Smoothies are a good choice for those who want to stick to healthy eating habits. Besides satisfying your nutritional needs, they are refreshing and tastes great. They are considered as a healthy drink because of being low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. Smoothies are fiber rich, gluten-free and low in total calories as well.
The word smoothie generally refers to a thick beverage made by blending raw fruits or vegetables with other added ingredients. that vary with personal taste. Many smoothies include large servings of fruits or vegetables. The common ingredients that are added along with blended fruits or vegetables are water, crushed ice, fruit juices, sweeteners (e.g. honey, sugar, syrup), dairy products (e.g., yogurt, milk, whey powder, cottage cheese), nuts, seeds, nut butter, plant milk, chocolate, herbal or nutritional supplements.
Below are ten popular smoothies with fruits as basic ingredient, that can be added to your daily diet, especially as a morning drink. This small change in your diet can make you more energetic and healthier in the long run. These are not recipes, but are the very basic combinations of each smoothie. You can add any other ingredients of your choice to these basic combinations to make it tastier and more nutritious.
1. Orange Julius Smoothie
This popular smoothie is a blend of orange juice, milk and vanilla without any added sugar or artificial flavourings. It is a vitamin C rich drink that makes the acidic nature of orange juice less annoying and enjoyable.
2. Strawberry Orange Smoothie
Strawberry orange smoothie is made with orange juice, fresh or frozen strawberries, ice cubes and honey. This nutritious smoothie is refreshing and filled with strawberry flavour and a mild touch of orange.
3. Chocolate Banana Smoothie
It is a smooth and creamy chocolate milk drink which is made by combining milk, ripe banana and chocolate syrup. The vitamins, proteins and antioxidants contained in bananas , chocolates and milk makes it a nutrient rich drink.
4. Classic Blueberry Smoothie
This is a nutritient rich drink made by blending fresh or frozen blueberries, fruit juice and yogurt. Blueberries are considered as a healthy fruit and is a rich source of potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber and phytonutrients.
5. Tropical Five Fruit Smoothie
Tropical five fruit smoothie is nutritious and energy providing. It is made by blending orange juice, mango, papaya, banana and kiwi.
6. Creamsicle Smoothie
Creamsicle smoothie is a combination of fresh orange juice, banana, milk, vanilla extract and honey. It tastes like Orange Julius Smoothie.
7. Berry Brainstorm Smoothie
This is a frothy blend of frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apple juice and nonfat yogurt. All berries, especially blueberries have enormous health benefits and are packed with healthy nutrients, antioxidants and fiber.
8. Pina Colada Smoothie
Pina colada smoothie is made by blending pineapple chunks, banana, coconut milk, honey and ice cubes. It is a refreshing drink filled with the rich taste and qualities of pineapple which is best known for improving digestion.
9. Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
This smoothie is a combination of frozen cherries,, vanilla extract, plain or greek yogurt, honey and ice cubes. It provides all the health benefits of cherries which contains powerful antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients.
10. Creamy Coffee Smoothie
It is a caffeinated smoothie which reminds you of your favourite morning drink coffee. This creamy and sweet smoothie is simple to make and made by blending instant coffee with sugar and heavy cream.