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Where does the smoothie come from?

17.06.2020

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Fruit and vegetable smoothies are delicious, easy to make, and look great. If you have to go fast, on the go or at work, they are a good alternative to fruit and raw vegetables. But are they also healthy? And what should you look out for when buying smoothies? We'll give you tips for getting started in a healthy smoothie world.

What are smoothies anyway?

Smoothies are drinks made from pureed fruits and vegetables. They owe their name to the English word "smooth", which means something like fine, creamy or even. They first appeared on the drinks menu of American juice bars in the 1920s. But it wasn't until the early 2000s that they conquered our regions. So-called green smoothies are particularly popular and healthy smoothies. They consist of a high proportion - at least 50 percent - of lettuce, vegetables or leafy greens. When pureed, a characteristic green is created - hence the name. There is also fruit. With all the hearty ingredients, it makes for a milder taste. In addition to green smoothies, there are also pure fruit smoothies that only contain fruit. The following applies to both types of smoothies: If the drink is too thick, a little liquid such as water or milk will help.

Smoothies: Snacks for many occasions

Smoothies taste delicious and look great. You can easily mix them yourself at home and take them with you: for enjoyment on the go or as a snack at work. The German Nutrition Society (DGE) also sees it that way. According to the experts, you can replace one of a total of five recommended servings of fruit and vegetables with a vegetable or fruit smoothie every now and then. Why not more, why not more? Because, depending on their composition, fruit smoothies can have a high (fruit-specific) sugar content. Plus, smoothies are liquid and you just swallow them down. Solid fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, have to be chewed properly. This means that eating takes longer and the feeling of satiety is more likely to linger. Vegetables, salads and fruits also have a larger volume and therefore fill the stomach better. From chopping in the mouth to breaking down in the intestine, digestion is challenged even more.

Small powerhouses: good for digestion and metabolism

However, the green smoothies in particular have it all: They are full of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, secondary plant substances and chlorophyll. This is good for the body, its metabolism and digestion. Above all, green leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale also provide a lot of fiber and healthy bitter substances that stimulate the metabolism and promote digestion. It is believed that the chlorophyll protects our cells from attack by free radicals in the environment. These harm the body and can cause illness. Even high-quality vegetable or fruit juices cannot keep up. Because in contrast to juices, the whole food is processed in smoothies: fruit, lettuce, vegetables, even the leafy greens. With Bioware you should also leave the shell on.

Check the smoothies from the store carefully

No time to puree a smoothie in the morning? No problem, as many shops and supermarkets offer a wide range of drinks. Here, a close look at the list of ingredients is important to find a healthy smoothie. It should consist of at least half of whole fruit or vegetables, either as a puree or in the form of small pieces. A smoothie doesn't need any more ingredients. On the other hand, some smoothies contain too much fructose and are mixed with fruit juice or juice concentrates to achieve a creamy result. Other smoothies sometimes have preservatives or other additives added so that they can stand longer on the cooling shelf. So get an exact picture of the ingredients so that the delicious vitamin bomb does not turn into a sugar trap.

Make your own smoothies: buy ingredients, mix, done!

It is important that you buy vegetables, salads or fruit that are fresh and of good quality. Bioware has the advantage that you can process the shell as well. Because a large part of the vitamins and nutrients can often be found in and directly under the shell. You can puree all edible fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. Ultimately, it depends on your taste. Popular ingredients for green smoothies are spinach, Swiss chard, lamb's lettuce or carrot greens. For the fruit note, for example, bananas, plums or kiwis are suitable. Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries or wild berries also look good in smoothies and provide a beautiful red tint. Is the smoothie too thick? Then you can add water, coconut water, or milk. Many smoothie friends add spices, herbs or superfoods to the blender for that certain something. Ingredients such as ginger, parsley, vanilla or chia seeds set completely new accents. If you mix fruit in the vegetable smoothie or make a fruit smoothie, look at the fructose content of the varieties. Otherwise the drink will be too high in calories. Sweet cherries, grapes and dates, for example, contain a relatively large amount of fructose. Put the washed, cleaned, and roughly chopped vegetables and fruits in a good stand mixer. Choose the highest level and wait a few seconds. The smoothie is ready.

Here are two recipes to get you started:

Spinach coconut water smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/3 Cucumber
  • pure coconut water
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation:

Peel the banana, wash and clean the spinach leaves, peel the cucumber (leave the skin on for organic cucumbers). Roughly cut the ingredients and cover with coconut water. Puree, add lemon juice to taste and stir.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 100 g strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ pear
  • 50 ml of water or pure coconut water

Preparation:

Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Peel the banana and pear (leave the skin on for organic pears). Cut everything into large pieces and puree. If the smoothie is too viscous, stir in a little more (coconut) water.

Fruit and vegetables are the basics for every smoothie. So that they stay fresh at home for as long as possible, we give tips on how to store fruit and vegetables correctly. By the way, did you know that many types of vegetable greens are edible? Rich in nutrients and flavors, they are also a great addition to your smoothie. Our interactive vegetable table will tell you which nutrients are in our vegetables. You can find even more tips and ideas on how to cook healthily and seasonally in everyday life with little effort in our FlexiFood course.

Your AOK Hessen wishes you good health.