You can learn how to make fruit smoothies conveniently in your home. You will surprise yourself at your gourmet smoothie capabilities! As you play with and enjoy your smoothie recipes... you will learn how the quantity of liquid is important to blend the consistency you love in a smoothie by just dumping and pouring ingredients.
Using water as the liquid is a great way to transform a fruit smoothies into low calorie smoothie recipes. It doesn't add any calories. Surprise... Surprise... Pure water is a key ingredient used in all of my low fat smoothies.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is... Make sure that you do not add too much water. That will only “water” down the smoothie and make it bland! It is better to use less and add more later if needed... than to add too much and regret the results. I also keep in mind of the water content in the fresh fruit ingredients as well. Fresh, juicy strawberries or oranges will require less water than frozen fruit.
Many smoothie recipes that I have seen call for juice. Most of the time, juice bought at the store really isn’t juice at all. Some are only 5 percent juice plus added sugar. The best juice is the liquid gold straight from the fruit itself. Just using a couple of peeled juicy oranges with some water will do the trick. Or you can make sure to buy 100% juice.
You can even juice carrots, beets, and pineapple cores. But that does require extra time on your hands. But the time invested is well worth the health benefits of juicing.
If I have guests over... and I want to make a sweeter than normal smoothie, I add half juice and half pure water. That creates a heavenly sweet smoothie. Yummmm! This trick also works great for kids who are used to extremely sweet drinks.
Pretty much any kind of 100 percent juice works. Orange, apple, blueberry, grape, and pineapple. But do take caution... They are high in natural sugars. Someone with diabetes that needs to watch their blood sugars with any kind of drink with sugar, natural or refined.
Also, keep in mind.... juice also adds extra calories.
There are so many smoothie recipes using milk as a liquid. If you are allergic, there are great alternatives to cow’s milk that work great in your smoothies.
If you want an alternative... Try nut milks. They taste wonderful! Personally, I do not usually purchase pre-made almond milk or rice milk. I have found that I just throw in a handful of nuts with water and blend it up prior to adding the rest of the fruit ingredients. You have homemade nut milk already blended up with your smoothie! There is no need to strain it.
This saves you time! Plus, you receive tons of beneficial nutrients and fiber. Helps your digestive system! Since you do not have to buy the expensive pre-made milks, helps you save money!
Coconut milk also blends into a delicious smoothie! The fat in coconuts has been highly scrutinized in the mainstream media. Through studies, it is proving itself to be a beneficial fat to include in our diet.
Several medical specialists have even said that the fat in coconuts actually cause people to lose weight! I’m all for that!
One thing to keep in mind. Coconut can have a strong flavor. If you are trying a new brand... make sure to taste it before pouring it with your other ingredients. The flavor may be to intense. Unless, you are going for a pina colada! Also, some brands are more like a cream and can have many calories.
You can make your own low fat smoothies! Just keep experimenting with healthy ingredients. Surprise yourself and your friends with delicious fruit smoothies.
Remember, making smoothies is very flexible. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and proportions to find your perfect blend. Enjoy your healthy smoothie!