Nothing beats a smoothie on a hot summer day. Tropical fruits like mango and papaya are more readily available in summer and are a great choice for smoothies. Here are my favorite Asian smoothie recipes:
01 of 09
The sweet taste of mango with just a hint of tartness is perfect for smoothies. Mango and banana are paired with fat-free yogurt and flavored with lime juice and honey in this refreshing smoothie. You can add more or less lime juice, orange juice, and mango juice to vary the flavor to suit your tastes. Be sure to use the ripest possible bananas to get the most flavor. You'll want to think ahead as you need to freeze diced mango and bananas for at least 15 minutes so they will make a good,... thick smoothie.
02 of 09
Use mandarin oranges, frozen pineapple chunks, yogurt and vanilla soy milk to make an orange creamsicle smoothie you'll love. For best results, you should also freeze the mandarin orange slices.
03 of 09
Lychee and Pineapple Smoothie
The sweet lychee is native to southern China and they are a symbol of romance in Chinese culture. You may be able to find fresh lychee at Asian markets, but often you'll have to use canned lychees, which are much easier to find at the grocery store. Pineapple adds tartness for this smoothie that also includes banana.You can make it with yogurt or make it non-dairy but still high protein with silken tofu and soy milk. You might even consider tossing in some spinach or kale to turn it green... and add a superfood.
04 of 09
Bubble Tea Smoothie
An assortment of tropical fruits is paired with the ingredients used to make Asian bubble tea in this fun recipe. You'll need to stock up on bubble tea milk pudding powder, bubble tea flavored powder, bubble tea sugar syrup, and tapioca pearls. Don't forget that you will need a fat straw for the bubbles. You'll get some caffeine boost from the tea.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Papaya Mango Smoothie
Feel free to spice up the basic recipe by adding almond extract or even a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon. You can use fresh mango and papaya along with a well-ripened banana, orange juice, lime juice, and yogurt. You'll want to freeze the chopped fruit for 15 minutes before you blend them into the smoothie.
06 of 09
Fresh ginger adds zing to mango, pineapple, and banana in this smoothie that is made without any dairy or soy products. You can make it even easier by buying frozen fruit to add. If you discover you love the addition of ginger, you might explore adding it to other smoothie combinations.
07 of 09
Kiwi and Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Sweet kiwi pairs nicely with mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut, and orange juice in this smoothie that includes yogurt and vanilla. It's from the Culinary Institute of America.
08 of 09
Okay, I am cheating a bit here - the only Asian ingredient in this smoothie is silken tofu, which is paired with anti-oxidant loaded blueberries. A healthy smoothie that makes a great breakfast on the run or quick refreshing snack.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
If you have a difficult time enjoying enough healthy vegetables, sneak them into your smoothie. This tropical combination includes mango, orange juice, banana, and spinach. You could substitute kale for the same result. It's a green drink that will make you enjoy having a serving of a healthy superfood.