Sunday, May 31, 2009

How To Make A Smoothie

There are tons of fruit smoothie recipes that you can concoct and many of these free smoothie recipes can be found on the internet. You can even make a healthy smoothie. The first question that I have been asked, though, is "How To Make A Smoothie".

Fruit Smoothie

Firstly, it is not difficult to make a smoothie. Smoothies are versatile and can be treated as a breakfast item or a snack or even as a dessert. Some treat smoothie as a meal replacement as it can be nutritious.

In order to have a smooth consistency, it is best to have a blender, failing which you could use a shaker although it is difficult to attain the ideal consistency with a shaker.

Main ingredients:-
• Liquid such as dairy milk, soy milk, fruit juice, ice cream or even tea
• Fruit, either fresh or frozen

If you are using fresh fruits such as oranges, kiwis, bananas, mangoes, etc, do remove the skin before using the fruit.

Place the fruit into the blender. You can experiment with different kinds of fruits to find the favourite smoothie of your choice. If you are using frozen fruit, you can leave out the ice. However if you are using fresh fruit, you might want to put some ice cubes in the blender so you can get a nice cold refreshing fruit smoothie.

Next add in the liquid and start blending. Your refreshing smoothie is ready to drink once you have a smooth consistency.

Frozen fruits and yoghurt will give your smoothie a thicker consistency. Play around with the various ingredients and see what is your favourite smoothie concoction.

Better still, for a healthy smoothie, try adding in some greens such as spirulina, wheatgerm, or wheatgrass. You can also try tahini or royal jelly for a healthy smoothie.

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Here's a free smoothie recipe:-

Cranberry Smoothie


Most women know the value of a cranberry - it helps prevent bladder infections. The good news is cranberries can be delicious in a smoothie. Try this cranberry smoothie recipe and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2/3 cup cran-raspberry juice (less, if this is too sweet for you, but I like it sweeter)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 8 oz of yogurt, preferably Raspberry
  • 1 1/2 cups of ice

Blend until smooth, give it a taste and decide if you need more ice or juice.

The above recipe is taken from www.smoothieweb.com which showcases some great free healthy smoothie recipes.

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I do hope that the above guide on how to make a smoothie helps you get started as it is really simple and quick to make a great tasting healthy smoothie. You can try out any of the fruit smoothie recipes which you can find for free on the internet and not have to spend money buying recipe books for this.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Strawberry Smoothie - Healthy Breakfast Recipes

*** Healthy Breakfast Recipes ***

Strawberry smoothie recipe

This smoothie recipe provides a wonderful combination of flavors. The addition of tahini adds extra protein to help keep you satiated for a longer period than your usual smoothie.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 2 8oz glasses

Ingredients:

  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1/4 cup low fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 TBS tahini
  • 1 medium size banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBS honey

Directions:

    1. Remove stems from strawberries and wash.
    2. Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Recipes are from the www.whfoods.org website, a very popular website which comes up #1 on a "Google" search for "healthiest foods" and "healthiest recipes." The website provides unbiased information with no commercial interests by the not-for-profit George Mateljan Foundation. George Mateljan is the founder of Health Valley Foods and author of six best-selling books on the Healthiest Way of Eating.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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