When the weather starts to heat up, we all start to crave frozen goodies like ice cream to keep us cool.
But as we all know, ice cream isn’t ideal for everyday consumption (well some say this!).
So this got us thinking whether frozen smoothies a good alternative to ice cream?
Overall, the answer is a resounding yes!
Frozen smoothies can be a great option to keep you cool, full and satisfied.
You can adjust the thickness of your smoothie by using thicker ingredients and less liquid, so this makes it easy to fool yourself into thinking you're having a delicious ice cream treat.
First of all, let’s look now at a few of the reasons why frozen smoothies are a great alternative to that tub of ice cream.
Frozen smoothies are based on wholefood ingredients
This is always the number one reason why we love frozen smoothies!
In our books, smoothies are all about blending up the best wholefood ingredients to produce a not only healthy, but tasty treat for yourself.
They are minimally processed and highest in nutrients, just as nature intended.
The types of wholefood ingredients you might like to use in your frozen smoothie creations could include these below;
- Wholegrains, such as oats and quinoa
- Legumes, such as beans and chickpeas
- Nuts and seeds, including nut and seed butters
- Whole dairy including milk, yoghurt and kefir
- Herbs such as mint, sage and parsley
- Spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric, ginger and nutmeg
- And superfoods such as cocoa/cacao, maca, mesquite, lucuma, spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella
Ice cream is rarely made up of just wholefood ingredients as many of them use processed milk products, added sugar and other artificial additives.
So read the label of your favourite ice cream and if in doubt, make your own frozen smoothie ice cream alternative!
Frozen smoothies contain natural sugars
If you look at most standard ice creams, they usually list sugar as an ingredient.
This is what is termed as added sugars.
The sugars that many health experts suggest we minimise whenever possible.
On the other hand, frozen smoothies contain natural sugars.
Those that are found naturally in ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.
Sources of natural sugars usually contain other beneficial nutrients along with fibre that slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.
So, if you like, you might add sugar to your smoothie using an ingredient such as honey or maple syrup.
But at least these are still in a wholefood form and contain small amounts of beneficial nutrients!
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Frozen smoothies are free of artificial sweeteners and additives
Not every type of ice cream will contain artificial additives, colours, flavours or sweeteners.
But many of those that we love the most will contain at least one, if not more of these.
This even goes for the ‘low calorie’ ice cream options, in fact, they are often the worst offenders!
You get to control what goes into your frozen smoothie.
So unless you’re adding ingredients that contain additives, your frozen smoothie will be additive-free!
You can be creative with your frozen smoothie flavours!
There are plenty of ice cream flavours out there, you’ll find one to suit anyone’s preference!
The good news is that you can create just as many flavour combinations with a frozen smoothie.
You like Chocolate?
Too easy, just add in some cocoa or cacao.
Or are you a tropical fan?
Chuck in some mango, banana and coconut.
Fancy some salted caramel?
Cashews, dates and a pinch of salt will make it delicious!
Or you might like hokey pokey?
Make a vanilla-based smoothie and add some natural honeycomb chunks after blending.
If you can come up with a flavour, there’s a good chance there’s a wholefood-based smoothie option to go along with it!
Or you could make it simple and easy
There are a few easier ways to swap out your ice cream and enjoy natural sweets without the guilt.
You could try our full range of smoothie cubes and just add in extra ingredients you love to create the ultimate nicecream!
We have these below as flavours to build your smoothie ice cream on.
- Acai Berry Smoothie
- Vanilla Chai Smoothie
- Super Greens Smoothie
- Mango Coconut Smoothie
- Salted Chocolate Smoothie
- Berry Digest Smoothie
- Wake Me Up Smoothie (Coffee flavour)
- Choc Banana Smoothie
You could try doubling the cubes to liquid ratio to get a thick, easy to eat dessert treat.
Finally, there is another way all together that is easier again than going down the smoothie road, you could just try our Superfoods Purée.
Grab a spoon and scoop them out, straight from the tub to your mouth.
Available in four amazing flavours, mango, strawberry, banana and passionfruit.
Whatever you choose, creating your own smoothie recipe as above, using our smoothie cubes or just eating straight out of the purée tub, you know you're getting a good healthy alternative to your standard tub of ice cream.
Which would you prefer to have as a late night snack?