The basic smoothie formula
This basic smoothie recipe has a helpful formula for all kinds of smoothies, including fruit smoothies, vegetable smoothies, or a combination of the two. Use this recipe (or ratio balance) as a starting point and then you can branch out to make complicated smoothies
2 to 3 parts fruit or vegetables (2 to 3 cups)
1 to 1 1/2 parts liquid (1 to 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 part yogurt or another thickener (1/2 cup)
Water – the most basic way to create a light smoothie. Flavourless so let’s the ingredients shine through, creates a mild tasting smoothie.
Fruit juice – such as orange, pineapple, tropical, cranberry, pomegranate – goes best in banana/berry/green smoothies. Will create a fresh, bright smoothie. The flavour of juice complements greens beautifully.
Plant milks – such as oat, coconut, rice, almond. Goes great with berries and other sweet ingredients. Will create a rich, thick smoothie, great for post workouts or mornings when you need something a bit more filling.
How to Make Smoothies More Interesting
You don't have to stick to the basic smoothie recipe for all of your smoothies. There are lots of ways to jazz up smoothies. Consider adding nuts, honey, flaxseeds, coconut, oatmeal, dried fruits, chocolate chips, cookies, and spices to make your smoothies more interesting. For example, if you want to make a smoothie taste like a certain dessert, such as pumpkin smoothies, you might add graham crackers and cinnamon.
The add ins might be my favourite part of smoothie making, they allow you to add some nutritional benefits to your smoothie, or just some great flavour. Here are some suggestions:
To add to berry based smoothies: Fresh ginger, lime juice, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, avocado, lemon/lime zest, peppermint extract (just a couple of drops), vanilla, acai.
To add to banana based smoohies: cacao powder, maca powder, boabab, acai, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, turmeric (just a pinch), avocado, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, dates, cardamom (just a pinch), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (just a pinch) sesame seeds, coconut yoghurt.
To add to green smoothies: Fresh ginger, lime juice, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, avocado, lemon/lime zest, vanilla, acai, turmeric (just a pinch), nut butters, dates, coconut yoghurt.