One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to be healthy is over using fruits in their smoothies under the mistaken belief that fruits are healthy. The truth is that certain fruits are better than others, and fruit is healthy, but only in moderation. Generally fruits like oranges, apples and bananas are very high in sugar. Apples in particular have a lot of fructose, which is processed differently through the liver and is actually worse than glucose. Normally this isn’t a problem because we would eat the fruits in their whole state, ie, before juicing. The fibers of the fruit would then slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood and additionally we naturally would eat less. It’s easy to drink a juice made from 5 apples, but try eating 5 apples and you’ll agree it feels like a LOT more.
What about Berries
Berries are the one fruit you can juice more. They’re naturally lower in sugar and also high in anti-ageing antioxidants. I recommend adding plenty of berries to every smoothie you make, especially blueberries which are delicious and healthy.
The key to making a healthy smoothie is to use more vegetables. You can safely juice a lot of vegetables without the same issues as you find with fruit, namely making an overly sugary drink. With that in mind the best smoothies for your health are those with more vegetables, some berries, and just a little regular fruit to sweeten. For example, 1 apple, 1 orange added into your veg/berry smoothie to sweeten is ideal.
Cocktails are a luxury that we don’t always want to splash out on when we are in bars and restaurants so being able to make them at home is always a great skill to have under your belt. A great cocktail will always come down to your personal preference, to start with I would decide what kind of cocktail you prefer and research all of the components that you need to make it. Once you have found what you need, look into finding the ingredients that you enjoy drinking, there’s no need to go crazy with how much you spend a great cocktail can be made without breaking the bank. Supermarkets these days are very well stocked with quality alcoholic choices and these can come in a range of delicious pre flavored options to add a boost to your cocktail.
Once you’ve sourced all of the ingredients it’s time to choose how you want to present the cocktail whether it be in a jug so the cocktail can be enjoyed as a group or in a classy singular glass for independent enjoyment. Make sure to make a note of the recipe so that you can replicate any cocktails that you make and I would specifically make sure that you make a note of the ratios of alcohol to mixer . When making a cocktail the finishing touches can be key to adding a sense of luxury to your beverage and that can really make a difference whether you add some fruit to add some flavour and texture, go all out and add some decorative gold leaf for a classy touch or even keep it classic and cheesey with a tiny umbrella the simpler things can be the best when it comes to decorating a cocktail.