Summer in a Glass

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

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 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

*Peelslice and freeze bananas ahead of time for really thick & creamy smoothies.

Method

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!

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