It’s not as easy as it seems to make a tasty and healthy perfect smoothie with a smooth texture. Once you get the important stuff down, it gets easier. But unfortunately that means trial and error in the form of bland, chunky, bitter, or runny smoothies. That’s why we decided to create an ultimate smoothie guide! Each point on this handy infographic we’ve broken down more below. So take a look and then head to the store! Here’s how to make the best smoothie every time!
The Best Smoothie Breakdown:
1. Selecting Your Fruit
There’s no way around it: for best smoothie with the best texture, you’re going to want to use frozen fruit. Preferably all of your fruit should be frozen. A lot of blogs will tell you to add ice to make your smoothie thick. I’ve found too much ice contributes to a bland flavor and chunky texture. However, you could make your own smoothie ice cubes by freezing juice or milk in ice cube trays.
As for types of fruit, stick with stuff that’s in season. Don’t select a recipe from the internet and then head to the store. (Unless it’s from our seasonal smoothie recipe list!) Anything in season is going to be fresh, taste better, and most importantly: it will likely be on sale.
To keep your blood sugar consistent and save calories, you’re going to want to select fruits with a low-sugar content. Try to use these for the bulk of your smoothie. Too much sugar not only screws up your metabolism, but it makes your liver work harder. Don’t ruin your otherwise healthy-smoothie with too much sugar! Most berries have a low sugar content. Avocados are a great replacement for bananas: they can be frozen and produce a smooth creamy texture with lower sugar. Plus they don’t have a strong flavor so they blend well with most other ingredients. Try to stay away from grapes, pineapple, mango, and cherries.
2. Add Liquid
Too much liquid and you get fruit gazpacho. Too little and you get sorbet. Start with about 1 cup for the best smoothie results. You can always add more! Tea, juice, or non dairy milks always work well. Again, just don’t over-do it on the sugar. I prefer unsweetened almond milk or cold (and extra strong) green tea. Coffee works great too for a mid afternoon boost.
3. Sweeten It Up
Ya know how all recipes require salt to pull the flavors together? It’s kind of the same deal with smoothies; but with sugar. My smoothies always tasted bland until I started adding a tablespoon or two of sweetener. The trick is to find a low calorie sugar that sweetens well and isn’t made of junk. I prefer stevia-based or monk fruit substitutes for the perfect smoothie that is deliciously sweet.
4. Add a Flavor or Nutrient Boost
Vanilla extract, peppermint essential oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg are some of my go-to favorites. But cocoa powder has been a game changer. It has virtually no sugar or fat (unlike all other chocolate sources). It’s very bitter on its own, but that’s okay because in a smoothie there is usually enough sugar to sweeten it up. Cocoa powder + peppermint essential oil make the perfect chocolate mint smoothie without all the calories from using mint chocolate chip ice cream.
As for boosts, I recommend only using ingredients that either don’t have much of a flavor or taste well on their own. Certain vitamins and supplements will give your smoothie a bitter taste. Yuck. My favorites are green veggies, spirulina, protein powder, or oatmeal. I like oatmeal for a few reasons. First of all it’s a complex carbohydrate; so it will keep you feeling full and satisfied without spiking your blood sugar. Second, it creates a flavor similar to baked goods or pie crust. So adding it to a pumpkin smoothie makes it taste more like pumpkin pie; or blueberry becomes more like a blueberry muffin.
For the best smoothie, don’t go cheap on a blender. You really get what you pay for with these things. Most $20 or $30 blenders won’t break up frozen fruit well and they will likely break soon anyways. You can find something with a decent motor for around $75+ bucks and it should last you a few years without issues.
Now take a look at our seasonal recipe ideas for inspiration and then head to the store to make your perfect smoothie!