By making smoothies in your smoothie maker at home, you have the reassurance of knowing that they are absolutely fresh.
In addition, you know that what you are drinking has not been subjected to some of the processes used for commercial smoothies, such as the heat treatment process known as pasteurisation which is designed to extend the shelf life of the smoothie by killing bacteria but may also reduce the nutritive benefits of the product.
If you have been put off buying a smoothie maker in the past, now may be the right time to buy, they really are not expensive and in the long run will save you money by enabling you to make your own delicious and nutritious smoothies instead of buying them – and as mentioned, you will know exactly what has been included in your smoothies, because you put it there!
Here are my top tips on ways to make the most of your smoothie maker.
Shop in markets to utilise seasonal produce wherever possible and buy in bulk, pre-prepare fruits and vegetables and freeze them ready for use. This works really well for most fruits except citrus and loses almost none of the health benefits of fresh fruit. In addition, using frozen fruits and vegetables will make your smoothie seem thicker and creamier.
It is easy to use up left over smoothie mixture. Small quantities can be covered in the refrigerator for up to twenty-four hours and enjoyed later or, you can freeze the mixture into ice cube trays to add to other cold drinks – which looks very attractive or you turn it into smoothie ice lollies which not only cost less than bought ones but also have a much higher nutritional value.
Green smoothies are a great way to persuade children to eat vegetables they might otherwise refuse. Try a spinach smoothie for example, this is perhaps something you would not normally consider but children really love them.
It is always a good idea to taste your smoothie mixture before adding sugar as whilst recipes often advocate including sugar, by using ripe fruits this is very often not required. Adding a spoonful of honey makes for a healthier alternative if you do want a little added sweetness.
Smoothie maker smoothies can be made with lots of alternatives to cow’s milk so even if you are lactose intolerant or need to avoid dairy products, you can still enjoy all the great tasting smoothie recipes by substituting soy milk, rice milk, almond milk or coconut milk.
If you do not want to invest in a smoothie maker right now because you are unsure how much you would use it, why not try a few simple recipes in your blender or using a stick blender? These are not suited for long-term use as smoothie makers as they often cannot crush ice or frozen fruits but they will definitely give you a taste for smoothies and you will notice health benefits after only a short time.