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The Best DIY Smoothies To Combat Summer Heat

(And a few things to take note of before you reach for that blender.)
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We don’t know about you, but we’re officially knee-deep into the whole clean-eating-raw-food-plant-based-diet crap. I mean, we love a cheeseburger and fries as much as the next guy, but there’s no shame in wanting to fill your body with good stuff, is there? And with the local weather growing more relentless by the day as we go deeper into summer, we’ve had more veggie-fruit smoothies from Boost than we dare to admit.

Still, there’s that satisfaction that comes from going DIY. You know exactly what goes in there, you can tweak it according to your tastebuds and then have it fresh, straight from the blender. Don’t reach for the sugar jar, though. “Use natural sweeteners such as dates, honey, stevia or agave if needed. It’s best if you just rely on the sweetness from the fruits,” says Afterglow‘s Elson Tan. He warns about boxed juices, too. “Even if it says 100% pure on the box, it might contain additives such as refined sugar and additional flavouring.” Always check the list of ingredients and nutritional table, y’all.

To get you started on your homemade smoothies, we got Elson and the team from Afterglow to share three of their favourite recipes, each chockfull of vitamin E and emphasising on hydration to gear you up for the summer sun. Oh, and one final tip before you reach for the chopping board and blender? “Smoothies are considered raw, even after the blending process. The important enzymes will only be destroyed at a temperature of over 45 degrees celsius. As long as you keep the blending under two minutes, you will still get to consume all the enzymes.” Blend and slurp away, fellas.

 

Nuts About Bananas

1 large banana
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
100ml cashew milk (cashew nuts, dates, filtered water, vanilla beans)
Honey (optional)

 

Tropical Feels

50g of mango
20g of pineapple
1 slice of orange, juiced
20g coconut flesh
Coconut water (to be added slowly until desired consistency)
Chia seeds (to be added after blending)

 

Power Berries

1 large banana
1 scoop or acai berry sorbet by Selva Food
3 strawberries
8 blueberries
Coconut water (to be added slowly until desired consistency)
Chia seeds (to be added after blending)

 

Image: Afterglow by ANGLOW

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