How do I make a smoothie? This is a common question from readers, but it is so broad that I never know where to start! So, instead, lets talk about some tips and tricks that will help you master the smoothie making process.Soon, you will be explaining how to make a smoothie to others!
There are so many components to making a smoothie, and everyone has their own take on it. Since I primarily focus on making smoothies for my kids, we will focus on how to get kids (who can be the pickiest of eaters!) to drink green smoothies.
What Makes A Smoothie Thick?
If your kids are anything like mine, they love Jamba Juice! Or really, anything from a smoothie store. The problem with those smoothies is that even though they say it is real fruit, it is often so sweet that I find it hard to believe that there is no sweetener added (they can say no added sugar but still use stevia or something similar).
So I was on a mission to replicate Jamba Juice smoothies at home…with a few healthy modifications. I had to figure out what made their smoothies so appealing, and eventually I decided it was the texture.
We have a Vitamix at home which is what they use so we were half way there. Here is what I have learned over the years that has been successful in making our smoothies thicker:
Do You Have To Add Ice To Make A Smoothie?
Adding ice to your smoothie will make it frothy and slightly thicker. However, adding too much, and letting it sit, will water it down.
That is just one reason why I prefer to use forzen fruit to make a smoothie.
There are a few smoothies that will benefit from ice, such as a coffee or mocha smoothie, green smoothie with no fruits or slushies in the summer! Because you can’t use frozen fruits in those, ice is a great substitute. It also takes your smoothie from an any time of year drink, to a spring or summer drink!
What Goes First In A Smoothie?
When adding ingredients to a smoothie, you want to add the liquid first, then the fresh ingredients and then the frozen ingredients. If you add frozen ingredients first, it will get stuck in your blender and will just be a headache!
How To Make a Smoothie For Kids
So here we go! Making a smoothie is so simple and not knowing how to make one should not hold you back! Especially if you have a picky eater in your house!
It is an easy way to get more nutrition in to your kids and will benefit your family greatly! I’m going to make this super easy for you by giving you a smoothie ratio:
Magic smoothie ratio
1 part liquid : 1 part fruits/veggies
The magic ratio is the easiest way to start with smoothies. When you first start out, add 1 cup of liquid (milk or water) and then start with about 1/3 cup of vegetables and 2/3 cup of fruits.
As you get used to it, start adding more vegetables and less fruits.
That’s all there is to it! Once you become comfortable with smoothies, the ratio isn’t as important, as you’ll learn to adjust based on the texture you are looking for. But for starters, this makes it easy!
There are a few steps you can take to make the smoothie process even smoother, but they are not required.