Beginners Guide to Smoothie Building

How-to-Make-a-SmoothieHow to Make a Smoothie

Smoothies are pretty basic. You can throw almost anything into a blender, add liquid, and have a power drink made in under a minute. My instagram is generally flooded with gorgeous images of smoothie bowls, green drinks, and ombre toned layered smoothies in Mason Jars. It’s enough to make a smoothie newbie feel a little overwhelmed. Wondering where to start? Think less is more and skim over these four steps for basic smoothie building.

Base:

The liquid portion of the smoothie: water, coconut water, kefir, or nut or seed milks.

Core:

This will largely determine what the texture and taste of what the smoothie will be. The options really are endless but I would limit yourself to only a few of the following per smoothie: frozen bananas, avocados, berries, fruit, oats, fresh herbs, sweet potato, nut butter, and greens such as swiss chard, spinach, and kale. 

Sweeteners:

Not always necessary – especially if you added ripe bananas into the mix. Try dates, honey, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, fresh stevia leaves, or maple syrup.

Superfoods:

A little goes a long way and don’t feel the need to dump all of these in your smoothie at once. In fact, I would limit yourself to just one or two.

Here are a few examples of superfoods: maca powder, golgi berries, spirulina, cacaoa, vanilla beans, matcha, sea salt, chili powder, cinnamon, jalapenos, lemon juice, lavender, sea salt

 

General Smoothie Tips

Keep ingredients minimal, don’t make it difficult for your body to digest.

Superfoods: limit yourself to adding one or two. It’s better to rotate these rather than having chia, flax, bee pollen, and maca all at once. Keep it simple. Have chia today, try flax tomorrow, and keep mixing up so you don’t get stuck in a smoothie rut.

Most smoothies have a considerable amount of ‘sweet’ from fruit so sweeteners should be used in moderation.

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