The Secret to Making the Perfect Smoothie
Smoothies are without question one of the best food ideas of the last century (maybeÂ they’ve been around for a lot longer; you never know), and boy are they popular now.Â They’re one of the most compact, versatile, on the go food items, and people love them.Â
They are surprisingly easy toÂ make at home. All you need is a blender, nothing fancy, a few inexpensive food items, andÂ almost anyone can make a smoothie.
And you don’t have to pay a ton of money to get one either. Here’s how it’s done.
First – add your liquid
The liquid is considered the base of your smoothie, and it canÂ greatly affect how your smoothie tastes, so choose wisely.
Depending on your diet, you canÂ add quite a number of things as a liquid for your smoothie. You can add water if you haveÂ nothing else, but there are lots of other ideas to try out. Milk or almond milk are popularÂ choices, as is coconut milk, coconut water and coffee.
And if you’re a fan of tea, green teas make for an awesome smoothie. Also, fruitÂ juice of any kind is good if you want an extra sweet base.
After you’ve added yourÂ liquid to your blender (any blender will do), make sure to add a few ice cubes (2Â to 3 max for one smoothie). This will help round it out and make sure your smoothie hasÂ just enough moisture.
Two cups of any of the above liquids will be enough for oneÂ smoothie, maybe even less. Start with a cup and as you blend your smoothie, you canÂ always add more.
Second – choose your produce
You can add as little or as much fruit or vegetables asÂ you like to your smoothie, and you can really go in any direction your heart desires.
AÂ popular choice is a strawberry and banana smoothie; the perfect combination of a creamyÂ fruit and a watery fruit.
You can use either fresh or frozen produce as well. And if youÂ do use frozen fruit or vegetables, remember you won’t need to use as much liquid/ice.
Three – add a “filler”
In the smoothie world, a filler is known as a thickener; somethingÂ to make your smoothie more fulfilling. If you had just a pure plum smoothie for example, itÂ would end more up like a fruit slushie without some sort of a filler.
A filler can be anythingÂ from yogurt and avocado to oatmeal or even quinoa (both already cooked of course).
A big filler we can’t forget is protein powder. Add a scoop of vanilla or wheneverÂ flavor you like, and not only will your smoothie be thicker than it will taste better and giveÂ you the benefit of extra protein.
Cocoa powder also works well as a thickener as well.
You could also add peanut butter or Nutella. These will give your smoothie a nice protein-boost.
You could even add sweet potato, considered one of the healthiest vegetables (you can quick-steam a sweet potato in a microwave in under 6 minutes).
Four – blend it up
Make sure your blender is on the “Blend” setting, and blend it up.
StopÂ every once in awhile to stir it, and get ice cubes or frozen fruit unstuck, which will invariablyÂ happen. If seems a bit too thick add a bit of water, and if it’s too thin, add more fruit orÂ more of your filler.
You can also add honey at the end or even maple syrup to make it a bitÂ sweeter.
It may be hard to make a lot of things perfect in life, but making the perfect smoothie isn’tÂ one of them. Just remember to be careful with overdoing it on the liquids; one of theÂ golden rules of making smoothies.