Tips for Making Good Smoothies

If you find you have a fruit or vegetable that is difficult to blend into a drink, try “juicing” it first. You will need a juicer in order to do this. Juicers are able to handle turning even the toughest pieces of fruit and vegetables into a liquid. If you do not own a juicer, try peeling the fruit or vegetable first. Blend the center first. Chop the peel into fine pieces and add it a little bit at a time until the smoothie is at the consistency you desire. Always chop the fruit and vegetables before adding to the blender.

If the smoothie is too thin, try adding a bit more fruit, or ice cubes. If it is too thick, thin it with liquid, milk, yogurt, ice cream, or even fruit juice or water. If you wish for a creamy smoothie use yogurt or ice cream for the liquid instead of water and ice.

It is okay to refrigerate or even freeze a smoothie if you cannot consume it right after creating it. Allow a frozen smoothie to thaw in the refrigerator for a day, or allow it to sit out at room temperature for about an hour. If you refrigerate it, drink it within a day.

If you plan to use fruit juice for the liquid try freezing it in ice trays first, that way it will help the smoothie to have a thicker frozen texture.

When blending the smoothie always test a spoonful first to make sure of the flavor and texture before pouring into a glass.

Peanut Banana Berry Smoothie

A nutritious smoothie that provides omega 3 fatty acids from flax seed meal.
Makes 1 serving.

*1/2 cup of milk
*1/4 cup of banana (ripe)
*1/4 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
*1/4 cup of yogurt (plain)
*1/2 tablespoon of flax seed meal
*1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter
*1/2 teaspoon of honey

First, grind the 1/2 tablespoon of flax seed meal into a fine powder. Next, add the 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of ripe banana, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter and the 1/2 teaspoon of honey into a blender and blend until the texture you desire. Pour into a glass and enjoy.