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Things To Remember About Smoothie Making

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Simple (But Important) Things About Smoothies 

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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 takeout instead.

But with a smoothie, all you have to do is throw fruit and vegetables in the blender (along with a few other things like yoghurt and/or flaxseed) and you have a healthy snack or meal replacement that even the kids will think is a treat.

The Basics

Smoothies are characterised by their chilled, frozen and blended ingredients. Fruit smoothies, for example, combine a variety of fruits and ingredients to create a specific taste that contains different vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants.

Fruit smoothies can be made from a variety of ingredients, but most 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.

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A mixture 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, which is added for taste and texture. Some sports supplements may also be added.

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.

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Benefits And Potential

Fruit and green smoothies have several benefits that promote a balanced, healthy diet. Many vitamins and minerals are found naturally in 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 found in fruit smoothies.

Making your own fruit smoothie allows you to control the overall nutrition, including calories, sugar and vitamins, while creating a personalised taste. A banana fruit smoothie made with 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup low-fat yoghurt, a small banana and 1/4 tsp honey has 212 calories, 3g fibre, 40g carbohydrates and 6g protein.

Smoothies can also be a great way to detoxify your body and even lose a little weight, and you don't have to hold your nose while you drink them.

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The Bottom Line

Their chilled, frozen and blended ingredients characterise smoothies. Commercially prepared fruit smoothies will often feature several considerations for 'add-on' ingredients.

Ideally, the natural smoothie is made from the organic ingredients in front of you, or you can make it yourself at home. The Daily Blend contains essential vitamins and minerals, while the Power Blend contains soy and whey proteins to promote muscle and tissue growth. Other ingredients include herbs, creatine and grape seed extract.

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FAQ

WHAT ARE THE HEALTHIEST THINGS TO PUT IN A SMOOTHIE?

Here are some ingredients our dietitians believe will help you create the most nutritious, filling smoothies ever: dark, leafy greens (spinach and kale are great staples), cruciferous veggie, nuts, nut butter and seeds, Greek yoghurt and milk/milk alternatives, berries, spirulina.

ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES GOOD FOR YOU?

Yes. One of Hammer's rule is that all her smoothies include a dark leafy greens like spinach, kale or Swiss chard, which provide fibre, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, as well as powerful phytochemicals. Green smoothies are a great way to get much-needed vegetables.

IS IT HEALTHY TO HAVE A SMOOTHIE FOR BREAKFAST?

If you base your smoothie on protein and healthy fats instead of sugar, and if you're one of the people who can feel satisfied on a smoothie all morning, then a smoothie can be a healthy breakfast choice.

WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY SMOOTHIE TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Apart from adding nutritious superfoods to your breakfast smoothie, you can also add the following fat-burning foods to meet faster weight loss: green tea powder, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, coconut oil, cinnamon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, beetroots.

About the Author Mary James


I am passionate about fitness, a healthy lifestyle, cooking, and well-being. This blog is about some of my thoughts that are occupying my mind and spirit daily over the last 10 years and my grand passion – weight loss and fitness, healthy lifestyle and healthy food, mindfulness and self-improvement.

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