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Tips For Making Fruit Smoothies

June 7th, 2013 Cooking

Out of all the beverages that could be construed as dessert-like, virtually none are as healthy as fruit smoothies, depending on how they're prepared. These multifaceted, delicious drinks can be low in fat, high in vitamins and just as flavorful as the somewhat more decadent ice cream-based milkshakes. Not only that, when it comes to ingredients, there's practically nothing but room for experimentation.

Starting the smoothie process
PerfectSmoothie.com spells out the basics for what's required to put a homemade smoothie together. The first thing you'll need is a blender with various settings, as some fruit takes less force to chop up than other kinds. Once you've got a blender set up, you should choose your liquid base. The source points to milk, soy milk, almond milk and fruit juices. Tea also makes the list of potentially healthy liquid options, due to the antioxidants and caffeine it contains. The same can be said for yogurt because of its probiotic live cultures and calcium. Of course, mixing more than one of these liquids into the smoothie could be a wise decision.

Suggested recipes
If you're new to mixing smoothies, you might want to start with recipes for proven winners. For a few suggestions, the Strawberry, Kiwi and Banana Smoothie outlined on SmoothieWeb sounds enticing, and the Pumpkin Smoothie could be an unusual but satisfying fall treat. Those who aren't interested in weight loss may want to consider the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.

Blending
The amount of ice and liquid base to put in the blender corresponds to how much fruit you should use, according to PerfectSmoothie. More fruit (or possibly vegetables) in the drink calls for less of the other two thirds of the puzzle. During the mixing process, the smoothie isn't done until it's fully liquified and spinning around for at least 10 seconds, so don't overstuff the blender.