Healthy Eating Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

What is a Smoothie? A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products or sweeteners.

A smoothie with milk is similar to a milkshake. The difference is that milkshakes usually have less fruit than smoothies. They also contain ice cream. Most smoothies are touted for their health benefits and substitute yogurt for the ice cream that is standard in milkshakes.

Purple milkshake and berry smoothie

Most fruit smoothies are made from strawberries, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, mangoes, kiwis, watermelons, bananas, lemons, limes, peaches, grapes, cherries and even apples and pears.

A variety of fresh fruit
Fruit smoothies

Vegetable smoothies (also called green smoothies) contain mostly leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, celery, parsley and broccoli. However, some green smoothies are made with green apples. A carrot smoothie is also a vegetable smoothie that is not green.

Kale, swiss chard, and broccoli
A green smoothie made with green apples
A vegetable smoothie made with carrots

You can buy a flavorful and healthy smoothie at stores or restaurants that specialize in selling smoothies such as Smoothie King, Jamba Juice, Planet Smoothie, Orange Julius, and Sonic. Many businesses add protein powders, vitamins and other essential nutrients to their selections.

You can also make healthy, flavorful smoothies at home. Here is a video that shows how you can make a strawberry smoothie at home.

Smoothies can also be a healthy option as a fundraising activity. Customers can choose from a variety of available options and making the smoothies only requires a small amount of easy labor and equipment (a blender and someone who knows how to use it). Print up some colorful flyers, set a price and watch the profits roll in.

Letterhead flyers for a fruit smoothies sale

So make your own or go out and buy one. Smoothies are worth the effort. Healthy, refreshing and full of flavor. Treat yourself!

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