Why a Food Blender is the Key to a Healthier Menu
A powerful blender is necessary for nearly every foodservice operation. From coffee shops, kitchens, bars, health care, schools and a number of other institutions, there is a constant need for a food blender that is not only efficient but large enough for high outputs. With the demand for healthier food options higher than it’s ever been, how can a blender play a vital role in offering healthier food options?
The answer is smoothies. A smoothie is only as healthy as the ingredients you use to create it. And the possibilities are endless! So what ingredients should you be adding to your smoothies at home or in your commercial kitchen? Keep in mind, it is good practice to use seasonal ingredients around Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for the freshest smoothies. Here are a few examples to start expanding your menu:
Fresh fruit provides the cornerstone for a delicious and healthy smoothie. Strawberries, apples, bananas, pineapple, blueberries, peaches, and more can be blended together in any combination for a sweet smoothie.
Raw, leafy vegetables are the components for an extremely healthy smoothie. Spinach, kale, and lettuce are low in calories and high in fiber. For other vegetables, try carrots, celery, cucumbers, or avocados. Get to your local D.C. farmers market to find a variety of veggies to blend.
Specifically, green tea. Instead of adding water, try adding green tea to get the same effect but with more nutrients and flavor.
Greek yogurt, as opposed to frozen yogurt, is high in protein and gives your smoothie a creamy taste and texture, all while staying low in the calorie department.
SEEDS & SPICES
Tiny seeds like chia seeds and flaxseed pack a big punch in nutrients. Additionally, adding in spices like cinnamon and nutmeg give your smoothie an extra kick in flavor.
Want to learn more about the uses for a food blender and how blenders can benefit your foodservice operation? Attend a live demonstration in the new Alto-Hartley showroom to discover more.