tea in a colder version. All you need is three cups of frozen green grapes, one and a half cups of strongly brewed green tea, two stalks of baby spinach, one medium ripe avocado and two teaspoons of honey. Blend the ingredients until smooth and serve it immediately. With only 54.9 calories, we guarantee that you will be hooked.