Smoothie Tutorial

Source/Inspiration: My own!
Serves: 1-2
Skill level: Easy 

Time: 5 minutes 

INSPIRATION

Making smoothies always takes me back to my days at Jamba Juice and being 16. As much as I love all of their smoothies and I’ll occasionally treat myself to the now $8-a-smoothie-Robek’s, I realized smoothies are ridiculously hard to mess up and I really enjoy making my own. Paul and I picked up a Ninja blender about a year ago and we have definitely put that thing to work. A freshly made smoothie to kick start my 5am day always does the trick.

The secret to delicious smoothies at home is just knowing what the fruits do to the texture and flavor of the smoothie and using that knowledge to experiment! Since blending my own at home, I’ve been able to cut out a ton of the high sugar-water (juice) and high sugar sorbet or yogurt that is generally used at places where you buy smoothies. It is beautiful to let the flavors develop naturally. Whether it is a green smoothie (my fave, not Paul’s fave) or a fruit smoothie (Paul’s fave), make some room for a smoothie in your life soon.

Tips to smoothie making:

  • If you are new to greens in your smoothie, it is okay to start slow. I originally started with a 3:1 ratio of fruit to greens, and over time I have incorporated more greens and less fruit
  • Blend the liquid (juice or water or soy/almond/coconut/rice milk) and all greens (kale, spinach, etc.)  first to help eliminate chunks of greens in your smoothie. (I don’t do this all the time as I don’t mind the greens)
  • A quarter or half of a banana will knock out any strong taste from your greens and add some potassium!
  • Use mangos to thicken any smoothie. Mango is a great substitute for sorbet or ice cream
  • If you use frozen fruit, there is no need for ice
  • Look at the ingredients list on frozen fruit. Avoid frozen fruit that has added sugar or preservatives (strawberries and raspberries are repeat offenders here)- this doesn’t belong in a fruit smoothie!
  • If the smoothie is not blending together well, add more liquid!

I must say, writing an actual recipe for any of these is challenging, but I am going to do my best to guide you and then push you: make these your own and experiment! Below are some suggestions, some of my favorites!

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DIRECTIONS

Greens & Fruit Smoothie: 

  1. Add 4 ounces of lemonade and 4 ounces of water
  2. Add a large handful of  a mixture of spinach and kale (about 1 cup)
  3. Add 5 strawberries, a small handful of mango, and 1/3 of a banana
  4. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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This smoothie didn’t blend together really nicely with the large blender cup, so I transferred it to the single serve blender and finished blending in that cup:

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Kale & Mango Monster Smoothie:

  1. Add 4 ounces of lemonade and 4 ounces of water (I later added a splash of cranberry juice)
  2. Add one large handful of kale and one small handful of spinach
  3. Add 6 mango chunks and 1/2 of a banana.
  4. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
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All Fruit Goodness Smoothie:
    1. Add  8 ounces cranberry juice and 4 ounces water
    2. Add two large handfuls of mango chunks
    3. Add 1/2 of a banana
    4. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
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Enjoy! 

xoxo -The Yummy Bunny.

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