Learning how to make a smoothie is easy, especially a basic smoothie. Easy smoothie recipes and tips will help you make a fantastic smoothie in no time flat!
It's not difficult to learn to make a smoothie or to start making them so often that you quickly develop your favorite smoothie recipes.
Before we talk about how to make a smoothie, let's talk about the difference between smoothies and Fruit and Vegetable Juicing, whether you need a Blender or Juicer, and what ingredients you can put in a smoothie.
Smoothies vs. Juices
Smoothies made with healthy smoothie recipes and fresh juices are very healthy, but there are some differences. A blender will blend the entire fruit or vegetable – except, most of the time, for thicker skins like those on apples and mangoes. This means you get the fiber content of the fruit as well as all the natural enzymes and such.
Of course, when it comes to how to make a smoothie, you can use just about any fruit or vegetable in your smoothie, but you're more likely to go heavier on the fruits and save the vegetables for juicing.
Juicing extracts the pulp – all the fiber – and leaves the other nutrients behind. Juices aren't filling, but it's not a good idea to go too heavy on the fruits in juices. This is because juices take out the fiber, and your body absorbs the fruit juice too fast – giving you a sugar high and a sugar crash!
With a smoothie, you can use as much fruit as you want because you have the fiber to protect you from crazy blood sugar levels.
Blender or Juicer?
If you're going to make smoothies, you need a good, high-quality blender. A hand held blender like KitchenAid Immersion Blender can work, too, for most things, but you can't make a smoothie in a juicer. Hamilton Beach Blenders can be great, affordable options for first-time smoothie makers.
Before we talk about the basics of how to make a smoothie, let's talk about what you put in one. There are TONS of things you can put in a smoothie. It's important that you think about what you'd like in your personal smoothie before you learn how to make a smoothie. Here's a list of potential smoothie ingredients:
Most people like fruit-based smoothies, although vegetable and green smoothies are a great way to get your veggie consumption up, too!
- Blackberries and Raspberries
- Any fruit you can think of, really!
Check out our healthy fruit smoothie recipes:
There aren't a lot of vegetables that go well in a smoothie, but dark leafy greens are great. Hide their flavor behind strong berry flavors, and you can have a salad in a glass without even tasting it!
- Collard Greens
- Other dark leafy greens
Check out also our recipes in Green Smoothie Recipe
All smoothies need some liquid, if only to make the blending process easier. Here are some great options:
Emulsifiers are things that make smoothies creamier. Frozen fruits can work for creamy smoothies, but these emulsifiers make your smoothie even richer:
The best part about learning how to make a smoothie is that you can put almost anything healthy in one. Here are some popular add ons for smoothies that make them even healthier:
- Wheatgrass Powder
- Whey powder or other protein powder
- Acai powder
- Powdered multivitamins
- Peanut butter
- Ground flaxseed
If it's healthy and it can be blended, it can be added to a healthy smoothie!
Now that you know what to put in a smoothie, learn how to make a smoothie! It's good to start out with a recipe so you can proportion ingredients correctly. Once you're an expert smoothie maker, you can make up your own recipes with all your favorite ingredients.
Step One: Prepare your ingredients. Wash and peel fruits and vegetables, and cut them up into reasonably sized pieces. The size you need to cut them to depends on your blender. (Note: I also like using bagged frozen fruit with no sugar added if I'm in a hurry or on a tight budget. These take no prep time at all!)
Step Two: Put the liquid in the blender first. Then layer in the rest of your ingredients, putting some of the softer ones on the bottom. Leave out the powdered ingredients until last. (Note: If you're using a hand held blender, reverse this process so the liquid and softer ingredients are on top!)
Step Three: Blend until smooth and thick.
Step Four: While blending, add in ice cubes if you want the thickness of your smoothie to be greater. For some blenders, you'll need to use the ice chop or pulse function to get the ice smoothed out.
Step Five: Add in powdered ingredients for your healthy smoothie recipe, and blend them in thoroughly.
Step Six: Enjoy!
If you have leftover smoothie, you can sometimes freeze it or leave it in an airtight container for up to two days. It's best to enjoy it right away, though, so start learning how much your favorite smoothie recipe makes. In this way you know exactly how much to put in it - for just one or two people using a basic smoothie recipe.
Now that you know how to make a smoothie, you can start trying out different easy smoothie recipes and ingredient combinations.
If you're interested in green smoothies, start with fewer green ingredients, and gradually work your way up to a more-green, less-fruit smoothie. Eventually, you'll get so used to the taste of the greens that you'll barely notice they're even there!
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