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Simple Summer Smoothies

Summertime. It’s all about relaxing, having fun, sipping cold drinks. It’s also about quick and simple. You can have all that in one glass of thick and fruity smoothie perfection. OK, maybe two glasses.

While sipping a peach blueberry coconut water smoothie I wondered about the history of smoothies. A few Google searches later and visions of long haired, bell bottomed macrobiotic vegetarians sipping fruity drinks back in the 60s surfaced. Going back a bit further…smoothies appear in the 20s when a man by the name of Julius whipped up an orange milkshake called the Orange Julius. Remember those?

Smoothies are no passing fad. They’re here to stay in all colors and flavors. Anybody want to join me in a resounding Woohoo!

This summer I’ve simplified my smoothie making. It’s a matter of necessity since it’s an on-the-go kind of time for me. Here’s a simple formula that seems to be working just fine.

Simple Summer Smoothies

To make one smoothie mix up these ingredients using a stick or regular blender or one of these cool compact smoothie blenders:

3/4 to 1 cup of liquid: coconut water, almond milk, hemp milk, or orange juice
1/2 cup each of two other kinds of fruit: berries, mangos, cherries or peaches (preferably frozen)
1/2 banana

That’s it.

Unless you want to get just a little creative. Then just add some of these:

Hemp protein
Cocoa powder
Ice cubes

Just keeping it simple. And cool.


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Reader Comments (13)

Lol, so we both had coconut water on the brain. I remember Orange Julius, I had no idea they were that old! I'm a big time smoothie maker, I add hemp powder and chia seeds to mine as well.

Oh my do THOSE look refreshing & delicious! YUMMY!

Jun 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwenderly

Yum! I love mangoes in my smoothies. Summer is all about refreshing smoothies :)

Jun 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharanya

I'd do kale in a smoothie. Yessir. I sometimes add quick oats to the boys yogourt/berry smoothies. Is that weird? Guess that would make it a liquid meusli.

Jun 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee @ Simple Bites

Wow, the 20s for Orange Juliuses ... I didn't know that either! Nancy, that smoothie looks like chilled perfection. I'd love one right now, and I love your simple summer smoothie recipe! Who can't handle that recipe? ;-) Super easy and works for whatever fruit you have on hand. :-) I'm always adding spinach to mine, but occasionally skip it and get more creative. A blueberry version made me happy the other day.

Lifting a smoothie to summer!

Jun 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

These look lovely... And, I really need one of those smoothie blenders!

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I love to freeze the banana too so it's super cold and creamy. I wish it was warmer here so I could have one right now!

Jun 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInTolerant Chef

I love this recipe and that very pretty.

I love this simple smoothie! I just wish I could be sipping it with you side-by-side right now! ;) I love the little history lesson about the Orange Julius as welL! xoxo

I love smoothies the possibilites are endless!

Jul 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBev

I love smoothies, and I love how many ways there are to customize them. I definitely want to try some with coconut milk!

Jul 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Ice cubes are great for summer. I love peanut butter also with all sorts of twists!

Jul 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
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