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Looking to try a smoothie for breakfast or a snack? It's important you follow a few key steps, which we've honed after hundreds of blends.
I like to think of myself as a smoothie aficionado—I've probably had at least three a week for the past five years of my life. I'll eat them for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes even dinner. If you're looking to incorporate smoothies into your routine, you've come to the right place. I'll tell you how to make the best smoothie recipe, show you everything you need to get started, and share a few of my tips.
I've used every type of blender to make my smoothies. Your blender will determine how thick or thin your smoothie can be. I prefer mine like ice cream, so I use a Vitamix similar to this one, but there are tons of other options out there for a fraction of the price:
Now that you have a blender, it's time to move on to the second most important step of making a smoothie: the ratio of liquid to frozen ingredients. Like I said, I personally prefer a thick and creamy consistency to my smoothie and have a high-powered blender. If you have one of the blenders above or something similar, you're probably going to be drinking your smoothie. Follow these guidelines:
1 cup milk of choice (or water) to 1 cup frozen ingredients
You can divide this up however you want, using frozen fruits like banana or berries, frozen veggies like cauliflower or zucchini, or just ice.
If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec and want to try a thicker consistency, try:
1 cup milk of choice (or water) to 2 cups frozen ingredients
I highly suggest using frozen produce like banana and cauliflower for creaminess. I usually store my frozen ingredients in these reusable bags:
Protein is Power
Don't forget to add some staying power to your meal by adding protein to your smoothie. If we just blend up a cup of fruit, yes, we'll make something delicious, but you'll be looking to eat something else within 30 minutes.
A good rule of thumb is to aim for 25-35 grams of protein in your smoothie. You can achieve this using protein powder (we love this one) or using less processed ingredients like plain Greek yogurt or skyr. Cottage cheese also works!
Some blenders let you drink right out of their cup, like the Beast and Ninja Personal Portable option, which is great if you're on the go. But if you're at home and eating is just as much about the aesthetic as it is about the taste, we've found a few pretty glasses for you to drink from:
My go-to smoothie recipe
Whether I'm in a rush or need to fix a chocolate fix, this is my tried-and-true smoothie recipe. It's full of protein, fibre, and gives me a serving of fruits and veggies. I'll drink this one with a straw, but if I want something thicker, I bump up the veggies from 1/2 cup to 1 cup.
Not a chocolate fan? try one of our other smoothie recipes:
- Energy-Boosting Blueberry Smoothie
- Clementine Turmeric Smoothie
- Coffee Smoothie
- Immunity-Boosting Smoothie
Now, what are you waiting for? It's time to get blending! Let us know how your smoothie making goes.
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