What Is a Fruit Smoothie?

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By definition, a fruit smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit. Fruits are mostly naturally sweet so I personally don’t believe fruit smoothies need to be sweetened. In most cases, you add crushed ice. You can also add milk, yogurt, or ice cream.

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I don’t remember when I started liking smoothies. When I was a kid, all I remember is we liked our fruits fresh. Mom wasn’t into blending them. But wow! That was decades ago.

I started using the blender when my daughter, then a baby, started eating solid foods. I would especially prepare her applesauce — fresh from my handy blender. She loved it, and I totally believed it was better than commercially prepared foods for babies.

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Favorite Fruit Smoothie Combinations

There used to be a neighborhood fruit smoothie stand near our home. We liked ordering from them esp. when we were on the go. They had specialty drinks that cost less than US$2.00 for a 16 0z. drink and less than US$2.50 for a 22 oz. drink.

Here are some of the fruit smoothie combinations and the benefit of each drink:

– Mango/Orange/Apple/Banana/Lemon (Anti-Oxidant)

– Apple/Banana/Kiwi/Mango/Pineapple (Vit. A, C, D, K)

– Guave/Apple/Orange/Peach/Mango (Vit. C)

– Orange/Peach/Banana/Pineapple (High Fiber, Vit. C)

– Apple/Melon/Watermelon/Lemon (Instant Energy Boost)

My Banana – Papaya Smoothie Recipe

Serves: 1 Prep Time: 10 Total Time: 15

Ingredients:

1 cup papaya (peeled seeded and cubed)
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup yogurt milk
1 cup ice

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Instructions:

1. Slice the papaya into cubes.
2. Peel and slice the banana into smaller pieces.
3. Mix the papaya, banana, and yogurt milk in the blender.
4. Add ice cubes.

*Optional : You can add sugar or simple syrup if you want it sweeter. You can also add more milk if you wish. It need not be yogurt milk.

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Whereas fruit smoothies are yummy, opt for less sugar, and if possible, add green smoothies to your diet. Veggie smoothies help provide the balance.

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