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Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: The Blueberry Breeze

We are having an extremely hot summer here in Oklahoma. Spending as much time as possible trying to stay in and stay cool. I will be making these for us tonight. Thought the recipe was worth a reblog. Enjoy!

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Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: The Chocolate Monkey

A Chocolate Monkey Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
A Chocolate Monkey
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

This makes a thick, creamy chocolate smoothie that tastes like a milk shake. I  add flax seed meal for a nutritional boost. We think this is plenty sweet, but you may add a little Stevia if you think you need it.

But how healthy are these ingredients?

Almond milk is low in calories but high in vitamins and calcium. [Source: Nutritional Benefits of Almond Milk www.livestrong.com]

Cocoa powder contains flavonoids linked to decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels. Dark cocoa is best.

Bananas are high in potassium and fat and cholesterol free and a good source of energy due to being high in carbohydrates.

Flaxseed meal is a good source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, Lignans and Fiber. [Source: Web MD www.webmd.com]

Natural peanut butter is a very good source of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat emphasized for heart health and is a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol,  I am talking about peanut butter made from only ground peanuts with no added oils and sugars. [Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com]

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 packet Stevia sweetener (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
  • Ice cubes as needed

Instructions

  • 1. Combine milk and banana in blender container. Blend until smooth.
  • 2. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
  • 3. Add ice cubes one at a time until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.

If you use frozen bananas you will need less ice. We like ours really thick (like ice cream) so I use frozen bananas and lots of ice. Makes two large servings.  

This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies.  Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.

Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store

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Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: Cantaloupe Sunrise

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

This smoothie with a mild flavor of cantaloupe and strawberries makes a good breakfast. So, how healthy is this smoothie? As an orange fruit, cantaloupe is high in beta carotene. [Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com] Strawberries are high in antioxidants and there is current research looking into possible anti-inflammatory properties. [Source: healthfood-guide.com]

Ingredients;

  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • Juice of 1 orange plus water to make 1 cup
  • 9 fresh or frozen strawberries (if you use frozen you will need less ice. )
  • Ice cubes as needed

Directions:

1. Combine cantaloupe and juice/water mixture in blender.

2. Pulse a few times then blend on high until cantaloupe is liquefied.

3. Add strawberries a few at a time. Continue to blend until strawberries are chopped very finely.

4. Add ice cubes as needed, pulsing then blending on high until your smoothie is the desired thickness.

Serves:

This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies.  Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.

Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store

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Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: The Blueberry Breeze

Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins
Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins

This dairy free smoothie gets its creamy texture from frozen bananas. If your fruit is not frozen, you will need to add ice cubes to your smoothie. This will make it a little icy, but it does work. But how healthy is this smoothie? Blueberries are very high in antioxidants and the good news is that blueberries can be frozen without damaging the antioxidants. Cranberry Juice is often used to prevent urinary tract infections. Watch the sugar content of your juice though. Bananas are high in potassium and are fat and cholesterol free. They are also a good source of energy due to being high in carbohydrates. [Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com].

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberry raspberry juice (I use Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals with stevia)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen mashed bananasInstructions
  • 1. Combine all ingredients in blender container.
  • 2. Pulse blender a few times to start to break up the fruit.
  • 3. Turn blender on high and process until your smoothie is thick and creamy.
  •  Serves 2

This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies.   Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.

Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store

Cool Smoothies for a Hot Summer: Introduction

Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins

Where we live summers are hot and humid.  One of our favorite ways to stay cool is to enjoy a nice smoothie.

If you ask about the essential ingredients in a smoothie you will probably get as many answers as people you ask.  These are some of those ingredients along with suggestions for substitutions if needed.

  • Fruit
  • Fruit juice is used in many smoothies.  You do need liquid to make the other ingredients blend properly but may use water or almond milk if you prefer.
  • Milk or yogurt is used in some smoothie recipes. Try adding a banana instead if you can’t tolerate dairy.
  • Greens may be added for extra nutrition.
  • Some people add various types of protein powder.  You may also use almond milk, nut butter or a Tablespoon of flaxseed meal for a protein boost if preferred.

Stay with me throughout the summer as I share a few of our favorite smoothie recipes.

What is your perfect smoothie?

This recipe is part of a summer series on smoothies.  Enter “smoothies” in the search box at the top of the right column to find the others.

Rogene Robbins is the author of Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes available in the Amazon.com Kindle Store