How to Make a Fruit Smoothie
A fruit smoothie can fill us up, satisfy the sweet carvings and when made in the right way, provided with lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals as well. A smoothie can be used as a meal replacement for breakfast, a supplement drink, snack or a healthy dessert. Use smoothie as a way to get the daily dose of veggies and fruit, to build muscles, lose weight, or gain weight. Adapt smoothies according to your requirement and your needs. Here is a guide- that how to make a fruit smoothie!!
Smoothies are mainly about balance. The balance of texture, flavor. To get the rich high consistency in your smoothie for that you need to add 2 cups of liquid for every 3 cups of fruits. Also depends on the type of fruit you are using. Banana and mangoes are thicker fruits that mean it requires more liquid. On the other hand, watermelon produces a lot of juice of its own, so it needs less fluid. In any case, if it is too thick then add more liquid to it.
Liquids to add to your smoothie include:
Milk: Rice milk, soy milk, hemp milk, cows milk, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk or hazelnut milk.
Fruit juice: pomegranate juice, apple juice, orange juice, pear juice, grape juice
Various other things like iced coffee, water, ice green, or black tea.
Always use fresh fruits to make your smoothie. Fruits which are out of season would be an excellent choice, as they can be frozen immediately, which is sealed in minerals and vitamins for maximum nutrition and maintaining the natural integrity. Frozen fruits are incredibly convenient, but they work high in taste.
Because in a smoothie you need less ice, and you can achieve a more intense, yield a creamier and purer flavor smoothie. Bananas are favorite ingredients in a smoothie.
Fruits to add to your smoothie include: kiwi, mango, grapefruit, banana, apricot, apples, grape, guava, berries, avocado, watermelon, oranges, pears, pineapple, strawberry, peach, papaya, pomegranate or Nectarines
You can also add some green veggies like kale, spinach, spring greens, beet greens, bok choy, swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, arugula, lettuce or Romaine lettuce.
Thicken up will give your smoothie a texture, creaminess and balance out of an acidic taste from different fruits such as berries and oranges. Thickening your smoothie is very important if you are working with watery fruits such as pineapple, watermelon and balancing fruits such as banana and avocado.
Nut and seed butters are rich in fiber, protein, give smoothies a lovely flavor. You can try the delicious and healthy fruit banana smoothie recipe:
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Hazelnut butter
- Macadamia nut butter
- Peanut butter
- Pecan butter
- Pistachio butter
- Walnut butter
- Pumpkin seed butter
- Sesame seed butter (tahini)
- Soybean butter
- Sunflower seed butter
- Cottage cheese
- Frozen yogurt
- Ice cream
- Coconut meat
- Chia seeds
- Psyllium seed husks (drink smoothie quickly or psyllium will swell making it difficult to drink)
Then after thicken it up now the next step is to flavor it, which is also one of the exciting steps. It is where you take delicious smoothie and make it unique.
Lets first start with sweeteners, most of the smoothies sweetness comes from the natural fruits. If you are using any ripe fruits such as mango or banana, then you need to add some sweetener. If you do not need to sweeten your smoothie, you can use brown sugar as well, and there are many other ways as well with the help of which you can purify your smoothie and add some nutritional value to it:
- Maple syrup
- Agave nectar
Add superfoods. Healthy smoothie add-ins include spirulina, wheat germ, flaxseed, protein powder, and goji berries.