First is consistency
NO NEED FOR ICE! Use frozen fruit and cold juice or milk!
Take (FROZEN) fruit of choice, and protein powders or I like Green’s powder, spirulina, or Moringa Oleifera powder and place it into blender. To get the right consistency, fill with liquid of your choice just barely above the fruit line. Blend on high for 20 seconds, and then stir the mixture up and blend for 20 more seconds or until mixture looks well blended! It should be a great consistency.
Say no to waste!
Now that you know how to have great consistency lets talk about how much you want to make. You will have to have an amount in mind. Most blender pitchers have measurements on them. If you want 16 oz, add fruit and liquid to that line. Pretty easy huh? I know it is common sense. If you are using coconut milk, it tends to fluff and thicken. I do suggest you add some juice with coconut milk, but even then you may have problems with consistency and leftovers, although it will be delicious so maybe there will not be leftovers after all.
Other Smoothie Tips:
Speaking of coconut milk, it goes really well with orange juice, ginger, or pineapple juice (Piña Colada effect.) *Recipe with coconut milk included below!
If you have never added ginger to a smoothie, just rinse it and add a 1/4 inch piece to a 16 oz to 20 oz smoothie. You may want to blend a little extra and it may be a little stringy, but it is so yummy!
More about Green’s powder and Spirulina
In the recipes below I mention a couple of ingredients that you may not know very well. Green’s Powder is one of them. Green’s Powder is packed with exactly that, all kinds of greens. It is a super way to add super power to your smoothies. This powder also tastes great. I was surprised myself when I first started using it, that it improved the taste of the smoothie! It is a great way to get your vegetable hater to eat some greens! I tried to hide the fact that I was adding it to smoothies for as long as I could. I was afraid my vegetable hater would decide to not like my smoothies anymore. He finally found out that I was putting the powder in and he asked what it was. I told him. He gave me a crooked little smile and took another sip of the smoothie. Haha, he finished his smoothie and wanted more! Oh what a huge relief!
Okay, Spirulina is another item that is listed in my smoothie recipes. What is spirulina? It is a blue-green algae. Spirulina is an acquired taste. I know this from many years of serving it to people. Not everyone likes it. I do love it, but I also am a big fan of eating green things. It is very hard to describe how it tastes. I do want to tell you to be careful because it can stain anything, counter tops, clothes. This stuff is powerful! I bet it would make a great natural dye!
Follow directions on the package for powders or any other additives for amounts to use.
- Island smoothie ~ papaya, pineapple, mango, banana, small piece of ginger,1/4 coconut milk, 3/4 pineapple juice
- Spirulina Smoothie – mixed berries, bananas, and mango, Spirulina
, and pineapple juice.
- Smoothie Cleanser – Banana, mango, blueberries, Green’s Powder, 1/2 pineapple juice, 1/2 pomegranate juice, and flax oil.
- Protein Nuts/ butter Smoothie – Your choice of nut butter, peanut, almond, sunflower. Your choice of milk, soy, coconut, protein powder, and cinnamon.
- Kid’s “Healthy” Smoothie (Shhh!) – I like to throw in every kind of fruit I have.
Banana, pineapple, mango, mixed berries. Then I add in my Green’s Powder.
It’s is exactly that (greens), it is loaded with greens that you probably cannot get your kids to eat. DON’T worry though, the powder actually makes any smoothie taste really good. It does not taste like spinach or green vegetables. My NON-VEGETABLE eater loves this smoothie!
Okay so all the fruit, greens powder, and any juice is good. I use a range of juices. Grape, pineapple, apple, pomegranate.Every time you add an ingredient it also adds in more variables. Ingredients not only change the taste but the texture and the amount could also be changed. You don’t have to use one of my recipes, you could always just come up with your own!
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