I get a lot of questions about the smoothies my husband and I make so I figured I’d make a post about our system. Because it’s so easy we have no problem whipping them up before work in the mornings. We blend in a Ninja blender with the personal smoothie cups. This is mostly because someone broke the large pitcher and blade by blending a spoon while sick. We won’t name names of course. Anyways, we hadn’t used the personal cups much before so when we switched to them it was new. Personally, (heh) I like them better as they seem to get a smoother blend. Basically though, use whatever blender you have, I am not going to go tell you to spend $300 on one.
All of our smoothies are green smoothies. This means we start with a hearty base of mixed greens. Our favorites are spinach and kale. We also use collard greens from time to time. The kale is a little tart so we do a half and half ratio with spinach. We purchase these in large bags pre washed and then stick them in the freezer. You are also welcome to use fresh. The recipe we are going over today is for one 12 oz smoothie. We use 1 cup of spinach and 1 cup of kale as this green base.
We then add 1/2 to 1 cup water. After adding the water you will notice that the greens kinda smoosh (yes, this is the official word) to the bottom. This is good. Now you have room for everything else. Make sure you put in enough water to smoosh them and almost cover the greens. This isn’t a science to you may have to play with it. You can always add more later. Now this is always where I get asked about why we use water. The simple answer is I’m lazy. Water is free, its right next to the blender, and its 0 calories. Why not use water? I mean really.
Next is your banana. We use a whole banana in each smoothie. You are welcome to use 1/2 or less, but this is what we like. The banana gives the smoothie that good thick texture and its a great source of sweetness next to that kale.
Now comes the fun part. This is where you add your extra fruit for flavor. Today I used avocado and mango. Strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, and apple are other ingredients we enjoy regularly.
We use chia seeds in all our smoothies as an extra umph. Curious? Here is a nice article explaining the benefits. Around 1 Tablespoon is good. Whatever you do, don’t add these first if you’re using a small blender cup. They will get stuck on the bottom and never get into the smoothie.
Now we put on the lid and buzz! Make sure you run your blender for long enough to get a nice fine blend. This is a smoothie, not a chunky. Also, if your greens are bunching up at the top of the blender, go ahead and shake them down (with the lid on.)
After you are done blending pour into your favorite up and enjoy! If your smoothie is too thick add a little water and blend again and you’re good to go.
So what do you think? Do you make smoothies at home? If so what do you do differently? Any great ideas I need to try?