Summer Smoothies with Super Powers


It’s August and here in Los Angeles we’re in the fifth year of a drought and temperatures have been over 100 degrees. Who can think of cooking or eating in this weather?

When it’s like this, I just want to drink my meals and what could be better than icy-cold smoothies that are full of healthy FoodTrients! 

Just for fun, I created several more exotic smoothie recipes with a few of my favorite fruits from Southeast Asia.

Healthy smoothie on the beach with flower

Don’t be frightened by the fierce-looking jackfruit. It’s a native of Southeast Asia and probably first appeared in India. Jackfruit is a nutritional staple in tropical countries. It is the largest tree fruit in the world, sometimes growing up to 100 lbs., but most of them are in the 10-20 lb. range. It has spiky skin, a distinctive, musky smell, and a flavor that’s a lot better tasting than it smells—sort of like Juicy Fruit gum.

Jackfruits are valuable nutritionally, too. They’re high in protein, potassium and vitamin B. And, with about 95 calories in about a half a cup, they aren’t quite as high-carb or caloric as staples like rice or corn. You can purchase canned jackfruit on Amazon and some friends in Los Angeles say they have seen it fresh at 99 Ranch Market in Van Nuys.

One cup of raw coconut meat contains 283 calories, most of which come from its 26.8 g of fat. While the fat in coconuts is saturated, it’s a medium chain fat that’s broken down by the body into energy faster other long chain fatty acids. Plus, coconut has fiber, minerals and supports the immune system.


Jackfruit Smoothie with Fresh Coconut

1 cup frozen young coconut meat
¼ cup chopped jackfruit
½ cup coconut water
1 cup ice

Mix ingredients together in a blender until thoroughly mixed.


Lychee fruit are native to Southern China and can be found fresh in produce departments May through October and canned throughout the year. Sweet, juicy and nutritious, these berries have a cooling effect on the human body, which makes them a perfect summer treat to help beat the scorching summer heat.

Fresh made Lychee JuiceLychee fruit contains 66 calories per 3.5 oz., comparable to table-grapes. It has no saturated fats or cholesterol, but contains of good amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. With 119% of the daily recommended value, lychees are also a good source of vitamin C and contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals and inflammation. They also contain B complex vitamins and are a good source of potassium to help regulate heart rate and copper for building red blood cells.


Lychee Slushies

1 cup canned or fresh lychees, sliced
½ cup frozen young coconut meat
1 cup crushed ice
½ cup of syrup from canned lychees (optional)

Mix ingredients together in a blender until thoroughly mixed.


Homemade peach, yogurt and honey smoothie

Longans are natives of Southeast Asia and related to lychees. Like lychees, the fruit is sweet and succulent, but they are a little smaller and the sweetness is a little drier. They’re eaten fresh and also used soups, snacksdesserts, and sweet-and-sour foods. Longan is used as remedy for stomach ache and insomnia. It’s said to have a calming effect on the nervous system.
Longan fruit contains a good amount of vitamin C and provides 80% of daily requirement. It also contains minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It is rich in Vitamin A and essential anti-oxidants. You can buy fresh longans online from Amazon or Melissa’s Produce. You can also buy canned longan, lychee, jackfruit and coconut meat online from the Temple of Thai website.


Longan Smoothie

1 cup canned or fresh longan fruit, sliced
½ cup fresh coconut meat
1 cup crushed ice
½ cup water
½ cup of syrup from canned longan (optional)

Mix ingredients together in a blender until thoroughly mixed.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy these cool, exotic smoothies. With their unusual flavors and high levels of nutritional value, they perfect ways to beat the summer heat.


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.