Think of a smoothie as the base for whatever benefits you want from a fruit drink. Once you get the taste right, you can add ingredients later on to provide the health options that you are after. A delicious smoothie can be a vehicle for weight loss or to build muscles. It can deliver dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and other nutritional supplements in a form that is enjoyable and satisfying.
Oftentimes smoothie bars and restaurants offer drinks that are too bland or with too much ice. By blending your own smoothie, you can make it just the way you like. You can add your favorite fruits as well as fruits in season in a homemade smoothie. With a little creativity, you will be able to enjoy a variety of flavors in a nutritious drink for a snack or even to replace a meal.
You don’t have to follow a smoothie recipe to the letter. Think of the recipe as a guideline. Use whatever fruits and other ingredients are on hand. You can add more or less of any ingredient as you see fit. Remember, each smoothie is unique. The important thing is to make a fruit blend that you will enjoy.
Local fruits in season are best. Produce that is fresh is tastier and is packed with more vitamins. However, you can also use frozen fruits as a cheaper alternative. Frozen fruits will also provide the cold that many people prefer. Use the whole unpeeled fruit unless you normally remove the peel, such as pineapples, bananas or avocados.
Crushed ice makes a smoothie thick and refreshingly cold. Use the least amount that you need so as not to water down your drink.
How to make a homemade smoothie
Wash the fruits for your smoothie recipe. Remove the peel if necessary, and cut into manageable sizes. Put the food in the blender and add just enough crushed ice or water for easy blending. Blend the fruits until you get a smooth consistency.
You can add a little sugar or honey to taste. If desired, milk or yogurt can be added for a thicker drink.
Blended smoothies allow better absorption of vitamins and minerals. And because the whole fruit is used, there is no waste. A smoothie keeps all the fibers in the food and promotes digestive health. Blending is the best way to eat the fruits and vegetables you need every day. Smoothies are delicious and they are quick and easy to prepare. For a power-packed smoothie, you can add whey protein, flax seeds, or your favorite herbal or dietary supplement.