Adam Hickman
December 06, 2010

When it comes to drinks, most of us can be divided into two categories, you prefer hot drinks or cold drinks. Either you love the warm, filling, rich flavor and feeling of a warm beverage; or you love the refreshing, creamy, smooth, and icy feeling from a blended drink. I have always preferred the latter.

Due to my warm upbringing in central Florida, I enjoyed a few slurpees (different and better then ices’, slush puppies, or slushs) on a hot day, or after a particular activity necessary for a reward.  Go to the beach; get a slurpee. Go out on the boat; get a slurpee. Do yard work; get a slurpee. Do nothing; get a slurpee. Seeing the trend? After moving from central Florida, to the land without slurpee machines, I had to get my fix somehow.

Introducing, the smoothie. Since acquiring a Breville Hemisphere mixer (which I own and highly recommend) in June, I have been making smoothies all the time. I actually just finished drinking one; I blended some spinach into it for the first time. It tasted much better then it looked. Smoothies are easy, cheap, nutritious, and filling. Smoothies are a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet without even noticing it. Just a couple of ingredients blended together make a great drink (for those of you who appreciate the cold side of drinks).

Only a couple variables create a delicious smoothie. Fruit is the lead role in this production, and can be purchased fresh or frozen. Freezing the fruit before blending will make a smoother smoothie. A zip-top bag in the freezer is a great place to store fresh fruit moving beyond the ripe stage, thus saving money from being wasted. Liquid such as fruit juice, apple cider, milk, soymilk, or tea are the supporting actor in smoothies.  Plenty of other things can be mixed in for flavor, texture, or nutrition, including honey, maple syrup, vegetables, silken tofu, nuts, vitamins/minerals, supplements, peanut butter etc… The best part of smoothies is you can make it however you want it.

 

Try some of our best smoothie recipes, like this Peach-Mango Smoothie or Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothies (shown above).

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