Smoothies are the greatest get up and go food. Packed with new ingredients, the smoothie can be a highly effective pick-me-up that gets you through the day. A smoothie is so simple to prepare and fast to drink, that it’s the perfect snack – or even dinner – for those too busy to turn on the cooker or make a sandwich.
The early smoothies were produced from fruit, fruit juice and ice, and pulverized in a blender.
Today, with all the interest in nutrition and fitness together with our busy lifestyles, the smoothie is incredibly popular. There are so many flavor combinations you could easily enjoy a different taste every day. But with convenience and ease, often comes a small indulgence too, and sometimes it can be too easy to add a scoop of ice cream, a spoonful of peanut butter or full fat yogurt, for that smooth and creamy taste.
When you make smoothies at home it is worth it to keep on the right side of nourishment. The best way to make smoothies is with all organic fresh fruits, berries, vegetables and nuts. If you would like creaminess, avoid full fat options. If you would like sweetness, add honey, carrot or apple. Consider using low-fat coconut milk for freshness, and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for added depth.
The basis of the majority of smoothies is the humble banana. Store them, pre-peeled in the freezer, to give your smoothie an extra icy blast. Bananas give smoothies a creaminess that’s difficult to beat, and they make a terrific base for a whole assortment of flavors.
To maintain your smoothie healthy, ensure you stick to using fat-free plain yogurt, without added sugars. Plain Greek yogurt is a terrific option, and then you can add your own sweetness, such as honey, maple syrup, or apple.
One smoothie which packs a protein punch is the green smoothie, made with powdered spirulina, banana, and apple juice. This vivid looking beverage might look like a witches’ brew, but can induce you for the entire afternoon. Other dark leafy greens, such as fresh spinach, kale, chard and collard pack an equally powerful health punch.
Another favourite flavor is ginger. A peeled knob of fresh ginger goes wonderfully well with carrot and orange and lends a wonderful spicy warmth to your smoothie.
The next time you go to the current market, make sure you pick up a range of fresh vegetables and fruits that will inspire you to make an endless variety of healthful and delicious smoothies.