There is nothing better than sitting back with an absorbing read and a glass of refreshing and nutritious smoothie on a hot summer afternoon. It’s the best time of the year to scout your local farmer’s market for a rich selection of fresh ingredients to make up your healthy treats. And best of all, smoothies are all good for you, so you really don’t need to feel guilty about indulging in the luxuriant and sweet taste of a homemade special summer drink. They make you surprisingly full as well, so you can skip on the junk food while relaxing around the house on your days off.
We have compiled the top eight tips on how to use your smoothie blender like a pro:
1. Follow the order – liquids should always go first, followed by your fresh or frozen choices of fruit, and finally the powders or any other additives you have decided to include.
2. Choose the right blender – your machine doesn’t need to have three hundred different functions, buttons or dials to make good smoothies, nor does it need to be super expensive to be perfectly useful. Go for simple, best value for money blenders, such as some featured in the best blender for smoothies reviews by experts.
3. Ice goes last – never add the ice at the beginning or you risk to ‘over-blend’ it, while no such danger exists for your fruits. Over crushing the ice will make your smoothie watery rather than pleasantly frosty.
4. Don’t mix soy milk and citrus – the result is usually unpleasant curdling with bits of odd stuff floating around in your smoothie. It’s, of course, perfectly fine to mix your soy milk with berries or other non-citrusy fruit for a vegetarian variety of your favourite smoothie.
5. Start with a bit of liquid – if you are not sure of the right proportions for your smoothie recipe, start off by adding a bit of liquid to your blender. Remember to follow the right order outlined in 1, and add fruits only after you’ve blended the liquids for a bit. You can always add more liquid at any point later to water down your smoothie, but you can’t take any out.
6. Fresh is better, organic is the best – always prefer fresh fruits to canned or frozen varieties if such are seasonally available. Even better, organic fruit contain noticeably more nutrients and flavour, so choose those over conventional market fruit.
7. Avoid sugar – you don’t need to add any additional sugar to your already naturally sweet smoothie. If it still doesn’t taste sweet enough for you, try adding a spoonful of honey or maple syrup or fruits with higher sweet impact, such as bananas, pears, apples or grapes.
8. Add probiotics – use natural organic yoghurt instead of milk to add healthy probiotics to your diet. Vanilla or lemon yoghurt (even the soy varieties) are a great source of probiotics and taste yummy in your smoothie.