A Step-By-Step Tutorial
Learning how to make a smoothie is super simple. Having owned a juice and smoothie shop for a number of years, I’ve literally made thousands of delicious smoothies and I’m psyched to show you how!
The first thing you’ll need, of course, is the proper equipment. Smoothies are made in a blender, so make sure you’ve got the best one you can afford. I love to use a Vitamix for it’s maximum power and it’s ability to liquify anything I put in it, but they are an investment (worth every penny and then some). Whatever you’ve got is fine, just get it out and put it to work!
On this page I’ll show you exactly how to make a smoothie (it’s not rocket science but I’ll share a few tips I’ve learned along the way)
but if you’re wondering how to decide what to put in them, check out my how to create healthy smoothie recipes page.
Gather all your ingredients together, and grab a knife and cutting board if necessary.
Add your frozen fruit to the blender. Using at least some frozen fruit is important for making a cold smoothie (unless you don’t want a cold smoothie and that’s fine too). The frozen fruit also gives the smoothie a thick consistency. Starting with the frozen fruit at the bottom of the blender will also help you to determine the right amount of liquid to add later.
Add in any fresh fruit that is not frozen.
Now it’s time to add any vegetables that you might want in your smoothie. Make sure to chop up any fibrous vegetables pretty small if your blender is not that powerful.
If you are using any add-ins such as flax seeds, nut butters, protein powders (please use whole food protein!), etc. you can add them now.
Add your liquid to the blender. The trick to adding the right amount is to add just enough to cover the frozen fruit. This will allow the blender blades to turn and get the frozen fruit pureed, which should then suck down the non-frozen ingredients quite well. You may have to adjust the amount once you start to blend. Better to not have enough at the beginning and add more, than to have too much and end up with a runny smoothie.
Time for the magic! Start your blender at a low speed if you can, then slowly increase it’s speed as necessary. If your frozen fruit is not moving well and starts to bind up, add a little more liquid until it all starts moving. If your blender doesn’t have something to tamp down the ingredients while the blender is running, stop (please don’t try to do this with the blender running, trust me, I speak from experience!) and push the ingredients into the blades or try to make a path for the liquid to get down there.
Once all the non-frozen ingredients have been worked into the mixture, then check for consistency. If it’s too thick add a little more liquid. Taste your smoothie before pouring it into a glass to see if it needs to be tweaked for flavor. When you’re first learning how to make a smoothie, there is some trial and error involved.
Top off a glass, stick in a straw, kick back and enjoy!
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So now you’ve learned how to make a smoothie! Get your creativity on and start blending up your beautiful creations today. Got questions? Be sure to ask them below!