Smoothies can be quick and easy to make. They are also a great way to get kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. However, when we blend or juice fruits, we break down the plant cell walls and expose the natural sugars. This effectively makes sugars ‘free sugars,’ the type that we’re advised to reduce.
Sugars without added sugars can cause tooth decay, give rise to blood sugar levels and increase calories. Drinking smoothies alone is not a good idea. Smoothies and juices are only one of your five a day, regardless how many different fruit and vegetables you use or how much glass you drink.
Is there a distinction between homemade and shop-bought food?
Many store-bought smoothies contain more processed ingredients like juices and purees. These juices can be concentrated in sugars but remove many of their nutritional benefits, including fibre, phytonutrients as well as vitamins and minerals. Some smoothies purchased in shops are sold in larger quantities than the recommended 150ml portions. They also contain extra nutrients, such as vitamins B and vitamins C as well as vitamins E.
Homemade smoothies on the other side contain all of the fiber and are naturally vitamin-rich since they are freshly made and best consumed right away.
Do you prefer to use frozen or fresh fruits?
Certain nutrients such as vitamin A, which is found in fruits and vegetables, are more plentiful when they have been frozen than when they were fresh. Studies show this. Beta-carotene (which the body converts into vitamin A) may decrease upon freezing. It all depends on the particular fruit or vegetable.
It doesn’t matter whether you buy fresh or frozen fruit to make your Fruit Smoothie. Both count towards your five a day. And if you can increase your child’s daily intake by using frozen produce, that’s a good thing. Frozen produce can also be used to lower your weekly food bill, allow you to enjoy out-of-season crops, and serve as an alternative when you’re unable to shop.
Which fruit is best for smoothies
Making homemade smoothies with a mixture of vegetables and fruits will help to lower the sugar content. Berry, fruits that have stones, like plums, peaches, apricots or plums, are lower sugar fruits. These fruits can be mixed with vegetables like celery, cucumber, beetroot, and leafy greens, such as spinach or kale.
How often do you need to drink smoothies?
Smoothies can be part a balanced diet. However you should focus on low-sugar fruits and fresh or frozen produce. A variety of protein sources such as yogurt, kefir and milk are recommended, as well healthy fats from avocados, nuts, seeds and avocados. For adults as well as children, smoothies should be consumed in a single serving per day.