Make Homemade Smoothies With A Smoothies Maker

Low-Fat Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie 1 cu...

Low-Fat Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping 1 container (6 oz.) strawberry nonfat yogurt 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 medium banana, sliced 1 cup crushed ice PLACE all ingredients in blender; cover. Blend on high speed 30 sec. or until well blended. POUR evenly into three glasses. SERVE immediately. Nutrition: Calories 12o Carbohydrate 26g Total fat 1.5gFiber 2 g Saturated Fat 1.5gSugar 14 g Cholesterol 0 mg Protein 3 g Sodium 45mgVitamin C 60% (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gone were the days when sodas and liquors were the main drinks opted by most people. In this age of healthy living, more and more people are trying to keep their bodies in shape and healthy by doing workout exercises and eating and drinking nutritious foods. One of the trends now is keeping yourself healthy by taking in nutrients through the beverages that you drink. And when you talk about healthy drinks, you can never avoid the thought of those delicious and healthy smoothies. The great thing about these healthy treats is that, using a dependable smoothies maker, you can easily make your favorite smoothie at home with just a couple of minutes.

Making your favorite drink is actually very easy; you will just need a blender then you are ready. Aside from regular blenders, you can also use a smoothie maker. These are basically blenders that are capable of producing much finer and much smoother drink texture. This is because, compared to regular blenders, smoothie makers are equipped with high-powered motors. Other than that, you can be sure that all ingredients will be very well mixed since smoothie makers usually have narrow glass bodies. In effect, you will have a much richer smoothie. Discover some smoothie maker brand models that you can find in the market.

Kenwood Smoothie SB206

Furnished with an acrylic cylinder, the Kenwood Smoothie SB206 carries up to 1.5-liters of ingredients. You can also find markings for 2 and 4 servings on its cylinder that serves as a guide to each user. In addition to this, you can transfer your favorite smoothie from cylinder to drinking glass more conveniently through its dispensing tap. It is also equipped with rubber feet which ensure stable and tumble-free usage.

In terms of its dimensions, the Kenwood Smoothie SB206 measures 380mm x 215mm x 200mm and weighs 3 kilograms. You can also expect a much richer smoothie treat with its two-way blade rotation feature that has a maximum speed setting of 3 using a high-power motor.

Back-To-Basics Smoothie Elite

If you are looking for a machine that is capable of crushing ice cubes in a very efficient manner for a greater texture, then the Back-To-Basics Smoothie Elite is the right one for you. This brand model is also furnished with dispensing valves which allow you to conveniently transfer your favorite smoothie from the smoothie maker goblet to your drinking glass. The Back-To-Basics Smoothie Elite is also furnished with a stir stick, enabling you to mix those ingredients inside its goblet.

With a maximum of 3 speed options and a 50-watt pulse-power motor, you are sure to have a richer smoothie drink. This particular brand model can carry 56 ounces of ingredients.

Kenwood Smoothie SB307 Pro

The Kenwood Smoothie SB307 Pro is a great machine with high durability due to its metal body and glass goblet. Its glass goblet can carry ingredients up to 2 liters. Thus, with this brand model, you can enjoy more of your favorite beverages. In addition to that, the Kenwood Smoothie SB307 Pro is furnished with a stir stick that partners its ice-crushing blades in blending your smoothie ingredients with more efficiency and richness. You will also love its dispenser tap which aids you in transferring your smoothie in a more convenient manner. This particular brand model also allows you to have a guarded and tidy smoothie-making experience with its safety interlock feature.

With a smoothies maker at hand, you can savor your favorite smoothie treat at home anytime you want. Stick to these healthy smoothie drinks by using efficient smoothie-makers and stay healthy and happy.

Gary Spero is the chief editor of Smoothies Recipe. As well as being a health enthusiast he is also interested in self improvement and psychology. To get more information and delicious smoothies maker visit his website to sign up for his free Smoothie Tips & Recipes mini-course.

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The Cuisinart Smoothie Maker

English: Consume of barbacoa with a strawberry...

English: Consume of barbacoa with a strawberry “licuado” (milk fruit and sugar whipped in a blender) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love smoothies! They are so quick and easy with a Cuisinart Smoothie Maker, the Cuisinart CBT-700 Die-Cast 700-Watt Blender. You simply add the ingredients, blend and you have a lovely meal in no time. It is important that your blender is strong enough to blend just about anything as these days we tend to even add seeds etc. to our smoothies.

In South Africa it is summer now and it is smoothie time! A very tasty variation on one is to make a fruit ice with your blender. It is very easy to do and it is very tasty.

Making a fruit ice takes a little planning. You have to cut up and freeze the fruit in advance and then you use the frozen fruit to make a very tasty ice drink. I love to use strawberries, they are so tasty and the color is simply lovely.

This is how I make my strawberry ice:


  • Freeze a good amount of strawberries, but you have to freeze them flat so that you can add them one at a time through the opening on the top (what do you call it?)
  • Now I add some full cream milk to the machine (I do not really measure it I just pour about one cup in.
  • To this I add a few spoons of plain yogurt
  • Some honey to sweeten it, you can use sweetener, but I am not too sure of the health hazards of sweetener.
  • Then I start blending and I add the strawberries one at a time until I have the consistency I want.


