Taking smoothies is one of the best ways to get the best benefits from fruits and vegetables. It is imperative that everyone should know how to prepare it. It is actually easy to do, and the only things you need are a blender, basic knowledge of fruits and vegetables, willingness to follow recipes and a little creativity.
Here are the basic steps to make a smoothie:
1. Buy/use the right equipment.
You don’t really need to invest much on equipment for your smoothie-making needs. The only major equipment that you will be using is a quality blender. All the other equipments you need are probably available in your kitchen.
Blenders come in different shapes, sizes, and speeds, but they are all intended for the same purpose. As a beginner, you don’t actually need a fancy or hi-tech blender. An ordinary, good quality unit will be sufficient for your needs.
2. Follow a recipe.
As a beginner, one of the most important things that you need to know is the right types and quantities of ingredients that you will use for your smoothie. It can help to make you produce the right texture, flavor, and health benefits.
You should follow the exact ingredients, measurements, and instructions in the recipe. This is the easiest way for you to learn. Overtime, you will be able to determine the right amounts of the ingredients without measuring them. Once you become good at a particular recipe, you will be able to modify it based on your own preferences and what fruits and vegetables are available.
3. Choose the Right Ingredients
If you choose to follow a recipe rather than make experiments, you can skip this step, but for your additional information, these items are essential for every smoothie:
The fruits you use for your smoothie can be fresh, frozen or a combination of both. But before you use them, it is important that you will know their nutritional facts. You also need to have a basic knowledge about what fruits or vegetables you can combine to produce a tasty smoothie.
3.2 Liquid Base
You will need a liquid base to make a smoothie. These include dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk or water. You have a lot to choose from. The most important factor that you need to consider when choosing your liquid base is the health benefits and compatibility with your other ingredients.
Not all smoothie users favor the use of ice for their smoothies. But ice helps to keep your smoothie cold, refreshing and creamy.
3.4 Optional add-in ingredients
These items are optional, but they help to make your smoothie more nutritious. These ingredients include protein powder, yogurt, peanut butter or almond butter, flaxseed or other seeds, cereal or oatmeal, and spinach or other leafy greens.
You can also add honey or ice cream to make your smoothie sweeter or creamier.
4. Put the ingredients in the blender
Once you have all the ingredients ready, your next step would be to put them into the blender in the order and length of time specified by the recipe. Your smoothie can never go wrong with it.
5. Blend It!
Once all your ingredients are in, you can now push the button and blend to create the smoothie you want.
These are the basic steps of making a smoothie. These will not take long for you to master.