Ever finish a workout and have a throat so parched that it hurts to swallow? Well, that was me last weekend. It was unseasonably warm so I decided to take advantage of the weather and go outside for a run rather than to the gym. The sunshine was beautiful and air refreshing, but as soon as my run was over I was dying for a cool, refreshing drink. The perfect solution? This raspberry peach smoothie of course! I try to keep my smoothie recipes pretty simple, the more you add to smoothies the more sugars seem to sneak their way in. This smoothie really has only four ingredients and takes just a few seconds to whip up!
The first thing you ill need is 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries. Fresh raspberries will work too, but I tend to think that frozen fruit seems to work best in smoothies. Raspberries are bursting with post-workout benefits including high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, and the ability to prevent multiple types of cancer. Even better, raspberries speed up the metabolism and prevent obesity by increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells.
You will also need half of a cup of frozen (or raw) peaches! I realize that not every store carries frozen peaches, so feel free to sub in half of a banana, pineapple, mango, or cherries. Peaches are also rich in nutritional benefits. They are surprisingly full of dietary fiber along with minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. In addition, peaches are free of saturated fat and cholesterol all while tasting amazing!
Next up is 1 cup of almond milk! Used slightly sweetened vanilla almond milk because it was what I had on hand, but unsweetened will taste just as delicious because the fruit will act as a natural sweetener. Almond milk promotes heart health while containing no saturated fat or cholesterol. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber which breaks down slowly and will keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Finally, I added about 3 crushed ice cubes for flavor. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and you are good to go. Blend the mixture until smooth. I found that it was pretty think, so I kept adding cold water until the smoothie had reached the desired consistency. Enjoy and here’s to more successful workouts!
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1 cup almond milk
- Crushed ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and power on. Add cold water until desired consistency has been reached.