Imagine being able to make that perfectly creamy and nutritious smoothie that you have seen in so many photos. How do they do it? This is my guide to mixing the best smoothie in five easy steps.
1. Choose your building blocks
Choose one or two fruits. These will be your “building blocks” that will, in a way, define your smoothie. Bananas, oranges, and apples are some of the most common fruits in smoothies, but you can also use pineapple, mango, grapefruit, kiwi or some more exotic fruits such as the underappreciated feijoa (here is our feijoa smoothie recipe). If you go for two fruits, choose fruits that go well together and enhance each other’s flavors. It can also be good to choose two that have roughly the same color to make the smoothie look appetizing.
2. Choose a liquid
When you have chosen your fruit or fruits, choosing the liquid is usually the next step. You can choose to go for a neutral-tasting alternative like milk, natural yogurt, almond milk, or water. Alternatively, you can choose one that gives flavor, for example coconut milk or coconut water. You can also simply use vegetable or fruit juice as your liquid. Keep in mind that fruit juice often contains a lot of sugar.
3. Choose your extras
You can really flavor your smoothie with just about anything you like. Just be sure to choose a maximum of one or two seasonings and make sure they match with the rest of the content. Good flavors can be ginger, lemon, cinnamon, cardamom, lime, grated nutmeg, mint, basil, honey, flaxseeds, cocoa, or nut butter.
At this point, you are basically ready to blend your smoothie. Steps four and five are thus not necessary, but they can definitely take your smoothies to the next level, turning a simple snack into a proper meal.
4. Add something frozen
Adding something frozen to a smoothie, such as a frozen banana, is a trick used by many experienced smoothie-makers. Apart from frozen bananas, try adding a handful of frozen berries or some frozen avocado. The berries add color and taste good if combined smartly. The main benefit of adding something frozen to your smoothie is that it makes the smoothie cold and tasty.
5. Make your smoothie more filling
As a final step, you can choose something that makes your smoothie more filling. Depending on what you happen to have in your pantry, you can choose to add some oatmeal, chia seeds, nuts, hemp protein, granola or tahini.
Here are my tips on how to blend a smoothie.
First, add the liquid. This might sound counter-intuitive but doing this will prevent the blender blades from getting damaged by the fruit that is sometimes carelessly thrown into the blender. Use a powerful blender or food processor. Start blending on low power, increasing it slightly after 30 seconds. This way blending will take around 60 to 90 seconds and the result will be a wonderfully smooth and tasty smoothie! Finally, pour into a glass or bowl and serve immediately—or place it in the freezer for a few minutes.
These were my five easy steps to making a tasty and healthy smoothie. I hope you will enjoy making smoothies as much as I do!