Tired of suffering through another bland, tasteless and watery smoothie? I know I am, so I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks to make a
better perfect smoothie every time. In this live video I did on Facebook, I share how to make a smoothie taste amazing, plus my favourite smoothie as of late for you to try.
How to make the perfect smoothie!!
Posted by Holistic Foodie on Monday, June 19, 2017
How to Make a Smoothie: Tips and Tricks
Here are nine of my top tips for you, in case you don’t want to watch the whole video or you prefer reading.
1. Blood Sugar balancing: Be mindful of the amount of fruit/sugar you add to your smoothie to avoid the blood sugar rollercoaster and hanger. You can do this by following the tips below.
2. Include some good fat: Fat acts as a binder for your smoothie, making sure it is creamy and doesn’t separate. It also ensures that your blood sugar can be more stable and satiates you so you aren’t starving after drinking your smoothie an hour later. Good sources of fat include: coconut, hemp, avocado or a nut butter.
3. Get some greens or veggies in: Try and add ore veggies to your smoothie than fruit. My favourites add-in’s include things like spinach (very mild tasting- meaning you can hide it very easily), kale and arugula (more distinct taste, you will need to balance the flavours) and frozen cauliflower as it adds some creaminess and a boost of cruciferous veg. I use frozen, about 1/2 cup per smoothie.
4. Make it creamy: Add in some avocado or banana, frozen works best here.
5. Spice it up: Add a small pinch of sea salt to your smoothie. Similar to adding it to baked goods/desserts, add a pinch of sea salt to bring out the natural sweetness. Use sea salt, not table salt.
Fat acts as a binder for your smoothie, making sure it is creamy and doesn’t separate. It also ensures that your blood sugar can be more stable and satiates you so you aren’t starving after drinking your smoothie an hour later. #DontFearFat
6. Blend it with a liquid of choice: If you want it extra creamy, use dairy free milks such as coconut, hemp, almond or other nut/seed milk. If you are consuming post-workout, it is a good idea to up the water content and use a liquid such as water or coconut water.
7. Add some flavour: Fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, cilantro or mint work great. Think of your favourite mix (mojito for example) and use limes and mint in a smoothie. Or boost it with some superfoods like maca, acai, cacao, turmeric or ginger.
8. Balance the flavours: If you are using a strong flavour like kale or arugula balance that with fruit and spices, for example: arugula goes well with pineapple and ginger.
9. Add some protein to it: I like using plant based protein such as hemp or chia. Bonus: these also contain fibre and healthy fat too. My favourite protein powder is The Beauty Chef as this isn’t chalky, tastes great and it is fermented, meaning it is easier to digest.
- 1 1/2 cups dairy free milk of choice
- 1-2 large handfuls of spinach (I used frozen)
- 1/2 cup raw (frozen) cauliflower (optional)
- 1/2 to 3/4 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup avocado (I used frozen)
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1/2 tbsp. cacao nibs
- Add all ingredients into your blender, except the cacao nibs.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- In the last 10 seconds of blending, add in your cacao nibs.
- Serve in a glass with any toppings you like.
I really hope this tutorial on how to make a smoothie has been helpful for you and breaks down what is needed in your smoothie to make it a bit better. By ensuring that there is protein, fat and fibre you will notice a difference in how it fills you up.
I use and recommend a high powered blender, like a Vitamix to get the best results.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!