Healthy Smoothie

Is it shake or smoothie, what is the difference? A smoothie is typically made with fruit – frozen fruit, fruit juice, fresh fruit, etc. A shake, on the other hand, is a dairy-based treat usually made with milk, ice-cream or both (shake from the word “milkshake”). The thickness or consistency of either does not change the name; as long as you can suck it up through a straw. When you need a spoon, then it becomes an ice cream, a sorbet or frozen yogurt. I prefer smoothie because it’s better for me. I can choose to put different healthy and fresh ingredients including nuts and super food powder (rich in anti-oxidant fruits and vegetable blend). I call a smoothie my ‘soft food’. It’s one of my favorite quick breakfast drinkable foods (about 3 cups), and I love it as my light supper as well.

Smoothies are great for people who want to increase their daily vegetable and fruit intake without having to eat them in the original way. It’s also great for those who are trying to cut down on some extra body weight. Vegetable and fruit smoothies are a great meal replacement, because they are high in nutrients. And because it’s blended and soft, it is easy to digest and our body can better absorb the nutrients; just don’t forget to “chew” it some to add saliva to it for better digestion. It is important to put a good amount of grain, protein (nuts & seeds) smoothie for protein.

The flavor of the smoothie I make varies each time, depending on the amount and varieties of ingredients I put and what I have available. In places where fresh vegetables and fruits are seasonal, it’s always good to have something preserved. I have homemade canned and frozen fruits. It helps a lot as they come very handy whenever I want to make a smoothie and don’t have fresh fruits available. One good thing is that, there is no standard rule as to what kind and how much of an ingredient you should put in your smoothie. As long as it meets your desired consistency, flavor, nutrients, you’ll enjoy a great, healthy smoothie! 😀

Classification: Vegan

INGREDIENTS:

1 and 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1 cup almond or soy milk or more as needed
1/2 cup canned apple sauce (I use homemade)
3-4 pcs canned pear halves (including syrup; also homemade)
1/2 cup mixed nuts
3/4 cups blue berries
1 TBspoon super foods
sucanat sugar as needed (or any available sugar)

STEPS:

1. In a blender, put nuts, blueberries and milk. Blend on high until smooth.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend for another minute or two.
3. Taste the smoothie if you need to add ingredients to meet your desired taste and consistency.

Enjoy a healthy drink!

**Optional ingredients:
Avocado
strawberry
fresh pear
grapes

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