Summer is here! That means looking for tasty ways to get more fluid into our bodies, especially in warm weather when we spend more time outdoors hiking, swimming, golfing or just goofing around at the beach. Why not cool down your internal thermostat and stay energized in the scorching sun with homemade smoothies? The first thing you’ll need is a blender. Next, get yourself over to your local farmers market and stock your fridge with seasonal fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and peaches. Take one cup of ice, one cup of skim milk (soy milk, nut milk or yogurt will work too), one cup of fruit, and blend together for an amazingly refreshing smoothie. It sure beats boring water and the natural sugars will pep up your step while the phytonutrients found in the fruit skin will keep your skin healthy and young.

Try these great smoothies for a refreshing change:

Cooling Tonic

1 cup of ice
½ cup strawberries
½ cup peaches

2 slices of peeled cucumber
4 mint leaves
Pinch of raw cane sugar
Splash of lemon

Exotic Elixir

4 Tbs Brazilian nut milk, or Almond milk
½ cup of water
1 banana
1 cup of blueberries
1 Tbs grated ginger

Pinch of cinnamon

1 Tablespoon of honey, maple Syrup, or agave nectar
1 scoop green powder
*option to add a ¼ cup of fresh squeezed juice for added sweetness