Simple (But Important) Things About Smoothies
A natural smoothie is an easy way to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein that are otherwise hard to eat in large quantities.
The fact is, most kids and adults don’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. Just the preparation alone turns into an excuse to just get take-out instead.
But, with a smoothie, you can simply throw fruits and veggies in the blender (along with a few other things like yoghurt and/or flaxseed), and have a healthy snack or meal replacement that even kids will think is a treat.
Smoothies are characterized by their chilled, frozen and blended ingredients. Fruit smoothies, for example, combine a variety of fruits and ingredients to form a specific flavour that contains various vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants.
Fruit smoothies can be made from various ingredients, but most of them will contain the same basic ingredients. The first ingredient is the liquid base which includes some type of fruit juice or liquid such as orange juice, pineapple juice orange juice, milk or soy milk.
A blend of fresh or frozen fruit can be added with bananas, pineapple and berries being the most popular choices. Other common ingredients include yoghurt, peanut butter or sherbet that is added for taste and texture. Some sports supplements can be added too.
Smoothie Making Guidelines
If you are purist, it has to be a homemade one. As long as you know some of the basics, you really don’t need any fancy recipes.
Simple (but important) tips & guidelines to follow:
- A good quality blender is essential for making a good smoothie.
- If you’re watching your sugar or calorie intake, limit the amount of fruit you use.
- Even just half of a frozen banana is enough to sweeten a smoothie.
- Add your liquid base and ice last in small increments until you get the consistency you like.
- Frozen fruit will give your smoothies a thicker consistency without having to water it down with ice. Spinach is a good start if you’re new to drinking greens. You can really add a lot of it to the blender without an overwhelming taste.
Benefits & Potential
Fruit and green smoothies have several benefits that promote a balanced, healthy diet. Numerous vitamins and minerals are found naturally in the fruit juices and fresh fruit while additional nutrients can be added to the smoothie. Vitamin C and calcium are two of the most common nutrients in fruit smoothies.
Creating your own fruit smoothie gives you the ability to control the overall nutrition including calories, sugar and vitamins while creating a personalized flavour. A banana fruit smoothie that uses 1/4-cup orange juice, 1/2-cup low-fat yoghurt, one small banana and 1/4-tsp. of honey will contain 212 calories, 3 g of dietary fibre, 40 g of carbohydrates and 6 g of protein.
Smoothies can also be a great way to detox the body and even lose a little weight, and that doesn’t mean you will have to plug your nose while drinking them either.
Natural Smoothie Videos & Recipes
5 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies | The Domestic Geek
12 Healthy Smoothies | Tasty
My Top 3 Weight Loss Smoothies | ThatGirlShaeXo
3 Healthy Green Smoothies | HealthNut Nutrition
How To Make Fruit Smoothies | MahaloDotCom
Tip To Remember
Smoothies are characterized by their chilled, frozen and blended ingredients. Commercially prepared fruit smoothies will often feature several considerations for “add-on” ingredients.
Ideally, the natural smoothie has to be made of the organic ingredients in the front of you or do it yourself at home.
The “daily blend” has essential vitamins and minerals while the “power blend” has soy protein and whey protein to promote muscle and tissue growth. Other add-ons include herbs, creatine and grape seed extract.
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