SMOOTHIE MAKING 101
I get a lot of questions about how to make fruit and veggie smoothies, I have been making them for so long that I can be really creative with them and its super simple to me but I do realize that it seems pretty daunting to most people and they are very scared to mess it up and waste the ingredients they have purchased so here are a few tips to help get you on your way and gain some confidence with your blender. I do suggest investing in a high quality blender the top blenders I would suggest are VITAMIX-BLENDTEC-NINJA
They are well worth the investment. We have a vitamix and us it multiple times a day for smoothies,sauces,dips,soups ,ice cream etc.
If Your Smoothie Is Not Sweet Enough
Use a very ripe banana or other very ripe, sweet fruit (pineapple, strawberry, peach, kiwifruit, grapes) to sweeten. Or toss in a couple of dates or dries figs for added sweetness
If Your Smoothie Is Bitter or Tastes “Funky”
When you are just getting into adding green vegetables to your smoothies you may not be in love with the taste so start off with more sweeter fruits until you acquire a taste for it. Use pineapple, citrus fruits, or strawberries to cover up funky flavors. Keep in mind that not all berries will mask a bitter taste. Blackberries and blueberries may only enhance the bitter flavor. From my experience, I don’t recommend using green bell peppers, asparagus, or cauliflower in green smoothies. Broccoli works great if you have a high quality blender, I add raw or frozen broccoli all the time
If Your Smoothie Is Too Runny
Banana makes a great thickener, as do other base fruits like mango and cherries. Just a quarter of an avocado thickens up a smoothie nicely without adding too much fat. Try to avoid using too many water-rich fruits so that separation doesn’t occur while you are drinking it.
If Your Smoothie Is Too Thick
I’ve made smoothies that I had to eat with a spoon. It’s actually not really a problem. But if you really want a smoothie and want to drink it through a straw without giving yourself a headache, be cautious of the amount of base fruit you use. Also be sure to add enough liquid—and add more if needed.
Avoid using more than a quarter of an avocado in a green smoothie. If you add too much ice or frozen fruit to your smoothies, you always run the risk of turning it into ice cream. For this reason, I never use more than one serving of a frozen ingredient. For example, if I make a green smoothie with a frozen banana, I probably won’t use any other frozen ingredients. If your green smoothie turns out like ice cream or sorbet, try adding some room-temperature water and blend again.
Chocolate-Cherry Green Smoothie
· 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
· 1cup cherries fresh or frozen
· 1/4 avocado (without peel, pit)
· 1 1/2 cup raw beet, peeled
· 1 tablespoon cacao powder or cacao nibs
· 3 cups fresh baby spinach
· 8 ounces unsweetened coconut or almond milk