Summer is coming up, and what better way to combat the heat than with a healthy, easy to make, nutritional fruit smoothie? This is a great way to start your day and a nice little treat for your sweet afternoon cravings. A fruit smoothie is as simple as whipping together a few ingredients, but the result is a delicious drink packed with vitamins as every cup contains 2-3 servings of fruit. What follows is a few recipe ideas and suggestions on how to make the best fruit smoothies. In order to have different flavors of smoothies, you can choose between different ingredients every time. The possibilities are endless!
To start making your smoothie, you will need a liquid base so you protect the blade of your blender from damage. You can use milk or a dairy-free alternative such as soya or almond milk. You can also use orange juice, mango juice or any other fruit juice. Next, you will need to add your chosen fruit(s). This varies according to your personal taste but can include peaches, plums, berries, mango, grated apple, melon, etc. Bananas provide your smoothie with a lovely creamy texture and they are a favorite base flavor. You will need to adjust the ratios of liquid and fruits to your preferred texture consistency.
For smoothie fruit combinations, it comes down to which fruits you have available and which ones you like the taste of better. It also depends on the liquid of choice as some fruits go better with milk, while others go with fruit juice. Ideas for combinations can include Banana, honey, & hazelnut smoothie, Creamy mango & coconut smoothie, Mango & banana smoothie, Coconut & banana smoothie, Berries, pineapple, & orange juice smoothie. The following is an example of how to make a fruit smoothie; you can substitute the choice of ingredients as pleased.
- 1 cup fruit juice or liquid of choice
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups frozen fruit, peeled and sliced
- 1 small banana (optional)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons honey or to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender.
Blend on high until completely smooth and you reach you desired consistency.
Pour into glasses and serve.
Garnish with additional fruit or mint sprigs if desired.
- We would advise keeping fruits in the freezer to make smoothies regularly. They will allow your drink to chill instantly so you do not have to add ice. Most supermarkets now sell frozen smoothie packs; these often have great nutritional value and give you an ideal easy-to-get mixture of fruits.
- To add more flavors to your smoothie, try using a spoonful of cinnamon, grated nutmeg or vanilla essence before blending. You can also add toasted chopped nuts or whole oats to make your drink more nourishing so it keeps you fuller for longer.
- If smoothies are becoming part of your weekly diet, it may be worth it to invest in a good blender so you no longer have to chew on your smoothie.
- For a tropical flavored smoothie, use low-fat coconut milk or coconut water as your base liquid.