Incorporating fruit into your daily diet is important for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. One way is to make delicious fruit drinks for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Juice drinks make a healthy alternative to soda for any party, and guests will enjoy drinking a variety of concoctions. Get creative and try different blends. Whether you use a juicer, food processor or simple blender, juice drinks do not require much preparation time or cleanup.
1. Fruit Shakes
Choose one fruit, like a type of berry, banana or orange. Cut the fruit into small pieces and puree in a blender.
o Blend in sherbet, frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream a little at a time until you reach desired consistency.
o Pour into a drinking glass and serve.
2. Juice Spritzers
Choose a fruit juice, such as orange, pineapple, cranberry, pomegranate or grape.
o Mix with seltzer water. Plain will suffice, but you can also choose a flavored seltzer like lime for an extra flavor boost.
o Cut up fruit or place berries in the spritzer for a tasty decoration.
o Get creative by making juice ice cubes. Place berries and water or frozen juice in ice cube trays and add to individual drinks.
3. Fruit Punch
Choose a fruit juice or drink, such as cranberry juice cocktail, fruit punch, lemonade, grape juice or mango nectar.
Mix a carbonated beverage, such as flavored seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale, along with fruit juice in a punch bowl or pitcher.
o Cut round slices of oranges, grapefruits, kiwi and star fruit and add them to the bowl or pitcher. Add whole grapes and berries as well.
o Fill individual glasses with ice cubes and pour the punch. Add a straw and decorative umbrella for a finishing touch.
4. Juicy Smoothies
Choose a fruit mixture as your starting point. Tasty fruit combinations include strawberry-banana, blueberry-raspberry, pear-grape and orange-pineapple. Puree the fruit in blender.
Add almond, soy or low-fat milk and orange juice.
Add ice one cube at a time until you reach desired thickness.
o Add honey or vanilla extract if desired