Making smoothies with a blender instead of a fancy machine is really very simple. If you want to go out and buy a fancy and expensive smoothie machine more power to you, but an average blender you can buy at a big box store for around $40 will do the job. Just make sure the motor is about 425 watts so the motor will be strong enough to break down the fruits and vegetables for your mix.
Once you have your blender set on the counter and ready to go, you will want to prep your food. No matter what you choose, please remember to wash them well before cutting them up and tossing them into the blender. A smoothie is supposed to be a fun and healthy treat. Getting a food-borne illness is definitely not a fun and healthy treat.
Here are the basic steps to making a smoothie with your blender:
- Wash and cut up your chosen fruits or vegetables into small enough pieces that they fit well into the blender container.
- Add your choice of liquid to the blender first. You can use water, milk (soy, cow, or nut), or you can use a preferred juice. Just be aware that water or juice will make a thinner treat. You can use yogurt to create a thicker treat.
- If you want to add powdered protein to your smoothie, do that before you add the solid food.
- If you want to add some healthy calcium to your smoothie, try kale or spinach. I promise you won’t even taste the greens.
- Add your chosen fruits or vegies to the container.
- You can add a few cubes of ice now. If you want to keep the smoothie creamier, try using ice cream or frozen fruit rather than plain old ice cubes. You can even freeze yogurt as a substitute for ice.
Using the blender to actually make the smoothie
Start the blender on the lowest speed. Once you see the solid foods begin to breakdown and you see a vortex take shape in the middle of the mix, you can gradually increase the speed. Once you are satisfied with the texture of your smoothie, turn off the blender and start pouring into your glass or glasses if you are being nice enough to share with friends.
If you made a full container and you can’t finish it all, that is OK. You can just cover it and put it in the refrigerator. Then in the morning, you can simply blend it again with fresh ice and have a great breakfast before heading out to work. Or you can even store it in the freezer in a ready to go cup, and allow it to thaw a bit before drinking. It’s all good.
It is really not hard at all to make a smoothie with your common, every day blender. Just chop, mix, and go. The fun part comes in being creative with various fruits, vegetables and other flavors to create your own little bit of heaven in a glass.
What to think about when shopping for the best blenders for smoothies?
As coffee shops and health food stores have added smoothies to their menus consumers have somehow become convinced that the best smoothies come from these stores. Like, there must be some magic to how they make them in the store. But, if you have the best smoothie blender like Nutri Ninja Blender in your own kitchen it is amazing to know you can have the magic right there at home. All you need to make a great smoothie is a bowl of cleaned fruit or vegetables, a tub of vanilla yogurt or tofu, and a few trays of ice. Abracadabra! A smoothie in your home for way less than you would pay at a store.
As you prepare to go shopping for the “best blender for smoothies” you will want to check out sites that compare and contrast smoothies and check out the sites for each recommended blender until you are satisfied you found the right one for your needs. So, what should the criteria be for your first smoothie? Write a list of what is important to you to have in your machine.
Here are some ideas to include in your list:
- Ease of use: Does the blender come with clear instructions for how to use and clean your machine. The websites for machines will usually include a PDF of the user’s manuals so you can see if the instructions are clear to you.
- Functionality: Do you want a machine with a button for various uses or do you want a “one and done” machine to get a smoothie and go. Does the machine have a large capacity jar or does it have smaller jars so you can make the smoothie in a single batch just for you?
- Power: A good blender with at least 500 watts of power will be able to deal with the chunks of fruits or vegetables, yogurt or tofu, and of course the ice. The motor should be able to work efficiently to create a super smooth drink with no major chunks of food or ice to diminish the quality of the drink.
- Cost for value: The machine you select should be in a comfortable cost range to suit your budget. That goes without saying; although I said it anyway. But, the value should match the cost. If the machine costs upwards of $100 or more, it should have a strong base to withstand the work, a large wattage motor that will last several years no matter how often you use it, and the jar should be designed to prevent breakage. Cheaper models can do the work, but you will have to replace them sooner. So keep in mind the construction of the machine to assure the price is equal to the value.
This list is a basic guideline to help you think about what is important to you when you are shopping and trying to choose among the best blenders for smoothies available on the market.