Disclosure: This Peach Watermelon Smoothie recipe was sponsored on behalf of Dairy MAX via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
Looking for a quick, on the go breakfast to make as the kids head back to school? Try this nutrient dense, creamy Peach Watermelon Smoothie recipe!
Growing up in a large family, we were constantly going to the grocery store. I feel like I spend a lot of time and money at the grocery store now for my small family, but I can’t even image my Mom’s grocery bill back then!
Not only is my family big, we were constantly on the go, with all of us kids involved in all kinds of activities. From scouts, to sports, to various school clubs and organizations; I don’t know how my Mom managed to juggle it all!
Being so active, us kids had quite the appetite despite being pretty picky eaters. To ensure we got a healthy balanced diet, my parents served us a variety of foods. One food that my siblings and I would eat/drink a lot of was milk and other dairy products. My siblings and I would drink several glasses of milk a day (as a family, go through several gallons a week) and of course, any vegetables we were hesitant about trying were go to go with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Unfortunately, one of my sisters wasn’t a fan of milk and so my parents had to get creative to get her to drink it. They would make her morning oatmeal using milk, they would allow her to drink flavored milk (chocolate or her favorite, strawberry) a few times a week, and smoothies, made with protein packed yogurt and nutrient dense milk, became a regular breakfast or after school snack.
By not forcing my sister to drink milk, but serving it to her in creative ways, my sister soon grew out of her picky stage, and grew to love milk. In fact, if you were to walk into any of our homes today and opened the fridge, you would see it stocked with milk, yogurt, cheese and maybe even a pint or two of ice cream!
Unlike my sister, I’ve always loved milk and if you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that my go to breakfast is either fruit and yogurt parfaits, smoothies (seriously the amount of smoothie recipes on this blog is crazy!) and that I would rather have a bowl of cereal and a glass of milk, over any other snack or dessert, when I get a late-night craving for something sweet.
With it being 100+ degrees here in Texas for several
weeks months now, having cool, refreshing drinks and snacks on hand at all times is essential. Ice cold fruit (some of my summer favorites are watermelon, peaches, cherries and berries) and cold drinks are a constant and my smoothie game has never been stronger!
Not only are smoothies a delicious “no cook recipe” that I can whip up in minutes, they are a great way to use up some of that fresh summer produce that I occasionally buy too much of. Today’s smoothie recipe, this Peach Watermelon Smoothie, is a perfect example.
Recently, when headed home after a weekend out of town, I stopped by a favorite local farmer’s market. Watermelon is grown all over Texas, but this farmer’s market (that we frequented a lot when I was a child) has some of the best watermelons in the state.
Unfortunately, they only sell watermelons the size of Texas, so using it up when you have a small family can be a bit tricky. I’ve snacked on it cold, I served it as a side dish for dinner and I threw it into salads. Then I got wild and crazy and decided to start throwing watermelon in my smoothies.
Since I always use Greek yogurt and milk in my smoothies, I admit, when I first thought up this smoothie, I was a little bit hesitant on how a watermelon smoothie would taste, but I LOVED it, and have been making it every day since! The peaches and watermelon go so well together and while this smoothie is a little bit thinner than I would normally make it (due to the amount of water in the watermelon) it is SO good and reminds me of drinking flavored milk with my sister when we were kids! (Seriously, these memories make my heart so HAPPY!)
This creamy Peach Watermelon Smoothie recipe is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer before they disappear and would make a great breakfast or after school snack for kids of all ages!
Helpful Tips and Information:
Food Fact: Dairy foods, including cow’s milk, cheese and yogurt, are packed with nine essential vitamins and nutrients (including vitamin A and D) and milk has 8 grams of protein per glass. In fact, you would have to drink 8 cups of almond milk to match the protein in just 1 cup of cow’s milk.
Cooking Tip: If milk is approaching the expiration date, freeze the milk to avoid waste. Freeze milk in ice cube trays and use milk ice cubes in smoothies to prevent watering down your smoothies with regular ice.
Milk can also be frozen in freezer safe food storage containers, just leave about one inch of space at the top of the container since liquids expand as they freeze. Allow milk frozen this way to thaw completely in the refrigerator and stir before using, as the milk solids may separate during the freezing/thawing process. Thawed milk should be used immediately and is best used in recipes. Milk can be stored in the freezer for 3-6 months.
If you like this Peach Watermelon Smoothie recipe, then you’ll love these other recipes:
Homemade Strawberry Milk
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie
Blues Buster Smoothie
Banana Oat Smoothie
- 1 large peach, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
- 1 cup cubed watermelon
- ½ tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
- 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup 1% or 2% milk
- 4-5 milk ice cubes (see cooking tip above)
- Optional Mix Ins (to increase nutritional value):
- 1-2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 4 strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 cup packed spinach
Place all ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth. Add additional milk or ice to reach desired constancy. Serve immediately.
Freeze peaches, watermelon and strawberries (if using) to yield a thicker, creamier shake.
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