Blend Until Smooth
What You Need to Know About Smoothies
Smoothies are an easy way to get a burst of goodness during Summer days. Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, smoothies come as a no-nonsense option to provide healthy nutrition in a convenient and tasty way. You can enjoy these nutritious drinks at any time during the day: in the morning for breakfast, as a pre or post-workout drink or as an alternative to lunch. You can prepare a fresh one to carry along in your Clima Bottle and savour it whenever you feel it’s the perfect time for a fresh pick-me-up.
Making your own smoothie is fun and easy, and once you get the hang of it, you will create the perfect blend to make your taste buds dance and sing all Summer long.
While there is no fixed recipe to create the perfect beverage, there are some basic principles you need to master before starting. The primary elements to create a smoothie are fresh or frozen fruits (or veggies), a liquid base, a thickener, and extras at your will. Quantities will vary depending on your personal taste. Nonetheless, you can correct the recipe at any time during preparation.
First thing first, choose your ingredients carefully: seasonal and farm-to-table produce is more likely to be at its nutritional peak and will, therefore, deliver the fullest flavour. Once you got your best selection, take the blender and pour the liquid and the fruits in it. The liquid base can be either water, milk, juice or even tea or coffee, depending on the end result you want to achieve. Blend until smooth and taste the outcome.
Is it too watery? Add extra fruit (a ripe or overripe banana will do the job most of the times) or a spoon of yoghurt. Too thick instead? Thin it out with some juice or extra milk (perhaps half a cup of coconut milk?).
Before you go, take note of these extra tips: for the best results, always use at least one “creamy” fruit, such as banana, mango, peach, pear, apple or papaya.
These fruits will help your smoothie stay thick and solid. On the other hand, water-rich fruits such as oranges, grapes, kiwi and watermelon, shall be used sparingly, in order to avoid a runny drink. Finally, remember that you will need little or no ice at all if you only use frozen fruit. Ice will also make for a thicker smoothie.
Start now making yours and with a little practice you’ll be able to achieve the perfect balance between the ingredients, creating the perfect flavour and texture for your Summer drink.
Here’s some inspiration for beginners:
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup each vanilla yoghurt and milk
2 teaspoons honey
a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.
1 cup frozen pitted cherries
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
a pinch each of cinnamon and salt
2 cups ice
2 cups chopped cantaloupe
the juice of 1/2 lime
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup water and 1 cup ice
1 1/4 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 peeled cucumber
1/2 celery stalk
1/4 cup each parsley and spinach
1/2 cup ice
1¼ cups orange juice
1¼ cups frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries
½ cup low-fat plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
Banana Pineapple Special
1 cups fresh pineapple
1 cups frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
½ cup non-fat Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon of honey
¼ cup almond milk