Nourishing, Delicious Smoothie Ingredients
I love the simplicity of making smoothies: just throw all of your ingredients into a blender and whir! I don't think there is any perfect ratio of ingredients in smoothies, so I just follow some simple guidelines and don't worry about measuring the ingredients.
- 1 to 2 cups of milk kefir, yogurt, sour milk, raw milk, coconut milk, or fresh juice - I usually use yogurt or kefir as the base ingredient, which results in a deliciously tangy, probiotic-filled smoothie. Sometimes I like the smooth creaminess of a raw milk or coconut milk smoothie, too. On special occasions, I will add a bit of fresh-squeezed juice. With my blender, I have to make sure to add the base ingredient first, before adding any frozen ingredients. Otherwise, it will not blend up properly.
- 1 heaping spoonful of sour cream - It may sound strange, but sour cream is my secret ingredient to make a rich and delicious smoothie. Just add a dollop to the blender any time you are making a smoothie and you will be pleasantly surprised at the great flavor it imparts.
- 2 to 3 cups of frozen fruit - I find that using ice to thicken up a smoothie results in a somewhat watery-tasting smoothie. Use frozen fruit instead and your smoothie will be bursting with flavor.
- A pinch of salt - Add a pinch of salt to really bring out the sweet flavors in your smoothie.
- 1 to 2 bananas or 1 heaping spoonful honey - Ripe bananas make smoothies very creamy and add just the right amount of sweetness. If you don't have any ripe bananas, add just a spoonful of raw honey (or none at all if the fruit you are using is very sweet).
- Tiny splash of flavor extract - Add a flavor such as vanilla extract, orange extract, or almond extract to really add dimension to the flavor of your smoothie.
- 1 to 2 raw egg yolks or whole eggs - A great way to add some nutrients to smoothies is to add raw egg yolks or whole eggs (if you don't have any problem digesting raw egg whites).
- 1 heaping spoonful nut butter - Add nut butter to make a smoothie into a meal. Nut butter pairs well with any berries or bananas.
- Splash of whey - Add a splash of raw whey to give your smoothie a probiotic boost. (This idea came from Laura at Wringing Out My Sponge.)
My Favorite Flavor Combinations
To make a smoothie, just follow the approximate ratios described above. Some of my favorite flavor combinations are:
- Tropical - fresh orange juice, pineapple, banana, and frozen strawberries or raspberries
- Triple berry - banana, frozen strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries with a dash vanilla, almond, and/or orange extract
- Strawberry dream - frozen strawberries, vanilla extract, and almond extract
- Strawberry banana - banana, frozen strawberries, vanilla extract, and almond extract
- Cherry goodness - frozen cherries, vanilla extract, and almond extract
- Orange mango - banana, fresh orange juice and frozen mango
- Strawberry delight - fresh orange juice, banana, and frozen strawberries
- Strawana peanut butter - banana, frozen strawberry, peanut butter, and vanilla extract
Make it Last by Freezing Some Smoothie!
I'm always looking for ways to save on effort and time spent in the kitchen. So when I make smoothies, I like to make a large amount and freeze some into smoothie popsicles. It also works well to freeze smoothies in mason jars; they should be defrosted for about 24 hours in the fridge and will need a good stirring. These leftover smoothies make a great, easy breakfast.
What is your favorite smoothie flavor combination?
This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!