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Summer slurps

Get the most out of the sweetest summer fruits with these low-calorie drinks.


APRIL 2011

It’s hot . It’s not . If the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is right, we may expect above-normal rainfall throughout the summer months because of La Niña.

But that’s no reason not to have fun while the sun shines! Hold picnics or garden barbecues with family and friends. Try a new sport or rekindle your interest in an old one. Explore nature’s beauty by hiking, mountain climbing, cycling, or even diving.

As with any physical activity, drinking enough liquids will keep you fresh and energized. HealthToday asked British chef Chris Leaning of Huma Island Resort, a luxury resort set to open in Palawan, to suggest healthy summer drinks that are easy to prepare and fun to drink. This 30-year veteran, who also worked in London prior to his Manila stint, has been dubbed a ‘cowboy’ for his fearlessness in sampling new things, including Pinoy staples such as dinuguan, balut, betamax (grilled pig’s blood), durian, and lambanog.

He enjoys incorporating native ingredients into his recipes, which have included a langka-luya cheesecake. True to form, he uses familiar fruits to whip up the following mouthwatering, healthy drinks:

Banana, strawberry, & pineapple smoothie

This is health in a drink. Popular for its potassium content, which helps regulate blood pressure and heart function, bananas are also rich in fiber that helps digestion. Strawberries contain vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants while a cup of pineapple only has 74 calories and provides 94 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.


1 cup fat-free, plain yogurt

6 medium strawberries

1 cup pineapple, crushed, canned in juice

1 medium banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth. Serve in frosted glass.

Each serving provides:

Calories: 121

Total fat: less than 1 g

Saturated fat: less than 1 g

Cholesterol: 1 mg

Sodium: 64 mg

Total fiber: 2 g

Protein: 6 g

Carbohydrates: 24 g

Potassium: 483 mg

Makes 3 servings

For more information about low-calorie summer drinks, check out the April 2011 issue of Health Today now available on the newsstands.

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