The elaboration of a smoothie begins with the choice of the fruits and the liquids that will compose it. Finding the balance in terms of the amounts of each one is essential, in this way we will obtain a creamy smoothie that is neither too liquid nor too thick. A smoothie well loaded with vitamins is an invigorating way to start the day, if we have it for breakfast, or to recharge our batteries in the middle of the afternoon, if we choose to consume it at snack time.
At first glance, it may seem that preparing a smoothie is a matter of sewing and singing, since you only have to crush fruits with some type of liquid, be it water or milk.
This is true and it is one of the great benefits of smoothies. But making the perfect smoothie, from a nutritional and technical standpoint, takes a little more. If you want to obtain a delicious and balanced result, apply these simple tips and you will see what a difference. Your smoothies will never be the same again.
Two glasses of the chosen liquid are enough. This can be milk (cow or any other type: soy, almond, oatmeal, coconut, etc.), yogurt, fruit juice, coconut water, among others. It is important to add the liquid to the blender jar first, before the fruit, so that the blades do not suffer or deteriorate.
Incorporating the fruit of our choice and crushing is the next step. How much quantity? Well, the ideal is to start with three quarters of the glass that we have used for the liquid part (in volume). Depending on the chosen fruit, some contain more water than others, you will have to add more fruit or more liquid.
Banana is an excellent base for any smoothie. It provides creaminess and body, as well as a delicious flavor. Other fruits that work well include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, and cantaloupe.
Once the proportions of liquid and fruit are balanced, and the right (or preferred) consistency is achieved, our smoothies will benefit a lot if we brighten them up with a splash of lemon or grapefruit juice, a little honey, agave syrup, maple syrup and some ice. These last ones, if we crush them with the rest of the ingredients, will make it very refreshing.
Ice can be substituted for frozen fruit. It is a great idea to have fruit on hand in the freezer, peeled, chopped and packed in individual bags (each variety), especially if you have a deep fondness for smoothies and like to make them often. There are fruits that freeze regularly, such as melon or strawberries, but since they are going to be crushed absolutely nothing happens.
Once the basic guidelines have been mastered, the creativity of each one comes into play and it is time to incorporate differential flavors into the base recipes. Cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla essence to change the flavor or oat flakes, chopped nuts or sunflower seeds to incorporate new textures.
If you are in a healthy mood and want to make your smoothie even healthier, with greater nutritional value, adding vegetables to our base fruits is something to keep in mind. Beet, carrot, tomato and spinach work wonders.
An Art of Blend Smoothie from AussieBlends® is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with one of our three bases specially crafted for smoothies. You can use Creative Yogurt Smoothie Base (contains Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei) for water based beverages or Velvet Dairy Frappe Base for milk based beverages.
Make sure to use AussieBlends® Art of Blend Smoothie Mixes, just add your favorite fruit or vegetables. Crafted blends with the perfect balance of sugar, milk, dairy, or yogurt to guarantee a smooth beverage.