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What Is a Berry Smoothie?

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A berry smoothie is a blended beverage that contains one or more types of whole berries which have been processed, along with additional ingredients, in a blender. Beyond this basic description, the exact contents of a berry smoothie can vary widely, and some people opt to create healthy smoothies, while others regard them as a dessert. Berry smoothies can be made at home fairly easily, and they are also a popular item at many fast-food restaurants, cafés, and health food stores. Those concerned about nutrition should be aware that some berry smoothies which appear to be healthy are actually laden with sugar and fat.

Essentially, a berry smoothie is a beverage that contains one or several types of whole berries, such as strawberries or blueberries, which have been processed in a blender. Usually, additional ingredients are blended with these berries to enhance the consistency, healthfulness, or taste of the smoothie. Beyond this definition, exact berry smoothie recipes can vary widely, and possible variations are largely limited only by the cook’s imagination.

For some health enthusiasts, creating a nutritious drink is the top priority when blending up a berry smoothie. A smoothie’s nutritional profile can be enhanced through the addition of powdered vitamin supplements, or high-fiber mix-ins like wheat germ. Other berry smoothie fans add ingredients like fruit juice or ice cream, turning their drink into a sweet, creamy dessert. Often, smoothies contain yogurt or crushed ice, ingredients which improve the drink’s consistency.

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Making berry smoothies at home is easy, even for inexperienced cooks. The preparation process involves little more than pulsing frozen or washed fresh berries along with one’s preferred add-ins in a blender. Those who would rather buy pre-made berry smoothies will generally find that they have a wealth of choices. Fresh smoothies can be purchased in cafés, juice bars, and even some fast-food restaurants, while bottled smoothies are sold by many health food stores and supermarkets.

As a berry smoothie contains whole fruit, it can be a better source of fiber and vitamins than traditional juices. It should be noted, however, that smoothies purchased at restaurants or shops may not be as healthy as they appear. Often, commercial smoothie producers improve their products’ taste or shelf-life through the addition of sugar, ice cream, or preservatives, turning a supposedly healthy drink into a hidden source of extra calories, fat, and artificial additives. Those concerned about nutrition may want to stick to those berry smoothies that have been blended up at home.

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