Tips for Smoothie Success!

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Nothing is quite as refreshing in the summer as an ice cold smoothie. Remember, smoothie making is not an exact science. Use these ratios as a guide and adjust according to your own tastes. It may take a few tries to perfect it, but it will be worth it!

  • Make sure your fruit-to-liquid ratio approaches 1-to-1 or 1-to-2. You want there to be more liquid in your blender than solids.
  • If your blender is struggling to mix, turn it off and add more liquid before continuing to blend.
  • Start blending on low speed, increase to high, then finish on low.


1 to 1 1/2 cups liquid + 1 to 2 cups frozen fruit + one handful greens + 1 to 2 tablespoons add-ins

Step 1: Choose Your Base
Your amount of liquid will ultimately depend on how thick you like your smoothie.
  • Water, coconut water, or green tea
  • Unsweetened dairy-free or low-fat milk of choice
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup low-fat yogurt adds a boost of protein and creaminess — but pair it with one of the liquids above so that your smoothie blends well.
Step 2: Choose Your Frozen Fruit
Mango and pineapple are a delightfully tropical combo. Mixed berries pair nicely with a handful of spinach. Start off with 1 cup of frozen fruit and work up to 2 cups for a thicker smoothie.
  • Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
Step 3: Get Your Greens
Add a generous handful of spinach, kale, or arugula — any leafy green (fresh or frozen) will do.

Step 4: Add a Nutritional Boost
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the following for a boost of healthy fats or fiber:
  • Avocado
  • Nut butter
  • Rolled oats
  • Chia, hemp seeds or flaxseeds
Step 5: Add Flavor
Just a dash of the following can bring the flavors alive. Note: If your smoothie contains frozen banana, you likely will not need to add a sweetener at all.
  • Honey or pure maple syrup, to sweeten
  • One pitted Medjool date, to sweeten
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon or lime zest or juice
  • Cinnamon
Step 6: Pour and Enjoy!