Fruit smoothies sometimes get a bad wrap for being full of sugar and calories but not when you make your own at home. At home smoothies are a great way to fill up fast, stave your sweet tooth and above all can be packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
There are different ways to make smoothies but basically what you need is a liquid, fruit, a thickener, extra flavor and a power punch if you want. Most people when they think of smoothies automatically think of their liquid as being milk but not necessarily. Smoothies can be made with filtered water, coconut water and even green tea. By using filtered water instead of milk or tea you can save calories and make your smoothie even healthier.
When choosing your fruits, try to choose fruits that are in season. This way you know that you're getting the freshest fruits at its sweetest. Best fruits to use are those that have a creamy texture like bananas and mangoes. Although oranges are a great choice for smoothies make sure that you mix it with creamier fruits to avoid having a drink that's too wet. Other fruits that will cause you to loose your smoothie texture are grapes, kiwis and watermelons. They still can be used but alone these water based fruits don't work well.
Yogurt is probably the best way to achieve the smoothest smoothies. Luckily there are so many varieties of yogurt on the market that you're not stuck with choosing one that has a high calorie count. Greek yogurt is very thick and works well for smoothies but you can also use low fat yogurts. If you can't have yogurt for health reasons you can always use peanut butter and even tofu.
Now that you know the basics of what goes into a yogurt here are some great smoothie recipes that you can try out at home. Remember to drink your smoothie as soon as you make it. If you let a smoothie sit too long it begins to loose it's smoothie consistency. If you're not going to drink it, you may try freezing it in cubes to use later on.
Check out some of these great smoothie recipes that use milk, water and even tofu! Are you big smoothie drinker? What is you favorite smoothie or recipe? Share below!
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