Drinking a fruit smoothie is a wonderful way to get your fruit nutrition. Tasty and easy to make; here are the top five smoothie recipes that are sure to please you and your family. These are very simple recipes that you can whip up quickly anytime. You probably have the ingredients on hand right now!
Bananas are used often in fruit smoothies because they add a creamy consistency like a milkshake with far less sugar.
Apple Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is great for breakfast or as an anytime snack!
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tbsp of greek yoghurt.
2-3 ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into a high-speed blender that has the power to crush ice.
Just add enough cold water till it covers half of the other ingredients in the blender cup. Blend until smooth.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Ahh... yes, the strawberry banana smoothie! This is one of the most popular of the fruit smoothie flavours, yum!
1 banana, peeled, frozen and cut into chunks
1/2 c. strawberries
3/4 c. pineapple juice
Put the banana, strawberries and pineapple juice into the blender. Blend until smooth.
Raspberry Peach Smoothie
Here is a different combination, no bananas here!
1 1/2 c. apple/peach fruit juice
1 c. fresh peach slices
1/2 c. fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 c. vanilla yoghurt
4 ice cubes
Put the fruit juice in the blender first then add the remaining ingredients including the ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
This smoothie has a creamy texture and a light sweet orange taste. It uses whole milk - you can substitute low-fat milk or almond/soy milk but it will be less creamy. It's best to use Navel, Valencia or Mandarin oranges
1 medium orange (peeled with seeds removed)
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. whole milk
First blend the orange slices and milk together. Taste to see if you like the flavour and add a sweetener like stevia, Splenda or a pinch of sugar if you wish. Next add the yogurt and blend until smooth.
This smoothie is tangy and sweet. Be sure you have nice ripe mangoes for this one!
2 c. non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c. mango nectar
2 mangos, peeled and chopped
1 c. ice cubes
Put all the ingredients except the ice cubes into the blender and process until smooth. Add the cup of ice cubes and blend till they are crushed and smooth.
So those are the top five fruit smoothie recipes using a variety of different fruits. Pick your favourite fruit and enjoy. There are many combinations you can put into a smoothie. You can even hide veggies in your fruit smoothies!
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