If you can't make your smoothie immediately before you drink it, here are a few tips to preserving your smoothie until lunch:
1) Freeze your smoothie and take it out of the fridge about an hour before you want it. This should give it a perfect cold and fresh consistency.
2) Make sure you use containers with airtight lids and keep the smoothie as cold as possible until you're ready to consume it. Air will contaminate your smoothie and start the degredation process but a sealed lid will keep that problem to a minimum.
Yes! In fact, one of the best storage methods for smoothies is to pour your smoothie into an ice cube tray. They defrost faster when you put them back in the cup to drink and make storage and transportation easier!
Freeze away but keep in mind that most smoothies will taste best and contain the most nutritional value if consumed within 1-3 months.
Usually when people talk about green smoothies being "the healthy ones" there are two reasons:
1) Green smoothies generally contain kale, spinach or chard as well as some other vegetables and maybe a powdered flavouring. They are more healthy than fruit smoothies because of the natural sugars and higher calories than green smoothies.
2) Green smoothies are often dairy-free and tend to include more health benefits and superfood nutrients than their counterparts. (Kale, carrots and cucumber are quite a lot healthier than strawberry chocolate milk shakes.)
Some of the most popular smoothie ingredients are kale powder, protein powder, chia seeds, goji berries, flaxseed and coconut oil.
Many more superfood powders are now becoming available and as people become more acquainted with bee pollen, chlorella, spirulina, maca root, and others, they are also becoming much more common in home kitchens.
In general, the healthiest smoothie ingredients are the superfoods that are healthy when not in smoothies as well. Kale, chia seeds, flaxseed, chard, spinach and cacao powder are very healthy alternatives to their more widespread counterparts.
Not at all! One of our favourite smoothies is a hot chocolate protein smoothie! You can make smoothies at any temperature although cold is usually preferred.
Also, you don't need ice unless you haven't frozen your other ingredients. Frozen bananas and strawberries are great at creating the same smoothie texture as ice but without watering down your smoothie. We recommend keeping a couple bananas frozen if you enjoy them in your smoothies so you can skip the ice.
The best part of smoothies is their customisability. You can try the original recipe or substitute based on your own preferences. (Matt tends to prefer almond milk in his while Loretta favours coconut water or coconut milk.)
Just kidding! Smoothies are fun. Swap out ingredients and give them a test. Sometimes the taste-testing is the best part! You can attempt to substitute or add almost anything but keep in mind that some flavours just don't mix and match (orange and mint are awful together, like orange juice and toothpaste but with fewer clean teeth. Orange rind and kale are equally terrible.)
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The one you already have is almost definitely good enough to make smoothies.
Look, we sell blenders. We want to make sure everyone has everything they need to make a great smoothie. But you don't need to buy some fancy Blendtec to make the best smoothies. Sure, they're amazing. And they're really useful, functional devices. But smoothies are healthy, tasty treats we want everyone to enjoy. You can make them right now without anything but a blender, the right ingredients and some creativity (or a good smoothie recipe!)
Nutritionally, your smoothies still need to represent a healthy balanced diet. While the vast majority of our smoothie recipes are healthy, most aren't intended to be used 3x a day to replicate a truly balanced diet.
Smoothies tend to contain either fruit or vegetables. Fruit can be high in sugar and vegetables often have a truckload of minerals and other healthy-in-moderation vitamins. However, you still need protein and other nutrients. Smoothies can also be packed with carbs if not carefully monitored and would easily see you put on and not lose weight.
Try to start slowly and work your way to meal replacement and menu replacement. As always, see a registered dietician or your doctor if you have medical questions.
We are actually asked this quite a lot. Can you drink a smoothie from a chain and get the exact same benefits as if you made one of our superfood smoothies? The answer is maybe. Some smoothie shops use 100% fruit & vegetables. Others use a mix of frozen fruits and milks, with some powders.
What's in the powder? That's the question. Chain shop smoothies tend to be over-sugared to make them all taste fantastic. But they lose a tremendous amount of health benefit to satisfy your taste buds.
We suggest doing your research. In general, no. A shop smoothie is not as healthy as a homemade one. But your results may vary based on individual shops.
Loretta: I'm a huge fan of our Cinnamon Roll Smoothie that we also blogged about last week.But I make a strawberry & cauliflower smoothie regularly that isn't on the site yet. That's my go-to on many rushed mornings.
Matt: Mine is definitely a strawberry banana smoothie. That's why the basic Strawberry Banana Simplicity Smoothie was the first one on our blog. It's fresh, fruity and lends itself to all sorts of customisations depending on my mood. I often add some chia seeds and protein powder to really give it some oomph!
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