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Posted by – June 29, 2011
Smoothies are becoming more popular as a great way to get your daily allocation of fruit and vegetables. It provides essential nutrients and vitamins to help boost your immune system and promote health. Best of all they are easy to make and taste great.
A smoothie is basically a blend of solid food such as fruit or vegetables with a liquid such as milk, juice or yogurt. Different combinations can be blended together to get different tastes and consistencies. This means that you can create your own meal in a glass to suit you, recipes are great for experimenting.
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So what is a typical smoothie recipe?Low Fat Smoothie Recipes
Unlike many recipes smoothie recipes are very forgiving, you can pretty much change them to suit your taste and needs. There are however a few tips that will save you money and make your smoothie taste great.
Strawberry smoothie recipe
A handful of strawberries
Low fat milk
Add the ingredients into your blender and blend until it has a smooth texture, pour into a glass and enjoy. You get better results when you use chopped up frozen strawberries and very ripe bananas. Green bananas tend to taste less like bananas so let them go brown or even better buy them cheaper at the supermarket because they have gone brown.
This makes a very low fat meal in a glass, it will keep you full for ages and the natural sugars are an easy to digest energy source. If you want to stay fuller for longer add a small amount of ground oats and some protein powder. You can get protein powder from most health shops.
Fresh fruits can sometimes be quite expensive. It is fine to use tinned or frozen fruit, freezing preserves the nutrients in many fruits and vegetables. Tinned pears and peaches can be used to bulk out your smoothie.
If you buy berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries then freezing them not only makes them last longer but stops them losing the vitamins they contain. Frozen fruit also tends to bring out the taste when used in a smoothie.
If you are green fingered you can grow your own soft fruits and save a bit of money. Strawberries are really easy to grow and the plants will produce fruits year after year. If you are buying tinned fruit make sure you get tinned fruit in fruit juice rather than syrup. You should also wash any fresh fruit you buy, unfortunately the commercial growers spray a on of chemicals on fruits and vegetables that can make you ill. Buy organic if you can afford it.