Smoothies: Whirl Up a Glass of Goodness

Why make your own smoothie at home? Smoothies are easy and fun to make and you can control what goes into your smoothie. All you need is a blender and a few ingredients and you’re on your way to enjoying a variety of smoothies made with a complementary combination of foods and beverages. You can even kick your smoothie up a nutritional notch by adding wheat germ, leafy greens, or protein powder. Here are some of the most popular smoothie ingredients with some of their nutritional benefits:

  • Bananas – Use fresh or frozen bananas. A very good source of vitamin B6, and a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, and vitamin C.
  • Berries – Use fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin K; raspberries are an excellent source of fiber, manganese, and vitamin C; and strawberries are an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C.
  • Cantaloupe – Use fresh or frozen cantaloupe. An excellent source of vitamins A and C.
  • Pineapple – Use fresh or frozen pineapple. An excellent source of manganese and vitamin C.
  • Watermelon – Use fresh or frozen watermelon. An excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of vitamin A, and a good source of magnesium and potassium.
  • Yogurt – Use plain yogurt or your favorite flavor. A very good source of calcium, iodine, phosphorus, and vitamin B12.
  • Milk – Whole, 2% or 1%. A very good source of calcium, iodine, vitamin D, and vitamin B2.
  • Ice – For texture and a cooler temperature.
Note: If your smoothie is too tart, you can add a little bit of sugar or honey to your smoothie. If your smoothie is not thick enough for your liking, you can add more fruit, yogurt, or ice cubes. If your smoothie is too thick for your liking, you can add more liquid, such as milk or fruit juice.