How do I Make a Smoothie?

Sheri Cyprus

It's easy to make a smoothie that is both healthy and delicious -- the Internet offers many great recipes for smoothies. All you need is a blender, mixer or food processor and a few ingredients. You'll need crushed ice and chopped fruit as well as yogurt, ice cream or milk. Fruit juice, honey, cinnamon, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, wheat germ and protein powder are other possible additions depending on the particular recipe and your preferences. The specific order of adding the ingredients to the blender varies as everyone seems to have his or her favorite method, but the best tip to make a smoothie that is actually smooth is to keep checking and stirring the ingredients to get any ice and fruit chunks well blended.

Consider adding wheat germ to smoothies.
Consider adding wheat germ to smoothies.

Frozen, fresh or canned fruit in any combination works well with a few exceptions. Milder fruit such as peaches are often better on their own in a smoothie as they may get overpowered by stronger tasting fruit such as blueberries. Apples, even when chopped into smaller chunks, tend to create lumps in smoothies, but you could experiment with these as you gain some practice in smoothie making. Strawberry and banana is a classic smoothie fruit combination, while pineapple and mango are popular fruits to make a smoothie with a tropical appeal. Place the amount of fruit your smoothie recipe calls for in the blender or mixer and blend or mix for about 25 seconds.

Yogurt can be used to make a creamy smoothie.
Yogurt can be used to make a creamy smoothie.

At least a half a cup (125 ml) of crushed ice should be added to the fruit. The amount of ice you'll need to make a smoothie will partially depend on whether you're using frozen fruit or not. Turn the blender on to process the fruit and ice for a few seconds before adding the yogurt, ice cream or milk and other ingredients according to the recipe you're using. Process the smoothie again until all ice chunks and fruit are well-blended. When the blender is turned off, you may want to use a spatula to move any chunks of fruit or ice from the blender's blades.

Blueberries are often added to smoothies for their nutritional value.
Blueberries are often added to smoothies for their nutritional value.

Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately after blending. If you make a smoothie that ends up being too thin or too thick, these are easy fixes. A little milk or fruit juice can thin the mixture out, while adding more fruit and ice chunks can help thicken it.

A strawberry smoothie.
A strawberry smoothie.
Many smoothies contain honey as a natural sweetener.
Many smoothies contain honey as a natural sweetener.
Protein powder, which is often included in smoothies.
Protein powder, which is often included in smoothies.
Peaches are often best on their own in a smoothie.
Peaches are often best on their own in a smoothie.
Blenders are the easiest way to make smoothies.
Blenders are the easiest way to make smoothies.
Mango smoothies offer a tropical touch.
Mango smoothies offer a tropical touch.
Smoothies are created using a variety of fruits, juices, and ice.
Smoothies are created using a variety of fruits, juices, and ice.
Spinach can be used to make healthy, green smoothies.
Spinach can be used to make healthy, green smoothies.
Some smoothie recipes call for ice cream.
Some smoothie recipes call for ice cream.
Added mamey to a tropical fruit smoothie can provide a creamy texture without the need for yogurt or milk.
Added mamey to a tropical fruit smoothie can provide a creamy texture without the need for yogurt or milk.
A green smoothie may feature avocado, kale, or other nutrient-packed green vegetables.
A green smoothie may feature avocado, kale, or other nutrient-packed green vegetables.

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