I've been trying to squeeze as many summer fruits as possible into my smoothies lately--mainly ripe stone fruit and juicy berries. We're in the peak of summer fruit season, people, which means there's so much variety and they're all so sweet! I highly recommend taking advantage of all the peaches, plumcots, nectarines, cherries, berries, and more in your grocery stores right now. Today's naturally sweet summer fruit smoothie includes a good mix of seasonal fruit and some "detox" ingredients. Let's get into it, shall we?
What to Put in a Summer Fruit Smoothie
I tossed some of my favorite summer fruits into this mix. A big, juicy peach, fresh blueberries, and frozen cherries. Side note: Shoutout to Northwest Cherry Growers for the generous supply of cherries. Over the past two summers, they've sent over a bunch of cherries with which I've made delicious desserts like this slow cooker cherry crisp and cocktails like this cherry rosé spritzer. This year, I incorporated them into a smoothie. To balance all the natural sweetness, I also added fresh ginger for a flavor twist and many benefits including indigestion relief and anti-inflammatory properties.
What Makes a Detox Smoothie?
So you're probably wondering what the detox ingredients are. Cayenne and spinach, girl! I fell in love with sweet and spicy smoothies a few years back at Juiceland and have been adding a kick of cayenne pepper to my at-home versions pretty regularly ever since. It's known to help curb cravings, lower blood pressure, and boost metabolism. And even though I also tossed two handfuls of baby spinach into the blender, the finished smoothie certainly doesn't look like a green smoothie. There is a bit of a glow, though. That's partially from the spinach and partially from the teaspoon of turmeric. That turmeric not only makes the glass glow, it can help your skin glow, too! Get up to speed on all the benefits of turmeric here.
I can't wait for you to try this--let me know how you like it, once you do. And, if you do like it, check out this cherry pineapple ginger smoothie, too. As always, thanks for reading!
P.S. more smoothie love:
A naturally sweet combination of ripe seasonal peach, berries, and cherries blended with hidden greens, ginger, and powerful detoxifying spices
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 medium-sized peach
- 1 cup frozen cherries pitted
- ½ cup blueberries
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 1 two-inch piece fresh ginger peeled
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cut peach into chunks and discard pit.
Add spinach to blender, followed by cherries, peach, blueberries, ginger, orange juice, turmeric, and cayenne.
Blend on high setting until completely liquefied and uniform in color. Serve immediately.