You might love drinking smoothies, whether for a grab-and-go breakfast, or a healthy snack. But if you don’t know how to make them at home, it can be expensive to constantly hit up your local smoothie shop. Here are some really easy tips for making your own smoothies, and making them even healthier for you.
The Basic Smoothie
While you don’t need a recipe to make a good smoothie, adhering to a few general rules will help you achieve better results. When you are just starting out with making your own smoothies, it can be overwhelming, even when starting from recipes.
Some people prefer to have very strict recipes that tells them exactly what to put in their smoothies, while others want to build their own, but need a good place to start.
If you are the latter, the following ratios are going to be very useful to you.
these guidelines as a starting point for making great-tasting,
nutritious smoothies. Feel free to experiment to find the perfect
combination for your smoothie.
Using ratios takes the guesswork out of building smoothies. These ratios will allow you to scale your smoothies, making it easier to make a smaller or larger amount as needed. You can use these basic ratios with any combination of ingredients to create a smoothie that is flavorful, nutritious and filling.
The amount of liquid listed will yield a smoothie with a drinkable, but thicker, consistency. Add more liquid if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
Basic Fruit Smoothie Ratio
2 parts frozen fruit
1 part liquid
Green Smoothie Ratio
1.5 parts frozen fruit
1 part leafy greens
1 part liquid
Note: If you are not using a high-powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, you may find you always need to add more liquid to get your smoothie to blend well.
Choose Your Ingredients
After understanding proper ratios for a fruit or green smoothie (one with vegetables), you will want to then select your ingredients. You will learn a little more about the ingredients in the next couple sections, but here are some quick tips:
Choose at least one liquid and one type of produce – As you learned in the ratio section, the two basic things you need are a liquid and a solid. You need at least one type of produce for a fruit smoothie, but you will often add in others. You will then need to choose a liquid that goes good for the type of smoothie you want.
Making a thicker smoothie – You can definitely just blend up fruit and juice if you want, but it will be more like a juice instead of a smoothie. For a smoothie to be thicker, consider bananas as well as yogurt, honey, or other extra ingredients to really thicken it up.
Make sure you use enough liquid – This is absolutely essential! You need enough liquid for your other ingredients to blend properly, whether you are using a personal-sized blender like a Ninja, or a large blender like a Vitamix. Start small, then add more liquid if the frozen fruit is having trouble blending properly.
Don’t forget about added ingredients – Another thing you will learn later on in this resource is that not only can you go basic with liquid and produce, but there are a lot of extras you can add. These are for flavor, nutrition, and a denser smoothie that keeps you fuller for longer.
Aim for Proper Nutrition
Smoothies taste delicious, but for most people, that isn’t the only reason to drink one. Whether you are making one to replace a meal or have as an added snack, it should also provide adequate nutrition.
This is when you don’t just add whatever you have available, but really focus on vitamins and minerals in the ingredients you are using. For example:
Add both fruits and vegetables – The easiest way to make sure you are making a nutritious smoothie every time is to add both fruits and vegetables. This helps cut back a little on the overall sugar from fruits, and allows you to get even more vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. This is also going to help you turn it into a nutrient-dense green smoothie full of superfoods.
Think about added nutrients – There are also other ways to make your smoothie more nutrient-dense. Think about the added ingredients you often add for flavor, but also add in nutrients your body needs.
Focus on proper balance – You can also get better balance by combining these ingredients instead of focusing on more simplistic approaches. But it doesn’t need to be complicated. Choose a green, a berry, a liquid, and any extra ingredients for easy balance that doesn’t make it difficult to put your smoothie together.
Rather than always using the same two ingredients, try to regularly switch up your add-ins. This variety will help keep your smoothies interesting and will provide the greatest nutritional diversity.
Benefits of Going for Variety
While you can definitely make the same smoothie every day if it is one you enjoy, there are also some unique benefits to using more variety. Here are some reasons to go this route:
You won’t get bored – Having the same thing every single day can get old pretty fast. Regardless of your reason for drinking smoothies, you might not want to keep having the exact same one every day with the same ingredients. This can get boring and often discourage you from continuing to make them.
You can switch it up really easily just by choosing different fruits, switching up your liquid, or occasionally adding some greens for more of a green smoothie.
It helps add more nutrients – Using more variety with your smoothies will also ensure you are adding as many vitamins and minerals as you can. If you have your same strawberry banana smoothie daily, you get lots of potassium, antioxidants, and vitamin C, but what about nutrients from greens, other fruits, nut butter, or herbs?
Mix it up every once in a while to get more superfoods and nutrients in your smoothie.
You can experiment – You can also experiment with your smoothies by switching up the ingredients you add to them. If you love berries, why not try raspberries or blackberries, instead of strawberries or blueberries? Try more exotic fruits, and add in more veggies to see what other combinations you can create.
Follow these simple tipis to learn how to make smoothies, and make sure you have nutritious, superfood-filled, and delicious smoothies for a healthy lifestyle.