If you are making blender recipes from scratch you’ll want to learn out how to make a smoothie that’s both nutritious and healthy. I’ve been creating them for a long time now so I wanted to share some tips and tricks on how to get started with your smoothie making.
Basic Tips On How To Make A Smoothie Or Shake
There’s no set rules on how to make a smoothie, some people are happy with a hand full of berries and a glass of milk. But for a rich and creamy smoothie that’s really going to hit the spot there are a few basic steps.
First let’s look at making one of the most popular smoothie recipes and then we’ll break it down.
Basic Smoothie Or Shake:
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup fruit
- 1 banana
- 3 or 4 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon honey
Place in the blender liquids first and blend until smooth, easy as that!
So, now you have one of the most basic fruit smoothie recipes to work with, we can now have a look at how to tweak it.
The first 2 ingredients in this nutritious smoothie are the milk and yogurt. These are both classed as liquids; all smoothies need a liquid base not just for taste but also for the blending process. Aim to use around 1 cup per smoothie choose 1 or a mix of 2 as I have above.
Regular milk (whole, semi or fat free), soy, almond milk, coconut milk, fruit juice, ice cream and yogurt (fresh or frozen).
These are the most popular liquids but you can also use; tea (green or fruit) coffee or water.
Once again aim for 1 cup of fruits (singular or mixed). Or use 1/2 cup fruit/veg and 1 good sized thickening fruit/veg.
Popular fruits, fresh or frozen; all types of berries ,mango ,orange, kiwi, apples, peach, pomegranate, pine apple, cherries, figs, dates, avocado, kale, spinach, beetroot and celery.
Thickening fruits; banana, pear, avocado.
Sweeteners and Flavorings:
You can pretty much add them at the end even after blending. Just have a quick taste add a little of what you think it may need and blitz again.
Honey, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or almond extract, peanut or almond butter, nutella and chocolate powder.
About 3 or 4, these will not only cool the smoothie but help to thicken it to, if you are using frozen fruit you won’t need to use them.
Adding Something Extra:
Protein powder; Whey or soy tends to be the most common but hemp or pea are also good.
Fiber and bulk; rolled oats, fine oat bran, wheat germ, soaked nuts, ground flax seeds
Oils; flax seed, hemp and nut
Now you have the basics, check out some of the most popular smoothie recipes here on blenderexpert.com