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Updated on October 27, 2011


  • Offer calcium if blended with yogurt, milk, or soy
  • Provide fiber
  • Rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and flavonoids



Fruits are renowned for containing a rich array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant nutrients; but sometimes chomping on just an apple, strawberry, or other juicy fruit isn't completely satisfying. For delicious variety, try a smooth, homemade concoctions of fresh fruits blended with other healthful ingredients such as yogurt. A fruit smoothie makes a delicious, nutrient-rich snack or meal.


Many people don't get enough fruit in their diets, and a single smoothie can pack two or more servings. Unlike plain juice, smoothies contain whole, pureed fruit, complete with soluble and insoluble fiber such as lignin and pectin, which reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. While nutritional values vary from one smoothie to the next, depending on what you add, even a basic strawberry-banana concoction is rich in potassium (which helps control blood pressure), vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber, making it a very potent "portion" for overall health and disease prevention.


Smothies are ideal when you need a portable, sippable stand-in for breakfast or lunch or if you want a refreshing, restorative snack. Choose from your favorite fruits, especially when they're in season, and strive for a balance of solid and liquid for best consistency. Cut fruit into small pieces and freeze for a frostier drink, or use crushed ice. But don't limit yourself to a single formula-with the right ingredients in hand, you can approach smoothies as a healing foods prescription. To tailor your smoothie to your nutritional needs and personal tastes, consider any of these combinations:


For a classic banana-strawberry smoothie, blend 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup sliced strawverries, 2 ice cubes, and 1 cup orange juice.


For heart-protecting vitamin A, use cantaloupe cubes. Immune-boosting vitamin C can be had from mangoes-which also supply disease-fighting E-along with strawberries, blueberries, and orange juice. For the B vitamins folate, thiamin, and riboflavin, blend in wheat germ.


Blueberries offer fatique-fighting iron; banana, peaches, and orange juice supply potassium; and pineapple offers manganese, a mineral that aids digestion. A bit of soft tofu contains magnesium, to help maintain muscles and prevent cramps. Wheat germ also offers magnesium plus fatigue-fighting iron and wound-healing zinc. For a good dose of bone-building calcium, add 1/2 cup of low - nonfat milk or yogurt.


To have it all, nutritionally  speaking, toss these into your blender or food processor: at least 1 whole fruit for fiber and vitamins, 1/2 cup soy or cow's milk for calcium and a punch of protein, and 1 tbsp. wheat germ for extra minerals and other important nutrients.


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      Christine 5 years ago

      I too feel like a kid again since making smooties. However, I do not use frozen fruit or ice I blend everything at room temp the flavor is just fantastic. I do add water.

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      jjberg 6 years ago

      Just heard that blending the fruit destroyed the insoluble fiber found in the whole fruit. This was information from a prof at UCBerkeley. Anyone have more information on this?

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      Dawn 7 years ago

      I also add psyllium for the extra fiber because I just can't eat the amount of fiber rich food in a day that it takes to meet the recommended daily minimum. I love not being able to detect the taste or texture of psyllium in a smoothie while reaping its lower digestive tract benefits. What a tremendous difference in the way I feel and look...I haven't felt this healthy since I was a kid.

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      shegarlynn 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Sandra, that is really good for health.

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      Sandra 7 years ago

      i love smoothies

      they are so healty

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      shegarlynn 7 years ago from United States

      You are welcome!!! Thanks for commenting this hub, I hope you enjoy reading some of them..

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      I love making smoothies and you can make them as healthy as you like. My local health food store just did a wonderful demo preparing smoothies and going over different ingredients. Thanks for the great hub.