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Last updated: August 4, 2020
Whether you’re planning to start a healthier routine or a home culinary journey, you can bet that one of the easiest things you can make in the kitchen is a smoothie.
Popular belief dictates that smoothies are created just by tossing everything nice and nutritious in and letting the blender do its magic.
That may work, but being a health enthusiast with a dream to be a culinary smoothie specialist, I surely want my smoothies to be perfect. And making that perfect smoothie takes effort and a not so rigid process.
If you want the most nutritional value in a creamy, decadent smoothie masterpiece, here are my tips and secrets I want to share to level up your smoothie game!
8 Practical Smoothie Blending Tips
Here we go, 8 practical tips to create that perfect smoothie, with the most delicious flavors and the best texture. Every single time.
1. Start With the Liquids
Putting ice or frozen fruits in first may be one of the most common mistakes a smoothie lover can make. Trust me, I’ve been there.
The blender is of course an essential part in the process, and we want to keep the blades in the blender sharp and functional. Putting in the base liquids first helps to avoid the blades from being damaged by ice, frozen fruits, or other hard ingredients.
With a good liquid base, your blender can give a wonderful swirl to your ingredients, giving your smoothie a nice consistency while taking in all those mixed flavors.
Your base liquids can be anything from water to milk or almond milk. I usually prefer almond milk since it’s low in calories and sugar, but high in Vitamin E and other essential nutrients.
Adding 1 to 3 teaspoons of natural sweetener like honey also makes the smoothie more delightful especially when you’re adding some greens in it.
The amount of liquid needed to achieve that decadent smoothie is usually 3/4 to 1 cup of the liquid of your choice when you’re planning to blend it with 2 to 3 cups of frozen fruit.
2. Be Generous With Those Greens and Veggies
Greens like kale, celery or spinach are healthy but they also have a tendency to turn smoothies into bitter tasting drinks with unfavorable texture. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The secret in incorporating nutritious greens with your smoothie recipes is to freeze those veggies because they become milder in taste when they’re frozen.
Add them in after the base liquid and before the fruits and other ingredients. Make sure to remove the woody stems and hard center ribs so as to not affect the consistency of your smoothie.
Since green leafy vegetables take more time to break down, start blending your base liquid with your greens before you push through with the other ingredients.
I recommend to add in 1 large cup of greens so you can reap their nutritional benefits without overpowering the sweetness of the fruits or added sweeteners.
3. Level It up With Some (Greek) Yogurt
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is packed with probiotics that are great for digestion. Greek yogurt is an effective workout recovery food with a good amount of protein, calcium and potassium.
More than its health benefits, adding in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt to my smoothies makes them creamier and thicker.
Its sour taste balances out the sweetness from the fruits and the often somewhat bitter taste of vegetables.
4. Make Your Smoothie Extra Creamy With Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese sounds like such a bizarre addition to a smoothie, but it can actually make it creamier and decadent.
With cottage cheese’s neutral flavor, you also don’t have to worry too much about it ruining the flavors of your smoothie.
What’s great about this surprising ingredient is that it’s a great source of protein and also fits perfectly in any weight loss diet.
This healthy ingredient reinforces the smoothie principle: Don’t judge the recipe unless you tried it!
5. Add in Those Frozen Fruits
One of the best things about smoothies is that creamy texture that makes drinking them so pleasant, while your taste buds are busy enjoying the burst of flavors.
To achieve that perfect smoothie texture with all the right flavors, I usually go for frozen fruits, instead of using fresh ones combined with ice.
Using 2 to 2 1/2 cups of frozen fruits prevents my smoothie from being watered down and losing the rich flavors in the process.
However, ice can still be helpful if your smoothie ends up a bit too thick, or otherwise a bit too sweet. Adding in 1 small cup of ice can quickly solve those issues.
Also note that bananas and avocados can also make your smoothie much thicker creamier, if you’re aiming for that creamier end result.
6. Boost That Smoothie With Powerful Add-Ins
When I make my smoothies, I want to make sure that I get as many different nutrients in as possible. One easy way to achieve that is by adding in some powerful extra ingredients.
Chia seeds for example are rich in protein and antioxidants, and adding these to my smoothies makes me feel incredible satisfied for quite a few hours after drinking.
Flax seeds are also a perfect addition to a smoothie, with a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins from the fruits and vegetables.
Not only do these smoothie add-ins add lots of nutritional value to your smoothie, they also embellish the drinking experience with their texture and crunch.
Sometimes I also toss in some almonds because they’re a great source of dietary fiber and they’re also great for weight loss. Not to mention, blended almonds add in another level of creaminess to the drink.
Oh, and ginger. Never forget ginger. Not only does ginger add a powerful flavor to your smoothie, you also get to enjoy lots of extra nutritional value.
7. Start Blending at Low Speed
I know, it’s so tempting to ramp up the blender on high speed, and get it all done as quickly as possible.
But not only can blending at high speed cause damage to your blender, you also run the risk of ending up with a smoothie with chunks of fruits and veggies not blended well with the3 other ingredients.
A perfectly blended smoothie is created when you start blending low and speeding it up a little bit every 30 seconds until you reach that desired consistency.
This way, you’re sure that all ingredients are well blended, giving you that smooth texture with flavors that are thoroughly and deliciously incorporated in the mixture.
8. Layering Makes All the Difference
As much as we want to put and blend everything in to make our lives easier, creating a smoothie masterpiece that every smoothie lover deserves entails following a certain order before blending.
This is the layered process I typically follow:
- Natural sweeteners:
- Soft ingredients:
- Frozen fruits:
- Extra ingredients:
- Add some ice:
As stated, start with the liquids. Whether it’s almond milk, coconut juice, plain water, or any other type of liquid you prefer, drop it in the blender before the other ingredients.
Add in some natural sweetener or protein powder after the liquids.
Next, toss in your greens and veggies. Blend them for 30 seconds or more before topping it up with the next ingredients. Mind you, this is optional, depending on how strong you blender is. If you have a powerful blender, you don’t need to blend at this stage yet.
Add in some of your favorite soft ingredients, like yogurt or cottage cheese, for that extra creamy goodness.
Now it’s time for the frozen fruits. Make sure you pick a few different ones to get a mix of flavors.
If you have some add-on ingredients, such as ginger, chia seeds or almonds, now is a good time to add them in the blender.
Add some ice on top and blend it all together for a nice and thick smoothie consistency. Start with a lower speed, and finish the blending job with 30 seconds at high speed.
Hopefully you’ve been able to pick up some useful smoothie tips here, but I’d love to hear your blending tips also, so don’t hold back to comment or email me.
If you’re keen to try out more great smoothie recipes, here are some really good lists with excellent smoothies:
- Delicious smoothie recipes with Greek yogurt
- Nutritious breakfast smoothie recipes
- Tasty smoothie recipes with avocado