With summer around the corner, it makes sense that you’re busting out your blender—there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a delicious smoothie on a hot, sunny day! It can feel repetitive, though, to make the same old recipes each year, which is why we’re glad that there are so many recipes available at the click of a button!
One list in particular that we keep coming back to is the New York Times’ editor’s collection of “So Many Smoothies, So Little Time”. With 47 recipes to choose from, there’s little chance that you’ll run out of choices.
To save you time of digging through the list and trying flavors, we’ve gone through and made our list of 4 smoothie recipes you must try this summer!
Berry and Rose Geranium Smoothie
One of the best things about summer is all of the fruit that you find at your local farmer’s market; it’s clear that no matter what day of the week it is, there’s always a reason to cool off with some nice fruit. This smoothie is a great example of that, giving you the sweet taste of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries while not being overwhelming for your taste buds. It’s also a great smoothie to have for breakfast and goes perfectly with a great bowl of yogurt.
Indulge your taste buds and check out the recipe here.
Fresh Fig and Date Shake
Looking for something to soothe your afternoon? This fig and date shake is one way for you to beat the heat and find a creative use for your figs. You can find the recipe here, but make sure to supplement the taste by buying organic figs and dates. You’ll definitely notice the difference in the taste and appreciate how rich the flavor is! Bonus points if you decide to make midday sandwiches and salads—we recommend pairing this smoothie with a nice Caesar salad and a Rueben sandwich!
One of the concerns about dessert is that it isn’t healthy and that it’s not the best idea to factor into your plans. This smoothie is an example to the contrary, showing you how you can truly have the best of both worlds and enjoy a nice dessert that is also healthy for you! You can even get creative with the ingredients (i.e. substituting frozen berries for ice and the rosewater for vanilla extract) for some tasty alternatives. For an added layer of awesome, savor the experience and sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top!
You can find the recipe here.
Mexican Chocolate Shake
There’s nothing quite like a nice chocolate smoothie. Though you may associate it as a more traditional flavor, doing it correctly makes this dessert far from ordinary—that’s why we love Mark Bittman’s “Mexican Chocolate Shake” recipe so much that it rests comfortably on our list.
Would you guess that a recipe for a chocolate shake has tofu in it? It seems like an unlikely pair, but you’ll understand the minute you try it. This is truly a recipe for the ages, something to definitely include as the enticing dessert after a wonderful dinner! Flavorful fun for the whole family! This is also the easiest recipe on this list to make, so you can make it quickly and efficiently.
Did you enjoy making any of the recipes above? Do you have your own favorites from the New York Times’ list? Do you crave more recipes to try out this summer? For more options, we recommend checking out the Food Network’s list of 50 smoothies—this is another great list with plenty of options to choose from.