we have mainly discussed the step by step procedure that is required to build smoothies by using the right kinds of ingredients, textures, consistency, etc.
Smoothies are very popular among the health conscious people. It is very easy for people to go wrong with the ingredients and turn the healthy smoothies into the sugar-loaded ones. But, if you use the right kind of ingredients, you can easily have them as nutritious breakfasts, snacks or post-workout meals. In this article, we have talked about a few tips, using which you can easily make some healthy and tasty smoothies. It is not about any specific recipe, but here, we have mainly discussed the step by step procedure that is required to build smoothies by using the right kinds of ingredients, textures, consistency, etc.
Step by step procedure of making smoothies
Getting the base: The first thing you need to decide is where you wish to get a liquid or semi-liquid base. The best thing about a smoothie is that it can be created with almost about anything like, milk, ice cream, tea, coffee or maybe any little sweet. But, whether you want to make a healthy smoothie or not, it completely depends on you. If you are looking to make some healthy smoothies, you just have to be a little thoughtful with about the ingredients that you are using. For example, you can consider using yogurt instead of ice cream or whipped cream, you can replace the dairy milk with the non-dairy ones, as they are much less on calories. You will require putting about one cup of a base into the jar, where you are going to make a smoothie.
Choosing the right ingredients for sweet smoothies:
Fruits will not only add sweetness to the smoothies but, will also give a lot of fiber and other nutrients. The popular fruits which are used for making great sweet smoothies are mangoes, bananas, melons, cherries, berries, apricots, peaches, all types of winter squash and pineapples. For the liquids, you can consider using, water, coconut water, milk, tea, coffee and fresh juices. As for the spices and other ingredients are concerned, you can try out different combinations with, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, mint, basils, nutmeg, cilantro and vanilla. If you want to have thick and frosty smoothies, you should use some frozen fruits. Frozen bananas are especially good for making the smoothies extra creamy. However, if you do not wish to use the frozen fruits, add a couple of ice cubes instead.
Choosing the right ingredients for green smoothies:
Some people choose to make smoothies, where the green ingredients are hidden in an otherwise sweet smoothie while others prefer those, which are full of greenness. The green smoothies can be absolutely delicious if you balance the flavors carefully. The safe method would be to take the sweet or savory approach. In order to make the sweet green smoothies, you will have to balance by using some fruits and vegetables together. But, for the savory approach, you should drop the fruits and try to experiment with different combinations of leafy herbs or some good salad ingredients and add a little salt or even soy sauce.
The common vegetables that are used for green smoothies are spinach, lettuce, mustard greens, beet greens, arugula, kale, cucumbers, and dandelion. You can combine different vegetables with fruits like pears, apples, melons, peaches, grapes and pineapples. You can use liquids like coconut water, water, tea or fresh juices to get the desired consistency. The herbs which will help to enhance the flavors of the green smoothies are basil, mint, ginger, garlic, cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, thyme, and marjoram.
Getting the right texture:
A great smoothie generally has the creamy texture. They should definitely be chilled, but, should never be icy. The smoothie should be able to maintain its original texture even if it warms up a little. Even the green smoothies should also be absolutely smooth, with a bit of heft from the higher fat ingredients.
Blending up some ice in the smoothie is a good idea, but, it does not always give you the perfect texture. One of the best ways of getting your desired consistency is to freeze some of the ingredients from beforehand. Ideally, you should be using two-third of the frozen ingredients, to obtain the right consistency. For the regular pieces of fruits and vegetables, you can use the regular blender, but, for the larger slices, you would rather need a high-speed blender.
One of the best ingredients for improving the texture of your smoothie is nut butter. You will just require adding one or two tablespoons of almond, peanut or other nut butter of your preference. Avocado also works magically for getting the perfect creaminess of the smoothies. Avocado tricks work perfectly well with the fruit smoothies. The Greek yogurt and the cooked oatmeals are also great for filling the texture beautifully.
The optional extras:
Other than the above-mentioned ingredients, there is a wide array of ingredients, which can be used to enhance the taste of your smoothies, like, raw cocoa, flax seeds, maca, protein powder, etc. The protein powders are especially popular among men, who are looking to put on muscles, but, they should rather be careful while choosing them, as they widely vary in terms of quality, tastes, and texture. Look for a protein powder, which meets your nutritional goals and does not have a noticeable taste, so that, you can blend it with just about any kind of smoothie.
Cocoa powder is another popular add-on, it adds the chocolate flavor, but, at the same time, it is low in calorie, has no sugar content and is also free of any unhealthy fat. If you are looking to add some more nutritious substances in your smoothies, you can take some flax seeds. These flat seeds are very high in fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. But, always remember that flax seeds are great for absorbing liquid and turning it into a gel. So, never leave your smoothie containing flax seeds for more than fifteen to twenty minutes, otherwise, it will spoil the texture, making it difficult to consume.
Add the ingredients of your smoothie, depending on your tastes and the kind of health benefits you are looking to derive from it.