It’s likely you have noticed the buzz about smoothies. Smoothies are simple drinks consisting of a cocktail of various vegatables and fruits, often with a liquid plus some creamy base mixed in for good measures.
Smoothies taste yummy. And what’s more, is that they also possess a large amount of amazing benefits such as minerals and vitamins that are missing from our diets too frequently these days. By just including a handy smoothie to your diet and having this once daily, you can greatly improve your general health, your body structure and your immune system and energy!
So how do you make them?
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The first thing you will need of course is a smoothie maker or a blender. This is what you are going to use to mush up your ingredients into a pulp, and of course, you need something powerful to ensure this can be done quickly and easily. Think too about how easy the smoothie will be to dispense and to wash afterward. The Nutribullet is a very popular product right now because it allows you to just remove the top of your blender to take with you like a bottle!
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Next, you need to choose a liquid. This is of course what will make your smoothie runny and what will make it a drink. The more liquid you add, the runnier your smoothie will be of course, and this comes down to personal preference. The norm is to add somewhere between 1-2 cups.
Good examples of liquids include juices, water, milk, ice and even tea. There are different benefits of each, so have a long hard think about which you want to try and how this will go with the other ingredients you have planned.
The next part is the base. This is the ‘main ingredient, ’ and it is what is going to provide the consistency of your smoothie – i.e. what will make it smooth! You need to choose something that has the right creaminess while also offering a good flavor (as this will likely be the most dominant flavor in the drink) and also lots of health benefits.
Popular choices include banana, mango, peach, avocado, yogurt, and ice!
From there, it’s then a matter of picking your fruits and vegetables! You can do this yourself and simply think about what is likely to work and what isn’t that likely to work against the base and liquid you’ve chosen. Otherwise, you might choose your fruits based on the different nutritional properties they can offer you.
If you aren’t willing to experiment on your own, then, of course, you can also try turning to a recipe instead. There are plenty on the web, so you shouldn’t be stuck for inspiration for too long!
You will need a mix of several fruits. Most smoothie enthusiasts use a banana along with couple of other sorts of fresh or frozen fruit. You may use peaches, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or another type of fruit you like. Don’t forget to get some low-fat or non-fat yogurt as well.
Yogurt comes with nutrients and is great for creating the rich and creamy texture in smoothies. You might want to add some fresh fruit juice to a smoothie, so include your favorite variety to the cart as well. Get protein powder or supplements as desired.
Finally, consider a few different extras to give your smoothie that extra kick. You can add garnishes for instance or even nuts to make it cute, or how about sweetening it with a little honey?