Smoothies 101

Welcome, to Smoothie Making 101! We’re going to teach you how to make the perfect smoothie every time!

Making smoothies is easy… for most people. For others, being easy to make is what makes it hard! Like, there should be more structure and direction for how to make a smoothie- you can’t just throw whatever in a blender willy-nilly, right?! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here, it’s still simple, but now you’ll have a sort of general outline you can use to make the perfect smoothie every time!

| Step One: Choose a Smoothie Base

You don’t want your smoothie to be super runny but you don’t want it to be so thick you can’t sip it. Your base should be what you use to give the smoothie its thickness/creaminess/silky texture- and usually, you want the flavor to be pretty neutral.

Some popular staples:
•1/2 Frozen Banana
•1/2 Avocado
•1/2-1 Cup Yogurt or Yogurt Alternative

| Step Two: Add Some Fruits & Veggies

This is where the “focus” of your smoothie comes in to play. You want a berry smoothie- you’re gonna use berries. You want a chocolate banana smoothie? Add more banana! With any smoothie, adding greens like Spinach and Kale are a simple add-in that boosts nutritional value through the roof without altering the flavor. Seriously, you can add SO MUCH spinach to a smoothie and all it does is add the green color. you can’t even taste it. It’s AMAZING.

You want to stick to 1/2-1 Cup total for your fruits, usually frozen works better to keep the smoothie super cold and creamy. Fresh fruits are amazing, just be aware that they’ll make the smoothie a bit more watery! If you’re using harder items- like carrots- you can steam or grate them so they’ll blend up much easier and leave no chunks!

Here are some popular favorites:
•Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries
•Banana, pineapple, mango, papaya
•Peaches, pears, dragon fruit, apple
•Veggies/Greens: Spinach, kale, cucumber, carrot, pumpkin

| Step 3: Liquids

Add your liquid a little bit at a time- sometimes too much liquid means your smoothie won’t blend smooth! Try adding 1/2 cup first, then blending. If it’s not enough, add a little splash at a time until you get your desired consistency. After a little while, you’ll be able to eyeball how much is appropriate for what kind of smoothie you’re making.

Here are some popular favorites:
•Almond Milk
•Coconut Water
•Coconut Milk
•Cow’s Milk
•Hemp Milk
•Rice Milk
•Apple Juice
•Orange Juice
•Pineapple Juice
•Iced Coffee

| Step 4: Smoothie Boosts!

These are things that can be essential to your smoothie flavor, or simple things that boost nutrients and add a little crunch or slight flavor. Either way, these tend to be powders or small morsels that can add a little texture without ruining the smoothie!

Here are some popular options:
•Chia Seeds
•Hemp Seeds
•Cacao Nibs (great for a healthy crunch in a chocolate shake)
•Protein Powders (perfect to make your smoothie a meal and keep you healthy!)
•Superfood Powders (Like cacao for a chocolatey flavor, or baobab for a citrus flavor, or moringa for a green boost!)
•Almonds or Cashews
•Honey or Agave (If you really need the smoothie to be sweeter)
•Spices (Think cinnamon, nutmeg or turmeric)

| Step 5: Blend!

There you have it! The basics of making a smoothie! follow these suggestions and you’ll be making your own smoothies into works of art in no time!

Here are some delicious smoothie recipes you can try out right now…

Made with the superfood red beet, this smoothie is vibrant in color and vital nutrients like antioxidants and health healthy vitamins and minerals!

This tropical smoothie tastes like dessert, but you needn’t have any guilt! Packed with superfoods, vitamin C, and fiber you can sip your way healthy all day!

This smoothie is just what you need after a fun weekend! Boosted with superfoods that help the body naturally detox you can drink this and feel your body thanking you without any digestive issues!

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