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How to Blend a Better Smoothie

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It’s still summertime…which means smoothie time. And homemade smoothies are so popular, say market watchers, that they’ve boosted sales of frozen fruit and blenders.

Companies are cashing in on the icy craze with bagged frozen fruit-and-veggie blends. But it’s also a snap to make your own smoothie. Just toss some fruit and low-fat (or non-dairy) milk into a blender. Add greens or other veggies if you like. Done.

Either way, here are a few of our favorite store-bought combos to try:


Frozen Smoothie Blends

Frozen smoothie blends are mostly frozen fruit. If you want to give ‘em a whirl, shop for brands with no added sugar or juice.

That’s because whole fruit or veggies is healthier than juice. And why bother adding juice to fruit?

If the frozen blend’s label says to mix with juice, use water or milk (dairy or non-dairy) instead. Dairy or soy milk means more protein, calcium, and other nutrients.

For a creamier smoothie, blend in a little plain 0% greek yogurt. If you like it thicker, toss in some sliced banana.

Some of our favorite frozen blends:

Wyman’s of Maine Strawberries, Blueberries & Cherries with Kale. That’s the name and the ingredient list. It’s brimming with sweet berries and cherries.

Dole Fruit & Veggie Blends. Dole’s Orange Medley blend is mostly mangos, oranges, pineapple, & bananas. Mmm. Just keep in mind: despite varieties like “Fruit ‘n Greens,” you’re getting way more fruit than vegetables. Want more veggies? Try Earthbound Farm Organic Smoothie Kickstarts. The first ingredient in the Kale Berry is kale.


Or Make Your Own Smoothie

Try one of these simple ideas from Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. You can use fresh or frozen fruit.

Berry Red, Tropical Yellow, Cool Green.

Berry Red. Blend 1 cup of watermelon with ½ cup of berries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. (80 calories)

Tropical Yellow. Blend ½ cup each of pineapple and mango with half a banana. Thin with water if needed. (140 calories)

Cool Green. Blend ½ cup each of pineapple and honeydew melon with ¼ cup each of cucumber and baby spinach. (80 calories)

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