Make Fruit Smoothies for a Healthy Sweet Treat

July 23, 2015 | By | Comments (7)

A fruit smoothie is a smart and easy way to enjoy fresh summer bounty, satisfy your sweet tooth, and still get loads of vitamins and antioxidants. Blend one in the morning to start your day or as a pick-me-up during that mid-day slump.

Minimal by nature, you probably already have the necessary ingredients on hand to create a delicious smoothie:

Liquid – used to blend the smoothie and add consistency. Use water if you don’t want the liquid to affect the flavor of the smoothie. Other options are coconut water, fresh-squeezed or no-sugar added fruit juice, or milk (skim, almond, rice, low-fat buttermilk, etc.)

Fruit – choose fresh, frozen, or both, and combine fruits to suit your own taste.

Thickener – Add extra fruit if you want a thicker smoothie, or use low-fat yogurt, greek yogurt, or peanut butter.

Sweetener (Optional) – if your fruit isn’t sweet enough to suit your taste, add a touch of honey or agave nectar.

Extra Touches – Toss in an extra nutritional punch with wheat germ, flax, or greens (kale, spinach, etc.) Using spices and extracts, like cinnamon or vanilla, will also add flavor and character to your smoothie without adding calories.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can also use a large-mouth, unbreakable jar with an immersion blender.

Whip up your own recipe, or try one of our favorites:

Mango-Buttermilk Shakes   Strawberry-Basil Smoothies   Blackberry Smoothies   Banana-Peach-Buttermilk Smoothie

From Cooking Light: Banana-Berry-Buttermilk Smoothie   From Coastal Living: Raspberry-Mango Smoothie

COMMENTS

  1. Mary Ellen

    For a delish smoothie, buy bananas with brown specks, cut them into ice cube size and freeze. Keep in a freezer bag and when you want a treat, grab a handful and add to your smoothie in the blender. Yummmmm!

    October 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm
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  6. Beverly Youngblood

    to make my smoothies thick I put in a lot of ice cubes and when I’m done it’s like ice cream you can actually eat it with a spoon very satisfied

    August 3, 2015 at 8:07 am
  7. Lea

    Thank you for this tips

    July 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

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