Smoothies: A Simple Formula
You’ve hemmed and hawed, but have finally decided to jump on the smoothie bandwagon. Welcome! Now, how do you get started with this delicious trend? Here is a basic smoothie formula to help you try your hand at making these nutritious drinks. Once you get the hang of making smoothies, have fun and experiment with different flavor combinations.
½ cup thickener – Most people use a banana, which will add to the texture without overpowering other flavors.
2 cups liquid – Milk or a non-dairy alternative should make up the bulk of the liquid in a smoothie. Try nut milks (such as almond or hazelnut) to add another layer of flavor. You can also use water or juice, but the smoothie will not be as creamy. Consider also that juice will add flavor, but also adds calories without the additional benefit of fiber.
1 cup yogurt – Non-dairy will also work for this part, but don’t skip adding yogurt to your smoothie. It adds protein and helps with thickness.
1 cup flavor maker – Whether it’s berries, kale, avocado, chocolate, peanut butter, or something else entirely, explore a variety of combinations to see what you like best.
Supplements – Spirulina, amino acids, protein powder, flax seeds, and probiotics are just a few of the supplements you can add for an extra nutritional boost.
Sweetener – Use honey or maple syrup for an extra dose of sweetness, if the fruit just isn’t enough.
Ice – Add a couple of cubes to thicken up a wimpy smoothie.
Water – Add up to a ¼ cup to smooth out a thick smoothie.
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or use an immersion blender in a metal container. Mix until fully blended and smooth.