There is nothing as refreshing and delicious as an ice-cold smoothie after a testing workout or for breakfast. However, sometimes it can be quite tricky to make one thanks to weird consistency, missing ingredients, and annoying clean up. However, there are many tricks that can help make your smoothie making routine more seamless. Check out these 16 smoothie hacks so you can easily whip up that tasty, nutritious drink at home.
Pick your liquid first
If you want a low-calorie smoothie, use purified or tap water as the liquid base. Alternatively, you can try green tea, fresh fruit juice from a juicer, or coconut water. If you prefer a thick, creamie smoothie, choose milk, be it regular, soy or almond.
If in doubt, go frozen
Freeze as many ingredients as possible so you can get the smoothest final drink possible or better still; add frozen fruits and veggies to give your drink a healthy boost without extra work necessary.
Add liquid gradually
When adding liquid to your smoothie, begin slowly. A nice starting point is to add half a cup of liquid for each serving. Adding too much liquid too quickly could make the smoothie watery and it’ll be difficult to thicken it back up.
Gather enough smoothie ingredients and freeze all of them together in a plastic baggie or muffin tin. This will decrease the time required for preparation, increasing the possibility that you’ll opt for a healthy smoothie instead of an unhealthy snack.
If you’ve added too much liquid base and want to make your smoothie thicker, try avocado, yogurt, chia seeds, oatmeal, or extra banana.
Healthy ways to sweeten
If you want your smoothie sweeter, try adding a very ripe banana (frozen or sliced), honey, stevia, agave or maple syrup.
Nut butter is better
Try to add some nut butter, such as almond butter or peanut butter to make the smoothie creamier.
Flair and flavor
If you’re looking to spice up your smoothie a little bit, try ginger, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or vanilla extract for a flavor-filled punch.
If you don’t like vegetables, this one is for you. Put some kale, broccoli or spinach in the blender if it’s difficult to have greens included in your diet. Choose the right recipe of green smoothie and sweeten it with apple, fruit juice or honey.
Protect the protein
Blending protein powder too much may diminish the impact. To add some protein to the smoothie, wait until the last moment after you’ve blended all the other ingredients.
Gain some grains
For a healthy way to begin your day, add a few spoons of cooked oatmeal or some rolled oats to your mixture. You should grind the oats in your blender in advance so you get a powder that doesn’t overshadow your smoothie’s texture.
Add ice last
If you intend to add some ice to your drink, make sure to do it last, after blending all the other ingredients. Don’t add it alongside other ingredients as it’ll make the smoothie watery rather than cold.
Use the right vessel
Find a glass or jar with a large opening. There are specially made smoothie jars, but you can also use portable mason jars. If you want to drink from a straw, ensure it’s wide enough and make sure to buy a straw brush to help you easily clean afterwards. If you’re not packing your smoothie to go out with it, freeze it for a refreshing beverage.
Protect your blades
While adding your ingredients randomly is not directly related to doing it wrongly, adding them in the right order can make the process more seamless and increase the life of your blender. Start with yogurt or liquid, then soft fruits, veggies, and ice last or on top. This lubricates the blades of the blender so they easily grind the tougher stuff. Use a blender that’s powerful, easy to use and easy to clean.
No need to pull out all the stops from the beginning. Start at the lowest speed of blender, and then gradually increase the speed whenever necessary. You’ll put less wear and tear on your blender’s blades or motor.
Save and keep away bananas
Got ripe bananas that you aren’t ready to munch just yet? Save them for future use by keeping them in your freezer. Be sure to peel and cut them into small pieces though, so it’s easier to toss them in your blender. You can also pair frozen slices of banana with almond butter, peanut butter or Nutella for a healthy desert.