Few treats in life provide as much pleasure as your own creation of fruits and vegetables mixed together and blended into a sumptuous nectar to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. However, those magical moments can be far and few in between because sometimes concocting the perfect smoothie is a tricky affair.
Nevertheless, the urge to try again doesn't leave us. Not only are they delicious but smoothies are also undeniably good for you, especially when mixed in with spinach, kale, bananas, avocado and a host of other fruit and vegetables in countless arrangements.
Here are a few tips to remember when making your next smoothie:
Experiment with combinations: Sometimes, try blending fruits and vegetables according to their color. Other times use size or shape to create new recipes. Also, fruits and vegetables may be the main course, but that doesn't mean they can't be accentuated with additives like organic peanut butter, honey or other treats around the house that may surprisingly go well with a new recipe.
Freshness matters: Fresh fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients and always taste better. According to VegKitchen, Diane M. Barrett Ph.D, director of the Center for Excellence in Fruit and Vegetable Quality at UC Davis, says that when vegetables and fruits are eaten later than their harvest, they lose quality and healthy properties. A rule to follow is to consume produce within two to three days of purchasing.
Mind your blender: A blender is the last thing a smoothie enthusiast wants to be frugal about. Preferably, use one that is restaurant-quality, both high performance and multi-speed. You'll know that your smoothie has come out correctly when it's as smooth as a milkshake.