Tips for making good smoothies

If you find you have a fruit or vegetable that is difficult to blend into a drink, try “juicing” it first. You will need a juicer in order to do this. Juicers are able to handle turning even the toughest pieces of fruit and vegetables into a liquid.

If you do not own a juicer, try peeling the fruit or vegetable first. Blend the center first. Chop the peel into fine pieces and add it a little bit at a time until the smoothie is at the consistency you desire. Always chop the fruit and vegetables before adding them to the blender.

If the smoothie is too thin, try adding a bit more fruit, or ice cubes. If it is too thick, thin it with liquid, milk, yogurt, ice cream, or even fruit juice or water. If you wish for a creamy smoothie use yogurt or ice cream for the liquid instead of water and ice.

It is okay to refrigerate or even freeze a smoothie if you cannot consume it right after creating it. Allow a frozen smoothie to thaw in the refrigerator for a day, or allow it to sit out at room temperature for about an hour. If you refrigerate it, drink it within a day.

If you plan to use fruit juice for the liquid try freezing it in ice trays first, that way it will help the smoothie to have a thicker frozen texture.

When blending the smoothie always test a spoonful first to make sure of the flavor and texture before pouring into a glass.

Note: Most of the recipes within this book are for 1 serving since these types of diets are normally enjoyed by one person at a time. It is easy to double or triple or more each recipe as needed. Always peel bananas and discard the peel. Always cut the leaves from the fruit, such as the tops of strawberries.

Measurement Help: 1 banana equals 1/3 cup.