A mug full of flavour, aroma, and nutrients – smoothies are proven to help nourish your skin, improve your overall health, cleanse your gut, and lose weight. Or just use a green smoothie to calm you from the anxiety you are having waiting for your testing kits from the Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers. Or it can be anytime any place. You can go as creative as you want to to make and have a smoothie. Add in fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, water, soda, ice, herbs, etc. – absolutely anything that you love and blend it to get a refreshing and healthy beverage! There are many kinds of ingredients available which you just mix and match to create the perfect tasting smoothie. No wonder smoothies are such favourites amongst all the classes of people. In this article, we will know about smoothies in-depth and understand what makes them so tempting! You will know what is a smoothie, a brief history and what goes into making a perfect smoothie.
History of smoothies
The smoothie history is closely related to the invention of the blender and the refrigerator. Smoothies came into existence in the 1920s with the invention of the blender and started gaining popularity (amongst the rich class) by the 1930s with the invention of the refrigerator. Before this (a long time ago), the Mediterranean and Eastern societies served pureed fruit-based beverages resembling today’s smoothies. Once the refrigerator was available to mass people (between the 1930s-1960s), smoothie achieved great positive criticism and almost became everyone’s favourite go-to drink! Now people could not only make smoothies but also chill them in a refrigerator while waiting for their testing kits to arrive from the Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers. The chilled smoothies taste even better and were always been an instant hit among the people.
What are smoothies?
A thick creamy beverage generally made by blending pureed fruits and vegetables (fresh and raw) and liquids like milk, juices, etc. and garnished by fresh-cut fruits or nuts, dates, herbs, ice or all of the above. You just need to choose the ingredients depending upon your choice of taste and the benefit you want from your smoothie. Various authentic tests by scientists have proved that smoothies in any form and mix are good for health. But you need to know how to make smoothies in the right proportion.
What are the ingredients of the smoothie?
Some of the most popular ingredients in smoothies (either homemade or store-bought) includes liquid, fruits, vegetables etc. The liquid is the base of any smoothy. It can be anything. Water, yoghurt-water mix, coconut water, milk, non-dairy milk, buttermilk, fruit juice, vegetable juice, iced tea, or cold brew coffee. Fruits are for taste and nutrients. Fruits like apples, bananas, peach, mango, berries, or pineapple are commonly used. Vegetables such as spinach, avocado, cucumber, kale, wheatgrass, carrots, microgreen, beetroot, cauliflower, or arugula are used to make the smoothie healthier. To boost up your immunity you can add other ingredients too. Nuts, seeds, herbs and spices can do that.
You can also use protein powder, bee pollen, matcha powder, powdered vitamin supplements or powdered mineral supplements to enhance the benefits of your smoothie. If you are tensed that your testing kit from the Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers has not yet arrived then just mix some honey and frozen fruits in your smoothie. It will calm your nerves. There are many places around Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, and Luton where they serve healthy smoothies.
What are the different types of smoothies?
There are three types of smoothies.
Green smoothies that contain more leafy green (quantity and variety) than the other two. Blend the veggies with water, milk, yoghurt-water mix, tea or coffee, and you will get a rich, creamy, thick and slightly bitter green smoothie (no, it isn’t necessarily green in colour). You may add a bit of sweetener if you want the taste to be less bitter. Spinach is one of the most used ingredients for green smoothies. Many tests have shown that fruit smoothies that contain more fruits and honey might increase your blood sugar level. High salt can increase blood pressure. Therefore you need to be cautious before blending everything with water, milk, fruit juice, or ice cream, and you will get a refreshing, sweet citrusy and a bit less thick fruit smoothie.
And last but not least protein smoothies made for total health freaks is the protein smoothie. Protein smoothie has equal parts fruits and vegetables blended with almond milk or coconut milk, greek yoghurt and other protein-rich sources like tofu, cottage cheese, protein powder, etc. You can have a smoothie anywhere and anytime. At the airport, or at the gym or while at the office. It will only do good to your body and health.
Are smoothies healthy?
One word answer to this question is – YES, smoothies are generally healthy. Smoothies have an overall positive impact on the body if consumed daily. Also, it helps to release toxins and lose weight when taken in appropriate measures and with correct ingredients. Smoothies are high in vitamins, minerals, and many other beneficial nutrients. Especially those made at home from whole fruits and vegetables and with hygienic precautions. On the other hand, since smoothies are liquids, they do not make a very good choice for weight loss. It does help lose weight (do not get us wrong), but it may either take a long time to get the desired results or not happen. It so happens because calories in liquid form have less hunger-curbing power than calories in solid form – a simple science. However, different body types lead to different results. Approved tests have shown that it is not a good idea to depend only on smoothies if you want to lose weight. But you should have a proper diet plan of which smoothies can be a part.
It depends on what type of benefits you want out of your smoothie. Testing, trial and error and knowing the ingredients and their nutritional values are the main factors. The more you do them the better results you can achieve. You should also consult a dietician if you are on some sort of medication.