They’re back! Those home-made smoothies full of all-natural goodness are back at the top of New Year resolutions this year. If you are one of the millions who know they need to get more fruit and veg into themselves, a smoothie is certainly one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it. The trouble is, most of us just have no clue what goes well with what. And as for quantities, well who has a clue! What we need are some great recipes and tips for helping us on our merry way to smoothie heaven.
If you buy a smoothie blender, you can usually make soup in there as well. If you look at blender reviews like the Vitamix reviews online, you will soon get an idea as to how versatile these machines are. Being able to pulp up all your fresh foods is great when you need something in a hurry. Blitzing up a smoothie to have at breakfast means you have started the day right, and you can probably get away with something less nutritious for dinner!
On the market at the moment are lots of fresh fruit smoothies and fresh soups at pretty reasonable prices. When you consider the cost of fruit nowadays, it may be cheaper to buy the stuff ready-blitzed in the cartons. However, if you are making batches to freeze, and the fruits are in season, you can save a fortune on the ready-made stuff. Furthermore, you can whip up your own choice flavors, and add other nutritional elements like seeds to give it an extra boost.
There are several great smoothie and soup recipe apps out there at the moment to take advantage of. Once you get the hang of a few you may be able to whip up your own recipes. Try to keep oranges, strawberries and blueberries around as these are the most common ingredients. Bananas are great too but require more liquid or juice to work down into a smoothie. For veggies, tomatoes are a must, as well as onions. Most people love carrots, but they need a fair bit of preparation before you chuck them in a blender to make sure they break down right.
If you are looking for a great way to take your smoothie to work with you, try searching for a smoothie cup online. A thermos cup can keep your drink cool for an hour or so without leaking. Soup also needs to be kept in something well sealed, but you may want to cook down your soup recipe and let it cool before taking it to work. You can reheat it in the microwave oven later. Try it with some healthy whole rye or whole wheat bread.
For a quick and easy way to get your five a day, smoothies and soups made from your fresh ingredients at home are a great idea. Whichever recipes you pick, you will be increasing your vitamin and mineral intake, as well as saving those pennies on the pre-made stuff. They can be enjoyed by the whole family.