Fruit Smoothies Recipes: A Refreshing and Nutritional Summer Drink

Fruit smoothies make a healthy alternative to the usual soda. They are quite filling and loaded with nutrition. Did you know that strawberries are full of anti-oxidants? Did you know that just one cup of strawberries contain 140 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C! They also contain quercetin and kaempferol, flavonoids, that, according to research, has been shown to help keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and damaging the walls of arteries.

Bananas are a "wonder" fruit! Frozen banana slices add a creamy texture to smoothies. They contain a high amount of potassium which can help to maintain normal blood pressure. They may also lower your risk of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Bananas are also high in fiber, and can help your body with the digestion process. They can even help to prevent acid secretions in your stomach, protecting you from ulcers or helping to soothe an already irritated stomach.

Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C and contains bromelain, which can aid in your body's digestive system. Another great advantage of pineapple is that it's also fat free, cholesterol free and very low in sodium!

With summer in full swing, and temperatures reaching the century mark in many places, fruit smoothies are a refreshing drink. They are easy to make and can be made in a variety of fruity flavors. Children as well as adults can appreciate the icy cold taste after a ball game or even after yard work.

Next time you're sitting around the pool or patio and want to relax with a cool drink, pull out your blender and try these delicious recipes!

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

  • ¾ cup orange-strawberry-banana juice
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 (8 oz.) cup strawberry-banana yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 medium handful of strawberries

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend well. Pour into chilled glasses. You can even garnish the side of the cup with a strawberry slice if desired! Makes approx. 3 cups.

Tropical Smoothie

  • ¾ cup pina colada juice (Dole-100% juice)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 (8 oz.) cup pina colada yogurt
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple, with the juice
  • coconut, if desired

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend well. Pour into chilled glasses. You can sprinkle a bit of coconut on top if desired, or you may place a slice of pineapple on the edge of the glass! Makes approx. 3 cups.

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