“Today, Uncle Leo demonstrates how to make a smoothie.”
I love making smoothies. Once I figured out the right way, they became a part of my routine. I had more energy, lost weight, and was generally a happier person.
There are three keys to making a good smoothie:
- Liquid ingredients first
- Half should be frozen
- Use a recipe in the beginning
How to Make a Smoothie Key #1: Liquid Ingredients First
Even the best blenders, like my Vitamix, work best when the liquid ingredients are added first. It allows the solid ingredients to fall down onto the blade. Adding liquid ingredients first will make your smoothie making easier. It’s easier on your and easier on your blender.
Many smoothie recipes use milk. In every case, you can choose what type of milk to use. The healthiest type of milk is almond milk. It is non-dairy, soy-free and does not have any casein. And, with the fortification process, it has just as much calcium as a glass of cow’s milk.
Yogurt is often used in smoothie recipes, too. This can go in first with the liquid ingredients. While many yogurts are quite unhealthy, some aren’t too bad. Greek yogurt with no added sugar or corn syrup is best. For those that eat dairy-free, there are yogurts made from almond milk, soy (avoid if you are a guy), and coconut.
In addition, many smoothie recipes use liquid pasteurized egg whites. They are completely safe to consume because they’re pasteurized, just like milk. They are cholesterol free and fat free. And, they bind very well with smoothie ingredients, so helps get the perfect smoothie consistency. Get liquid pasteurized egg whites at your grocery store or order them online.
How to Make a Smoothie Key #2: Half Frozen
Smoothies should be made with half liquid and half frozen ingredients. Certainly, it depends on many other conditions like room temperature, elevation and refrigerator settings. But, I found this general rule-of-thumb to help me consistently make perfect smoothies.
Frozen fruit works very well in smoothies. All grocers have frozen fruit perfect for smoothie making. Frozen mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries seem to be the best. Frozen fruit is a good purchase because you know it won’t spoil. What’s more, putting fresh fruit that’s about to spoil in the freezer is a great way to save money and have the freshest ingredients in your smoothies. Bananas are great for that.
Ice is used as needed. If you already have half frozen ingredients, you might not need to add any ice. If you are making a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, you’ll need more ice to get the consistency right.
How to Make a Smoothie Key #3: Use a recipe at first
Smoothie making is an art. All artists had to start with coloring books. It’s important, at first, to stay within the lines and follow the instructions. Use a recipe at first. You will quickly find success and be able to build upon the momentum.
As you begin to explore smoothie making, you’ll figure out some general rules. Here are a few I’ve figured out.
- Yogurt mixes best with citrus fruits.
- Stevia is necessary to bring out the flavors.
- Fresh fruit is good, but frozen fresh fruit is better
- Flaxseed is great in smoothies for added fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids
Find one recipe that you like and stick with it. The number one thing I hear from people is that they make the same one every day. Once they want some variety, they’ll find a second recipe. But for most people who are busy, having the same smoothie for breakfast or after a workout saves time and energy.
So what are you waiting for? Find a smoothie recipe and go make one!