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A Smoothie Maker The Delicious Way To Your Kids Five A Day

Updated on June 17, 2013
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A smoothie will get your child eating fruits and vegetables without even realizing it!
A smoothie will get your child eating fruits and vegetables without even realizing it! | Source

A Smoothie Maker could be the answer to a mother’s prayer in these days when we are all encouraged to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.

Five a day smoothies, made in a smothie mixer could help here. It is quite difficult as an adult, to change our ways and eat more healthily, even when we are able to understand the health benefits of doing so.

For our children, it is even more difficult if they are suspicious of new foods, tastes and textures, to get them to eat as healthily as we would like.

That is where a Smoothie Blender (often referred to as a smoothie maker or smoothie mixer) can be worth it’s weight in gold as you can make your own smoothies at home! A smoothie is not only delicious and popular with young and old alike, but it is also nutritious.

A Smoothie Is More Beneficial Than Just Fruit Juice

We all know that fruit juice is good for our health, full of vitamins and trace minerals, but juice is only part of the fruit and however fresh it is, even if you use a juicer at home, you can never make it any more than that, just juice!

A smoothie, on the other hand, is full of the goodness of the whole fruit. Packed with antioxidants and the soluble and insoluble fibre from the fruit pulp that is so vital for our digestive health.

The Benefits of Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

Soluble fibre is a real bonus if you have high cholesterol as it actively lowers cholesterol levels. If you suffer from the afternoon weariness that comes with a drop in your body’s sugar levels, a smoothie rich in soluble fibre will help to regulate your body’s blood sugar levels.

Insoluble fibre is vital for your digestive health because it helps to regulate bowel movements and prevents constipation by making stools softer and bulkier. Insoluble fiber has been proven to help prevent long term health problems such as bowel and colon cancer.

A smoothie is a great way to boost your five a day fruits and vegetables.
A smoothie is a great way to boost your five a day fruits and vegetables.

Top three ways to boost your kids five a day with your smoothie maker

1. Instead of a glass of squash or juice when they come home from school, whizz up a smoothie. Let them choose the fruits that they would like included and devise their own favourite smoothie recipe.

2. Make smoothies really creamy by freezing fruit beforehand (for fruits other than citrus fruits)

3. Make any left-over smoothie mixture into smoothie ice lollies – so much healthier than store-bought ices which all too often are full of artificial flavours, preservatives and E numbers.

Top three benefits to you of drinking a smoothie

1. A smoothie is so quick to prepare that if you don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, you can whizz up a smoothie and even drink it on your way to work!

2. When you are feeling fatigued, don’t reach for your caffeine hit, reach for the smoothie maker! You will get a great energy boost and iron out those ‘highs and lows’

3. A smoothie is a great way to detoxify your body and by selecting the ingredients of your smoothie according to any health problems you may have, a smoothie can be part of your nutritional therapy.

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Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black
Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black

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Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Red
Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Red

Similar machine in red - no need for a separate grinder, juicer, bread, ice-cream, smoothie, crushed ice or milkshake maker this blender does it all in one powerful machine!

 

Blendtec Blenders and the famous ‘Will it Blend’ videos.

Blendtec Blenders are quite possibly the most famous brand of Blenders and Smoothie Makers, not least because of the Will it Blend Videos which you can watch on You Tube (see link at the foot of this article) CEO of Blendtec, Tom Dickson is well worth a watch.

Seriously though, if you want the luxury, reliability and functionality of a really top spec Blender and Smoothie Maker, a Blendtec Blender is the one to look for. All their models are built to the same exacting specification as a commercial blender and even the entry level model is guaranteed for a full twelve months of 5,000 cycles if used commercially.

How To Blend A Smoothie

Save money with a Smoothie Maker

Home-made smoothies are not pasteurised or heat-treated like so many available in the stores and will cost you about half the price of the equivalent item bought in store and even less than the same thing bought in a juice bar or restaurant.

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    Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Justin, yes - those videos are really funny!

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    Justin 5 years ago

    I remember looking at all the Will It Blend videos. Laughed quite alot :P

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    Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

    Thanks Money Glitch, I think that is the beauty of a smoothie, so quick to make - I like the idea of a 'make and take' breakfast!

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    Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

    I like smoothies especially on those days when one is in a hurry to get things done. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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    Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

    Thanks for your comment ReviewCentral, don't forget the smoothie ice lollies in hot weather!

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    ReviewCentral 6 years ago

    Great Hub! I have been thinking about buying a smoothie maker for a while now, and I think that this Hub convinced me to.

    Thanks for writing this!

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    Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

    Thanks Billy, they love to choose their own fruits to add too!

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    billyaustindillon 6 years ago

    Great tips for the children to eat healthy - the Smoothie is perfect - they do love the noise too!

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