Are you trying to eat healthier but you’re just not sure where to start? Start with a delicious smoothie with frozen fruit!
What better way to start the day than with a delicious frozen fruit smoothie?
If you’ve never made a smoothie before, or you’re just looking for some guidance, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been making smoothies with frozen fruits for breakfast for months now, and I know the secret to making them taste great!
Ready to learn how to make a smoothie with frozen fruit? It’s easy, keep reading!
How to Make The Best Frozen Fruit Smoothie
For starters, the most obvious thing you need to start making your fruit smoothies is a really good blender. It’s going to make all of the difference I promise. So invest in yourself and get a blender that will last.
A Good Frozen Fruit Smoothie Blender
I started out with some model of Osterizer or other, but it never really met my standards. If you want to take this seriously, you owe it to yourself to have the right equipment.
It’s the best blender I’ve ever had and it’s ridiculously simple to use. There’s no worrying about pulsing or speed adjustment or anything, you just fill up the cup, lock it in place, and hit the Auto iQ button; the Ninja takes care of the rest.
There are tons of blender options so make sure to do your research first. SharkNinja, Vitamix, and Magic Bullet are a few of the better options here, but as always, shop to your budget.
Pro Tip: Need a blender that works but doesn’t cost a fortune? (Buy a refurbished quality brand blender like this one!). It’s a great deal!
The Best Fruit For Smoothies
Any good smoothie MUST HAVE fruit; we all know this. I like to use a combination of fresh fruit and frozen fruit.
The best fresh fruit I like to add into my smoothies:
- One banana, to serve as a base and thickener.
- Half an avocado, to add a creamy texture and those wonderful monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
- Finally, blackberries, which have TONS of health benefits!
Of course, there are tons of other types of fresh fruit you could use in a smoothie, and these are just the ones that I use on a day-to-day basis. The real star of the show, though, is frozen fruit.
Most grocery stores have Organic (must be organic) frozen fruit on the cheap. I like Cascadian Farms and often find it on sale in the frozen grocery isle.
What Makes Frozen Fruit in Smoothies So Great?
It’s like using ice cubes that are packed with nutrients and vitamins:
Frozen fruit gives you the smoothie chill and texture you’re looking for and only adds flavor, instead of watering your smoothie down like normal ice cubes do!
I use a wide variety of pre-frozen fruits in my smoothies; most commonly, I use frozen blueberries or mixed berries and a blend of frozen mango, papaya, and strawberry chunks.
An especially popular frozen fruit right now is Acai (ah-sai-ee). This South American stone fruit can be found in its natural form, as a powder, or as frozen blocks, and makes a fantastic and healthful addition to any good smoothie.
There are likely many different varieties of frozen fruit at your local supermarket though, so don’t be afraid to try some new things!
How to Freeze Fruit for Your Smoothies
You can even freeze fruit yourself! While the ‘proper’ way to freeze fruit includes washing the fruit, then drying it and placing it in a pan to freeze, then putting it in a bag once it’s frozen, you really don’t need to be that strict about it.
You can freeze overripe bananas (when they’re at peak sweetness and loaded with cancer-fighting goodness), strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and more; the only limit is your imagination!
Frozen Fruit and Water
Now that you’ve got all of your smoothie goodness ready to go, you’ve got to get some lubricant up in that mix.
There are tons of options here, but my go-to has to be OJ, and not any of that pasteurized sugar-water:
I’m talking fresh-squeezed, baby.
If that’s too much (natural) sugar for you, you can substitute with spring or mineral water, flavored or plain coconut water, soy milk, any kind of nut milk, or other fruit juices like pineapple, grape or apple. Again, your imagination is really the only limit here.
Should You Add Vegetables to Your Fruit Smoothies?
I like to add a little extra green in my smoothies for extra nutrients and vitamins. My most common additions are kale and spinach, but I’ve also been known to add beets from time-to-time.
Some people like to add carrots, cucumbers and even cauliflower to their smoothies and if you’re feeling brave, you could even try sweet potato chunks or butternut squash.
Whichever path you take, I highly recommend sneaking some veggies into that smoothie for a much more wholesome and filling drink!
The Finishing Touches…
Now that you’ve got your smoothie all blended up, you can either cut to the chase and gulp that bad-boy down, or take it slow and do yourself a favor.
Add These Superfoods to Your Smoothie For A Nutrient Boost
This superfood has been all the rage lately and for good reason. The health benefits of chia seeds are honestly ridiculous.
I usually add two or three teaspoons to every smoothie I make because they’re very high in protein and fiber.
A few other superfoods I like to add to my smoothies are flax seeds, hemp hearts, coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, granola, and spirulina powder.
I usually like to keep it simple with chia seeds and a complex granola blend with low added sugar, but there is a wide variety of add-ins you can mix into your smoothie for an even healthier treat.
Should You Add Dairy to Your Smoothies?
You might have noticed that nowhere in this article did I mention adding yogurt or milk to your smoothie, which is advice you might have seen elsewhere on the internet.
Considering that 75% of the global population is lactose intolerant, humans are the only mammals on earth to drink milk after infancy, and the dairy industry as a whole is a sick, cruel joke, I do not use any kind of dairy in my smoothies, or life, for that matter.
I promise, you won’t miss it; in fact, you’ll probably notice that it weighs your smoothie down. You can get everything you need out of food without any kind of dairy in your diet and you’ll probably feel better and notice an improvement in your health too!
Skip the dairy and use only live, whole foods in your smoothies and I promise, you will not regret it.
However, If you feel like you must add some dairy to your smoothie, consider adding Kefir, a fermented dairy product that is loaded with good probiotics for your gut.
Get to Work!
Now that you’ve got a better understanding of what makes a smoothie tick, you owe it to yourself to get out there and find what you like the most.
All you need is:
• A good blender
• Fresh fruit
• Frozen fruit
There are so many different combinations of smoothies waiting to be slurped, and that glass of sunlight isn’t going to make itself!
If you have any questions or you’d like to further discuss something with me, don’t be shy! Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!