Basic Smoothie Recipe

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Customize your perfect smoothie with this easy, basic smoothie recipe!  The basic ingredients in my smoothies are:
  • Fruit -I use frozen fruit because it's easy to come by, easy to store, and frozen at its peak of ripeness, so you never have to worry about it going off.
  • Banana - everyone I know adds half a banana to their smoothie.  I don't like bananas (unless they're ice cream.)  But they're good for potassium, and for making a thick, smooth shake.
  • Juice - juice makes the frozen fruit easier to blend and the resulting smoothie easier to drink.  If you are using fresh fruit, you can probably skip this part.
  • Dairy (or non-dairy) - I use nonfat greek yogurt for my dairy and to boost the protein content.  Milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc. can also be substituted
  • Supplements - optional.  I like to use a blend of spirulina (green energy!) and protein powder.  You can also add a good dose of liquid vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, freshly ground flax seeds, or whatever you like.  I try to avoid too many additives though, because it can change the flavor of your resulting smoothie.
  • If you really must make it sweeter, try a drop of honey or use a naturally sweet juice, like apple.

This smoothie was made with frozen blueberries and mango, non-fat Greek yogurt, pomegranate juice for an anitoxidant boost, and Spirutein.   I use an immersion blender to mix it up, but I also love using my Magic Bullet!

Of course, the beauty of the smoothie is there's no one right way to make it.  Have fun, and good health!
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    MattBeeBee

    4 years ago

    2 tablespoons greek yogurt
    Fresh strawberries,blueberries, and rasberries
    A splash of orange juice
    Some spinach like xial said
    Cilantro leafs
    A tiny bit of serano pepper seeds
    An ice cube
    And about 1/8 a cup of flax seed
    A teaspoon of honey

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    marley61

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I use KALE instead of Spinach, better for you............

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    greentrees

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome smoothie help thanks so much. I am new to the smoothie art form and you have given me heaps of ideas :)

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    nsands

    6 years ago

    I'm trying this

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    Xial

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like adding raw spinach to smoothies when I make them.
    The smoothies come out green, but as long as your spinach content is under 25% of the total smoothie ingredient value, it still tastes sweet and refreshing, and not so much like you're sucking down liquid chlorophyll. :)

    Fruit of choice here is pineapple, with strawberries as a close second. I don't like bananas, either, so I generally skip them.

    For a while, I was adding freshly made hemp milk for its health benefits, but I stopped doing that and went to fruit juice for the sweetness. I may go back to hemp milk if I can get back to making it, since I can add a packet of stevia to the blender (I make 20-30 ounces of smoothie at a time, usually).

    Sometimes, I'll add a fiber supplement, but I should see about flax seeds, and find a decent source of protein to add that isn't soy. :)

    Either way, this /is/ a good start. :)

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    scoochmarooXial

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm partial to whey protein myself, just for its flavor. I do like spinach in my juice blends, so I'll have to give it a shot in my smoothes! Why not try hemp milk + fruit juice?

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    modern man

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Good instructable. My favorite started out with a recipe for "tigers milk" from a friend's mom.
    -1/2 cup OJ
    - 1/2 cup milk
    - 1 raw egg
    - 1 tbsp of honey
    Very sweet & a great breakfast. I've since changed it more into a smoothie:
    - 1/2 cup OJ
    - 1/2 cup yogurt (flavored or plain, non fat or full fat)
    - 1 raw egg
    - 1 banana
    - 1/3 cup frozen strawberries (slightly thawed in the microwave) also used rasberries or blueberries
    - 1 tbsp honey
    I calculated it to about 500 calories, but it sure starts your day right. Maybe I'll try adding some spinach like Xial.
    Like you said, experiment & have fun.

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    scoochmaroomodern man

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I was just wondering the other day if I could add an egg to it to give it a protein boost. Sounds like it works! I'll definitely give this a try.

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    PKM

    8 years ago on Introduction

    My personal favourite is two slightly over-ripe bananas, half a cup of milk and a teaspoon of hot chocolate powder. Delicious, quick, thick and full of energy!

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    splazem

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Yum! This is a great starter for people. Now I have to wait for an idea...