Do you want to learn how to make smoothies at home? There are hundreds of smoothies recipes that you can make in your own kitchen. All you need is a blender, a variety of fruits, and the willingness to experiment. Making a delicious, healthy fruit drink is easier than you think.
Smoothies are said to originate in Brazil and became popular in the United States in the 1930’s. A smoothie is a smooth, blended, ice-cold beverage made with a wide variety of fruits. Fresh, canned or frozen fruits may be used. Some smoothie recipes call for raw vegetables. Yogurt or milk may be included in the recipe to give a thick, creamy texture to smoothies. Some health conscious people add green vegetables to the beverage while others add soy milk or protein powder.
With a blender, it’s very easy to make a nutritious and tasty smoothie. All you have to do is add all the required ingredients and blend until smooth. And if you can’t find any of the ingredients listed in the recipe, there’s no need to despair. Just use something else. Avocados are not in season? Use a banana instead. You’re out of strawberries? Throw in a handful of raspberries. There’s no limit to the number of variations you can try in a basic smoothie recipe.
You can make a smoothie with a variety of fruits as well as vegetables. You can also add milk, fruit juice and crushed ice. Milk gives the blended fruit drink more flavor and texture. Yogurt is another option. If you are a vegetarian, you can use soy milk or tofu. For a sweeter smoothie, you can use orange juice, grape juice or apple juice instead of milk. For a more nutritious smoothie, you can use vegetable or tomato juice.
Crushed ice gives a thicker, frothy texture to the smoothie. Ice also provides a cold, refreshing drink in the summer.
Honey is a natural sweetener and can boost the taste of your smoothie. For added texture and variation, you can add flax seeds, wheat germ, muesli or oatmeal.
Here’s a simple Banana-Strawberry Smoothie Recipe. Add 3 sliced bananas, 10 strawberries, a cup of apple juice and a cup of yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth and rich in texture. Enjoy the smoothie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
For a Sweet Vegetable Smoothie Recipe, put the following ingredients in a blender: 1 sliced apple, ½ cup peeled and sliced carrots, ½ cup peeled and diced cucumber, 1 cup apple juice, ¼ cup apple sauce, 2 cups crushed ice and 1 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!