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Preparing a nutritious green smoothie that not only tastes good but also has that perfect texture is not as easy as it may seem.
I used to mix all sorts of ingredients together in my blender, hoping something magical would come out of it. But all too often my smoothies ended up tasting bad or they would be too thick.
So how can you avoid making the mistakes I made? By sticking to a good smoothie ratio that works for you. A proven smoothie ratio that guarantees a healthy drink with a creamy texture and a good balance of nutrients.
Why Is Making a Good Smoothie So Difficult?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that creating a smoothie is easy. Simply throw a bunch of fruits and greens in a blender, add some water or milk, and the blender will do the rest.
Unfortunately though, blending a nutritious green smoothie that is also delicious is not always that simple. A lot can go wrong in the process!
There are a lot of things to consider, such as flavors, texture and nutritional value. Some ingredients don’t work well with others, some ingredients have too strong flavors, and then there’s ingredients that can mess with the texture of your green smoothie.
Chia seeds and avocados for example can make your smoothies very thick, so you’d need to be careful with how much you put in there.
You also need to find a good balance of sweet fruits and leafy greens. We all love the sweetness of fruit, but it’s the vegetables that typically provide the most nutrients.
A lot of this comes down to experience. The more often you blend, the better you’ll be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for you.
I personally also keep track of recipes that worked and that I liked, just so that I can easily make them again in the future.
The Perfect Smoothie Ratio
Let’s be honest, the perfect smoothie ratio doesn’t really exist. A lot of this depends on what your personal preferences are.
But even though it’s hard to cater for everyone’s taste buds, a good smoothie ratio does help with creating a good texture and a good balance of nutrients in your green smoothie.
A smoothie ratio works like a formula, or a template. A lot of people create smoothies based on their past experiences.
As mentioned, the smoothie ratio functions like a template that you can keep re-using for new green smoothies. It forms the basis of all of your green creations.
The below smoothie ratio works quite well for me, and I typically use it as a guideline for all of my own recipes. It’s a template that allows me to create an endless amount of variations.
This template serves two people. Also note that the ingredients go into the blender in corresponding order, with softer ingredients closer to the blades at the bottom.
Every smoothie needs liquid in order to blend everything together. I personally prefer to add plain water, as it doesn’t interfere with the flavors of the smoothie.
Alternatively you can use milk, or almond milk. If you like a bit more sweetness, use coconut water or orange juice. Green tea is also a fantastic ingredient to use a base for your smoothies.
You can mix water with any of these other types of liquids.
You can literally blend any type of fruit you want, but just be mindful that some fruits are a lot sweeter than other fruits. And fruits can also impact the texture of your smoothie. For example, bananas can make smoothies a bit thicker.
It’s worth freezing in portions of chopped up fruits, not only to make it easier to get the ingredients together, but also to keep your smoothie nice and cold.
This is my favorite part because leafy greens tend to provide the most nutrients. And blending greens is the best and easiest way to get those vital nutrients in!
Example of vegetables that I often blend in my smoothies are spinach, collard greens, beet greens and kale.
Same as with fruits, some vegetables are a bit harder to blend and can result in increased thickness. Carrots for example are not the easiest ingredient to blend, and may require a bit more water.
Some leafy greens are actually quite protein rich, but adding a handful of nuts or chia seeds can give your smoothie a real protein boost.
Other protein rich sources suitable to add to your smoothies are hemp seeds, nut butters and spirulina powder.
When preparing a smoothie, I am always keen to add extra ingredients just to add more nutrients and flavors.
Some of these smoothie add-ins have very powerful flavors, so it’s important to be conservative when adding these.
Typically, one tablespoon worth of these types of extras is more than enough.
6. Ice Cubes
Adding a handful of ice cubes at the top is an absolute must to keep the temperature of your smoothie low.
A green smoothie should be cold and fresh, and ice cubes really help with that.