How to make a smoothie depends on your taste and preferences. Once you get the very simple basics, you can experiment with different consistencies, and a variety of fruits. Drinking a smoothie is a convenient and delicious way of eating fruit.
1. The Blender: If you are new to drinking and making smoothies, you may not have heard of the two preferred blenders, the VitaMix and Blendtec. Either of these seems to be the blender of choice for most vegans and raw foodists. They are on the expensive side, but really do an incredible job for producing creamy smoothies.
Learning how to make a smoothie is enhanced by a high tech blender, but don’t worry if you are not ready to make that kind of investment yet. I have used a variety of blenders and have been satisfied enough with a low-tech blender. Usually the consistency is not as smooth and often little chunks will be left behind, but chewing your smoothie is recommended anyway because it releases enzymes through the salivary glands.
I purchased a VitaMix after ten years of contemplation. Every time I had to replace my blender I would struggle to justify spending so much money on a blender. However, over the years of being a smoothie lover I have probably spent more than if I would have just purchased a VitaMix or Blentec early on. The VitaMix comes with a standard 7-year warranty, so it’s a win win.
2. Ingredients: I would recommend buying organic when possible. If you cannot buy organic, buy local. When you cannot buy local, just try picking the freshest looking fruit as possible. There is also a list of produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue. Avoid these foods or make sure you can get them organic. Or, if you can, just grow it yourself.
For more specific ingredient info read my article on Healthy Smoothies.
3. Preparation: Prepare the fruit you are going to be blending. Skin, peel, pit, chop, and wash what you will be putting it into the blender. One advantage of the Blentec and VitaMix blenders are how they can breakdown and liquefy some of the more fibrous fruits.
Sometimes I will freeze the fruit I want to use for my smoothies. This is beneficial for a variety of reasons:
4. Liquid: Personally, I just blend my smoothies with water. If you want to add taste and more nutritional value to your smoothie you can add fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, or grape juice. The juices listed require a Juicer, or you can use bottled juices. I also like my smoothies on the juicier side instead of thick so, add liquid little by little until you get your desired thickness.
If you are trying to get healthy, avoid processed juices. They have too much refined sugar and usually contain preservatives that are harmful to our bodies.
5. Ice: If using fresh, unfrozen fruit, you may want to add ice for a colder and thicker smoothie. I usually do not add ice to my smoothies, but again, it’s personal preference. Learning how to make a smoothie at home is so much better than ordering one out. Most restaurants and cafés with smoothies on the menu will add ice as filler. More ice means less fruit. This saves them money, but they charge you the same. I want my smoothies packed full of nutrients.
6. Blending: Load your blender jar with the fruit you have prepared. Use the pulse feature to chop some of the fruit down. Just a few pulses for no more than ten seconds. Now add the liquid. Start out with just a little until you get a feel for how liquefied you like your smoothies. Next, turn the blender to high and blend until smooth.
7. Serve: If I am just making my usual daily smoothie, I just put it in a glass or a jar and drink. I store the rest in a jar if I have made enough to save for later. Often I will make my morning smoothie the night before. I usually will not make smoothies more than one day in advance. From what I have read, the oxidation process kicks in as soon as the fruit is blended, which diminishes the nutrient content. FRESHY-FRESH Is the Best!
*Make your delicious drink more beautiful by garnishing with fresh fruit or mint leaves.
Once you get the hang of how to make a smoothie, you may want to up the nutritional value by adding greens. I would recommend starting with Spinach before graduating to the more bitter greens. You may also want to start with just a small handful until your palate gets accustomed to the taste.
Greens that blend well with fruits are:
How to make a smoothie is relatively easy once you get these simple steps down. The variety and combinations are endless.