There are two reasons we love smoothies at the moment:
a) It’s just been the Christmas holidays and we ate the equivalent of three hundred and seventy two Epic Chocolate Cakes in one week.
b) They make us think about SUMMER and we love summer more than Olaf the snowman.
So now that you know that, read on. We’ll tell you all you need to know about how to make a smoothie. We also have some handy recipes along the way to help you with the basics.
1. CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON
Be it a big blender or a small hand held one, you will need some sort of blending device to embark on the epic smoothie battle. You can pick them up cheaply. Just make sure you invest in a good one if you’re serious about the game.
2. GET BACK TO BASE
The home ground is your most important territory. Choose your fruit and veg wisely as it can go a tad wrong down the line. You want to ensure that you have the right balance if you actually want it to taste good. Berries do a good job of masking out tastes like kale and avocado. But if you’re adding carrots, it’s a struggle to hide the little orange monsters.
Why not try a Two Tone Smoothie so you can experiment with two flavours!
3. SLURP OR DIE
Dairy? Soy? Plant based mixers like almond or coconut milk? Plain old water? A lot depends on the base. For example, you don’t want to mix too many citrus based fruits with dairy in case of a curdling situation. Play cupid and matchmake your ingredients to perfection.
4. LET LOOSE
Blend up the fruit and veg, then add the liquid gradually afterwards. This is so you can decide on the consistency you would like to achieve.You can’t unbake a cake and you certainly can’t unblend a smoothie. Add some ice cubes in for a slushy chilled effect.
5. SWEEEEET. JOB DONE.
Fruit has natural sugars anyway, so don’t add any more sugar! If you want to balance out sharp or bitter flavours, try natural syrups or even a bit of honey.
And finally…. experiment!
Go green with Healthy Cucumber Smoothies.
You thought we were done there, didn’t you? WELL NO. Here are five more tricks that we have up our sleeves for the ultimate smoothie:
1. GO FROZEN
Freeze your fruit first! Then you won’t need to add in any ice cubes will you? You can even buy pre frozen fruit at the supermarket- guaranteed to save you money. Kerching.
2. GET EXTRA GAINZ
Add nasty tasting but nutritious stuff in teaspoons to your mix. Think spirulina, chia seeds, flax seeds… a smoothie is one of the best ways to achieve your five a day and you won’t even taste it!
3. GO NUTS FOR BUTTER
If you’re using a dairy, soy or plant based mixer, add some nut butter like peanut or cashew for a thick milkshake texture. You won’t even believe what you’re drinking is healthy.
4. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Sweet, warming spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice can add a whole new level to your life.
Get the recipe for smoothie bowls here.
5. TURN IT INTO A BOWL
You heard me. Pour your smoothie into a bowl and play about with crazy toppings. You don’t even need to stay healthy. A bit of a granola and chocolate can make a boring smoothie into an indulgent breakfast treat.
We have so many smoothie recipes on SORTEDfood but we could always do with a few more. Get uploading your recipes! And you can also upload photos of your awesome smoothie bowls on our app! Yes! We have an app!