Smoothies and Deserts

Combine your favorite fresh fruits in a blender with fresh fruit juice and a small squirt of honey. Combine until blended. This makes an excellent and very healthy snack. It can also be a great quick breakfast on days when you are in a rush.

Experiment with different fruit combinations to find different tastes. Chilling or even freezing some of the fruit before serving can produce a nice chilled drink that is perfect for summer. If you are craving desserts, you can add a small amount of very low fat frozen yogurt to this recipe and use frozen fruits to get a tasty and heart-friendly alternative to ice cream and other desserts.

Desserts and Snacks:

Limiting desserts and snacks in general can help you control your weight and your calories intake and so keep your heart healthy. If you absolutely crave a dessert or snack, though, try to stave off the craving with fresh fruit.

If this does not work, occasionally eating low-fat desserts and snacks such as angel food cake, fig and fruit bars, low-fat yogurt, fruit sherbert, Jello, animal or graham crackers, wafers, puddings made with low-fat milk that make lower-fat alternatives.

However, these products still do often contain sodium, plenty of calories and some fats, so overindulging in these will certainly not allow you to keep your heart healthy. Also, take care to read the labels on these snacks and choose the brands with the least sugar, calories, fat, and salt that you can.

Stephen Kuhnau, the founder of Smoothie King, claims to have created the original “smoothie” in the 1960’s, and also to have coined the term. He worked as a soda jerk in his teens, serving people milkshakes, but couldn’t drink them himself because of his dairy intolerance.

Because of this and the fact that he suffered from other ailments such as low blood sugar and allergies, he was driven to develop his own non-dairy nutritional concoctions, which became known as “smoothies”. Today, Smoothie King is the second largest smoothie franchise in the United States.

The claim that Kuhnau invented smoothies is not without controversy. In particular, Orange Julius has been making a smoothie-like beverage since the 1920’s.

The Waring “Blendor” came out in 1939. Waring cookbooks in the 1940s published recipes for many “smoothees,” such as a “banana smoothee” or a “pineapple smoothee.” The name “smoothee” or “smoothie” was popularly used by books, magazines, and newspapers for a product made in blenders.

Many smoothies depend on bananas to give them their thick, creamy texture. Additionally, many recipes for smoothies are found in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, typically using yogurt and honey as well as fruit. The addition of yogurt gives the smoothie a more milkshake-like texture, but arguably violates the very definition of a smoothie. Smoothies can also be mixed with soda pop and/or alcohol to make a cocktail.

Smoothies appeal to a wide range of age groups because of their balanced sweetness, fresh fruit flavor, and nutritional value. Most are high in dietary fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. A common recipe is orange juice, strawberries and a banana blended until smooth.