How to Make the Perfect Smoothie
Smoothies have become incredibly popular over recent years, and for good reason. When made as part of a healthy diet, these delicious, rich and creamy drinks are packed with vitamins, nutrients and all kinds of other good-for-you stuff. They’re a great way to get your daily allotment of fruits and veggies, fill you up, provide you with energy to get through the day and are awesome for grabbing on the go. In fact, we’ve shared a number of tasty smoothie recipes on our Facebook page recently.
But what’s the best way to make a smoothie? Is it ok to simply toss everything into the blender and just hit the button? Well, in some cases, sure. To really make the perfect concoction, however, there are certain tricks of the trade to keep in mind. Let’s take a look
Get Your Ratios Right.
Most smoothies call for some kind of liquid, whether it’s milk, juice, coconut water or some other type of dairy-free alternative, like soy or almond milk. It’s recommended that liquids be added to the blender first, prior to adding in all the other solid ingredients, as this can help to protect the blade. Add in your veggies and/or fruit in the amount that your recipe of choice indicates, followed by extras, like seeds, natural sweeteners and ice. Keep in mind that the produce you choose may require you to adjust the amount of liquid you need accordingly. And, of course, you can play around with these ratios to suit your taste as well.
Use frozen ingredients.
Most smoothies are meant to be served cold, and some even call for ice. You can speed up the cooling process and, in some cases, eliminate the need for additional ice by using frozen fruits and vegetables. This is also a great idea for those who want to enjoy smoothies more often, such as daily or several times per week. Frozen produce provides more options and eliminates the hassle of having to buy fresh produce all the time, as well as the risk and expense of spoilage. And, thankfully, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious, so you won’t have to sacrifice any health benefits.
Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Many people are pleasantly surprised at how deliciously certain ingredients – such as sweet fruits and savory vegetables – blend together in a smoothie. If you see a smoothie recipe that looks really good except for that one thing you don’t like, it’s ok to substitute. In fact, most recipes offer a variety of suggested alternatives, such as substituting almond milk for dairy or swapping one leafy green for another. And don’t be afraid to experiment a little, like adding in a spoonful of cocoa or protein powder, vanilla essence, flaxseeds, whole oats or anything else that piques your interest. Chances are you’ll be delighted with the outcome.
What’s your favorite way to make a smoothie? Which ingredients are on your ‘must-include’ list? Why not whip one up today with one or more of our Hanover Foods frozen veggies. It’s a great, tasty way to get healthier. Bottoms up!