Frozen fruit smoothies come in many varieties. They can differ in taste, texture, and ingredients. The important thing to remember is to keep them as healthy as possible using these simple guidelines.
Frozen Fruit Smoothies Have Basic Ingredients
There are a few basics to get you started with smoothies, which you can then build upon as your tastes change.
The first thing you will need is fruit. Fresh is best because it contains the greatest amount of vitamins, minerals, and raw food enzymes. Raw food enzymes are only available in raw foods because heat destroys enzymes. They are essential components to include in your meal planning if you want to eat a healthy diet plan to keep your body functioning correctly.
However, fruit from the freezer will work just fine if that is all that is available.
Bananas, berries of all types, peaches, apples, nectarines, pears, and pineapple are all great fruits to use for your frozen fruit smoothies. Depending on where you live and what fruits are available, mangos and kiwi are also good choices.
Frozen Fruit Smoothies Need Liquid
A liquid is added to the blender as you are making your smoothie. The type and amount of liquid will determine how thick it becomes.
Commonly used liquids such as water, milk (2% or skim is fine and will help reduce the fat and calories in your diet), fruit juice, rice milk, or soy milk will make differing flavors of smoothie.
Remember to use unsweetened juice. You really don't need or want the sugar or high fructose corn syrup commonly found in sweetened juices.
Frozen Fruit Smoothies Need A Thickener
Often used thickeners include low-fat yogurt, frozen fruit, a cup of ice, or a small can of frozen juice concentrate (read the label for added sugar or other sweetener). The more thickener you use the thicker your smoothie will be.
The basic frozen fruit smoothies recipes are centered around one part fruit, one part liquid, and two parts thickener. You can pick and choose any combination of these that you want to experiment with. Add more liquid or thickener as needed to reach the desired consistency.
Don't be afraid to be daring in selecting your ingredients. You really can't go wrong. If sweetener is needed remember to use crystalline fructose or honey because they are more "body friendly." Usually, the fruit is sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Serve immediately if possible because the taste is at its height. Refrigerating is possible but the flavor and texture suffer.
Frozen fruit smoothies can be used as a healthy breakfast food, a healthy snack, or even as a dessert. Try them you'll like them.