Fruit smoothies contain fruits like strawberries, bananas, and perhaps even orange juice. These fruits are commonly used frozen for added texture and to make the drink more refreshing. Fruit smoothies may also have milk to make it more of a liquid, plain or vanilla yogurt to add creaminess or honey, which imparts more sweetness in the beverage.
Non-dairy fruit smoothies can be made with rice milk or almond milk in lieu of regular milk, and the yogurt can be eliminated or replaced with soy yogurt.
Fruit smoothies contain ingredients that help people to increase their daily intake of fruits, and sometimes even vegetables. However, they can also contain sweetening ingredients and dairy products that make these smoothies high in saturated fat and calories. Fruit smoothies purchased from a restaurant can contain hidden ingredients, so they are best prepared at home where only the healthiest ingredients are included.
Some healthier options for fruit smoothies to add flavor and texture are non-fat yogurt, milk, or kefir, tofu, peanut butter, almond butter or plain almond milk. Sweetened almond milk contains added sugars. The best fruits to use, either frozen, fresh, or canned, are berries, mango, pineapple, peaches, bananas and apples. Vegetables can also be added to the smoothies for additional nutrients.