Do you really know what is in that smoothie you are drinking? In the last few years smoothies have become big business and to help promote them companies will use words such as “healthy” and “natural”. But what you don’t often realize is that the smoothies they produce and which you buy in your local supermarket are not all that they seem. Yes the label shows a blender full of fresh fruit or a sunny outdoor scene as a way of showing that they contain living ingredients. But often these drinks have been made on a mass scale using machinery and the fruit puree used in them has been pasteurized to ensure that it lasts longer.
There are plenty of juice and smoothie bars around today but not all produce natural drinks for their customers. Some use frozen fruit containing lots of sugar that has been provided to them by the company that has supplied the equipment with which they make the smoothies and juices. Often the cost of purchasing professional blenders can prove prohibitive to juice bars, but because they buy a certain manufacturers frozen fruit portions they are then provided the equipment to make the smoothies and juices for free.
There are some juice bars however who have made their operations more simple and who want to save money who choose to produce their own frozen fruit products. But you need to be aware again that not all the drinks made are of the highest quality and some bars will pack their full of sugar. If you think they are trying to prevent you from getting natural ingredients in your diet then think again. Many of these companies do this to help streamline their business to ensure that they can make a profit from it. However, in some cases this may be to the detriment of us as their customers.
People started making smoothies in order to be able to drink something healthy. They become very popular in the USA and although they are now drunk around the world no definitive term has been provided to describe this particular drink. Most of us tend to think of a smoothie as a thick smooth drink which is full of frozen or fresh fruit and ice. Certainly most of the independent juice bars that are open are focusing on the health issues and create fresh natural products only. Plus to further enhance the health benefits of their smoothies they sell to health enthusiasts they add boosters or super foods to them.
If you are lucky enough to find a great juice bar close to where you live or work then use it. Often most of us only drink smoothies that come pre-prepared in bottles from the supermarket, and these don’t have the same great taste or goodness you get from a smoothie that has been freshly prepared.
You could try smoothies by making them for yourself at home. But what you first need to do is get a machine that can create them for you. In recent years there has been some confusion caused as to what is a smoothie maker. In fact a smoothie maker is actually a blender, it’s name only changed because some marketing company thought it would be a good idea to do so in order to target those people who specifically like to make their own smoothies. It is for this reason alone that many people now believe that smoothie makers and blenders are two completely different types of machines, yet they are not.
Making a smoothie is very simple just place the ingredients into the jug and turn the machine on. After a few seconds the ingredients will have been mixed and each smoothie you make at home will cost a lot less than if you were to buy one on the high street. As well as homemade smoothies tasting great they also contain essential nutrients you need. Plus there are other things you can do to smoothies that can increase their health benefits such as adding other healthy ingredients or to make it taste smoother add some yogurt.
To make such drinks you need either a blender or smoothie maker. It is best that you choose a model that not only does what you need it to do but is capable of dealing with frozen ingredients. The cheaper models that are available at your local electrical store can save you money but will find it hard to cope when it comes to blending ice in the smoothies. If you can spend a little extra and try to purchase a model such as the “Mill Blender” from American company L’Equip that not only allows you to make smoothies but grinds dry ingredients such as flax (full of essential acids) as well.
A lot of health enthusiasts demand a lot out of their kitchen equipment and this is why they spend hundreds of pounds on purchasing commercial grade products such as the Blendtec Total Blender. However, when initially making smoothies at home you don’t need to spend so much on yours but rather a good model that costs more than £60 should suffice as this will be able to cope with blending ice as well.