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: