Creamy, light, and nourishing… this is how I would describe an awesome smoothie. Would you like to learn how to make a smoothie? I’ll share the basic principles of preparing a smoothie. At the end of this article, you’ll be able to start making your own smoothie regardless of the ingredients you have at home. If you have no fresh foods available, go grab some.
One way to go is to throw everything you think of in a blender. That’s a messy but learning experience. If you want a sure way to end up with a delicious smoothie, you’ll need to follow some simple steps. Every smoothie needs the following:
Flavor and sweetness
Did you know that a smoothie does not necessarily have to contain water or milk?
You can use other liquids as well. Here’s a more comprehensive list:
- milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- coconut water
- freshly squeezed fruit juice
Use fresh or frozen fruits. Try out these combinations:
- raspberry, mango, pineapple
- grape, apple
- kiwi, pineapple
- apple, kiwi
- grape, apple, peach
- pineapple, mango
Before we get to the next ingredient – thickener – you should know that the most common thickener is a banana. You can use bananas in combinations with each individual fruit from above and make the best simple smoothie ever.
Without a thickener, you’re left with a decent fruit and liquid blend. What takes a smoothie to the next level worthy of its name is adding a smoother. To achieve a creamy texture you’ll need one of the following ingredients:
- ice cubes
- additional frozen fruits
- nut butter
You can also use more than one thickener.
These are the basic steps to making a simple, yet delicious creamy smoothie.
Now, we get to the optional part of a smoothie.
Flavor and sweetness
This step allows you to personalize your smoothie.
To add more flavor to your smoothie, use:
For more sweetness, add:
- dates, soaked in water
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
I know you’ve already taken the smoothie to a new taste level. How about increasing its nutritional value and satiety level? To achieve this, you’ll need additional ingredients.
Optional as they are, these extras can also change the taste of your smoothie. Toppings are also included in this part of a smoothie.
Extras you can use to make a more nutritious smoothie:
- protein powder
- cocoa powder
- carob powder
- spirulina powder
- alfalfa powder
- wheat germ
- flax seeds
- chia seeds
- fresh fruits
- coconut flakes
- almond flakes
- pomegranate seeds
How much of each should you use in a smoothie?
- 2 parts liquid
- 3 parts fruits
- half of a banana/2-3 ice cubes/1 additional frozen fruit part/2-3 tbsp yogurt/1 tbsp nut butter
- flavor and sweetness to taste
- 1-3 tbsp extras
If you are using frozen fruits, give up on the ice cubes and add in more liquid. Experiment with the quantities until you reach the desired consistency.