Follow these 10 steps on How to Make Healthy Smoothies and you’ll soon be sipping a delicious drink full of vitamins, fiber and minerals.
1. Choose your smoothie ingredients. Are you just wanting to use up whatever fruit you have in the house, or do you have a goal — like, weight loss smoothie, high protein smoothie? Browse through the recipes if you inspiration on what type of smoothie to make. The main categories of ingredients are:
- liquid (for example, you can use fruit juice, milk, soy milk, yogurt or almond milk). I almost always use soy milk because it’s such a good source of protein and calcium and has no lactose or cholesterol — plus I’m a vegan, so milk and yogurt are out for me.
- Fruit and veggies. If you choose a fruit with high water content, like watermelon or oranges, you’ll need less liquid.
- Boosters like protein powder, cocoa, vanilla, ginger, psyllium, etc
- Frozen fruit or ice. I hardly ever add ice because I prefer to use frozen fruit. I buy big bags at Costco and when a banana has had it’s best days, I peel it and put it in a baggie in my freezer to add to the next smoothie. But if you find that your smoothie could use some thickening, feel free to add a couple ice cubes.
2. Wash and peel fruit and veggies.
4. Add your choice of liquid to the blender (for example, you can use fruit juice, milk, coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk — sometimes I use an electrolyte drink before a long hike).
5. Add and liquefy leafy vegetables that need fine chopping, like spinach. Spinach blends surprisingly well, even in a basic blender.
6. Add and liquefy fresh peeled and washed fruit (banana, mango, pineapple, blueberries, etc).
7. Add and liquefy smoothie boosters, like protein powder, cocoa, vanilla, ginger, psyllium, a sweetener like honey or agave, etc.
8. Add and liquefy frozen fruit or ice cubes. Make sure that you let the blender work until everything is moving in the blender (not just the bottom portion). In a good blender, like a Vitamix, this isn’t as much of an issue — but with a less expensive blender you may need to use the pulse option, or give the mixture a swirl with a spoon.
9. Pour into a big glass.
10. Add straw and enjoy!
Now that you know how to make healthy smoothies, get blending! Start experimenting with recipes and drinking a smoothie a day as a meal replacement or as a healthy snack. Here are some recipes to get you started:
- Superfood Smoothie
- Vegan Smoothie
- Detox Smoothies
- Strawberry Orange Smoothie
- Spinach Smoothie Recipe
How to Make Healthy Smoothies in 10 easy steps taught me how to make delicious and nutritious smoothies