A Guide On How To Make Smoothies! If you are looking into getting into smoothies, but have got no idea where to start – we have some good news for you!
It’s not difficult at all, however, we do have some principles that we use to make our smoothies which we will share.
First Things First – What is A Smoothie?
A smoothie, or smoothy, is a drink made from raw fruit and/or vegetables, using a blender. A smoothie often has a liquid base such as fruit juice, water, dairy products, such as milk, yogurt. Smoothies sometimes also include additional sweeteners, such as honey, and maple syrup, etc. Other ingredients can be added such as protein powders, chocolate, nutritional supplements. nut butters, among others by personal choice.
But the core base is – the main element, either the fruit or a vegetable, followed by liquid to make it ‘pure-able’ and drinkable. All the rest is optional.
The key things we follow when we make our smoothies:
When you make a smoothie, you really don’t want a watery drink, hence the reason we always consider the thickness; what is our thickness element? Usually, it’s banana, but there are other things that can provide thickness, such as chia seeds. Flax seeds, cooked sweet potato, starchy fruit, and nut butters, such as peanut butter.
When we figure out the thickness, we think sweetness. If we use fruit in our smoothie, we try not to add any additional sweeteners. However, if you have chocolate present, you may need to add an additional sweetness to break through the richness of the chocolate.
Then, finally, last but not least – the taste! The most important factor really. How do we determine the taste? We try to use the right combination for flavors ( right combination of fruit or veg )
For example, if you have spinach in your smoothie, you don’t want to taste spinach water, right? So, that’s where think about what else to add to balance it all off nicely.
Health Benefits Of Smoothies
If made without added tons of sugar or any unhealthy ingredients, but purely natural ingredients, then the benefits are many!
1. Provide you with your daily dose of fruits and veg
2. Smoothies pack tons of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion and overall health
3.They can also keep your blood sugar in check
4.Smoothies provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals your body requires
5. Smoothies can aid weight-loss
Smoothies are a delicious and convenient way to pack a ton of nutrition into an easy, portable meal. Again, only if you choose natural healthy ingredients.
Avoid adding processed ingredients, too many sugars, and be mindful of how many calories your smoothies contain. They can easily fool you into thinking it’s just a drink, but if not careful, smoothies can contain a lot of calories which can lead to unwanted weight gain.
Types Of Smoothies:
1. Green Smoothies – it’s the most popular.
2. Protein Smoothies – usually made using protein powders
3. Fruit Smoothies – using fresh or frozen fruits, often mixed with juice or water
4. Chocolate Smoothies – normally mixed with cacao or cocoa powder, with banana and a sweetener.
5. Veggie Smoothies – made out of vegetables, leafy greens. Some of the components of the veggie smoothie might be cooked beforehand.
Oh, and there are also smoothie bowls!
But what is a smoothie bowl, you may wonder?
It’s the same as any other smoothies, but instead of serving it in a glass cup, you serve it in a bowl and add toppings to it.
Smoothie bowls tend to be thicker as well They are eaten with a spoon.
What Are The Steps Of Making Your Own Smoothies?
Homemade smoothies are one of the easiest things to make in the kitchen. In fact, there are only 6 simple steps.
- Choose your ingredients
- Wash the fruits and vegetables. Peeling, removing pits, seeds, and bad spots as needed.
- Place the selected ingredients into your blender. Measure and add the liquid of choice as needed.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste, adjusting as needed until it’s perfect.
- Pour into your serving glass cups and enjoy!
Always taste! That’s the secret to cooking in general. Taste, and adjust whenever needed!
You can buy smoothies at the shops, but we do not recommend it, they can be very expensive, and sometimes have concentrated juices and not 100% whole fruit.
Homemade smoothies normally only take about 5 minutes to make. They come out a lot healthier and cheaper.
Homemade smoothies are a tasty way to add extra servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Whether you are looking for a delicious way to start your day or just need a healthier afternoon snack, knowing how to make a smoothie is a great way to expand your culinary knowledge and build your kitchen confidence.
So this was our guide on On How To Make Smoothies! We hope it helped you, and hopefully converted you to start making your own smoothies.