What’s a smoothie? Why is it healthy? And if a smoothie a day keeps the doctor away it must be important.
A smoothie is a thick drink that’s made of a fruit or more. Usually, the fruit is blended with ice, yoghurt, milk, honey or water. A smoothie could also be made with vegetables or a mixture of fruit and vegetables. It is the best way to have your ‘five a day’.
For a healthy smoothie, it’s best to avoid adding anything processed such as dairy products, honey or other sweeteners. You may want to spice a smoothie up; why not add a thin slice of ginger?
Below is a list of fruits, their nutrients and their health benefits. All fruits have a number of nutrients in them, here I am highlighting the major nutrient each fruit is popular for. Now you can make an informed decision when making your smoothie. A glass of smoothie could be made from selecting any of these fruits or a combination of fruits.
Orange – Vitamin C – boosts immune system
Guava – Vitamin C – aids iron absorption
Grape fruit – Vitamin C – reduces the risk of cancer and stroke
Banana – Potassium – healthy heart
Apple – Simple carbohydrate – fuel for cells in the body
Pineapple – Manganese – healthy bones
Mango – Vitamin A – Good eye sight
Water Melon – Lycopene – Strong antioxidant
Strawberry – Fibre – lowers blood cholesterol
Kiwi – Vitamin C & K – Strong bones and healthy blood clotting
Grapes – Copper and vitamin K – prevents cancer
To enhance your health and to ease your making of smoothies some great smoothie makers are available in most grocery shops. I have used for four of them.
Kenwood SB 056
Kenwood SB 266
BLendtec Total Blender
The Vitamix blender
What fruits or combination of fruits would suit your taste buds in a glass of smoothie?