Smoothies are an excellent way to consume your daily recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients. They are practically a meal in a glass, and one of the most healthy meals that one can eat as long as they are made correctly. A great smoothie recipe will help you lose weight, keep up with your health and give you a nice energy boost. There’s much more to a smoothie than just ice, fruit and water. Use these steps to create a perfectly balanced and delicious smoothie.
Step One: Add plenty of fruits and vegetables.
The best smoothie recipe will contain a variety of fruits and vegetables. You should chose at least 2 different types of fruit. Whether they are fresh or frozen does not matter. To increase the nutritional value of your smoothie, you will also want to incorporate vegetables too. Green vegetables such as arugula, kale and spinach are all excellent options.
Examples: Banana, berries, apples, cherries, mango, avocado, watermelon, peach, pear, spinach, kale, arugula, kiwi, pineapple, or any other fruit or vegetable.
Step Two: Choose a base.
No smoothie is complete without a base. The base of a smoothie helps to lighten up the fruits and vegetables that you chose while also giving it a smooth texture for easy consumption. You should add 1-2 cups of a base liquid. If your chosen fruits and vegetables contain lots of juice you will not need to incorporate as much liquid into your smoothie.
Examples: Organic or freshly squeezed fruit juice, milk (almond, rice, soy, etc.), green tea, iced coffee, water, coconut milk, or vegetable juice.
Step Three: Thicken it up.
Thickness is essential to any smoothie. Certain ingredients bring a smoothie to the perfect consistency while also making it much more healthy. Think of this as the “body” of the beverage that helps tie all of the ingredients together perfectly.
Examples: Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice cubes, cottage cheese, coconut meat, chia seeds, flax seeds, peanut butter, oats, or yogurt.
Step Four: Enhance the flavor.
No one wants to drink a smoothie that is lacking in flavor so this is an important step to creating the best smoothie. The best way to enhance the flavor of a smoothie is with bold spices, organic/unprocessed sweeteners, extra fruits and herbs. Many spices, such as cinnamon, add an extra pop of sweetness without excess calories.
Examples: Honey, cinnamon, maple syrup, dates, vanilla extract, sugar, nutmeg, figs, dates, mint, basil, almond extract, or applesauce.
Step Five: Give it a power boost.
This is the last and final step of making a smoothie and surely one of the most important as it provides you with the opportunity to take it to an entire new level of healthy. The best thing to do is enrich your smoothie with superfoods. Doing so will make your smoothie extra healthy while giving your body and immune system a well-needed boost of nutrients.
Examples: Fish oil, protein powder, goji berries, vitamin powder, cocoa powder, sprouts, bee pollen, a probiotic, green powder, or spirulina.
These five essential steps allow you to create a smoothie that is both delicious and nutritious. After sipping away on your delectable treat, you will notice a drastic improvement in your overall mood and energy levels. Do you have any smoothie tips?