Homemade Tasty Shakes – Super healthy smoothies recipes

The rising heat during summer in most countries results in number of physical discomforts and can also lead to some heat related diseases. Special attention is required to overcome many of the summer problems. But the ultimate cure for the summertime blues can be found in frosty milkshakes, floats and smoothies.

Shakes normally refer to milkshakes which is a cold beverage made from milk, ice cream with flavorings and sweeteners like fruit syrup or chocolate sauce. These are specially drinks in the form of shakes, smoothes or floats.

A smoothie is a blended drink made from fresh fruit, crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or some flavoured syrup. Sometimes they contain milk, yogurt or ice cream. Their consistency is thicker than shakes. The main difference between smoothies and milkshakes is that the main ingredient of smoothie is fruits and that of milkshake is milk or ice cream.

Floats are not a milkshake – it’s an ice cream concoction with style. A float is simply as coop of ice cream into a large glass. Poured over it is orange, grape, coke or any other favourite soda.  There is no milk in it.

The history of milkshake goes back to early nineteenth century when milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink described as a “sturdy, healthful type of drink served as a tonic as well as a treat”.  Now smoothies appeal to all age groups for its sweetness, fresh fruit flavour and nutritional value.

A milkshake can also be made by adding chocolate powder, caramel, strawberry, banana or mango powder into fresh milk. These shakes are ideal for fussy kids as they provide vitamins, mineral, proteins and calcium to the children in their growing years.

Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake

A thick tasty shake can be made by blending ripe raspberries with creamy coconut milk ice cream and fresh ginger.

Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake

Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk ice cream,
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced or grated fresh ginger
  • Additional fresh raspberries to  garnish

How to Make

  1. Add raspberries to the blender, and puree on medium high speed until smooth.
  2. Add coconut milk ice cream   and ginger to the puree and blend until smooth
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with additional raspberries

Breakfast Banana Green Smoothie

Breakfast Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • Ice
  • 2 tbsp. honey

How to Make

  • Blend spinach, banana, carrot, yogurt, ice, and honey in a blender until smooth.
  • Serve ice cold

Fruit Lassa

This is very refreshing, and delicious made during summer made with the Mango or Banana

Fruit Lassa

Fruit Lassa

Ingredients

  • 1 cups yogurt
  • ½ cup cold ice water
  • ½ cup cold milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1tsp rose water
  • 1 mango peeled and cubed or 2 bananas sliced
  • Toasted almonds

How to Make

  1. Put all ingredients except almonds in a blender and blend to until  smooth
  1. Serve with ice cubes and sprinkled roasted almond slices.

Icy Cappuccino

Icy Cappuccino

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Ice cubes

How to Make

  1. Put all ingredients in a mixer, blender or any other container to get mixed
  2. Serve cold.

Conclusion

Milkshakes, smoothies and floats are best to face the scorching heat of the sun and to get solace during the summer season. It is a popular drink appreciated in all countries, culture, religion and taste.

Tips to make the best milkshakes

  • The basic recipe of any milkshake is the use of fresh and good quality milk and fruits or other ingredients.
  • Milkshake or smoothie can be made with any ingredient one likes for example if one likes strawberry and cucumber. One can make a shake of this with a blender and invent a new recipe. One can always try some strange combinations.
  • It is easier and faster to make milkshake in a blender, but a jar with a tight-fitting lid can be used to make the shake by shaking the ingredients continuously for some time.
  • Add milk to the blender first, followed by ice cream or cold milk together with sugar and fruits, and then blend.
  • Thicker milkshakes can be made by adding less milk.
  • If you want thicker milkshakes, add less milk
  • Cool the glasses in the refrigerator before filling them.