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A smoothie is a blended beverage made from natural ingredients, usually fruits and juices but sometimes other natural ingredients such as chocolate, peanut butter or green tea. Many smoothies use ice or frozen fruit to make them into cold partially frozen beverages. They resemble milkshakes in the sense that they have a thicker consistency than slush drinks but, unlike milkshakes, they are often non-dairy and do not contain ice cream. Over the past few years smoothies have become extremely popular whether to replace a full meal or as a snack. Smoothies are a a great way to introduce and develop healthy eating habits in children.

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 yoghurt and honey as well as fruit. The addition of yoghurt gives the smoothie a more milkshake like texture. Smoothies appeal because of their sweetness, fresh fruit flavours and healthiness. Most are high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. One of the essentials for making good smoothies is a good blender.


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