I’m a believer that smoothies are the perfect meal or snack no matter what the weather. It is never too cold to have an awesome smoothie! Since smoothies are such a tasty way to pack in a meal on the go, I put on a big sweater and happily drink them even when the temps are frigid.
Smoothies present a perfect opportunity to eat more greens too! By adding a handful of spinach, kale, collard leaves, or for example a teaspoon of spirulina powder, you have more fiber and more alkaline, thus health-promoting food. If I would recommend adding just one new meal to your diet, smoothies would be it!
Remember, you don’t always have to make fruit smoothies. By adding carrots, avocados and nuts, you are elevating its taste and the meal becomes more satisfying and keeps you full for longer.
How to Make a Fruit Smoothie
Making a fruit smoothie is as simple as tossing ingredients in a blender and letting it rip, but we want to make sure you succeed every time, so here’s our exact process:
- Add liquid to your blender. I typically use unsweetened oat or almond milk, but you could use any other kind of milk, fruit juice, or even just water.
- Add in any fibrous foods. If you are adding in spinach or other greens, this is the time to toss them in.
- Add in your frozen fruits and vegetables. I like to keep at least frozen bananas and frozen strawberries on hand for smoothie making. Any frozen fruit works!
- Add any fresh fruits or veggies you’d like to use. Here is where you’ll toss in fresh strawberries or an avocado half.
- Top it off with your favorite nutrition mix-ins. Add protein powder, collagen, chia seeds, turmeric—whatever you’d like to boost the nutrition of the smoothie.
- Blend away! I like to start my blender on low and then slowly ramp up to full speed. This makes sure everything is mixed well and the blades don’t get stuck. I blend until the smoothie looks silky, and then I pour and enjoy.
What do I use to sweeten a smoothie?
All of these smoothies here use frozen fruit as a base, which adds a nice baseline of sweetness that you can build on if your tastebuds would like. My recommendation is to blend up your smoothie without any added sweetener, then taste. Add in honey or maple syrup to taste. Many times, I don’t need to add anything! Another great natural option for sweetening: pitted Medjool dates. Throw in one or two of those bad boys and let the blender do its thing. You’d be amazed at how sweet your smoothie will be!
How to Make a Mixed Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
Sometimes we can’t or choose not to eat bananas. How to create a creamy base that combines all ingredients? Avocado is a perfect choice. Nature’s superfood is packed with fiber and nutrients easy to digest. Simply add avocado in place of banana, or if banana is not a problem, try using them both.
Example smoothie recipes
See all the smoothie recipes we made during our classes here: