Our Best Summer Smoothie and Drink Recipes
Sit back and relax under the sun while enjoying a fruity summer drink. We’ve rounded up our favourite smoothie and cocktail recipes.
This milk, yogurt and fruit smoothie is one heck of a vitamin C booster! A serving has 128 percent of your daily requirement (so it may help stave off illness), plus 43 percent of your daily requirement for bone-building calcium.
Get the recipe: Creamsicle Smoothie
Fresh Mint Smoothie
The combination of kiwi and mint makes this a refreshing drink and sweet treat. It’s also a good source of fibre and calcium and a good source of vitamins C and K.
Get the recipe: Fresh Mint Smoothie
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Agua Fresca, Spanish for fresh, cold waters, is a combination of watermelon, water, fruit and honey, blended together and served ice cold. This is the perfect beverage to enjoy on a backyard patio.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca
Plum’ilicious Summer Drink
Tree-ripened Ontario plums offer a refreshing and aromatic summer aperitif. Add a splash of sparkling wine to give it an elegant edge.
Get the recipe: Plum’ilicious Summer Drink
A fruit-packed smoothie like this one can be a great breakfast or between-meals option. According to a 2012 study, thick drinks help you feel full longer — so the creamy mango and dense, protein-rich Greek yogurt will keep you satisfied until mealtime.
Get the recipe: Raspberry-Mango Smoothie
Sparkling Spring Cocktail
This remix of the classic Russian Spring Punch comes courtesy of Christopher Sealy, a sommelier at George Restaurant in Toronto.
Get the recipe: Sparkling Spring Cocktail
Rhubarb and strawberries are both good sources of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron and acts as an antioxidant. One serving of this smoothie has 90 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C.
Get the recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Smoothie
Frozen Pinky Cocktail
Let the gorgeous and glamorous Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in the Bahamas inspire your inner mixologist this summer. Bonus: The pineapple juice naturally reduces bloating to help with a flat belly.
Get the recipe: Frozen Pinky Cocktail
Watermelon Bliss Smoothie
Watermelon is a refreshing treat that’s also an excellent hydrator. Blended with low-fat plain yogurt and fresh or frozen strawberries, this smoothie is a delicious way to load up on antioxidants.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Bliss Smoothie
We paired apple juice and apple sauce with basil and cucumber to create a healthy beverage with a sophisticated feel — and will do your body good. Fact: Adults who consume apples, apple juice and applesauce are 27 percent less likely to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Get the recipe: Apple-Cucumber Refresher
Tropical Dream Smoothie
Make this smoothie with passion fruit, papaya, mango — or all of the above. Why? Researchers found that eating an extract of passion fruit peel reduced pain and stiffness in the knee joints of patients suffering from osteoarthritis. As for papaya, its high levels of beta-carotene can help reduce flu symptoms, and the carotenoids in mango may lower the risk for breast cancer.
Get the recipe: Tropical Dream Smoothie
Take a break from the summer heat with a refreshing, low-calorie smoothie. This one’s made with cantaloupe (a great source of vitamins A and C, plus potassium), watermelon and honey.
Get the recipe: Melon Smoothie
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