Nobody feels like cooking when it is hot and steamy out. However, you don’t want to deprive yourself, so this is where a delicious and nutritious homemade smoothie is the ideal meal replacement. You can also add ingredients that are also known to cool down the body. A good example of these types of ingredients that help you cool down would be mint, lemon, lime, watermelon, cucumber, green tea, and coconut water,

Here are some great ideas for cooling summer smoothies. Just throw some ingredients and some ice in a blender and give it all a whirl.

Avocado Banana Smoothie

The avocado banana and Greek yogurt smoothie is a classic go-to summer treat that is nutritious enough to be a meal replacement. The yogurt provides protein to keep you steady, while the bananas and avocados provide essential fats that are good for the brain. This is based on an original Martha Stewart recipe that calls for orange juice, and you can go retro if you like. To eliminate sugar, replace all or part of the orange juice with coconut water. Adding mint leaves also enhances the cooling effect of this summer smoothie.

  • 1 pitted avocado
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • juice from fresh oranges 1 ½ cups or coconut water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • a handful of mint leaves (or by taste)

Whirl everything together in a blender and drink.

Coconut Mango Chiller

You have to love the simplicity of this smoothie as well as its tropical taste. It consists of four ingredients including mangos, coconut milk, and lemon juice and a lot of ice. Mangos are rich in Vitamin A and C and the coconut milk makes you feel cool as well as lowers blood pressure, which naturally escalates on a hot day.

  • 2 cups chopped frozen mangos
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice

Blend all of the ingredients together and then pour into a tall glass. Garnish with mint or basil if you like.

Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie

Cucumber is rehydrating to the body and the frozen blueberries in the blend add some chilly frost to the drink, the sweetness is packed with antioxidants. The half of a cup of Greek yogurt in the mix adds a protein of the drink. Freezing the pear juice ahead of time also adds to the smoothie’s overall chilling effect. You could also use coconut water instead of pear juice.

  • 2 larger cucumber peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon. lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • a bit of fresh mint or basil

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and give them a whirl until you have a smooth and frosty drink.

Mint Watermelon Smoothie

This frosty delight is full of hydrating natural minerals such as sodium and potassium, contains a bit of protein (thanks to dairy or nut milk). Freezing the watermelon first augments this recipe. If you don’t have any mint around you can also make this drink with basil, lemon or even a stick of oregano.

  • ¼ watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¼ cup nut milk, coconut milk, coconut water or dairy milk
  • 1 mint leaf (or ½ teaspoon mint extract)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • I cup ice

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender to make a frosty drink.

Parsley Cucumber Smoothie

This drink is for those who like savory smoothies. This is a refreshing green smoothie that is packed with minerals that help you rehydrate during hot weather including a cup of packed parsley, a cup of chopped cucumber and a small garlic clove. You can also add a splash of pickle juice, right from the jar to help you rebalance lost electrolytes due to the hot weather and also add a bit more flavor

  • 1 cup plain full-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup parsley leaves and stems
  • 1 garlic clove
  • splash of dill pickle juice
  • I cup ice

Whirl all of the ingredients together in a blender until frosty.

A final tip- remember to wash all produce thoroughly and buy organic items wherever possible.

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