Smoothies – Not just a dessert but a healthy meal too, packed with lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, healthy fats and much more.
Lots of colorful natural ingredients make this drink not only nutritious but delicious too.
Well! If we talk about health benefits, then yes! A glass of smoothies provides many health solutions, such as weight loss, glowing skin, detoxification, colon and kidney cleansing, immunity boosting and more.
Now, let me ask you…
What’s your purpose to make smoothies?
It can be anything, Right?
You just need to choose your ingredients wisely as per your needs. Sounds awesome.
You can have smoothies for multiple reasons. Like, It can be your meal replacements (e.g. breakfast), your supplement, your post workouts drink, your healthy snacks and dessert.
Incorporating smoothies into your daily life will provide you a great dose of fruits and veggies for weight loss, weight gain, and muscles building.
So, Let’s find out how to make delicious fruit smoothies.
Steps to Make Delicious Fruit Smoothies
You just need to follow these 6 easy steps to make your fruit smoothies delicious and healthy.
Pick Your Fruits
Your smoothies should be made up of best immune boosting fruits.
As we know that all fruits are the powerhouse of healthy nutrients and minerals, but selecting them on the basis of your needs will help you to get more specific benefits.
So, choose wisely…
For Weight Loss
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries)
For Glowing Skin
For Body Cleansing
Always try to use frozen fruits to make delicious fruit smoothies as these are picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately frozen with sealing vitamins and minerals for maximum nutrition.
Sometimes you may feel bit difficult to get frozen fruits. In that case, buy fresh fruits, peel, cut and place in freezer bags and freeze to use in smoothies.
Now you might be wondering, why can’t you use fruits without frozen?
Well! Of course, you can.
But to add more deliciousness, prefer frozen fruits.
The reason behind using frozen fruits for smoothies is to maintain the best flavor and thickness because using more watery ingredients and ice can lead to taste change. So, try to use frozen fruits for more intense, pure flavor and yield of creamer smoothies.
Add Liquid As Base
Liquid should be added to smoothies to balance the flavor and consistency.
It’s totally up to you, how much thickness you want in your smoothies.
To get the right consistency, add between 1 -2 cups of liquid for every 3 cups of fruits. It will also depend on your fruits selection for smoothies.
Suppose if you are using banana and mangoes, which are thicker fruits, then you need to add more water to maintain the consistency.
Or if you are using watermelon and oranges that produce lots of juice, then you need to add less liquid.
And in case if it’s too thick, then you can always add more liquid or if already added lots of liquid then you can add more fruits to thicken your smoothies.
The liquid ingredients you will require to make delicious fruit smoothies are-
- Almond milk
- Soy milk
- Rice milk
- Cow milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut milk
- Hemp milk
- Orange juice
- Pomegranate juice
- Apple juice
- Grape juice
- Pear juice
- Mix fruits juice
- Iced coffee
- Iced green/black tea
For Weight Loss:
Substitute milk or fruits juice with tea, water, coconut water, and ice to make weight loss smoothies and try to avoid dairy products, canned fruits juice, protein powder and other sweeteners.
Add Thick Taste (Optional)
For sure you won’t like smoothie which is too runny to drink or too thick to eat with a spoon. That’s why you need to add thick foods to maintain right consistency of smoothies.
This step will provide a balance of creaminess, texture, and taste of all the nutrients.
Well! Thickening also depends upon fruits. If you are adding watery fruits such as watermelon or pineapples, then maintain the balance by adding avocados, banana (as mentioned above) and nut butter.
For dessert purpose, you can add these butter too to enhance the taste. Have a look-
Nut and Seeds Butter: Natural and Unsweetened
- Almonds butter
- Peanut butter
- Walnut butter
- Pumpkin seed butter
- Cashew butter
- Soybean butter
- Pistachio butter
All these kinds of butter are rich in proteins, fibers, and essentials fatty acids and will help to boost your energy.
- Frozen yogurt
- Ice cream (best used for dessert smoothies, weight gain smoothies)
- Chia seeds
- Beans (use white beans or chickpeas in light-colored fruits smoothies, and black beans for chocolates or dark smoothies).
Kick Up Nutrition
Kick up your smoothie with lots of healthy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Not all people love to eat green leafy veggies. For them, adding greens veggies in smoothies is another alternative way to have veggies without even actually tasting them much.
Spinach is one of the most popular and healthiest green veggies, you must be added to your smoothies.
Adding green veggies can give you numerous health benefits, such as boosting immunity, healthy blood flow, glowing skin, detox body, healthy digestive system, healthy heart and boosting overall health.
Try below listed green veggies-
- Beet greens
- Mustard greens
- Romaine lettuce
- Collard greens
- Spring greens
You can boost the flavor by adding external sweetness. (only for dessert use)
Add little honey, some dates, and maple syrup for sweetness. Adding herbs and spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and mint to bring special taste.
But if you want to try smoothies for weight loss, then ignore additional sweetness and prefer herbs and fruits for natural sweetness.
Add Power Boosting Foods
You can also add some power boosting foods to your smoothies, such as protein powder, flax seeds, spirulina/wheatgerm green powder, goji berries, fish oils, and sprouts.
Choose low calories fruits, veggies, and low-dairy or non-dairy liquid base for weight loss.
Now, you know how to make delicious fruit smoothies at home. In case if you have any additional ingredients to enhance the taste, then comment us below. We would love to hear from you.
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