Smoothies with Ice?
So there are many ways to prepare a smoothie – using a wide variety of various ingredients. That being said; I will be focusing on mainly smoothies geared towards weight loss and healthy in general. A healthier smoothie is a healthier mind AND body. The fruits and veggies that you put in your smoothies will not just effect how you feel but give you noticeable improvements in stamina, memory, reflexes and much more. Smoothies can be consumed straight from juicing a fresh apple, for example or adding frozen fruits and veggies or ice to make the drink colder and more refreshing.
I will be focusing on smoothies made without ice – as this is how I have prepared them for years myself. However, if you have some fresh-bought fruits and want a thick, cold, slushy smoothie – ice cubes will be the quickest and most effective route.
If this is the case, you might want to experiment with the levels of ice in ratio to the amount of fruits and/or vegetables that you put in your mixer; so as to get the desired thickness and taste. One of the negatives when making smoothies with ice, is… well the ice! In my opinion, using ice as part of the smoothie is taking up space that could have been filled with more fruits or juices or almond milk. Also, while the ice will chill the ingredients, and the smoothie as a result, it is also adding water. I definitely encourage drinking plenty of water (from a spring source whenever possible) but the idea of a smoothie being healthy is the ingredients – not the additives.
Icey, Slushy Smoothies Without the Ice
When I make smoothies, I want them to be packed full of the best, healthiest ingredients possible so that every ounce I consume will give my body, organs and bloodstream the quickest flow of nutrients, vitamins and minerals possible. In order to this and still have the “smoothies with ice” look and feel, we must freeze our fruits and veggies ahead of time.
Let’s begin with what your favorite fruits are. If you want a suggestion, I might recommend strawberries, bananas and blueberries – as these are usually readily available, great for tasty and healthy smoothies and lastly; easy to prepare.
I personally try to get organic fruits from my local supermarket, ie: Kroger, Walmart, Meijer or a farmer’s market if you are fortunate enough to have one close distance to where you live. If organic is not available (or affordable) then just use discretion and get the best looking produce possible.
When it comes to blueberries, sometimes I just by them already frozen and if possible I get wild blueberries. Above pictured is a kiwi and these are great for smoothies as well. Just please be careful and mindful of your surroundings when cutting and slicing the fruits for your smoothie. With strawberries, I usually just cut them in half or maybe twice – depending on their size (as a rule-of-thumb I like most of my fruits and vegetables to be about the size of my thumb – no pun intended). With bananas – I peel them, then slice pieces about 1/2 inch wide. As shown 2 pictures up, after putting the diced fruit in a freezer-safe, zipper style bag – I try to separate the pieces before pushing out any excess air and placing in the freezer. This will ensure a quicker freeze time and makes it easier to put individual pieces of fruit into my mixer or mixing container. It also makes it easier to blend the smoothie ingredients if they are not big frozen chunks of fruit.
Other than that I would say you are ready to go shopping, get some fresh fruits and veggies and start preparing and freezing your ingredients to make that yummy smoothie! And remember, when it comes to smoothies with or without ice, it is up to you, but for the best smoothies – taste and health-wise I opt for NO ice.
-To Your Health