5 Smoothies to Help Chill Those Summer Nights

The best purchase I’ve made by far this summer is the $19.95 I spent for a simple kitchen blender. I bought it for one purpose, and I’ve only used it for that purpose: I wanted smoothies. I can’t explain why—I just had a fruit in my kitchen, I wanted to drink something sweet and cold and delicious, and I didn’t want the huge load of calories that a milk shake would have packed on. So smoothies it was.

At first, I didn’t quite know what I was doing—I began buying whatever kind of fruit that caught my eye, throwing it in the blender with some non-fat vanilla yogurt, and drinking whatever I whipped up. Soon, however, as it always does, the Internet came to the rescue, and I began to discover some incredibly delicious smoothie recipes—enough to keep my blender spinning for the entire summer.

Here are some of my new favorite smoothie recipes!

1) Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie, from FoodNetwork.com

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A great basic smoothie recipe, with the berries hitting you up front and the smooth aftertaste of the bananas following up. The dash of orange juice provides a zesty tang!

2) Pineapple Basil Smoothie, from Prevention.com

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This is one of four great smoothies from Prevention designed to help you beat the summer heat. The slight licorice taste of the basil lends a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the pineapple.

3) Coconut-Blueberry Green Smoothie, from EatingWell.com

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An extra punch of omega-3 fats, fiber and protein make this smoothie as healthy as it is tasty.

4) Tropical Smoothie, from GoodHousekeeping.com

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Peaches and pineapple…and mango? Yes, please!

5) Honeydew-Kiwifruit Smoothie, from FitnessMagazine.com

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Low in calories, low in sugar, and lots of vitamin C, potassium, and exotic fruity taste!

Recommended reading:

51O+dJ-pjeL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes, by Tess Masters (Ten Speed Press, 2015)

Each one of these 100 smoothie recipes is not only delicious, but comes with unique health benefits as well. Do you want to detox? Lose a few pounds? Grab an extra jolt of energy? Or maybe just guard against seasonal colds? Master blogger The Blender Girl tosses in ingredients such as chia seeds, ginger, coconut oil and wheat grass to help you find a way to find your special smoothie blend.

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Michael Ruscoe is a writer, teacher, and musician living in Southern Connecticut. He is the author of the novel, “From the Stray Cat Files: You’ll Do Anything,” the anthology, “Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literature,” and numerous educational texts. An instructor at Southern Connecticut State University, Ruscoe is also lead singer and songwriter for the indie band Save the Androids! In his spare time he earns karma for his next life by ardently following the New York Mets. The proud father of two children, Ruscoe also cares for and supports a pair of goldfish, who, in all honesty, are not very good conversationalists.