Who doesn’t love good old fashion fruit smoothies?
Especially during their seasonal months when cherries, blueberries, apples etc…are fresh right off the vine or tree! When you’ve got amazing summer fruit, there are more ways to enjoy it than just eating it out of hand – how about a smoothie!
Fruit Smoothies don’t take a lot of time to make; they are quick, easy and hassle free
This is one just of the reasons they work so well for a smoothie-on-the-go-meal. You don’t have time to make a breakfast yet you need something light and filling for your stomach.
Fruit smoothies are often easy for your body to digest because the produce is already broken down thus allowing your body to immediately soak up the nutrients, leaving you feeling refreshed.
Your smoothie always seems to have that annoying runny consistency that won’t thicken up. Need help? No, problem! Below are fruit that will thicken your smoothie right up to give you that creamy consistency.
Here are a few of our favorites:
You can use frozen fruit – this is a great way to add depth to your smoothie. Either freeze your fruit the night before or just throw it in the freezer an hour or two before you whip up your smoothie.
Banana - this fruit is famous for giving a smoothie that creamy texture that everyone wants. We recommend you peel your banana and place it in the freezer either the night before or an hour or two before you make your smoothie. Doing this will give a cold sensation to your creaminess.
Mango – when blended in a smoothie, this fruit kind of resembles a banana’s creaminess, but it defiantly carries more of a tangy/tropical bit to it!
Avocado – this might come as a shock to some, but avocado is actually a fruit. (some think it is a vegetable due to the way it’s used in the kitchen) Avocados are rich and creamy as well filled with healthy fats, the kind that helps maintain a healthy weight. (*even though avocadoes are good for you, you should limit yourself to no more than 1 every day or every other day – everything in moderation)
Don’t just limit yourself to fruit thickeners, try some other additives that will spruce up and enhance your fruit smoothie. A few are listed below:
Ice – classic! The all-time favorite is ice – a half cup will usually do the trick.
Protein Powder – a scoop of protein powder will thicken up your concoction as well as boost it’s nutritional value.
Chia Seeds – this is an interesting one! Chia expands when put in to liquid, so naturally chia will thicken up your smoothie as well give you your omega 3’s for the day.
Peanut Butter – yes, this is a wonderful addition! A tablespoon of PB will thicken up a smoothie in no time! Just before you add the PB make your fruit smoothie contain fruits that mix well with PB such as: bananas, apples, celery etc…
Goji Berries are a great way to turn your already healthy smoothie into an antioxidant packed smoothie.
Chia Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. You will probably want to soak them a bit, before adding them to your smoothie, to soften them up. Chia contains: fiber, protein as well as essential fatty acids.
Hemp Seeds or powder are also an excellent source of protein. It’s said that hemp contains almost all of the essential vitamins and minerals the body contain in just one little seed.
Have you ever heard the saying “The key to fruit smoothies is the fruit” Well, it’s true
You can use fresh or frozen, fresh typically has more flavor, but go ffor whatever works for you!
Check out the links below for more Fruit Smoothie Recipes!