When it comes to smoothie recipes, you have to remember to have fun and experiment, after all, that’s part of the fun! I never follow my own recipes or others I find from other fellow smoothie fans to the exact letter or specification, as this isn’t an exact science.
However, when it comes to how to make a smoothie the easiest and most consistent way, there are some basic things to keep in mind to make the entire smoothie making process much more enjoyable, and ultimately to produce better results in terms of the actual smoothies you make.
What’s The Number 1 Biggest Factor in Making a Top Notch Smoothie? ………The Smoothie Maker or Blender You Use!
I am usually looking for ways to make my smoothies affordably and practically so that I can actually enjoy them on a regular basis, usually I get is by trying to find seasonal and affordable organic produce either fresh or frozen. But one area I have found that I needed to spend a bit more on, was the smoothie maker or blender I was going to use. When it comes to blenders and smoothie makers, you really do get which pay for. Without question the Blendtec Blender’s (the blender I swear by) and the Vitamix blenders are the most powerful models and brands on the market today, and they make a perfect consistent smoothie every single time.
However, I also understand that not everyone can afford, even if they wish to, a 400+$ blender, so for you folks I reccomend doing some comparison shopping using consumer reports to see what budgets models can handle a bigger workload that greens and more fibrous fruits and vegetables will usually dish out. One of the more popular and pretty effective cheaper blenders is the Ninja Blender which does a very admirable job given its price range.
Using Bulk Organic Frozen Fruit is the Way to Go!
Now for those of you who are wondering how to make a smoothie with frozen fruit, I would recommend that you use the more powerful blenders that I mentioned above as the cheaper models tend to struggle with too much frozen fruit as the motor simply cannot keep up. However if you do have a powerful blender, using an extra freezer or making some room in your existing freezer can be a great way to make it a habit of blending up a healthy smoothie every day. This is because just like with more traditional cooking, keeping a stocked kitchen with all the ingredients that you need will free you up to experiment with ease and freedom and see what works best for you.
For those of you making green smoothies, or smoothies with other added supplements and ingredients such as kefir, milk, and yogurt, make sure you keep these on hand if you plan on using those regularly. Also, keep your fridge stock piled with fresh organic greens like kale, spinach, chard, and wheat grass as well as any other types you enjoy, this is vital for those of you partaking in green smoothies. Remember, you want to change up your ingredients on a fairly regular basis so you get a variety of nutrients in your weekly diet, so try not to get stuck in a routine with the same 3-4 fruits and greens.
If You Don’t Have a Crazy Powerful Blender, What Is the Best Option?
Stock Fresh fruit on a weekly basis, as fresh fruit is much easier to blend in less powerful blenders while still yielding a very tasty and consistent smoothie. While yogurt is great with frozen fruit based smoothies, it is even more so with fresh smoothies as it gives them a far thicker and more consistent quality and taste. Now for those of you who are wondering how to make a smoothie with yogurt /milk / kefir that is not dairy based, I reccomend trying soy, coconut, and almond alternatives, these can be very healthy and equally tasty.
As for sweeteners, experiment with what feels and tastes right for you, I generally reccomend using green organic ground Stevia, as it is a completely natural, unprocessed, 0 calories sweetener that works wonders in smoothies at very tiny amounts (usually a tablespoon or two). You can also try blue agave syrup too, just keep in mind this is still a form of sugar and has calories, it just happens to have a much lower glycemic index compared to honey, sugar, and other traditional sweeteners. For example, when you first learn how to make a strawberry banana smoothie, if you use mostly fresh fruit, you need far less sweetener then if you were to use mostly frozen strawberries and banana chunks.
Additional Tips On How to Make a Smoothie!
- Your Liquid Base: With nearly any smoothie that you make, you’ll want to have some type of liquid as your initial ingredient as your other ingredients will not “blend” well without it. On occasion you can use largely water based and fresh produce like grapes to act as your liquid base, but generally you will want it to be a liquid. This is particularly the case if you are using more frozen ingredients then fresh as they are harder to blend. I generally reccomend that most people use filtered water for there base, especially for more health focused smoothies and for folks trying to lose weight. Never use bottled water (this water is less regulated and safe then even raw tap). Alternatives to water are numerous but some of my personal favorites are coconut water, organic almond milk, organic dairy based milk to name a popular few.
- Supplements: There are more supplements to add to your smoothie then could be listed in this small section, but some of the most common, and often vital additions are protean either in the form of yogurt or protean powder and omega 3 oils which primarily come from flax seed oil. I prefer using vegan friendly protean powders as I find them to be safer and just as effective, if not more so, then there meat based alternatives. My particular favorite is a sprout protean powder made by SunWarrior, but any organic rice or sprout based protean powder should do the trick. As for flax seed oil, many brands are perfectly fine, but just make sure it is not past its expiration date, or spoiled in any way and is organic certified as well. I also reccomend kefir or alternative probiotics for better digestion of your smoothie.
- Produce: I will keep this section fairly simple as I want you guys to experiment beyond the recipes you see here and elsewhere to not only find what combinations and tastes work for you, but also what works for you in a regular daily basis, particularly for those of you drinking these for health reasons. I reccomend for those of you on a budget, but have a blender that can handle the work load, that you buy frozen produce in bulk, and blend it with a couple of easy and readily available fresh fruits such as apple slices and banana chunks. For those of you with less powerful blenders, stick with fresh fruit, and plenty of liquid. As always, I reccomend you buy organic whenever possible. If you are going to be making green smoothies, try to vary the greens you use from time to time to get additional nutrients into your diet, and always use organic greens as these are the most heavily pesticide ridden foods next to berries.
- Sweeteners: At this point I only use a responsible amount of organic juice or Stevia as my sweetener, although organic blue agave syrup is OK too in moderation. If you are wondering how to make a smoothie with ice or with mostly frozen fruit that will still be sweet, definitely use the Organic ground Stevia as it adds no extra calories and doesn’t add more “volume” to your overall batch like sweetening with juice would.
- And most importantly: Enjoy!