One of the most appealing traits of smoothies is how incredibly simple they are to make. We try to create recipes that are tasty and healthy and most of the time follow a very simple formula:
Whether you are rocking the latest & greatest Blendtec Professional 800 or just a generic Ninja clone all you need is the ability to crush, cut, slice, smash and mix up your smoothie into a liquid consistency. However, food processors, while they will work, make the job harder. Most stick blenders don't work very well, either.
If you have your tried & tested blender ready, get it out. Don't have one? Get a blender delivered.
We were going to write "milk and yogurt" here but liquid seemed like the best real ingredient. What makes up the liquid in a smoothie?
- Coconut water
- Coconut milk
- Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, Frozen Yogurt
- Almond Milk
- Chocolate Milk
- Fruit or Vegetable Juice
- Rum, Vodka, Wine ... you get the idea.
Basically any liquid-like product can make up the base of your smoothie. Our favourites are coconut water, almond milk and greek yogurt.
3) Fruits & Veg
Nearly any fruit or vegetable can be made into a great tasting, healthy smoothie but the trick is not to overdo any single fruit. The easiest fruit to overdo is bananas because they give smoothies a creamy taste and they're really sweet. Try to mix it up - apples, bananas, oranges, mango, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, etc.
The same goes for vegetables. We tend to see a lot of kale or spinach smoothies. Try swiss chard, bok choy, broccoli, beet greens and turnip greens, celery stalks and greens, and parsley.
Not all combinations are going to taste good. Spinach and oranges work well together. Swiss chard and strawberries are not very good. Celery and banana is very, very weird. When you're first starting out stick to some recipes and adjust a bit at a time until you understand the flavour combinations a bit better.
Smoothies are not a new invention, really. We just made them out of chocolate ice cream, milk and Oreo cookies and called them shakes or Flurries before. Now, we drink them for their health benefits, their ease to prepare and on-the-go luxury.
What really made the difference in the history of smoothies are powdered superfoods. Kale, maca, spirulina/chlorella, flaxseed, cacao and other superfood powders are more easily sourced than in the past. We even offer monthly powder boxes so you'll never forget your powders.
To use the powders, simply add the required amount to your smoothie. That simple!
Smoothie boosters are those little extras that give your superfood drink that extra kick. Healthy fats like almond butter, fresh avocado or fibrous rolled oats provide a nutritional kick.
Want to change up the taste? Spice it up with cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, rosemary or even orange zest.
Ginger & peppermint aid with digestion, as does aloe vera juice. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber or you can toss in some prebiotics/probiotics to aid your gut health.
It's pretty easy to get started making smoothies although we warn you it can get very addictive.
We've made you a little graphic to remind you how to build a basic smoothie and to allow you to easily pin this page.