As the summer temperatures climb into the 80s, 90s and even hotter, not much is more refreshing than a cool, creamy, fruity drink. But shelling out $4 or $5 a pop for a small smoothie can put a damper on your relaxed mood. The good news is you can achieve that same level of summer nirvana without the $35-a-week price tag (assuming you get one every day).
Smoothies are simple to make, and summer, with its array of fresh, seasonal fruits, is the ideal time to save some cash while doing so. All you need is a basic blender, which you can get for under $20. With that in hand, the possibilities are endless.
If you think you don’t have time to whip up smoothies day after day, consider the following: You can prep smoothies ahead of time and store them in your freezer all ready to blend. In minutes, you can be sipping a cool smoothie. Here’s a very basic yogurt and fruit make-ahead smoothie that couldn’t be easier. And here’s a great way to enjoy your smoothies at lunch, plus some tasty flavor ideas, too. My daughter will love these in her lunch box once school starts again.
Green smoothies are certainly all the rage right now. If you’ve never tried one, you should. They are a great way to get some extra veggies into your day. You can’t even taste the spinach in this one.
Here’s another green smoothie plus a great technique for making a big batch of “smoothie cups” ahead of time for quick blending when you are ready for one. Lots of fruit, plus spinach, make these smoothie kits both healthy and easy for mornings when you are on the run.
If you’re looking for a good, old-fashioned fruit-filled smoothie to make and drink on the spot, there are more options out there than you can count. In my mind, watermelon just drips with summer refreshment, so any smoothie with watermelon catches my eye. Try this Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie, this Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie, or even a Green Watermelon Smoothie. And for you purists, a basic Watermelon Smoothie.
I love a good fruit smoothie, but what’s life without a little chocolate? Who could resist this Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie? Or try this Raspberry, Banana, Dark Chocolate Smoothie or this Cookies ‘n Cream Yogurt Smoothie.
If you have leftover smoothie, make some smoothie popsicles. Simply pour smoothie in popsicle molds or go old-school and pour into paper cups, cover with plastic wrap and insert a popsicle stick. Then, freeze until solid.
Pick your favorite flavors, start blending and let the refreshing begin.