How to Make a Smoothie – Its Easy

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Dec 122016
 
how to make a smoothie

Good read about how to make a smoothie from www.livingintherealworld.net

Let the blender run for a longer amount of time after your green smoothies is already well-blended. It will make it frothier and increase the volume! There’s something very satisfying about a really big smoothie that’s all nice and frothy.

  1. Start with sweetness. Begin drinking green smoothies with a higher ratio of fruit to greens. Use ripe fruit (browning bananas are the best), and even consider adding some honey or maple syrup if you find that your smoothie is too bitter. Over time you can decrease the sweet fruits and increase the greens, but you should let your taste buds adjust before making that move.
  2. Get creative. Anything that can be blended can be turned into a smoothie! I even added champagne to my green smoothie one day (admittedly, that wasn’t the greatest idea. Green champagne is not exactly the most appealing thing in the world). I like using tofu, fruits, leafy greens, nut butters, ground flax, chia, protein powders, honey, cocoa powder… have fun with it!
  3. Go for variety. This is very important if you want to make green smoothies a mainstay of your diet. Not only does variety offer more nutrients, but it also is more exciting in terms of taste. I’ve been really enjoying chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and mango flavors in my smoothies lately, and it keeps the whole nutrition challenge interesting and enjoyable.
  4. Make your smoothies in bigger batches. Use two to four cups of water (and adjust your other ingredients accordingly) rather than one cup of water. The reason for this is that when the blender gets going, it likes to kick up the ingredients all over the place. This means that if you only have one cup of smoothie in there, little bits of spinach and lettuce are going to get kicked up by the blade and will fleck the sides of your blender with green. That’s no fun, because then you’re missing out on valuable greens and you might wind up getting little chunks of green in your smoothie. There’s nothing much more gross than drinking a tasty smoothie and then suddenly finding a chunk of kale unexpectedly in your mouth. Make a bigger batch so that the ingredients don’t get kicked up as much. And hey, you might just find that you’ll be drinking more green smoothies, too!
  5. Take macro and micronutrients into consideration. Macronutrients are water, protein, carbs and fat. Micronutrients are all minerals and vitamins. If you’re drinking lots of green smoothies every day, it’s best to use various ingredients to ensure you’re getting adequate macro and micronutrients. Play around with avocadoes, seeds, nut butters, tofu and protein powders in addition to your fruits and veggies. Add some lemon or lime for zest. You can even sprinkle in various spices – I like adding a nice dose of cinnamon to my chocolate smoothies.
  6. Be careful with the ingredients you choose. Spinach is a fantastic green because it breaks down super easily into a blender. Unless you have a high-tech fancy blender, you might not want to use something like kale in your smoothies because it doesn’t break down smoothly and you’ll likely be left with little bits of green. Bananas are a great choice for thickening a smoothie and for adding sweetness; choose browning bananas at the store, and then peel them when you get home. Break each banana into about six pieces and put it into a container before sticking it in the freezer. This way you’ll have them ready to add to smoothies at any time, without the frustration of trying to peel the frozen banana (I’ve been there. Peeling frozen bananas is maddening).

How to Make a Smoothie

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie- Delicious!

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Dec 052016
 
banana peanut butter smoothie

Kids will definitely love making and drinking a yummy Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie.  With just three ingredients, this treat is super easy to make. One you should be sure to include as a favorite afternoon treat.

Its also easy to turn this Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a taste of its own so adding it won’t change the “banana peanut buttery” results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 2 Bananas cut up in chunks or about 1 ½ cups of frozen banana slices (TIP peel and slice bananas BEFORE FREEZING!)
  • 3 Tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of yogurt (vanilla, plain, or banana)

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe-Perfect Breakfast!

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Nov 252016
 
strawberry banana smoothie recipe

A Strawberry Banana smoothie recipe is an all time favorite and is a great breakfast smoothie for two, especially if you are in a hurry in the mornings (and who isn’t?).

There are countless takes on how to build a strawberry banana smoothie. The reason we like this recipe is that it includes yogurt which gives the mix a bit more body.

Its also easy to turn this strawberry banana smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax seeds, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious Strawberry Banana results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • -3 cups of frozen strawberries
  • -2 cups of low-fat milk (Soy, or vanilla-flavored soy is ok too)
  • -1 large frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)
  • -1 cup of low-fat yogurt (plain, vanilla or strawberry)

Put everything into your smoothie blender at the same time and mix until smooth. Then enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe

Two Low Carb Smoothies

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May 052015
 
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Just because you are on a diet does not mean you need to go without smoothies! Below are two low carb smoothies recipes to bring a bit of sunshine into your diet.

A lot of dieters have a lot of success with low carb diets but often want something a bit different to break things up. Here are two low carb smoothies recipes that will help with the monotony without breaking your diet!.

Chocolate-Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 avocado, skinned and pitted
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cream (want lower calories? Try skim or 2% milk instead)
  • 3 tsp. preferred sweetener (splenda, equal, etc.)
  • 8-10 ice cubes

Everything into your trusty smoothie blender at once and blend until smooth. Add ice if needed to achieve your preferred consistency.

Coconut-Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup cold coconut milk
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Chia seed
  • 8-10 ice cubes

Just like the Chocolate-Avocado smoothie, everything into your blender at the same time and blend until smooth. If too thick, add a couple more ice cubes.

These are just a couple of low carb smoothies and there are a lot more you can try.

Two Very Low Carb Smoothies