Smoothies have been around for a long time, but more recently have been marketed towards people who are health conscious or on a diet, due to them being relatively easy to make and having a great taste, whilst generally being healthy.
A blend of fruit and/or vegetables, usually accompanied by water, ice, or dairy products, some smoothies may include some form of sweetener or thickener. However, the healthiest ones will be made of 100% naturally grown fruit and veg (and maybe some ice to make it cool and refreshing). This can give a great boost to your daily intake of vitamins and minerals, for a fairly low amount of calories usually.
What smoothies are there?
With the aid of a blender, anyone can make a smoothie at home themselves. However, companies such as Innocent sell readymade smoothies, saving you time and generally having a good combination of ingredients at the correct balance.
It is up to you whether you buy ready-made smoothies or make your own at home. If you buy, make sure to check the ingredients for anything extra, like added sugar or flavourings, so that you know exactly what you are consuming.
Recipes can be found for smoothies that will help you lose weight, act as a meal replacement, aid in fitness, or just as a tasty and healthy treat.
The word “smoothie” is a very general term, much like soup. Soup can be made out of practically anything, and so can a smoothie, so it is up to you to find a mix or a recipe that you like.
Some of the more common ingredients in smoothies include:
- Passion fruit
With so many variations and possibilities, there will be a smoothie out there for everyone.
There are some extra special boosters you can include in your smoothies for an added kick. Super foods like flax seeds and quinoa, as well as oats and chia seeds, can all be included in a smoothie. These little extras can pack a huge nutritional punch and help you get healthier and fitter. You can also get vitamins and protein powder added into smoothies. Look around for recipes that include these to add them into your smoothies.