Homemade Fruit Smoothies
Learning how to make homemade fruit smoothies is a great way to get more fruit into your diet. Smoothies make for an excellent healthy snack and are simple to prepare. The range of flavors you can create is limited only by the ingredients you have on hand – you can stick to one flavor or combine different fruits to make your own blend. Let’s take a look at the process of making homemade fruit smoothies to get you started.
How to make homemade fruit smoothies
What You’ll Need
In order to make a smoothie, you will of course require a blender. Apart from this, the ingredients that go into the blender will consist of chopped fruit pieces of your choosing, plus either ice or ice cream, as well as yogurt if you so desire. You can use plain, unsweetened yogurt or add a flavored yogurt to add an extra twist to the taste. These ingredients – ice, ice cream or yogurt – are used to thicken the smoothie. Without them, you’d end up with a juice. If the fruit you’re using is frozen, you may not need a thickener.
If you’re a health conscious smoothie maker, you may decide that ice is the best option for a thickener. You can also make a point of choosing a low-fat yogurt – preferably one with acidophilus, as this helps digestion.
As well as the fruit and thickening agents, you’ll need to add liquid to the mix to allow for a smooth blend. This is typically done with milk for a ‘milkshake’ style smoothie, or with fruit juice. You can experiment by combining different fruits with various juices to generate new tastes.
Types of Fruit
Fruits often used for making smoothies include bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Berries in particular are known for being high in antioxidants as well as a host of vitamins. Bananas are rich sources of potassium. Kiwi is also a great choice for a more exotic flavor. Pineapple can be used to give the smoothie a more ‘tropical’ taste, ideal for a day relaxing next to a swimming pool.
Once you have chosen your ingredients, the process of actually making the smoothie is quite simple. You should have equal amounts of your chosen liquid and fruit pieces – about a quarter of a cup of each, for a smaller smoothie mix. These will be combined in the blender with half a cup of thickener, such as ice or yogurt (or a combination of thickeners). Note that the relative amounts here depend on the ingredients – if you were using frozen fruit, you would use more of this to balance out the lack of a thickening agent like ice, so you might simply add a cup of frozen fruit to a quarter cup of liquid. Then all you have to do is flick the switch and let the blender do the hard work.
Once you’ve learned how to make fruit smoothies, you can start experimenting with flavors and extra ingredients to make your own creations. Flavor enhancers, such as vanilla essence, can help in this respect – but of course you can come up with original, tasty beverages using all natural ingredients.
Recipes for Homemade Fruit Smoothies
Choose any of these homemade fruit smoothie recipes pages to find more.
If you need help removing stains left by splattered fruit or smoothie, check out these tips and don’t forget to place your blender lid on tight!