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.
Step 2: Choose Your Frozen Fruit
- 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.
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.
Step 3: Get Your Greens
- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
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:
Step 5: Add Flavor
- Nut butter
- Rolled oats
- Chia, hemp seeds or flaxseeds
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.
Step 6: Pour and Enjoy!
- Honey or pure maple syrup, to sweeten
- One pitted Medjool date, to sweeten
- Freshly grated ginger
- Vanilla extract
- Lemon or lime zest or juice