Homemade smoothies are so popular, say market watchers, that they’ve boosted sales of frozen fruit and blenders.
Companies are cashing in on the icy craze with bagged frozen fruit-and-veggie blends. But it’s also a snap to make your own smoothie. Just toss some fruit and low-fat (or non-dairy) milk into a blender. Add greens or other veggies if you like. Done.
Either way, here are a few of our favorite store-bought combos to try:
Frozen smoothie blends
Frozen smoothie blends are mostly frozen fruit. If you want to give ‘em a whirl, shop for brands with no added sugar or juice.
That’s because whole fruit or veggies is healthier than juice. And why bother adding juice to fruit?
If the frozen blend’s label says to mix with juice, use water or milk—dairy or plant-based—instead. (Dairy or fortified soy or pea protein milk means more protein, calcium, and other nutrients.)
For a creamier smoothie, blend in a little plain 0% greek yogurt. If you like it thicker, toss in some sliced banana.
Some of our favorite frozen blends:
Dole Fruit & Veggie Blends. Dole’s Orange Medley blend is mostly mangos, oranges, pineapple, & bananas. Mmm. Just keep in mind: despite varieties like “Fruit ‘n Greens,” you’re getting way more fruit than vegetables.
Also try: Wyman’s Frozen Blends. Take your pick of irresistible combos like Triple Berry, Mango Berry, or Cherry Berry & Kale.
Or make your own smoothie
Try one of these simple ideas from Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. You can use fresh or frozen fruit.
Berry Red. Blend 1 cup of watermelon with ½ cup of berries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. (80 calories)
Tropical Yellow. Blend ½ cup each of pineapple and mango with half a banana. Thin with water if needed. (140 calories)
Cool Green. Blend ½ cup each of pineapple and honeydew melon with ¼ cup each of cucumber and baby spinach. (80 calories)
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