How to Make a Delicious Smoothie
Smoothies are the perfect Year-Round Snack or Meal
Summer is hot, and smoothies make the ultimate cool, healthy, and refreshing snack or meal. They are so simple to make and the variations are endless that you'll never get bored. In under 5 minutes, you can have a tall, creamy smoothie ready to enjoy on a hot summer day. Your family and friends will love them and will keep coming back for more!
You can also use them to get a healthy start on the day for a quick and easy breakfast all year 'round. I can very often be found enjoying one even in the winter, cuddled up under a blanket with my cats and in front of the heater. They're just so healthy, delicious and easy to make that I can't resist.
Basic Smoothie Recipe
The basic smoothie recipe is very simple. Add the following into a blender:
Frozen Fruit (Banana/mango/strawberry/kiwi, etc).
Liquid (milk/water/orange juice/soy milk/ walnut or almond milk) or Yogurt.
Protein/Fat (avocado/ silk tofu/ nuts/ seeds). I recommend ordering nuts and seeds from Iherb. A huge selection, often free shipping and excellent prices.
Something sweet (ice cream/sugar/honey).
Greens-pack your smoothie full of nutrients (Kale/Spinach/ Lettuce/ Beet Greens/ Cabbage)
Just mix in the blender until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary for happy blending, but don't add too much juice or milk because it can really increase the calories quickly. I recommend a small amount of those things and then add water for the rest. Be sure to use a spatula to scrape down the edges so everything mixes well.
Add-Ons for your Smoothie
In order to make your smoothie healthier or heartier, you can add in a handful of some optional ingredients:
-tofu (the dessert kind)
-nuts (almonds/walnuts are good)
-spinach, kale or other greens
To sugar or not sugar?
Preparation is key to making smoothies
In order to make a delicious smoothie, you'll need to use frozen fruit. You can buy this at the store, already prepared for you, but it can often be cheaper to buy fruit in season and process it yourself. However, don't just wash the fruit and throw it in the freezer. Take the time to make it ready to put directly into the blender.
For example: cut the tops off strawberries, peel bananas or take the time to dry raspberries individually. You can do this by laying berries flat in a Ziploc bag, spread out in a single layer. When they're frozen, break them up and you shouldn't have a massive clump.