5 Useful Tips for Making a Perfect Smoothie at Home
Guest post by Kyla Stewart.
Ever since people became more conscious of their dietary choices, the health food industry has been on the bandwagon, selling overpriced salads, chicken dinners, and smoothies to unknowing customers.
It’s been a few years now, though. Why not stop spending so much at your local juice shop and start blending by yourself?
You only need three things – a liquid, a base, and a cooler. Then, you’re free to sprinkle whatever you want on top and make magic in your kitchen. Let’s check out some rules to follow for making your drink pop every time.
Choose the Right Ingredients
Apart from saving you money, one of the top reasons to blend at home is that you get complete control of everything you’re putting in your body.
However, if you’re not careful, your meal can quickly turn into a milkshake. So, focus on healthy smoothie ingredients to maximize the benefits.
When it comes to the base, you can use veggies for an extra health boost or go traditional and use ripe bananas. Some options for adding flavor include:
- Any berry type
- Melons, papayas, or mangoes
- Peaches or nectarines
- Kiwi slices
The liquid you use for the recipe depends on the other ingredients you used, but it can be anything from fruit juice to coconut water.
Add Tasty Thickeners
The thickness of your smoothies tends to be a good measure of how nutritionally-dense they are. Adding thickeners is an excellent option to boost your protein and healthy fat intake.
Nut butter is an affordable, accessible option. You could also try:
- Flaxseeds or wheat germs (mix them separately first to extract the nutrients)
- Silken tofu
- Chickpeas or white beans
Supplementation works well for busy people, too. They can take your meal on the go to the next level, especially if you go for natural ingredients. The boosters from Blender Bombs, for example, bring exotic tastes and health benefits of goji berries, coconut, and even aloe to your regular smoothie.
Get a Good Blender
You don’t have to visit the appliance store as soon as you start toying with the idea of at-home blending. As you get more into it, a high-quality blender can make a world of difference.
As the experts at Bill Lentis explain, blenders for smoothies have specific settings that provide the right consistency and texture.
If you’re going for a more general-use appliance, be sure to get one with a high-speed mode. You’ll also need several blending settings for leafy greens.
Follow Recipes at First
Not managing to get your breakfast right on a busy morning can be discouraging and send you back to the store. So, take your time to practice and find some recipes that sound tasty.
Getting the ingredient balance right is especially important for green smoothie fans. If you use too much, you’ll end up with a healthy but chunky drink.
Follow instructions and start experimenting when you feel confident for a more stress-free experience.
Sprinkle Some Toppings
Once you have your blended deliciousness in a cup, treat yourself with some toppings. They’ll make your smoothie tastier, more nutritious, and worth posting about on Instagram.
Explore healthy filling toppings and try ones that meet your nutritional requirements and preferences. You can even go for the ones your favorite shop puts on your drink of choice.
Finally, remember that your first few attempts won’t come out exactly how you expected. That doesn’t mean they won’t be tasty, though. Embrace the variety, play around with flavors, and work to create your version of the smoothie you used to buy at Starbucks.