In between classes, I bought a smoothie from the University Center and let me tell you..it was not good. My Bangin’ Berry was watery, lacked in flavor and was not worth the $3.50. After throwing it out, I got to thinking about what makes a really good smoothie and how I could easily make my own at home. So, I decided this post would be a crash course to making an exceptional smoothie because some of us have probably never used a blender before. Let’s talk ingredients.
There are two options: fresh or frozen. I would recommend frozen because not only are they cheaper, but they make better smoothies. The freezer section is endless with berry combos, citrus mixtures, etc. Choose to your hearts desire. Assuming this is a single serving deal, measure out 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups of your chosen fruits.
Yes, it is wise to add veggies to this smoothie. Why? Because they add double nutritional value with vitamins that include fiber, etc. Depending how leafy green you want to get choose anywhere from kale to spinach and carrots to avocado. 1 cup of any of these options is advised. It will still taste good, I promise.
3. LIQUID BASE
A liquid base is needed to make this smoothie smoother and easy to drink. Obviously. There are an array of options like juice, water, milk, coffee, iced tea, etc. Any of these options are guaranteed to make a good drink. If you don’t want it too watery, beware of how much you add. Anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup is advised.
If you’re wanting to make it a little creamier, adding a couple tablespoons of yogurt, cottage cheese or ice goes a long way.
4. A LITTLE EXTRA
For a little extra flavor, some good ingredients to add are honey, vanilla extract, almonds or even maple syrup. They will add a little sweetness and who doesn’t like that?
Hopefully, breaking down a smoothie helped figure the best way to make one!
Happy Spring Break!