Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and vegetables into your diet without having to cook. They are a great healthy alternative for heading to the nearest drive through when time is tight and you are starving. If you just purchased a smoothie maker and you are looking forward to a healthier life, here are a few things that you need to know to get started!
Use Fresh Seasonal Produce
While it can be easy to find a smoothie recipe that you want to make regardless of the season, it is generally a good idea to use in season produce. All of your senses should be used when selecting the perfect fruit. Most fruits should be firm to the touch but have a little give. They shouldn’t have bruises and should smell sweet. If you can find it, organic produce is a great way to go because many fruits have harmful pesticide residue on them.
Stock Your Freezer
A great way to keep costs down and still enjoy great smoothies is to buy fresh seasonal fruit when it is at its cheapest and stock your freezer. Head to a farmers market and pick up a flat of strawberries or blueberries. When you get home, wash and dry it. In the case of the strawberries you would want to take the stem off and cut them in to pieces. Then lay the fruit out on a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, put the fruit in freezer bags and return them to the freezer. Most fruits, with the exception of some citrus fruits, freeze exceptionally well.
Pay Attention to the Order You Add Ingredients
Although most people think it doesn’t really matter the order in which you add ingredients to your smoothies, this isn’t 100% true. The order in which ingredients are added can speed or slow the smoothie making process. The right order can help to preserve the blade of your smoothie maker. Start with the juice and then add soft solids. Last, add in ice or frozen fruit.T