What's delicious, nutritious, and easy to make? If you guessed a fruit smoothie, you'd be right. They're great for breakfast, as a snack, or as an after-workout cooler. back to top
What's a smoothie?
The basic fruit smoothie is a mix of fruit juice (fresh or from frozen juice concentrate) and fruit (fresh or frozen). Add a little ice to some milk, nonfat yogurt, frozen yogurt, or sherbet and you've got a California smoothie. Because their ingredients can vary, not all smoothies are created equal. For example, a 24-ounce smoothie made with whole milk or yogurt can have 550 calories
. That's more than a McDonald's Quarter-Pounder With Cheese! back to top
What are "extras"?
Some smoothies are sold with "extras" like lecithin, protein
powder, and medicinal herbs. These extras can be expensive and may add calories to the mix. And there is no scientific proof that any of these can make your smoothie healthier. back to top
How do I order a smoothie?
The sign may say "fruit smoothie," but that doesn't mean the same thing from place to place. When you buy a freshly made smoothie or a prepared smoothie in a bottle, be sure you're getting a healthy treat. Here are some tips for choosing smoothies:
How can I make a smoothie at home?
- Look for 100 percent fruit juice, not fruit drink or fruit flavor.
- Ask for zero added sugar. Fruit is already sweet!
- Cut the fat by choosing low-fat frozen yogurt, nonfat ice cream, skim or low-fat milk, or soy milk. back to top
The best smoothies are the ones you make yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit, fruit juices, and frozen yogurt or milk. If you don't eat dairy, you can use rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk instead of cow's milk. These dairy alternatives are all available at the supermarket. Try a frosty watermelon slush
or a banana-orange smoothie
, or make up your own recipe. Experimenting with ingredients is half the fun! And you'll save money when you make your own smoothies. Buying a smoothie from a juice bar will cost you anywhere from 3 dollars and 65 cents to 4 dollars and 20 cents, depending on the size. Spend that money at the market, and you can make smoothies for you and a friend! back to top