Stuck in a smoothie rut and can’t seem to find that perfect creamy blend, or maybe you’re just ready to take your smoothie game up a notch. Either way this guide has everything you need – including equipment, ingredients, proportions, recipes and tips – for creating tasty and satisfying smoothies in your very own kitchen.
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR EQUIPMENT
There’s more than one appliance you can use to make a smoothie, but the most popular “go to” is a blender. They’re powerful enough to break up ice and pulverize fruits and vegetables and they’re capable of creating that “just right” consistency. KitchenAid offers blenders that can take on tough ingredients and deliver smooth results.
Another option is a food processor. Keep in mind that this method can be messy, especially if the appliance you own is not able to lock in liquids. KitchenAid offers food processors in a range of colors and sizes to help unleash possibilities in the kitchen.
If you’re making an individual smoothie, immersion blenders can be powerful enough to do the job. On top of being a more economical option, these hand blenders have the added advantage of being easy to clean and easy to store. KitchenAid offers a complete line of immersion blenders to help fuel your kitchen creativity.
In addition to a good appliance for blending your smoothie, measuring cups and measuring spoons are the only other equipment you’ll need. Gather your tools and ingredients before you start blending to help make the process flow smoothly.
STEP 2: CHOOSE A LIQUID BASE – ABOUT 1 CUP
The best smoothies start with the best ingredients so always use purified or filtered water in your smoothies. For clean, fresh filtered water and ice straight from the fridge make sure you use a great filter and change it every six months. everydrop® ice and water filters are the only filters approved by KitchenAid.1
Coconut milk and almond milk both taste great but keep in mind that coconut milk will bring a creamy, more tropical flavor while almond milk brings a more neutral flavor to the smoothie party.
STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR GREENS – ABOUT 1/2 TO 1 CUP
STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR FRUIT – 1 TO 2 CUPS
FRUIT AND VEGGIE TIP:
Using frozen fruits and veggies in your smoothies can help create a creamy, rich texture. Bananas are one of the most common ingredients in smoothies and they’re easy to freeze and have on hand for your next smoothie. Just slice up your bananas – the riper, the sweeter – lay them out on a parchment lined tray and freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes. When they’re frozen toss them into individual freezer bags so you can thaw and use as needed.
STEP 5: ADD FATS – 1 TO 2 TEASPOONS
Fats come in many forms; think nuts/nut butters – oils – coconut and flaxseed are popular – and avocados.
Remember, the calories in these ingredients can add up quickly so you’ll want to keep an eye on how much you’re adding in to keep your smoothie from weighing you down.
STEP 6: GIVE IT A BOOST
There are myriad add-ins to boost the taste and texture of your smoothie. Thicken your smoothie with cooked oats. Add a handful of herbs to enhance flavors. Sweeten your smoothie with a little raw honey or agave. Spice it up with a little cinnamon or ginger. There are so many ways to personalize your smoothie so experiment, let your creative juices flow – there really are no wrong answers.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT GREEN SMOOTHIE AND MORE
Now that you’re armed with all the tools and tips you need to make the perfect smoothie, it’s time to get blending. In just a matter of minutes you can whip up an energizing and complete breakfast with this green smoothie recipe. Or learn how to make a true classic – the perfect strawberry banana smoothie. And for something a little more savory, check out this delicious, veggie forward Bloody Mary Smoothie recipe.
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