1. Start with quality fruit. Bad fruit won’t improve with blending.
2. Stock your freezer with frozen fruit. Berries, mangos, peaches, and pineapple are smoothie staples.
3. Use a combination of frozen ingredients and room temperature ingredients in each smoothie to create a refreshingly cool (but not ice cold!) smoothie.
4. Experiment with adding fresh herbs– mint or parsley are great ones to start with. Dried herbs do not (I repeat- DO NOT) work well in smoothies.
5. Err on the side of caution with pungent spices like cayenne or ginger. Start with 1/2 the amount you think would work. Blend and taste. Add more if you like.
6. Bananas are a fool-proof way to start a smoothie. They add creaminess and a slight sweetness and play nicely with many flavor combinations.
7. Coconut milk is another great smoothie base. Smooth and subtle, it adds an extra dimension to your flavor profile without overwhelming other flavors.
8. Try not to overfill your blender! It’s no fun to wash berry smoothie off the ceiling (been there). Most blender jars will have a “max fill” line.
9. Make green smoothies faster by pre-washing and pre-chopping your greens. I store washed, chopped kale leaves in small freezer bags so I can make a kale smoothie on the run.
10. Invest in the best blender you can afford. The cheaper ones can turn out decent fruit smoothies but will definitely struggle with green smoothies that require breaking down fibrous veggies like kale or collard greens. If you cannot afford a Vita-mix or Blendtech (drool!), try out the Ninja blender (affiliate link). It breaks down greens quite effectively and costs a fraction of a professional blender.
Some smoothies to try:
Are you a smoothie addict too? I’d love to hear what your smoothie secrets are!