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Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies - Make Your Own
A great way to get the nutritious foods that your body needs is to blend them up into a smoothie. Kids especially like to have their fruit this way. There are so many combinations the possibilities are endless. There has got to be something that will appeal to you, so don't automatically rule it out.
Today I thawed out a bag of frozen strawberries, added a banana, a handful of ice cubes and 2 cups of chocolate soy milk. Everyone loved it and no one knew that there was a banana in there. No one really likes bananas, but they are so good for you and filled with potassium that I do try to sneak them into things when I can.
Any type of berry would be good in a smoothie. We pick our own during the summer and freeze them. Berries that have been frozen tend to be a little mushy, so they work great in smoothies. Also if you use frozen or partially frozen berries or pineapple then you don't have to add ice. There are some foods that you can freeze, however they don't thaw out very well. Grapes and cantaloupe are two of these types of foods and both will go great in smoothies.
The basics for smoothies include vegetables, fruits, milk, ice cream, yogurts, sherbet, juice and ice. You will typically have a combination of these items in any smoothie you make. There are some things that just naturally go together, but you can always combine whatever sounds good to you.
Here are some of the ideas I have for smoothies.
Apple juice, carrots, apples and ice
Sweet potatoes, apples, apple juice and ice
Mangos, strawberries, vanilla soy milk and ice
Bananas, berries, and yogurt
Spinach, carrots, apple juice and ice
Mangos, pineapples, ice and milk
Avocado, banana, orange juice, ice
Tomato, peppers, apple juice, ice
You can put seasonings in smoothies for added flavor. Vanilla (remember a little goes a long way here), mint leaves, Tabasco sauce, basil, garlic, pepper, etc. When you are figuring out the combinations you want to try remember that you need solids (fruits and vegetables), liquids (milk or juice), and sometimes thickeners (yogurt or ice cream) and if you want you can add seasonings to it as well, but I usually don't. Also squeezing a half of a lime or lemon into it will boost the nutritional value as well as give it lots of great flavor.
I prefer to just guess at the amounts when I make smoothies. If you want some specific recipes to get you started, Smoothieweb has a lot of great ones. The possibilities are endless, so give it a try today.