How To Make A Smoothie – The Ultimate Guide

On this page your going to learn how to make a smoothie (duh? As if the title didn’t give it away). However, based on your learning style, I have created three different tutorials.

  1. The written tutorial (requires a blender)
  2. The blenderless tutorial (requires no blender.)

1) How To Make A Smoothie Written Tutorial

Step 1 – Choose Your Smoothie Recipe

Of course, before you begin to make your smoothie, you need to decide what smoothie your going to make. But how do you do this, you may ask.

Simple.

Firstly, you need to decide what your goal is. Are you on a diet trying to lose weight? Are you looking to gain muscle mass? Or are you simply looking for a tasty smoothie to enrich your day to day life?

Here are my recommendations.

  1. To lose weight – make a green smoothie
  2. To gain muscle mass – make a protein smoothie
  3. To drink as a tasty snack – make a banana strawberry smoothie (my personal favourite)

If you are still unsure what type of smoothie you want to make, visit my smoothie recipe list for a loads more recipes.

Step 2 – Add A Liquid To Your Smoothie

Next you need to add a liquid to your blender. Usually, depending on the smoothie recipe, you add between 1 – 2 cups of a liquid.

Top Tip: The more liquid you add, the smoother and more runny the smoothie. Therefore, if you want a thicker smoothie, add slightly less liquid.

Of course, there are loads of different types of liquids you could add. Here are a few of my favourite:

Add 1 – 2 cups of one of the following liquids to your blender.

Water (this stuff is basically everywhere meaning its cheap, healthy, sugar free and zero calories), yoghurt, dairy milk, plant milk (e.g soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk.) You can also use fresh juice or tea.

Step 3 – Add The Fruit And Vegetables

After you’ve put your liquid into the blender, you can then a the fruit and vegetables.

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how-to-make-a-smoothie

Now this is where you can get experimental by combining as many different types of fresh fruit and vegetables together in order to create the perfect smoothie to tickle your taste buds.

Simply add your favourite fruits and/or vegetables into the blender. However there are a couple of things that you need to be aware about.

The fruit and vegetables that you add will either be fresh or frozen. If you add lots of frozen fruit/vegetables, you will need to add less ice (Step 5) later on in this smoothie making process. Indeed, if you add fruit and vegetables that are full of juice (e.g an orange) you will also need to add less liquid.

“But What If I’m Making A Green Smoothie”

If your not making a ‘green’ smoothie then skip to Step 4. However, if you are creating a green smoothie, listen carefully…

You need to treat green smoothies in a slightly different manner. Very often the green smoothie ingredients (such as spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, lettuce etc) can be thick and difficult for the blender to cut through. Therefore, you need to make sure that you cut all of your green ingredients into small pieces.

Step 4 – Boost Your Smoothie With Some Extras

Now its time to give your smoothie that extra boost. You have the choice in adding these optional add-on ingredients which make the smoothie more nutritious and tasty. Simply add any of the following ingredients to your blender:

  • Protein Powder – If you want to gain muscle mass then adding protein powder as a meal
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    protein-powder-how-to-make-a-smoothie

    replacement is a must! I always add one whole scoop of protein powder to my smoothies but you can add anything from half a scoop to one scoop. Although there are loads of different types of protein powder, I’ve always found that vanilla blends best with the smoothie.

  • SuperFoods – Superfoods are special types of food that add huge amounts of nutritional value into your smoothie. Be sure to add some of these or you’ll be missing out! Here is what I recommend – blueberries, citrus, grapes, kiwi, spinach and kale and corrella and spirulina. If you are still unsure about superfoods, its probably worth reading this article that explains exactly what they are and which ones you should use.
  • Sweeteners – If your smoothie is not sweet enough (usually smoothies with little fruit and lots of vegetables) then you should try adding some sweeteners. The best sweeteners to use are honey (my favourite), stevia and maple syrup. However, you can also just add more fruit to your smoothie and it will naturally become more sweet.
  • Other Extras – Here is a list of some other extras that you may like to add to your smoothie. Peanut butter (thickens the smoothie), oats (lowers cholesterol,) ice cream, flavourings (such as brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract etc) and wheat and barley grass powders.

Step 5 – Add The Ice

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Now its time to add the ice (ice baby). The ice will cool the smoothie down making it nice and refreshing (who likes warm smoothies anyway?)

But…

If you originally added more frozen fruit than fresh fruit then you may want to remove some ice cubes. However, if you added more fresh fruit than frozen fruit, (you guessed it) add a few more ice cubes!

Step 6 – Its Time To Blend Your Smoothie…

So now that you’ve added all the ingredients into your blender, your thinking “yes, all I need to do is blend.” And your somewhat right.

However, you need to blend the smoothie properly. This is very important.

Start blending your smoothie until the ingredients turn into a liquid. Keep blending this liquid until it is fully circulating for around about 8 seconds. Usually it takes about a 45 – 60 seconds to fully blend your smoothie.

If your blender is unable to blend the larger fruit, take a look at these high end blenders and consider investing in one. It’s totally worth it.

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smoothie blender

Anyhow, after blending, pour you smoothie into a glass and enjoy. If this is the first time you’ve ever made a smoothie, then it may be a little off. However, with a couple more attempts and creating a smoothie, you’ll master the creation process in no time!

Top Tips!

Is The Smoothie Too Thick? Thankfully, this one is easy to solve. Simply add more of your liquid (e.g water) to the smoothie.

Is The Smoothie Tasteless? Just add a sweetener to your smoothie. For example, add honey or more fresh fruit.

Is The Smoothie Hard To Blend? Chop up the fruit into small pieces. If it is still hard to blend the smoothie, then I recommend you think about buying a better blender. Take a look at my favourite blenders here.

2) How To Make A Smoothie Without A Blender Tutorial

If your travelling and you don’t have a blender yet you still want to make a nutritious smoothie – what do you do? Well I’m going to tell you how to make a smoothie without a blender.

Of course, it is ideal to have a blender when making a smoothie but sometimes blenders break or we simply don’t have a blender in the first place! Therefore, I’m going to show you two ways to make a smoothie without a blender.

1. Using Powdered Food

This is my favourite method. Firstly, you need to get your hands on some fruit powder. Fruit powder is great as it is highly concentrated yet still tastes delicious. Best of all – no chopping is required!

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of fruit powder to a cup
  2. Add some liquid and use a spoon to mix it until the mixture is smooth
  3. Add more liquid (until you’ve added 1 cup of liquid in total)

I recommend that you either use water or fruit juice as your liquid.

2. Use a non-electric blender.

Now i’m about to introduce you to a cool little gadget which is perfect for traveling. This non electric food chopper is able to bread down your food in the same way a blender does. Just add a little soft fruit and 1 cup of water or juice and chop away! You will create an awesome little smoothie that you can drink on holiday.

You May Also Read : How To Make A smoothie without Yogurt

Or : How To Make A smoothie without Blender

Strawberry and Orange Smoothie without blender

Strawberry and Orange Smoothie without blender

And : How To Make A smoothie without Milk

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