Smoothies make a delicious and nutritious meal or snack any time of day. You can create your own smoothie recipe using any type of liquid base -- milk, juice, yogurt or water, for example -- and blending it with your favorite fruits. You could use various criteria to choose the best fruits for smoothies, but it really comes down to your personal taste.
All fruits are more nutritious than junk foods, but some fruits are better than others. If you want to make the most nutritious smoothie possible, choose some of the most nutritious fruits. The Nutrition Action Health Letter devised a system for ranking fruits based on their nutritional content. Guava, watermelon, grapefruit, kiwi and papaya rank as the most nutritious. You can also blend vegetables into a smoothie to add nutrition.
When you're preparing smoothies often, you may need to consider the cost of the fruits. You can typically purchase apples and bananas inexpensively year round, and a large bag of frozen strawberries is usually a good buy. Aside from that, purchase fruits in season -- pears, cranberries and grapes in the fall; kiwi and oranges in the winter; strawberries, mango and honeydew in the spring; and blueberries, cherries and grapefruit in the summer. Buy a lot when your favorite fruits are in season and freeze them for later use.
Taste preference can vary wildly, but people usually prefer either a tart or sweet smoothie. If you like tart smoothies, try adding pineapple, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries to an orange juice base. If your style is more sweet, use bananas, blueberries and mango blended with yogurt.
A powerful blender can create smooth smoothies, but the fruits that you put into them can affect the texture. Any fruit that has seeds -- strawberries, kiwi or raspberries, for example -- might create a smoothie that you have to spend some time chewing. If this is a problem for you, stick with smoothies made with fruits you don't eat the seeds of, such as melons, papaya, mango and apples. Bananas in particular create an especially creamy smoothie.
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