7.30.2012

How to Make an Awesome Smoothie

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Strawberry, Banana & Peach Smoothie

I think my smoothie-making has reached new heights lately. My non-smoothie-loving husband has even been enjoying them, which is quite an accomplishment in my mind. I've finally found a method that produces a delicious smoothie every time. Want to know how?

Tips for Making Awesome Smoothies

 

1. Use frozen fruit. Using fresh fruit, or even a mixture of fresh and frozen, results in a thinner, more liquid smoothie. My favorites are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. When those fruits are in season locally I buy a bunch at the farmer's market or u-pick farm and freeze them. (My next post at Modern Alternative Kitchen is on Lazy Freezing Techniques. Subscribe over there so you don't miss it!) Then I have enough for smoothies year-round!

You can freeze strawberries whole with tops for smoothies!

2. Banana is key. The creamy sweetness of a banana can't be beat! Next time you have some slightly over-ripe ones, cut them into chunks and throw them in the freezer. (You can sometimes find over-ripe bananas for a reduced price. This is an excellent use for them!)

3. Add greens...sparingly.  Greens such as spinach or kale add a lot of nutrition to your smoothie, provided they are lightly cooked first. See this post for how to prepare greens for smoothies (scroll down to the smoothie section), or do it the easy way: buy a bag of frozen spinach. Make sure you get the kind that is not all in one solid clump. Add a couple tablespoons to your smoothie right from the bag. They are already cooked before freezing, so you don't have to worry about the raw greens problem. Don't add too much, or the taste may be overpowering. Experiment and see what works best for you!

See the little green flecks?

4. Start with just a little liquid, and add more as necessary. I use whole raw milk in my smoothies. Full-fat coconut milk is a good alternative if you can't tolerate dairy. I start with just a little, which I add after I put the fruit into the blender. Then when the blender gets stuck because it needs more liquid, I stream more milk in through the top while it's running.  I add just enough to get it going.

5. Season your smoothie. I like to add a pinch of salt, a splash of vanilla extract, and sometimes a little honey if it's too tart. It's amazing what a difference it makes in enhancing the flavor. Don't forget to taste it before you pour it out to see if it needs anything.

6. Use plain, full-fat yogurt. This goes a long way in making the smoothie satisfying. Greek yogurt guarantees an even thicker product, but make sure you buy full-fat! I can only find full-fat Greek yogurt at the health food store.



7. Include coconut oil.  I love the subtle flavor that coconut oil adds, and it's a healthy fat. Read more about it here. In the past I've melted it first, but lately I just throw it in solid. As long as you follow the next tip, it will be okay.

8. Blend it thoroughly. It's no fun to run into chunks of un-blended fruit. Don't be shy, let that blender do it's thing until you're sure it's all blended! This also makes the smoothie....frothy. Frothy is good.

Strawberry Orange Julius

If you're afraid to make a smoothie without a recipe, you can find recipes all over the internet. Use your judgement and use only real ingredients! And if you want to try something a little different, try my Strawberry Orange Julius. It's a refreshing treat any time of year!

What's your favorite smoothie? Share your smoothie-making tips in the comments!

This is part of: Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Healthy2Day Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday. Keep it Real Thursday, the seasonal recipe round up for berries at Gnowfglins, Monday Mania

11 comments:

  1. So strange, I made a smoothie for lunch today and was disappointed in how runny it was. Agree with frozen fruits vs. fresh though. Also, sometimes I will put in some type of nut butter (peanut or almond) for some flavor and cream. I might add in some ground flax for some added fiber and omega 3's! and cinnamon or 100% cocoa for some flavor. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I sometimes add nutbutter, too, but only if I'm in the mood for something a little heartier. I like it best with banana and strawberry.

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  2. I love to use frozen strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, apricot, spinach, a whole vanilla bean, 2 tbsp cinnamon, coconut oil, chia seeds, flax seed oil, and whatever type of protein powder I have on hand with a little bit of blackberry kefir, yogurt, and brazil nut milk or almond milk. I usually make about 40 oz...and drink it all :)

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    1. Wow that's a lot of smoothie! And some fruits I wouldn't think to add. Thanks for the creative ideas!

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  3. I do all of that :) We have a smoothie almost every morning, I always add either vanilla or almond extract. I would love for you to share this at Healthy 2day Wednesdays this week up until Saturday evening and also add your other healthy posts each week! Blessings!

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  4. We love smoothies! I enjoy Power Meal Dairy free protein, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, almond milk, almond butter, and greens in mine! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays! Hope to see you again next week.

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  5. Please come add your healthy recipes with us at Kids in the Kitchen on Tuesdays! This week link up is: http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up-week-25/

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  6. If you're not afraid of raw egg (make sure it's a good pastured egg from a clean farm), it adds a smooth rich flavor to a smoothie and some protein too. My favorite smoothies have 4 ingredients: frozen fruit, full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt, egg, and honey (about a tblsp). Sometimes I add a tablespoon of flax, but it sticks to the side of the blender and the glass like glue, so it depends on how much scrubbing I feel like doing that day. I'll have to try adding the cooked greens some time - it sounds interesting.

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  7. Totally agree! Banana is very important and I have found that if I'm adding greens, blueberry does wonders to hide the evidence--makes it purple and more appealing. :) Great advice here! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  8. My favorite is banana, frozen berries, kefir, milk, honey, and a raw egg. The eggs are not store bought factory eggs of course! I agree with all your tips.

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    1. Jared, sounds delicious and healthy!

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