Smooth operator: how to make delicious smoothies

Do you ever want to eat something that is healthy, delicious and easy to prepare? Invest in a blender and try making your own delicious smoothie! The blended mixture of fruit and yogurt is yummy, healthy and can serve as a quick meal. Here are some easy smoothie recipes for different moods and ailments.

A mango pineapple smoothie is very refreshing and good for hot summer or spring days. To make one, chop up a mango and blend with one cup of pineapple juice, one cup of vanilla yogurt, 3 ice cubes and 2 tablespoons cream of coconut. This smoothie is refreshingly sweet and tropical, and the mango contains many nutrients and vitamins, as well as potassium, which make this treat healthy as well as tasty.

My personal favorite, a peanut butter and banana smoothie, is a great choice for breakfast or after a workout. Peanut butter has plenty of protein to keep you full throughout the day and allows you to build muscles after working out. To make this smoothie, mix one banana with 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, one cup of vanilla yogurt and 3 ice cubes. For best results, blend in a tablespoon of honey for extra sweetness and flavor.

For a healthy option, you can never go wrong with a berry smoothie. Combine ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup strawberries and ½ cup raspberries with one cup of vanilla or berry yogurt and 3 ice cubes. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, making them a super healthy fruit. Substituting blueberries with cranberries also works for a slightly more tart, but equally healthy, smoothie.

For nausea or general sickness, try a carrot smoothie with ginger and orange. Ginger is known to cure any type of nausea and soothe upset stomachs. To make this smoothie, blend one whole orange, one cup of carrot juice, one cup of plain or vanilla yogurt, with a few ice cubes and add some generous shavings of fresh ginger to the mixture.

Grab some ice, fruit and yogurt and try making your own smoothie concoction! Experiment with different ingredients and you can create the perfect mixture. Yummy, nutritious and easy to make, smoothies are great options for breakfast, dessert, or just a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.