Thick, creamy beverages called Smoothies are made by blending frozen or puréed fruits, vegetables, juices, yogurt, nuts, seeds, and/or dairy or nondairy milk. They are found listed in every health conscious individual’s menu list.
How is a Smoothie made?
Though there are numerous kinds, but how to make a smoothie basically? Every smoothie has basic 2 ingredients primarily. One is the base and the other is a liquid to make it a drink. The consistency of the drink can be determined by the drinker’s taste. Some like it really thick so add the base more while some others prefer it to be flowy so they add the liquid agent more. Ice cubes or frozen produce (fruits/veggies/milk etc) are added to chill the smoothie. The ingredients determine the overall taste.
What are types of smoothies?
Smoothies are mainly of 3 types: fruit smoothies, green smoothies and protein smoothies though one cannot really categorise the smoothies as they tend to overlap with each other. As some prefer to add certain fruits to their green smoothie for flavor and fruit smoothie drinkers sometimes add some spinach to their drink to make it healthy.
Fruit smoothies usually have one or more types of fruit blended with a fruit juice of choice, water, milk, or even ice cream. While Green smoothies contain leafy green vegetables blended with fruit, water, juice, or milk. The veggie portion is more compared to the other ingredients.
Protein smoothies are mostly had to start the day or before/after a workout. They definitely feature in a body builder’s diet. They contain a fruit or a vegetable with a liquid and their main content is any one of the protein sources like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, silken tofu, or protein powder.
Why have a smoothie?
Smoothies are fast, healthy, customizable drinks that can fit any diet in the world. It is a great mix of nutrients so one gets a diverse array of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants in a single drink. This drink is said to be really healthy for the body as it may reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and lower the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis. It is result giving for the weight watchers.
Adults should be eating at least 5 servings (400 grams) of fruits and vegetables every day for the body to receive adequate fibre, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Smoothies pack in 2–3 servings and are fibre rich thus preventing constipation while supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. The gut bacteria helps reduce inflammation, promote healthy immune function, and support mental health.