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Healthy snacks: Smoothies

Article by: Allrecipes staff  |  Picture by: Jamie
Healthy snacks: Smoothies
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Homemade smoothies are easy to make and a great way to get to your five a day. So whether it's for yourself or for your child who is a picky eater, get blending for a delicious healthy snack!

What's to love about smoothies?

  • They're a great way to give your kids (and yourself!) more fibre and antioxidants. (But all they'll care about is the taste.)
  • They don't require a lot of fussy or expensive ingredients.
  • They're a great way to use over-ripe fruit that might otherwise land in the bin.
  • They're adaptable: Try an endless combination of fruits, or use goat or soya milk if cow dairy is an issue.
  • You and your kids can get creative - let them choose the combination of fruits they want and watch them enjoy it even more!
  • Frozen fruit works just as well as fresh.
  • And perhaps most of all - smoothies are quick, easy, tasty and healthy!
Smoothie flavour boosters

  • If your fruit is unripe or bland, try adding a drizzle of honey to sweeten it up. Honey adds flavour as well as sweetness, and dissolves better than sugar.
  • Cinnamon is a great addition to some smoothies, especially combos like banana and blueberry, or banana and apple. Cinnamon is also a powerful antioxidant - there are as many antioxidants in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as in 75g (about a large handful) of blueberries.
  • To add colour and another dimension of flavour, try using pomegranate juice in place of some or all of the liquid in your smoothie. You'll load up on antioxidants, too!
  • A spoonful of your favourite jam or fruit compote can add colour and flavour to a plain smoothie.
  • Coconut milk adds a tropical flavour and is great for those with dairy sensitivities.
  • A drop of vanilla extract can add lovely flavour to creamy smoothies.
Tips for smoothie success

  • Freeze your own fruit: Cut up fruit - such as bananas or pineapple - into pieces and store in a freezer bag.
  • To freeze fresh berries for smoothies, spread the berries out on a swiss roll tin in a single layer and pop it in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, transfer them into a freezer bag. (This method prevents the berries from sticking together.)
  • Use skimmed milk or low-fat yoghurt if you're watching fat and calories.
  • For an extra hit of nutrition, blend plain yoghurt, flax seeds, oats, wheatgerm or tofu into your favourite smoothie recipe.
  • If a smoothie recipe calls for sugar, try it first without the added sweetener. You might not need it, depending upon the natural sweetness of the fruit.
  • Take a second to rinse out the blender right after you use it, even if you're planning to wash it later; dried-on fruit makes for slow washing up.
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