Everyone wants to be in the best of health. They want to look and feel their best. If you plan on consuming smoothies to improve your health then it is important to know the best way to make smoothies which are creamy, delicious and healthy. Learning to make your own smoothies not only saves you money but you’ll be able to monitor and control the ingredients and the amount of ingredients you use. The smoothies that you see at the supermarket, juice bars or fast food restaurants may save you preparation time but are normally packed with unhealthy ingredients, sugar and added calories. These factors can certainly affect and hinder your weight loss goals.
Including healthy smoothies in your daily diet can be very beneficial for your body. Smoothies are a healthy meal and unless made properly chances are you may ruin your weight loss goals or you may not enjoy it. Smoothies are not difficult to prepare and are actually very easy to make. You can make the perfect smoothie is just seconds. The steps required to make the perfect smoothie are detailed below.
Step 1: You’ll need a Blender
The best way to achieve a creamy and consistent smoothie is by using a blender. However, you can make smoothies without a blender. You may use a food processor or simply do it manually by using your hands. If you don’t have a blender but still want to make healthy smoothies then I’d recommend that you check out an earlier post about, how to make smoothies without a blender. If you plan on getting a blender, please do consider these tips on how to choose a good blender to make your smoothies, by reading this article.
Step 2: Choose a Smoothie Recipe and Go Shopping If Needed
Find a smoothie recipe you wish to make. Remember to choose a low calorie and filling smoothie recipe if you’re trying to lose weight. If you’re not sure what smoothie recipe to make, you may use some of the smoothie recipes I’ve listed on this site. You may also try making your own smoothie recipe or choose a recipe from other sources. If you’re just starting out with making smoothies then you may want to choose a healthy smoothie recipe that is not made with purely vegetables, but requires other ingredients like fruits, seeds, spices or nuts. This will make the taste of your smoothie more acceptable to your taste buds. Opt for smoothie recipes which are made with healthy and not unhealthy ingredients.
You may choose to use a smoothie recipe based on what ingredients you have available in your home. If you don’t have the ingredients needed to make the smoothie recipe you’ve chosen, then go shopping. Remember to opt to buy organic ingredients.
Step 3: Prepare Ingredients
After choosing your smoothie recipe, selecting and shopping for ingredients, go ahead and gather your ingredients. Wash the ingredients that needs to be washed thoroughly. Remove the stems and bad leaves from the ingredients with leaves. For the ingredients with seeds, remove all seeds. Chop ingredients if necessary. You may choose to freeze whatever ingredient/s ahead of time. When you freeze ingredients the less likely you will need to add ice to your smoothie. Consuming smoothies made with cold ingredients are better tasting than consuming smoothies made with room temperature ingredients. And you may not need to put your smoothie in the refrigerator to chill before consuming.
Step 4: Add Liquid to Blender
From your chosen recipe, add the stated liquid form to your blender. The liquid you decide to use in your smoothie all depends on the recipe you chose. Liquid may be in the form of water, coconut water, milk, yogurt, kefir, pure organic fruit juices, infused water or cooled tea. By adding the liquid first to your blender, you not only enhance the taste of your smoothies but doing so reduces the pressure on your blender’s motor and prevents the ingredients from sticking onto the blender’s blade. The more liquid you use, the less thick your smoothie will be. By using less liquid your smoothie mixture will be thicker. So if you like your smoothies thick, sparingly use liquid or if you like your smoothies watery, then add more liquid.
Step 5: Add Base to Blender
The base of the smoothie should consists of ingredient/s which will give your smoothie its taste, texture and creaminess. The base is normally in fruit form. Fruits such as banana, mango and avocado makes a good base. Bananas are mostly used as the base in smoothies as it works well with any smoothie recipe or flavor combination. The base will help to determine the creamy consistency of your smoothie.
Step 6: Add Fruits and/or Vegetables to Blender
Increase the nutritional value of your smoothie by adding the fruits and/or vegetables from your smoothie recipe into the blender. You may use fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables first, but if the fruit/s or vegetable/s in your smoothie recipe is not available fresh then you may use the frozen option. Add softer fruits, vegetables or thawed ingredients to the blender first and add tougher fruits and vegetables last. If you choose to use ice, add them at this stage. If you are just starting out with smoothies you may want to use less percentage of vegetables than fruits. Start off using smaller amounts of vegetables then increase the amount of vegetables you use in your smoothies once you start acquiring the taste.
Step 7: Add Extra Ingredients
There are certain ingredients which add an extra zest to your smoothies. Add ingredients such as spices (vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, nutmeg etc.), herbs (cacao, chia seeds, flaxseeds, maca, superfoods etc.), nuts or natural sweeteners. Natural sweeteners should be used in moderation. You may choose to use natural sweeteners if you’re just starting out with smoothies and you want to enhance the taste. If you’re trying to lose weight, do try to avoid using natural sweeteners. All these ingredients are all great options to make your smoothies delicious while providing you with additional nutrients. These extra ingredients will sure make your smoothies more appealing and provide it with an interesting flavor.
Step 8: Blend
Start the blending process and ensure that all the ingredients are well combined and blended with each other. Blend until desired consistency is reached. Blending time should typically be between 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the recipe you are preparing. Feel free to add more ingredients to your blender even if your smoothie recipe does not state it. If your smoothie is too thick, add more of the liquid you used in step 4. If your smoothie texture is too watery, then add more of your base ingredient/s mentioned in step 5. You may also add more ingredients if after conducting a taste test you are not satisfied with the taste. Add some more fruit or natural sweetener, if your smoothie is not as tasty as expected or if bitter. If you add any ingredients at this stage, do blend again until desired consistency is reached. Repeat process if needed.
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy
Serve your smoothie right away. You may sprinkle certain ingredients on finished smoothie. Ingredients such as nuts, fruits or seeds. You may place smoothie in refrigerator and serve when chilled. Consuming a chilled smoothie taste so much better than consuming a warm smoothie. If you have any leftover smoothie, place it in your refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to consume it. Once you’re ready to consume your smoothie, drink it directly from your cup or use a straw. Sip slowly and enjoy every drop.
Perfectly made healthy smoothies are creamy, tasty and can be made in just a few steps. You’ll find that these steps will help you obtain consistent results no matter the smoothie recipe you’re making. Just follow the steps in the same order as stated above so that you can get the most out of your made smoothies. Not only the nutritional benefits but a luscious tasty smoothie that you’ll enjoy. With regular practice, in no time, you’ll be able to make the best smoothie without thinking about the procedure involved. Do use the comment field below to share your thoughts or ideas or if you have any smoothie making tips.