Smoothies packed with much-needed vitamins and minerals are an excellent way to start the day. Here are some basic tips and tricks to be certain that your smoothies are tasty and nutritious.
1. Use the right kind of blender
Individual blenders are the best way to go for making smoothies on-the-go. Otherwise, a standard smoothie blender does the job okay.
2. Know the ingredient ratios
Start off by adding two cups of a liquid foundation to your smoothie-making.
Remember to add the liquid foundation first into your blender before adding in the remaining ingredients. This will protect the blender’s blades from being ruined.
The next step is to add 3/4 cup of your favorite fruit. You can use bananas as a foundation flavor for any type of smoothie to give it a creamy and soft consistency. Mangoes, melons, grated apples or pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums are great alternatives. You might need to add more fruit or liquid to get the consistency and texture that you’re aiming for.
For an additional bit of sweetness, you can add in agave syrup, honey or maple syrup. Finally, adding some ice cubes to the blender will result in a smoothie that is thick and frosty.
3. Preserve fruits by freezing them
In love with fruit smoothies? Why not store them in the freezer so you always have a smoothie ready. Freezing fruits is helpful since it will keep the nutrients and flavors. What’s more? You don’t need to add some ice into the blender as the fruits will turn your smoothie cold.
Bananas can turn brown in your fruit basket very fast. To preserve and prolong their shelf life, peel and slice your bananas, put them on a sheet of baking paper and freeze them until they turn solid. Store your banana pieces in sandwich bags so you can always put in a frozen banana chunk or two when you need them to make a smoothie.
Fruits such as strawberries and melons don’t freeze well, but it’s alright to freeze them if you are just going to add them to your smoothies. If you’re craving for flavors, take a look at the smoothie packs available at local supermarkets. A good alternative is offered by these packages as they can give you a nice mix of fruits which go well together.
4. Explore other ingredients to elevate your smoothie
Now you can experiment to jazz up your smoothies as soon as you’ve gotten the basic smoothie recipes down pat. Add some vanilla essence, cocoa powder, grated nutmeg or cinnamon to level up your drink. For texture and added crunch, a few sprinkles of whole oats, toasted carrot seeds or chopped nuts will do the job. In addition, these are packed with healthy fats and fiber to keep you full for a long time.
5. Make your smoothies more healthy
Add some veggies. Fruits contain a natural sweetness that blends very well with different sorts of vegetables. For a healthy smoothie, you can combine together spinach, banana, grated apple, coconut water, and kiwi. Or you may add or change some of the ingredients with grated beetroot, avocados, tomatoes, carrot or kale, depending on what you are craving for.
Add some protein to your lunch or morning smoothies for a meal that is well-balanced. Mixing in a spoonful of tofu, protein powder, peanut or other nut butter can offer your smoothie an additional boost in protein. Do not mix in raw eggs in your smoothies, as the protein found in eggs are absorbed into our bodies better when they’re properly cooked.