I know, I know, summer is almost over – but I’m going to enjoy every last minute while I still can, drinking this gorgeous and refreshing drink. Packed with fresh and/or frozen mangoes, peaches, berries and bananas, this is my Summer in a Glass.
I added a tablespoon each of chia seeds and flax seeds for extra boost of omega-3s, antioxidants, protein & fiber (among other great things). Don’t be afraid to add the seeds; all they do is add a slight bit of texture – I promise you won’t taste them! This smoothie is so delicious, you wouldn’t guess it’s good for you. It’s also a great recipe for those just starting out in the smoothie world. Green smoothie recipes will come soon – don’t be scared 🙂 (I usually blend in a cup or two of greens but shockingly, I was out!)
Summer in a Glass Smoothie
- 2 fresh mangoes, diced (about 2 cups)
- 1 peach or nectarine, diced
- 1 cup of berries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced*
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of liquid of choice (I used water but sugar-free juice or any kind of milk would work)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seeds, preferably ground
- ice cubes as needed
*Peel, slice and freeze bananas ahead of time for really thick & creamy smoothies.
Throw the ingredients (in order) into a blender or Vitamix and blend away until smooth. Blend in ice cubes for a thicker, frothier smoothie. Add water/milk for a thinner, more liquid-like one.
Pour into a pretty glass and drink with a straw – trust me, it’s much tastier this way 🙂
Quick tip about fruit for smoothies — I try to have a 50/50 mix of fresh and frozen fruits (and veggies!) in all my smoothies. The frozen makes things colder with a thicker consistency (my husband’s preference).
Oh summer, won’t you stay just a little while longer? September & October won’t mind!