A Quick Guide For Making Your Own Smoothies

The closest thing to a smoothie I have ever had is an Orange Julius. (Are they still around?)

I know smoothies are popular and a lot of people love them. To be honest, when I used my blender to make something that was drinkable, it was usually frozen margheritas.

Sometimes it was frozen daiquiris.

I remember one hot summer’s day racing our boat all over the lake looking for raspberries because someone decided we should have frozen raspberry daiquiris.

I also remember regretting that decision the following day, which was a Monday work day. I don’t think that’s a problem with smoothies…..

When this topic was suggested I thought – why not? I can learn something and, maybe, smoothies might be a good addition to my diet. (By diet I mean what I eat every day – not a weight-loss program.)

I was right…. I think I like smoothies. They could add a bit of variety to my usual fruit & yogurt lunch.

Read on:

Smoothies are a great and tasty way of completing your diet with essential nutrients and vitamins. They are easy to make and can be consumed at any time of the day.

The best part is, the possibilities are endless. Also, understanding the things needed for a good smoothie is super easy. This guide will walk you through the equipment you’ll need and choose what goes into your smoothie.

Selecting The Right Tools For The Job

Let’s start with the pieces of hardware needed for making a smoothie. Aside from a blender, you probably won’t be needing much. Depending on the ingredients you’ll choose, you might have to use a knife, chopping board, or a peeler. For thicker smoothies, a spatula might be necessary.

Any standard blender sitting at home can do the job for you. Solid ingredients will consist mostly of fruits and vegetables, so high power blenders will not be required.

But, if you don’t already have a blender at home, you might want to consider going for a more quiet one. Silent blenders are perfect for making smoothies. This is especially handy when you want to make a smoothie in the early morning when other people at home are still in bed.

Because making a smoothing involves only a few kitchen tools, this adds to the convenience of smoothies as you won’t have to spend much with clean up.

Choosing a Liquid

Smoothies are generally just a couple of solid ingredients blended with a base liquid. In general, you can choose between the following liquids: any milk or yogurt, fruit juices, or even plain water.

It’s all a matter of preference. Want a creamier smoothie? Then use milk, yogurt, or even sorbet. If you want to be on the healthier side, you can also go for soft silken tofu.

If you prefer a thinner smoothie, then you can have your preferred fruit juice. If you’re craving a smoothie for breakfast, then you can even use coffee or green tea for your daily caffeine fix.

Star Ingredients: Fruits and Vegetables

Aside from flavor and sweetness, fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and nutritional fiber to your smoothie blend. You can choose any fruit that you want, and this is why you’ll never run out of smoothie recipes.

Aside from your favorite fruits, why not take advantage of what’s in season? You’ll be saving money, and it will guarantee that you’ll have the freshest fruits.

Here are a few fruits to consider using depending on the season:

Winter:

  1. Grapefruit
  2. Rutabagas
  3. Pineapples
  4. Beets
  5. Carrots

Fall:

  1. Bananas
  2. Cranberries
  3. Radishes
  4. Parsnips
  5. Pears
  6. Bell Peppers

Summer:

  1. Honeydew Melon
  2. Cherries
  3. Peaches
  4. Strawberries
  5. Tomatillos

Spring:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Kiwifruit
  4. Rhubarb
  5. Spinach

Getting these ingredients along with your favorite fruits, will give your smoothie blends a lot more variety. However, it’s also OK to opt for canned or frozen fruits and vegetables — remember that the canned variety might be a little sweeter, so adjust your recipe accordingly.

Pro tip: freeze your fruits before blending. With this, you can completely forget adding ice and still make your smoothie frosty. Frozen bananas can even make your smoothie creamier. This way, your smoothie can be a healthier alternative to your favorite milkshake.

Miscellaneous Ingredients

You can make your smoothie even better with nuts, honey, and even cocoa powder if you are craving chocolate. You can let your creativity take over and make your very own recipe.

If you want to make your smoothie even healthier, you can try chia seeds or flax seeds. Just keep in mind that chia seeds will make your smoothie a little thicker.

For boba lovers out there, you can even add tapioca balls to your smoothie. Have a sweet tooth? You can’t go wrong with a little bit of peanut butter or any fruit preserve.

Making smoothies is super fun, and once you start, you will probably be thinking of other ingredients to add to your next smoothie. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to go experimenting with ingredients you’ve never tried before.

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