Happy Friday everyone!
As I was grocery shopping the other day at Fresh and Easy I noticed they had a new product from Wild Oats available in their "grab and go" section called "Smoothie Kits." I thought that's a really cool idea! For some people who have no idea how to make a smoothie or what to put in it, it's a really basic but smart concept. Inspired by this trip to the store I decided to put together a little roundup of the real basics of what you need to make a smoothie.
You obviously need a blender first in order to do anything - haha!
I've posted the Vitamix Personal Blender Series S30. Unlike the rest of their blenders this uses way less counter space. You also are blending right into your cup that you can take with you on your way out the door! You still get the regular container for larger recipes like soups etc. which is nice!
Once you have a blender you can start making some yummy creations! Here are some steps to help you get going.
1) Decide what type of smoothie you want to make. (Fruity or Green smoothie, etc.) Depending on which direction you want to go with your smoothie this will determine the rest of the ingredients.
2) Start with picking your liquid base. Coconut water is a great choice. I posted the Coco Jack, which is a great tool for opening those Thai coconuts at home, without using a machete or some other crazy tool! Other options could be plain water, milks (almond, rice, cashew, soy, etc.) or fruit juice. Some people also like using iced coffee or tea for some caffiene.
3) Decide what type fruit and/or veggies you want to use. Leafy greens are great in smoothies. Obviously fruit is a very popular choice as well. Going with an all fruit smoothie will have a lot more sugar and sweettness as opposed to going with a green smoothie. I'm a fan of green smoothies. I like getting in my greens but still having some fruit to sweeten it up. Mixing both is a good balance.
4) Use something to thicken it. Nut butters are very popular. (Almond, cashew, peanut, coconut, etc.) I love this almond butter! Ice cubes are usually what I go with. Some others are yogurt, cottage cheest, kefir, coconut meat (Which if you use the coconut jack to open your coconut you could use the water and the meat for the same smoothie!)
5) Add some flavor! You can use dates (I'm always a fan of using them!) You get that sweet surgary taste in a really natural form. You could also use agave nectar or coconut nectar (which is another one of my personal favorites!) Figs, cinnamon, other spices. Turmeric is also a really popular choice.
6) Add a boost (Optional). I almost always add a boost. If you don't though, it won't make your smoothie taste bad. Sometimes the boosts I add have flavor so I won't add extra flavoring from dates or honey, etc. Two of my favorites are SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder (either chocolate or vanilla) and Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder. You can read more about this product here! (I also love their new packaging!) Other boosts you can use besides protein powders are ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds (Here is a kind I really like.), goji berries, bee pollen, vitamin powders, wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, maca or acai powder.
Here is a smoothie to help get you started!
Let me know how your smoothies turned out! :)
Written by: Kristen Tola Hettich