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Blending Hints & Nutrition Tips for Our Smoothies & Shakes

If variety is the spice of life, it shouldn't stop when it comes to healthy foods. The Whole Nectar Smoothie Mix allows you to enjoy a delicious variety of serving options, including meal replacement smoothies, power shakes, and gourmet super soy milk. Are you new to these terms? Let's review.

"Smoothies" are a blend of whole fruit, juice, Whole Nectar Smoothie Mix, and ice. They are nutritionally superior to commercially made smoothie shop drinks. Why? They contain real whole fruit and more protein with no syrups, added sugar, or any other junk. Our smoothie recipes deliver great meal replacement shakes or healthy snacks. Anyone trying to eat a little better by getting more soy and whole fruits in their diet will probably find the addition of these blends very satisfying. It's good food that tastes great!

"Power Shakes" are blends that contain the same amount of whole fruit as our Smoothies but are not made with juice. Most are blended with water, resulting in less overall sugar and more protein. A Power Shake tastes more like a milkshake with less sweetness than a Smoothie.

"Gourmet Super Soy Milks" are water-based blends that drink like a cold glass of milk rather than a frozen shake. Soy Milk is convenient and great when you don't want the big chill - but still want your daily soy nutrition. Soy Milk can also be heated for a healthy, creamy, hot beverage any time.

The Power of Frozen Fruit

When it comes to fruit, frozen is every bit as nutritious as fresh. There are those who prefer the taste of fresh fruit, but frozen fruit has a distinct advantage with regard to practicality. Freezing fruit locks in flavor and nutrients that will later be released into a tasty breakfast, snack, or meal replacement shake we call "Power Smoothies." After talking to hundreds of smoothie enthusiasts, we found that frozen fruit was the preferred and practical choice for year-round blending. That's why our book features frozen fruit as the main whole food ingredient in its recipes. There should be no guilt in going frozen.

Blending Tips

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Too Sweet?
What do you do? Don't throw it out and start over! You can repair it by:
• Adding more ice or adding a little water (1/4 cup) and ice.
• Add fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. at a time, until you have it the way you want it. This is our favorite unsweetening method because it doesn't dilute the flavors like adding water and ice will.
• Add a little milk or almond milk if it's a milk based smoothie like Peanut Butter Banana. You'll probably also have to add more ice when you do this.
• Add a little plain yogurt. It's very tart and as little as a tablespoon will offset the sweetness. If you like a tart taste in smoothies, consider replacing the vanilla or fruit flavored yogurt in recipes with plain.
• Using very ripe fruit will really increase the sweetness of a smoothie. If your fruit is very ripe (especially bananas), use less than you usually do if you don't like your smoothies too sweet.

Not Sweet Enough?
Add either more frozen juice concentrate (whatever kind is in the recipe) or honey. It doesn't take much. As little as 1 teaspoon in a 20 oz. smoothie will really increase the sweetness.

Too Thick & Icy?
With the machine off, add water (about 1/4 cup at a time), stir a little with the tamper, and run until smooth (about 20 seconds). The more you run the machine, the thinner it will get. If it's a milk-based smoothie, use milk or almond milk instead of water.

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