Smoothie With Lychee Fruit

Smoothie With Lychee Fruit

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1463 Calories
14g Fat
336g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 1463
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 336g 122%
Dietary Fiber 39g 141%
Total Sugars 237g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 918mg 4,589%
Calcium 623mg 48%
Iron 9mg 49%
Potassium 4918mg 105%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Native to parts of southern China, lychees have long been valued for their sweet flavor. The oval-shaped lychee, with its reddish-brown skin, is a symbol of romance in Chinese culture. Fresh lychees can be difficult to find. This easy smoothie recipes rely on the intensely sweet flavor of canned lychees, available in many major supermarkets.

Lighter in calories than many other canned fruits, canned lychees add sweetness to this smoothie, while soy milk and silken yogurt up the protein, vitamin and mineral content, and add a richer flavor. To increase the health benefits of the smoothie even further, try adding a few spinach or kale leaves. While altering the appearance, they won't noticeably affect the flavor.

This recipe is formulated to be high in nutrients and dairy free, using soy milk and silken tofu. You can substitute nonfat yogurt and milk if that is not an issue for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced

  • 10 canned lychees, gently squeezed to remove excess juice

  • 2/3 cup silken tofu

  • 1/2 cup soy milk

  • 1/4 cup canned lychee juice

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons honey, or agave nectar, or to taste

  • Ice cubes, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Smoothie With Lychee Fruit ingredients

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  2. Place the sliced banana and canned lychees out on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.

    Place the sliced banana and canned lychees out on a baking sheet

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  3. Process the frozen fruit in a blender until smooth.

    frozen fruit blended with a blender

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  4. Add the silken tofu, reserved lychee juice, and orange juice. Process again until smooth.

    Add the silken tofu, reserved lychee juice, and orange juice to the smoothie mixture in the blender

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  5. Add the vanilla extract, honey or agave nectar, and a small handful of ice cubes (if using) and process.

    Smoothie With Lychee Fruit in the blender

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  6. Serve immediately in tall glasses, or chill until ready to serve.

    Smoothie With Lychee Fruit in a glass

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Tips

  • You want bananas that are fully ripe as they will add the most natural sweetness and flavor to your smoothies. Allow them to get well-mottled with brown spots.
  • You can be prepared for making your smoothies by freezing the fruit in batches. Once your bananas are well-ripened, you can peel and freeze them whole or cut them into slices and freeze them. Freeze your lychees at the same time and any other fruit you plan to add to your smoothies.
  • You can then package them in freezer bags in the portions you'll be using for each smoothie. Now you'll be ready whenever you want to make a frozen treat.

Recipe Variations

  • Lychees have a mild flavor, you can add some tart punch with canned pineapple tidbits. Add a half cup of pineapple tidbits to the recipe, freezing them when you freeze the banana and lychees.
  • If you have kale or spinach available, add a few leaves to the blend for additional nutrition and have a green smoothie.