Smoothies are available all year round but a lot of people are particularly fond of them during the summer. However, if you have a smoothie blender at home, there should be no reason why you can’t take advantage of the benefits of having a smoothie everyday. After all, smoothies are good for you primarily because they contain a lot of fruit that will provide you with all of the essential nutrients you need to get you moving even through your busiest days. Most people realize this but are deterred from having a smoothie everyday because of the cost and inconvenience of having to get one from the store. But if you can do them at home with a smoothie blender, then you should be able to get your fruit fix everyday to improve your health.
The fresh vs. frozen debate
Fruits are the primary ingredient in a lot of smoothie recipes, the most popular of which are bananas and berries. And in making smoothies, fruits can either be used fresh or frozen. People generally prefer one over the other and you really are free to use whatever will produce the kind of smoothie you want. The best way for you to determine what will work for you then is to try both fresh and frozen fruits in your smoothie. You just have to make sure that your smoothie maker is strong enough to handle frozen fruits so you won’t run into any trouble while making a smoothie.
Some points to consider
When it comes to eating fruits, the general idea is that the fresher the produce the better. That is true, except maybe when you’re making a smoothie. Here are some points for you to consider that might help sway you to favor the frozen fruit side of the debate:
- Frozen fruit is more nutritious. This is because fruits to be frozen are picked when they are at the peak of their freshness and immediately washed and frozen so they retain all the nutrients they have at the time they are picked. Fresh fruit deteriorates after it is picked so unless you use the fruit immediately after being picked, you’re probably getting fewer nutrients from it compared to frozen fruit.
- Frozen fruit is more flavorful. Because fruit is frozen immediately at its peak, it not only retains all of its nutrients but its flavors as well. Not to mention that using frozen fruit lets you do away with using ice which helps you avoid watering down your smoothie so you can enjoy all the fruity goodness as you should.
- Frozen fruit helps keep waste at bay. As fresh fruit deteriorates, it will go bad in a matter of days, meaning you will have to throw it away when it is not used in time. Frozen fruit can keep for months in your freezer without trouble so you don’t have to worry about wasting anything when you don’t feel like using your smoothie maker at the moment.
- Frozen fruit is cheaper. This generally depends on where you get your fresh and frozen fruits but typically a pound of fresh strawberries cost $2.25 whereas frozen strawberries are at $1 a pound. The same is true for blueberries because a pound of fresh fruit costs $2.50, for instance, while a pound of frozen fruit costs $2. Savings are generally offered to consumers because frozen fruits are usually bought by the bulk. This should be no trouble though because, as mentioned, frozen fruit can keep for months so you won’t be wasting any of it.
- Frozen fruit is more convenient to buy. Frozen fruits are not subjected to seasonal availabilities because they are harvested, packed, and frozen immediately. This means that you won’t have to wait for strawberries to be in season to have your strawberry smoothie fix because you can always get frozen ones at any time of the year. Additionally, choosing to go frozen also allows you to enjoy fruits that are not normally part of local produce so you can have them when you want them.
Making a smoothie
If your smoothie’s too thick, you can add a splash of juice or milk. Give it a stir and taste. It’s very rare for a smoothie to require sweetening but if you want to add a bit of sweetness you can use honey. Using fruits means your smoothie already has vitamins and minerals but you can help add to the fiber content by adding some quick-cook oatmeal. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on calories, you can also choose skim milk or fat-free milk. If you want a protein boost, you can add some peanut butter or some mixed nuts into the smoothie maker. If you have some smoothie left over, make sure you put it in the refrigerator or a cold thermos to keep it cool until you are ready to finish it.