3 Healthy Refreshing Summer Drinks
Hello hello, today I wanted to share with you guys some of my favourite fresh juices and smoothies. I have been on a pretty strict diet lately and have been heavily relying on fruits to give me some healthy sweetness and vitamins in my life. They serve as a great snack in between meals or pre / post work out and are so refreshing on those hot summer days.
Watermelon is extremely hydrating and refreshing as it is more than 91% water. You can even eat the rind of a watermelon making it both a fruit and vegetable. There have been studies indicating that watermelon helps prevent muscle soreness because it contains the amino acid, L – citrulline, in it.
I have come to love fresh watermelon juice (a bit too much I might add, where at one point I was drinking 2 to 3 glasses a day). It does contain quite a bit of sucrose, a natural sugar, so don’t overdo it if you’re watching your weight.
Like any juices, it’s very straightforward to make, just put the chunks in a blender and blend until smooth. I use about a quarter of a medium sized watermelon for 1 serving with 3 added ice cubes. For those that like it a bit sweeter, you can add a tea spoon of honey. Use the light coloured honey though, I’m not too sure what the type of honey is called exactly. I bought a darker coloured one, not knowing that there were different types of honey and it tasted pretty disgusting : (
Mango Banana Smoothie
Mangoes are full of vitamin A, B6, C and E which help to maintain and control your vision, heart rate, blood pressure and boosts your brain function. Bananas are also high in nutrients and have a high antioxidant content that helps your body to slow down free radical damage, which leads to ageing. Both mangoes and bananas are sugary fruits, so again don’t eat or drink too much if you’re watching your weight.
If I could only eat one fruit for the rest of my life, it would be mangoes. I love the taste and texture of the fruit, although not too much peeling them. Oh well, plus minus, plus minus. Mixing mangoes with bananas makes this drink a little dessert for me. You can even add a bit of milk to it and call it a milkshake.
Just mix two bananas and two mangoes with 4 ice cubes in your blender and you’re good to go. The more ice cubes you add, the more watery it will be. If you want it your drink to be very fluffy, add only two cubes.
Avocado Banana Smoothie
Now this last one is great if you love avocados. Avocados are very nutritious and contain more potassium than bananas. Besides that, it is filled with fibres and can even lower your cholesterol levels with regular consumption. Avocados are however, one of the fattiest fruits out there. If you do take it in moderation, it can be extremely beneficial for you as oleic acid is the key fat source of avocados (the same type of fat that is in olive oil).
This drink is one that I go for whenever I want to feel extra healthy. While all the other juices are healthy as well, the green colour definitely plays a psychological trick on me.
To whip up a delicious avocado banana smoothie, just take one avocado, 2 bananas, about 200 ml milk, honey (if desired) and 4 to 6 ice cubes for one serving. Make sure there is enough liquids in your drink otherwise it becomes more like a paste than a drink.