I love smoothies. I can have them anytime of the day. There is just something satisfying about a cold and fruity blended drink. Jamba Juice is alright but sometimes I feel that their smoothies are too sweet. There is this place in NYC called Juice Generation that only uses all natural and organic ingredients and there is no added sugar; the Ginger Zen is my favorite! Buying smoothies can get expensive (the average price is about $5 with tax).
Trying to save money is always good so I have made smoothies at home. I buy the ingredients I want at the store and lately I have added protein powder to sustain muscle mass; although this is optional. I have found that buying the fruit frozen is not only cost-effective but it makes the prep time go by faster since you can just put the fruit into the blender without having to wash and cut/peel anything.
I like to use unsweetened almond milk because I like the taste, but you are certainly free to use regular, soy or rice milk; there are no wrong ingredients. Almond milk is considered a super food and tends to have more nutrients in it. I sometimes I use fat-free plain yogurt but I have realized that the outcome of the smoothie is too sour when it’s blended with fruit so I have switched to fat-free vanilla. I have experimented with different frozen fruits and I have come to like blueberries (also a super food and loaded with antioxidants and fiber) and mangos. I have tried using strawberries and raspberries and I like the flavors but they have too many little seeds and my smoothies tend to be gritty after I use those. Sometimes I add a couple teaspoons of the minced ginger that I have mentioned in an earlier post. Keep in mind that you can add whatever you want to smoothies and you should have fun experimenting with different tastes and blends.