That’s it, you can of course add whatever you please, that is the fun of a smoothie, your imagination is the limit.

What you should not try and so with your blender, I did with disastrous results, is to blend soup with it. It is supposed to take it, and it will take it for a long time, but one day the glass jug will simply say so far and no further! For blending soups and sauces I recommend a hand blender. Hand blenders are cheap and with most of them you can blend the soup or the sauce in the pot, no extra dishes.

Other than that, I do not have any other potential problems I feel I have to want you about.

Of course, your Cuisinart Smoothie Maker, the Cuisinart CBT-700 Die-Cast 700-Watt Blender, will make perfect, “normal” smoothies as well.

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Smoothie Maker Versus Juice Maker

Making carrot juice with my blender.

Making carrot juice with my blender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a lot of people who think that a blender will do the same thing as a juicer. First and foremost we want you to know that these two machines are totally different in how they operate as well as what the overall objective is.

Later we will cover the high power high-speed blenders that are on the market that are totally unique when compared to a regular low horse power blender as found in most department or discount stores and are really in a class by themselves.

Regular store-bought blenders versus a juicer.

A juicer is designed to separate the juice of the fruit or vegetable from the fiber. This separation is the basic process of this type of machine. The entire premise is that the human body will then be able to easily access the nutrients that have been extracted from the fruit or vegetable. People report more energy almost instantly due to the body having easy access to the nutrients. Almost no digestion is required, thereby allowing more energy being available for other activities.

Let’s compare this action to that of a regular store-bought blender. First off, a blender of this type will generally not be able to break down the cell wall of the fruit or vegetable and allow for the juice to be removed from the fiber. Generally this type of blender is not capable of creating a smoothie type finished product. It simple lacks the power and blade speed that is required to totally pulverize the contents of the blender. Thus, what comes out of this type of blender is a somewhat chunky and much less palatable finished product. There is little comparison to the juice that comes from an actual juicer. Let’s face it; chunks in a drink are not very pleasing. Further, if you want to have juice from using this method, then you must filter out the fibrous potion of the drink using a cloth screen adding to the work load of attempting to juice with a blender. In addition, since the blade speed is inadequate to fully pulverize the contents this process will waste some of the fruit or vegetable contents.

There are other benefits to a smoothie maker versus a juicing machine or just using a store-bought blender.

Neither a store-bought blender or the best juicer will extract the nutrient benefits of the seeds of some produce such as a strawberry because the seeds are just too small. In addition, if seeds and nuts are a desired ingredient, they are not going to be broken down into any usable drink and will remain very gritty with lower powered blenders. These two items are not even supposed to be put through a juicing machine.

Back to our example of the strawberries. If the actual seeds of the berry are not pulverized, then there is no way that the blender is removing the majority of the obstacles for the body to obtain maximum benefit from the produce that is attempting to be pulverized. This principle goes for a juicer as well. If the pulp or the juice contains unbroken strawberry seeds, then the same is true for a juicer.

There are some problems that can come with juicing that are not present with blending or with a high powered smoothie maker.

We will cover more in the next few paragraphs, but let me just share with you what a Naturopathic MD told me. Her real concern with juicing was the spike of sugar it causes to a body. This can happen even with vegetables. So unless there is a medical reason to do this, this Doctor was convinced that creating a meal or drink which was totally pulverized, (let’s call them smoothies) even down to strawberry seeds would be better than a straight juiced drink.

This Doctor went on to explain that the natural fiber contained within the smoothies is also good for the digestive tract in a healthy body. Also this process encourages the body to absorb the nutrition that has been made more readily available by the processing of the fruits and vegetables, seeds or nuts that may be present, but at a more regulated and natural rate due to the inclusion of the natural fiber.

I personally do not have the knowledge to say one way or the other which is better. But I can attest to the benefits of using one of these high-speed, high horse power blenders that can turn even strawberry seeds into a part of a nutritious drink when used as a smoothie maker. Each time I go on one of my health kicks, as my friends call them, I lose a belt notch within a few weeks. And as of this writing I have lost 11 pounds over the past 10 days without even trying. I am a five foot ten inch male and was at 205 pounds when I started this project. I simply started to eat a few smoothies and there the weight goes! No work, no effort and no change to my normal routine other than switching a few meals from what I normally eat to a smoothie, it is simply amazing.

And I do not, let me repeat, I do not eliminate all of my favorite foods. I have an ice cream type smoothie about 5 days a week when I go onto this so-called health kick. It is not a tough road to hoe! Seems like my bad food cravings just go away.

One other thought about the differences, I know that soft fruit like a banana or even some items like an avocado produce no juice with a juicing machine and only create a big mess. With a powerful blender these soft items can be included if desired. In addition, nuts or seeds can be utilized in this process as well if desired.

There are only two machines that I know of that have the ability to pulverize the seeds of a strawberry, that is the Vita-Mix as well as the BlendTec.

I can personally attest to the Vita-Mix machine as I have owned one for many years. It not only juices but also does a lot of other household cooking jobs such as to puree food, blending, and mincing and it will even knead dough. This machine even makes great ice cream. Yes, ice cream is still a weakness of mine but at least this way I know what is in it! It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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