Every day, we search for means to stay healthy and one of such ways is to eat healthy, paying close attention to the things we allow in or on our body.
Have you heard of Fruit Smoothie Drink? Would you like to know the right steps in preparing it in the comfort of your home?
What is Smoothie?
Simply defined a smoothie is a thick and creamy beverage made from pureed (liquidized/blended) raw fruit, vegetables, and sometimes dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, ice-cream etc), typically made using a blender.
Ingredients for Making Smoothie Drink at Home
The ingredients used in making smoothie can be gotten from your local fruit or vegetable market. The ingredient you go for depends on the type of drink you wish to make (i.e. Fruit Smoothie or Vegetable Smoothie)
General Formula for All Types of Smoothies
- 2 cups (125 ml) fruit
- 1cup (375 ml) liquid
- 3 to 4 ice cubes
- 2 to 4 Table spoon of protein powder (optional)
- Sweetener (honey, date etc.), to taste (optional)
- Spices(depending on the one you like), to taste (optional)
The beauty of making your own smoothie is that you are free to experiment with various healthy mixtures. You can develop your own recipe for your delight and that of your family.
Basically what you need are-
- The fruits you want to use
- The liquid or dairy product you want to use
- The thickener you want to use
Step by Step Guide on How to Make Smoothie at Home in Nigeria
Select the fruit you want to use to make the drink (pineapple, berries, banana etc.)
How to Make a Smoothie with Frozen Fruit
Buy your fresh ripe fruits, slice them, and put them in freezer bags or bowls with cover, place in the freezer to freeze them. Fruit can be frozen for up to 9 months.
Prepare your blender- It is more convenient to use a blender when preparing your drink, because it achieves smoother consistency.
Add the Fruit, Liquid and Dairy (in the blender)
For the fruit
After selecting the fruit, cut them into smaller pieces and place in the blender
For the liquid in your smoothie recipe, use 1 cup of:
- Fruit juice
- Juice blend
- Coconut water
Then add 1 cup of:
- Milk or dairy-free milk substitute (plain or flavored)
- Yogurt (plain or flavored)
Measure in a glass measuring cup and add both mixtures (liquid and dairy) to the fruit in the blender.
You may want to add thickener to your smoothie to give it a fuller look. This is optional
How to Make Smoothies Thicker Naturally
If you want to thicken your smoothie, there are many ways to achieve it.
- You can use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit
- Add banana or avocado to your smoothie (Avocado, Mango, pumpkin)
- You can reduce the amount of liquid you use
- You can add nuts
Add ice cubes (optional)
Blend it- Ensure you have put the lid on the blender, turn it on, place it to blend at medium speed. As the blender gradually does its work on the fruit you can increase the speed. When you achieve the required texture, you can put it off.
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Enjoy your amazing healthy smoothie drink
As a bonus to this tutorial we would be answering some frequently asked questions about smoothie drink
Can smoothies help me lose weight?
Smoothie can help in weight loss, if it is a healthy smoothie made up of nutritious ingredients like fruits and vegetables.
I am on a diet, what type of smoothie can I take?
We advise you to take smoothies made with vegetables and herbs. This is because fruits are higher in calories and they contain sugar, this could mess up your whole diet routine.
The best option is vegetable smoothies; you can add some fruit yogurt or small amounts of fresh fruit. As long as the quantity of sugar or dairy is moderate, you can enjoy your smoothie.
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