How To Make Your Own Yummy Fruit Smoothies
As I mentioned in a previous guide on how to eat better at home, drinking healthy smoothies can be an easy way to include more fruits and vegetables in your weekly diet. Below I break down how to prepare your own yummy fruit smoothies at home!
What You’ll Need
You really don’t need much to make a yummy fruit smoothie. Here is a list of the basics and I’ll go into some detail on each below:
- Vegetables (optional, but should be included)
- Nuts/seeds/etc. (optional)
- Ice (optional)
- A blender of some sort
Fruits and Veggies
The great thing about making yummy fruit smoothies is that there are endless possibilities and you can use whatever you think tastes the best. For fruits, I usually go with frozen mixed berries and a banana, sometimes with an apple too (note: you don’t want too much fruit, especially if you’re looking to cut some sugar). Bananas are a staple in my smoothies because they are cheap, nutritious and add a smoothness to the texture. I like to switch up which frozen berries I buy to keep things interesting – so sometimes a berry mix, sometimes pineapple/mango, or any other frozen mix that’s on sale.
If you’ve never added veggies to a smoothie, now’s the time to start. Why? Because with enough fruit, you don’t even taste it and you’re adding another serving of veggies to your diet! I like to stick to leafy and nutritious greens like spinach, kale or collard greens, but you can add whatever you like. For example, carrots, beats or avocado are also good options.
There are plenty of options for liquids as well. I stick to water because I’m not a big dairy fan, but you can also use milk (regular, almond, soy, etc.) or juice. I don’t recommend juice because it likely has a lot of sugar and with enough regular or frozen fruit, your yummy fruit smoothie will have enough natural sugar already. Water or milk are your best bets.
Fruits, veggies and a liquid are all you need to make a yummy fruit smoothie. But if you want to add some extra nutrition or taste, there are some other options. For example, peanut butter is a favourite of mine because it adds to the smooth texture I enjoy and tastes great. It’s also an extra source of protein, or if you want even more protein, you can add protein powder, nuts or seeds (hemp, etc.).
I’ve also added things like oats to give the smoothie more body, and sometimes sprinkle cinnamon or granola on top for some crunch. Get creative! If it’s good for you, odds are it’s worth either giving it a try or sprinkling on top of your fruit smoothie.
There are a ton of blenders out there, but I’ve only really used one. I bought the NutriBullet over 3 years ago and I love it. I use it 4-5 times a week and if you’re a regular smoothie maker, it’s extremely reliable and convenient in terms of mixing, drinking and cleaning your yummy fruit smoothies.
That being said, any blender will work as long as it does a good job of blending what’s inside.
Go Make Your First Yummy Fruit Smoothie!
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get started! Pick up some of your favourite fruits, veggies and anything else you want and give it a go. Especially if you have trouble eating enough fruits and veggies, this is a great way to get started.