Smoothies seem like they’d be super easy. All you gotta do is dump a bunch of stuff into a blender, hit puree or high, pour your mixture into a glass, and there’s your smoothie. However, it never exactly turns out that way. Either you’ve put too much ice in and it’s too frozen to pour out. Or there’s still lumps of banana or ice chunks making it less than smooth.
You might even venture in making a green monster and instead of it being all green and mean, it’s more of a brown and blah. (We went with alliteration instead of rhyming because brown and round? brown and clown?). So let’s turn that sad sack of smoothie slop into the drink it deserves to be!
How to Make the Perfect Smoothie at Home (Healthy version)
1. Ingredients count
Stick to fresh fruits and veggies. No packaged stuff. No fruit juice – too high in sugar.
2. It’s all about the measurements
More than likely you’re making a smoothie just for you. Use the following instructions below:
- Fruit: 1 banana or 1 cup of fresh fruit of choice. Frozen works too, just skip the ice.
- Liquid: 3/4 of a cup of liquid of choice
- Healthy Fat: It’ll help keep you full and satisfied. Plus it helps give the smoothie texture. Avocados are an excellent choice, but you can use just about anything. Try different types of nut butters or natural peanut butter or high protein greek yogurt.
- Greens: Baby spinach, kale are great. Seriously once it’s all blended you can’t even taste it. Promise!
- Ice: if not using frozen fruit, then a cup will do it.
Be sure to experiment with herbs, spices, and even oats.
3. A touch of sweetness
You would think with all the fruit, greens, your liquid of choice, and healthy fat that you’d have some sweetness. That’s not always the case. Depending on the liquid, it might taste a little bland. Adding a honey, molasses, pure maple syrup, or a sweetener like stevia can really help the taste and round it out.
4. There’s an order to the mixture
You’d think you could just add the ingredients any which way, but there’s a method to the perfect smoothie. Hard ingredients go first, followed by greens and fresh fruit, then any herbs, oats, or spices you might be using, and the last ingredient is the liquid.
5. Initiate High Speed
Blend up to 3 minutes.