Other than fruit drinks, another summertime favorite is fresh fruit smoothies. Other than tasting delicious and being a great cool drink in the hot summer, fruit smoothies are a nourishing treat. Fruit smoothies provide essential vitamins and minerals that a healthy body needs.
Depending on the fruits you use, smoothies can contain good amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, beta carotene, antioxidents and phytonutrients. Fruit smoothies also contain fiber which helps to slow digestion and helps to control blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Some people use smoothies as a meal replacement when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. When eaten in moderation smoothies also make a great snack. We recommend consulting with your physician before making them a regular part of your diet.
To make a smoothie you will need a blender, fresh fruit, and a base. The base can be water, milk or yogurt. Adding milk or yogurt to your smoothie can be good for your bones as it will help you to meet the recommended calcium intake numbers.
Some store bought smoothies contain added sweeteners, calories and fillers which provide no additional nutritional value. The best way to know that your smoothie doesn’t have any of the unwanted extras is to make it yourself. There are tons of great recipes available online. To get you started check out the links below. Once you’ve tried some recipes you’ll be able to make up your own fruit smoothie recipes.