Smoothies are a favorite at our house. Over the past few years I have learned a few tips to making a better smoothie. One reason I love our Vita-Mix is that it does a great job of blending everything together so it tastes good! The tips below will work for any blender.
Freeze your fruit
Colder smoothies tastes better. I usually freeze almost brown bananas as well as other fruit I am able to purchase on sale. If you don’t have frozen fruit remember to add ice.
In our house we prefer orange juice, milk or yogurt. You can add any kind of juice depending on your preference.
Add veggies slowly
If you want to make your smoothie healthier add the veggies slowly. Once my husband went all out on a veggie smoothie, putting in almost every veggie we had in the fridge. Needless to say it was pretty gross. He drank it because he will eat and drink anything, but I wouldn’t recommend this method. When I am “sneaking” veggies into a fruit smoothie I add a little and see what the response is, if it is positive I might add a little more the next time. I continue to do this until the smoothie tastes too healthy for my kids. Then I scale back the veggies.
Bananas help mask the taste of most veggies. If you add a few bananas to your smoothie you can probably tolerate more veggies.
Blend, blend and blend
Many smoothies are not blended long enough to thoroughly mix up everything. I don’t know many people who like a chunky smoothie.
If you have leftover smoothie (although we never do) you can always use this idea provided by my sister-in-law. Popsicles!