The smoothie blender can be a lifesaver when it comes to making smoothies. But is there a difference between smoothies and “blended drinks?” I can’t say that I’ve been very clear in my definition of the term “blended drink” but here’s what I think about the question of “blending” and whether smoothies qualify as blended drinks:
- The best smoothies are smoothies made with pure fruit. Plain yogurt is not pure. Neither is fruit juice. They’re either too sweet or too tart, so the fact that you put them together should tell you something about their flavor.
- Blended drinks don’t qualify as smoothies unless they’re also “syrupy.” Syrupy smoothies have too much liquid to them, which makes them flavorless. Too much fruit juice isn’t any better.
- Fruit is best when it’s a puree of its own weight in pureed fruits. Otherwise it loses much of its natural sweetness. Pureed fruits lose a lot of their natural vitamins.
- Avocado and bananas are excellent for mixing with dairy products. They have low glycemic indexes. A diet of raw avocado and bananas, mixed with soy milk, for example, will yield plenty of fiber without leaving you hungry all the time.
- If you don’t eat eggs, avocado is wonderful for adding calcium to your diet. It also provides essential fatty acids that are particularly good for bone health. Avocado also contains protein and calcium, which make it a great addition to other diet-related meals like chili and hummus.
- Avocado is delicious with just about anything, but it’s best if you use a pure avocado. Instead of blending avocado with sweetener and cream, use it as a dip for raw vegetables, or mix it into your pasta sauce.
- You can use any pure fruit, fruit juice, or smoothie combination you want. An exotic smoothie might be a combination of ice cream, coconut, guava, mango, pineapple, and strawberry. In fact, just about any fruit or vegetable that you find in your local market can be used in smoothies.
- Mango is particularly good with chocolate, because it’s naturally sweet and rich, but it doesn’t over-power the flavors. So go ahead and add some dark chocolate to a mango smoothie.
- Raspberry works with almost anything. Combine the fruit with yogurt, nuts, yogurt, and honey. Not only is raspberry a good thing for your skin, it’s a good source of antioxidants.
Even though you can just add a few ingredients to a smoothie and call it a smoothie, many people prefer to make their smoothies with a blender, because they tend to blend better. A smoothie blender is also easier to clean than a smoothie blender.
So should you buy a smoothie blender? I think it depends on how you define “blended drinks.” If you want to be sure that you’re getting the best possible nutrition out of your fruit and veggie concoctions, then buy a smoothie blender.