Spring is out and summer is finally just around the corner! This is the time to take good advantage of the sun’s effects on your metabolism. Studies have shown that the higher the temperature the faster your body metabolizes unwanted fat. So while you are working out and burning those calories, keep in mind to replenish your thirst with drinks that are nutrient rich, sweetened naturally and most of all taste GOOD!
These easy smoothies will only take a minute of your time, provided you prep them up the night before. Simply chop, measure and pop each serving in zip lock bags. Store them in your freezer as a post-workout thirst quencher. These are also highly recommended as a kick-starter breakfast, whether you’re on your way out the door or you simply like your early mornings light!
Coffee – Coco – Banana
For the loyal coffee connoisseur, Coffee as we all know is rich in anti-oxidants and is a never fail habit that gets us up and about everyday. Coconut is fast becoming a popular vegan alternative to milk and is packed with Vitamins E, C and B vitamins. Although it is not as high in Calcium as milk, it is a rich source of Phosphorus, which significantly keeps bones stronger. Bananas are of course high in fiber, potassium rich and packed with nutrients that keep the doctor away.
You will need:
- 2 medium peeled and frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh brewed coffee
- 1.33 cup coconut milk
Let the coffee cool. Pour the coffee and coconut milk in separate ice cube trays. Freeze overnight. Freeze banana overnight as well. The next day, thaw everything until slightly mushy. Combine everything in your blender. Blend for a minute, until smooth. Serves 2.
Blue drinks are the perfect match to the clear blue summer sky. This pair is rich in fruity Anti-oxidants, Calcium and Live Active Cultures. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese and Dietary Fiber. ON the other hand, Yogurt is known to keep digestive systems clear of tummy aches and diarrhea while being excellent for your bones and teeth.
You will need:
- 1 cup skim milk or soy milk
- 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (if fresh, add a handful of crushed ice)
- 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
Combine everything in your blender. Blend for a minute. Transfer to a glass and stir in flaxseed oil.
Bring in the tropics with this delicious tropical pair. Mangoes are filling and rich in Dietary Fiber as well as Vitamins A & C. It is also believed that drinking freshly juiced sweet mangoes together with water are found to have a cooling and replenishing effect to the body especially the muscles. Coconut milk on the other hand is excellent for the skin, packed with hydrating electrolytes and rich in the nerve-calming mineral Magnesium. Regardless of its saturated fat content, coconut is high in Omega 6 while its Lauric acid levels have been found to boost good cholesterol levels, thereby leveling out the HDL/LDL ratio.
You will need:
- 3/4 cup frozen mango
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
Combine everything in your blender. Blend for 1 minute. Serves 1
About the Author: Samantha Samonte is a writer for Culinary One, a website about culinary careers, cuisines and food. Helping aspiring chefs to find the best cooking schools. She spends the rest of her time living life to the fullest in the company of her laptop and creative writing prowess.