With summer temperatures on the rise, it’s time to clear a place on the kitchen counter for your trusty blender—smoothie season is officially upon us! Whether you’re drinking a full portion as an easy on-the-go meal or enjoying a half-portion as a healthy snack, it’s a great way to get more fruits (and even veggies) into your diet. Here are four healthy diet recipes that are sure to make your summer a little sweeter.
Beginners guide to green smoothies
If you haven’t ventured into the world of green smoothies yet, this is the recipe to start on. Spinach and cucumber have subtle flavours and are the perfect ‘base’ for your smoothies when you first start. They’re also ‘free foods’ on jenny, so load up! Take 1 cup of baby spinach and 1 small lebanese cucumber. Then add some sweetness with 1 chopped banana or pear, and ¼ cup of blueberries or 1 kiwifruit. You can use 1-cup non-fat milk or water and a handful of ice. Blend until smooth, and enjoy immediately! Getting greens into your morning sets you up for a healthful day!
Watermelon mojito mocktail
This is a great option if you’d like a lower-kilojoule option to sip at your next barbecue or cocktail party. Bonus: watermelon is not only loaded with the healthy hydration of good old water, it’s contains the phytonutrient lycopene which has antioxidant properties in the body! Cut ¼ of a regular-sized watermelon (or half of a mini-watermelon) into 1-inch chunks, and blend with a handful of mint leaves, the juice of one lime, and a cup of ice. Makes 2 ultra-refreshing drinks.
Green apple cinnamon smoothie
If you struggle with getting enough leafy greens in your diet, this smoothie is for you! Start with two peeled, cored and chopped granny smith apples. Add 2 cups water, 1 cup chopped spinach and 1 cup ice. Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and blend until smooth. Makes about 2 servings. Apples are rich in flavonoids and high in fibre, helping you to feel fuller for longer. Spinach is super trooper, packed with vitamin k, folate, iron and phytonutrients; most people find that spinach and spices cut the natural sweetness of the apples.
This ultra-flavourful treat uses ½ jenny milk serve and 1 fruit serve and is sure to cool you down even on the hottest of days. In a blender, combine ½ cup non-fat milk, ½ sliced banana, ¼ cup frozen mango and the pulp from 1 passionfruit. Blend on high until mixed, then add ½ cup of ice and blend until smooth. If smoothie is too thin, simply toss in a few extra ice cubes at the end, and blend until smooth. Makes 1 serve.