Smoothies are a cool, refreshing way to get in your fruits and veggies this summer. They keep you hydrated and ready to enjoy whatever the day may bring your way. With the abundance of summer produce in gardens and farmers’ markets, the prices for many fresh fruits goes down and nothing tastes better than freshly grown fruits and vegetables. Try these fresh summer fruits in your next smoothie. For some extra nutrition, dissolve CalMax in a small amount of hot water and add it to your smoothie, too!
- Peaches – Peaches are packed with 10 different vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants that fight free radicals, which enter our bodies through polluted air and foods, and other chemicals that wreak havoc on our bodies. Look for peaches with soft and fuzzy skin to get the most flavor.
- Mangoes – Mangoes are rich in vitamins A, B6 and C and full of folate and other nutrients that are good for your body. Mangoes are also high in fiber and low in energy density, which boosts the digestive function of the body that burns additional calories, ultimately encouraging weight loss.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are high in water and fiber content, making you feel full for a longer period of time. The little bit of sweetness will satisfy your sweet tooth and they’re loaded with powerful antioxidants. Blueberries also contain catechins, natural antioxidants that help to kick start fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells, aiding in weight loss, particularly in the belly.
- Watermelon – What says summer more than juicy, ripe watermelon? It also makes a perfect summer smoothie. Watermelon is made up of almost 92% water, so it’s a great way to keep you hydrated. There are only 50 calories in one cup of watermelon. Plus, it’s sweet, helping to satisfy those sugar cravings. Watermelon is also rich in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and vitamins A, C and B6 as well as the antioxidant lycopene.
- Blackberries – Blackberries contain ellagic acid, which is a natural phenol antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of cancer and protect skin from sun damage. The deep, purple berries can have a tart taste, but when combined with naturally sweet fruits, your green smoothies will be popping with flavor and nutrients.
- Pineapple – Just hearing the word almost puts you on a tropical island soaking up the summer sun, right? Fresh pineapple contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which aids in the digestion of protein and blood clot formation. As an anti-inflammatory super food, pineapple can also help reduce swelling.