Smoothies are foods that are refreshing, healthy, delicious, and easy on the stomach. They are easy to prepare, but you need to follow a good procedure in order to come up with the blend that suits your taste.
You can make a perfect smoothie by blending these ingredients: liquid, frozen fruits / vegetables, supplements, fresh fruits / vegetables, and crushed ice.
Except the ice, blend your smoothie ingredients in a blender and wait until it becomes smooth. To ensure that ice chunks are prevented, crush your ice separately and add them to your other ingredients. Add just enough ice to the blend to avoid a watery smoothie.
You already have the idea how to make a perfect smoothie. The following tips are made to make you learn a few tricks on how to make your smoothies even more enjoyable:
1. Make ice cubes out of coconut water.
Instead of using plain water to make ice, use coconut water as it is more nutritious and its taste blends well with any smoothie. It is rich in potassium, manganese and magnesium which are essential energy minerals.
To produce coconut water ice cubes, simply pour coconut water into an ice cube tray and place it in your freezer.
2. Freeze your extra fruits and vegetables to prevent them from spoiling.
If you have extra fruits and vegetables that you can't use at the moment, wash them then dice and store them in your freezer so that you can use them as ingredients for your future smoothies. You can also buy large quantities of seasonal foods during their peak season. You should wash, dry and dice them if needed, and store them in the freezer so that you can use them for your smoothies later on.
3. Add flavor to your smoothie.
Most smoothies are made with a blend of berries, kale and spinach. These foods are nutritious and they also taste well when combined. But you can still boost its taste by adding fresh lemon or orange juice or a tablespoon of citrus zest to the blend.
You can also make your smoothie loaded with probiotics by adding a glass of homemade kombucha to the blend.
Kombucha is made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture. The Kombucha culture resembles a beige or white rubbery pancake. It is placed in a bowl of sweetened black or green tea and turns it into a bowl full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and health-giving organic acids.
6. Avoid using sugar on your smoothies.
Sugar can enhance to the sweet flavor of your smoothie but it is unhealthy and can be a cause of many health problems. So to maximize your smoothie's health benefits, use stevia to sweeten it. It is a natural health alternative to sugar but it can't affect your blood sugar levels. You can also use sweeter fruits like mango, banana or pears to sweeten your blend.
7. Add protein and good fats to the blend.
Your smoothie is already delicious and nutritious with your berries and fruits and vegetables, but it is not a complete meal without protein and good fat.
Make your smoothie complete by adding protein rich foods (raw nuts, almond butter or hemps seeds) and good fats (avocado, coconut milk, flax meal, raw nuts, fish oil, and chia seeds) to the blend.