Smoothies are one of the greatest foods to have on your side when both losing and gaining weight, but they don’t always taste as as good as they are for you. Here are some ways to have a great flavor, and nutrition in every smoothie you drink.
The Value of Fresh
The first great way of giving your smoothies a better taste is by using fresh ingredients. Not only will this freshen up the smoothie and give it a fruitier taste without the unhealthy artificial sweeteners, but it will also boost the nutrients that are inside the smoothie.
If you want to sweeten the smoothie, but not add in a whole new ingredient the best thing to add is juice of a fruit that is high in citrus. Oranges, lemons, limes, pineapples, and even kiwi juice will all add a great taste to the smoothie without all the extra calories or offsetting flavors of adding the whole fruit.
Now to stem away from the core ingredients, lets talk about the machines you use to make the smoothie. An old, worn out blender will not cut it when using harder ingredients like granola or nuts, so you should probably invest in a restaurant grade blender. My choice is Ninja Professional Blender or for the top of the line Vitamix 5300 Blender. A better blender will definitely step up your smoothie game.
Lentils and Seeds
Superfoods like lentils and seeds add a huge amount of nutrition, and also taste to your smoothies. Anything from chia seeds to maca root will add so much to a basic at home smoothie.
If you add a small amount of chia seeds to a smoothie, you will notice they will make your smoothie a while lot thicker. Chia seeds become glutinous when combined with liquids and they also are a great food to protect the hear, and other vital organs.
If you are craving more of a rich taste, you can add raw coco to most smoothies. This will give it a chocolaty taste, and raw coco also has a huge amount of antioxidants and cancer fighting qualities.
For the nutrition side of things, greens always add a lot with just a few extra calories and almost no change to the taste. You might be wondering how many you can add before the greens start to change the taste, a great rule is about one cup per every 20 oz. This will add a great amount of nutrition, without the concrete texture.
The most used type of greenery in smoothies is spinach, but kale is also a great choice. Whichever you choose make sure they are fresh for the best outcome.
Fix a Bad Smoothie
Your smoothie might be too sweet, to watery, or just tastes like dirt, but don’t worry because there are great fixes for all of these problems. Let’s say you smoothie is way too watery. You can try the chia seeds method that we shared above, which might work, but sometimes that is just no enough. Another great method is to take out some of the ice that you have added and replace it with frozen or extremely cold fruit. This will not only thicken it, but also add some nutritional value.
If your smoothie is too sweet there is also a very easy fix. A small amount of acid will counteract sweetness, so just add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, or a squeeze of lemon or lime and the smoothie will no longer be overly sweet.
If you smoothie just tastes like dirt you might think you are out of luck, but there is even a fix for that. One teaspoon of vanilla will mask that gross taste without adding excess sugar or calories. For the future, pick different greens to add to your smoothie. Some types like broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, and mustard greens can be way to bitter to put raw into a smoothie. Next time choose spinach, kale, or Swiss chard.
Proportions can make all the difference in a smoothie. For basic types, the best thing way to measure out proportions is by using the blender blade. First, pour the liquid to the tip of the blade. Next comes the fruit, I recommend filling the middle of the base with your desired fruits, vegetables, grains and lentils. Last, top it off with some ice.
Topping it off
To top your smoothie off you might add protein powder, or maybe a calcium or vitamin supplement. Remember when doing this to not add an over the top amount or it could change how your smoothie tastes, and the texture. If you are experiencing a very thick, almost dry taste, lay off the powder a little because that is most likely the culprit. And last but not least, try new recipes. If you are getting bored of the same old, same old, experiment with a new blend. We just put out a new article showing off a few amazing smoothie recipes, here is the link.
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