The answer is a fully and absolute…. it depends.
Perhaps you were berated by your parents or grandparents to always eat your peels.
Or maybe you always had the peels cut off for you, very lucky indeed.
Maybe you were dared by friends or competed ferociously with your cousin, so much so that you use to say ‘I like the peels more, they are my favourite part of an orange’.
Which is the best way?
There are certainly some peels that have many different benefits for us, while there are others that may not be so helpful and can even ruin the flavour of your favourite smoothie recipe!
Let’s look at some specific examples for you now if you have five minutes or so.
The peels of an apple contain a good chunk of the fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Apple peel also contains some very interesting compounds.
Quercetin for instance, is one of the compounds prevalent in the peel of an apple.
It is both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic, making it fantastic for those with allergic conditions like asthma.
So, should you include apple peels in your frozen smoothie recipes?
Absolutely, but if you don’t like the taste of apple peel, there is no judgement here.
Oranges and lemons
Including an orange or lemon into your smoothie, skin and all, is probably going to ruin the flavour of your smoothie.
No ifs, buts or maybe’s, the flavour of your frozen smoothie will be severely hampered with the addition of a full orange or lemon skin.
Similar to apples, the peels contain some vitamin C, as well as other nutrients like potassium.
The peel of oranges and lemons also contain flavonoids such as Limonene which are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and improve blood viscosity.
In removing the peel, the pectin of the peel will most likely also be lost.
In Chinese Medicine, dried citrus peels are used for a number of purposes, including helping to improve digestive issues like bloating, upper stomach pain and poor appetite as well as support for excess coughing and phlegm.
So, our recommendation, is for you to cut off the peels and just add the fruit for these two.
If you want the benefits of the peel, zest away and blend, then just work up slowly to gauge the taste that suits you.
Have you ever seen somebody just take a bite out of a kiwi fruit, skin and all?
Your first experience seeing this might be like, ‘Whaaa? How? Huh. Did I just see that?’
Or are you that skin on person?
There is nothing wrong with eating the kiwifruit with the skin on, in fact people all over the world consume kiwi with the skin on.
As you may be expecting, the skin contains some fibre and can in fact triple the fibre of the fruit while also, at the same time increasing the vitamin C.
In terms of flavour and texture, it is certainly not for everybody.
So, the question is for you, do you have the kiwi peel or not?
The only way to know is to try it out and perhaps start with only half a kiwi skin in your smoothie to test it out first and then take it from there.
It probably goes without saying, that you definitely wouldn’t want to include avocado skin in your smoothies, but hey, it certainly happens.
So we say to you, remove the avocado skin before use please!
One of the main reasons is there’s no need to ruin a perfectly good first home owner’s savings plan!
To skin or not to skin?
If you’ve made it to the end of this article, we think you’re in a great position to make an informed choice yourself, regarding the ins and outs of fruit peels.
Whatever you decide to do there are positives and negatives when it comes to peels.
The positives can be the many extra potential health benefits of the peels and most of the negatives come down to peels changing the taste and texture of your frozen smoothies.
An extra point for the positives we haven't mentioned above is that by adding the whole fruit into your frozen smoothie, you minimise your smoothie preparation time substantially.
Take the lid off your favourite high powered blender, throw the whole fruits in with a few Super Cubes, add a liquid, blend and drink.
Sounds easy huh!
So, now the choice is yours, will you be keeping your skins or peels on or off in your frozen smoothie recipes?