Smoothies can be a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet. But every once in a while you mix up a smoothie, or come across a recipe that just doesn’t cut it for you. That’s ok.
Not everyone is a big fan of kale in their green smoothies for example. Heck you may not be a fan of green smoothies in general. Maybe it’s the texture, maybe it’s the bitter flavor of kale. And that’s ok. Green smoothies that rely mainly on greens and other low sugar veggies are an acquired taste.
Maybe you’re not a big fan of bananas, or peaches, or milk products. The beautiful thing about smoothies is that there’s a smoothie out there for everyone, no matter what your taste or your dietary restrictions. All it takes is a little trial and error and I guarantee you’ll find some smoothie recipes and combinations that you’ll love.
The key is to mix and match your favorite foods and those that you know you should be consuming more of. Let’s say you love strawberries and you know you should be getting more greens in your diet. Mix up frozen strawberries, a few hands full of spinach, and some orange juice and you end up with a delicious smoothie that’s also good for you.
If you’re new to smoothies, start with a few recipes. See what you like and what you don’t like. Get a feel for the type of smoothie you enjoy. That will help you gather some important data. You may learn that you enjoy a thick and creamy smoothie that includes yogurt and frozen fruit. And maybe you find that you don’t like kale in your smoothies because of the texture it gives your green smoothies. And that’s ok. Maybe you’re not a big fan of pineapple. That’s ok too.
The key to coming up with smoothies you love is to learn what you like and what you don’t like and then starting with existing recipes, replace what you don’t like with similar things you do like. Not a big fan of kale? Replace it with a different leafy green like spinach or chard. Don’t like pineapple? Use peach or even strawberry instead.
Figure out what you like and then start experimenting. Before long you won’t need a recipe to make your smoothies. You just grab things that you know will go together well and blend them up. You’ll use up veggies and fruits that need using up in your daily smoothie. You’ll branch out and down the line you may find that you actually do like kale, provided you blend it long enough in a powerful blender so you don’t end up with little kale chunks in your smoothie. Mix and match and don’t be surprised to find that your taste preferences change over time as your body and your taste buds get used to real food.
I’ve included a few tips and suggestions below to help you get started with delicious smoothies.
Smoothies you’ll love to drink – as good as milk shakes.
Who doesn’t love a good milk shake? What if you could make a healthy smoothie that tastes as good as a milk shake? With a few simple tricks that is certainly possible. You’ll even end up with an icy, thick drink that’s just as tasty while adding a lot of nutritional benefits. You may not want to have these smoothies every single day but they make the perfect treat that’s delicious and healthy.
Start with frozen fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and banana make great frozen fruit choices when you’re making a healthy smoothie that resembles a milk shake. Put them in your blender along with a little milk or yogurt. Vanilla flavoured yogurt will add falvour and bosy – but also sugar. Alternatively, use a bit of plain yogurt, even Greek yogurt and either enough ripe fruit to sweeten the smoothie or a little natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or even a dash of stevia. or a vanilla bean. Blend it all up, going light on the milk and adding just enough to get the consistency you like. To keep it healthy try to stay away from refined sweetners or natural sweetners high in fructose such as agave.
Frozen banana blended with milk and a little vanilla extract tastes and feels very much like vanilla ice cream. It’s a great base for a smoothie that reminds you of a milk shake. Add some other frozen fruits like strawberry, peaches, and even pineapple for a delicious treat. This is alwso a great way to save fruit that you may not have gotten aroudn to eating. Just chop it and freeze rady fir future smoothies
Of course you don’t have to stick to only fruit. Avocado is a surprisingly tasty and nutritious addition to any creamy smoothie. It will give you that creamy, smooth flavor and texture. For something similar to a chocolate milk shake, try blending avocado, cocoa powder, banana, ice and a bit of milk. Of course you can use rice milk, almond milk, soy milk or any other milk like product instead of regular dairy. My particular favourites are cashew or macadamia.
Adding peanut butter also gives a lot of body and a smooth texture to your smoothies. If you like a good peanut butter chocolate shake, use the suggestions above, but add a spoon of peanut butter to the mix before you blend it all up.
Ice is another great addition to any smoothie that will thicken it up and give it that ice cream feel without any added calories. Play around with how much ice you add to your blender, and make sure you have a blender that can handle grinding down and blending in ice cubes. Go easy on the liquids and keep blending. For a thick, creamy smoothie, you need a lot less liquid than you may think. Above all, have fun, blend away, and create some yummy frozen treats.