Get Your Smoothie On: The Whatever Guide to Smoothies

the whatever guide to smoothies

At the beginning of the year, everyone has committed to their healthy resolutions, and we inevitably become surrounded by smoothie and other healthy drink recipes.  While I’m not a big health nut, I am big on smoothies.  In fact, I have one every morning for breakfast.  I have been doing this for over 8 years.  From my standard spinach filled green smoothies to seasonal fruit smoothies with my favorite mango and berry combinations, I have done them all and I can do it with my eyes closed.

While I love smoothies, I haven’t posted too many “recipes” on my site.  I may post one here and there but overall I don’t post them because I feel like smoothies are really one of those whatever you love goes type of things.  There are no rules and that can sometimes frighten people.  So this post is all about the whatever smoothie.  It’s about giving you the tools to just look in the fridge and see what you have available so you can build your smoothie on your likes and preferences.

Without further adieu, I would like to introduce The Whatever Smoothie

the whatever guide to smoothies

Basic Ingredients- Pull from each of these categories to build your smoothie

  • Fruit and veggie stars:  I love using peaches, bananas, mango, pineapple, berries, pears, apples, spinach, kale and collard greens.  I don’t use citrus fruit as it doesn’t usually do well in smoothies but I do use them as juices which brings me to…
  • Different stars: Peanut Butter, chocolate, avocado, other nut butters and so much more can give a totally
  • Liquids and Bases: I use mostly water believe it or not.  I like to let the base ingredients shine.  But if I am feeling a bit risky, I will add coconut milk, coconut water, real fruit juice or even greek yogurt to give it a nice base.  I never add more than a cup because I don’t want my smoothie to become too thin.
  • Flavors: I have added in vanilla extract, cinnamon, even nutmeg can give your smoothie a lovely dimension.
  • Add ins: From green powders (I love Garden of Life), flaxseed and ground ginger to oatmeal and protein and other vitamin powders, I have tried them all and you should too!
  • Sweeteners: Agave, honey, syrup, and stevia all work if you have a sweet touch and want to add in a bit more sweetness.  I however have gotten used to absolutely not extra sweetener so I usually skip this.

Smoothie Tips

  • Freeze your ingredients.  I either buy organic frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or I just buy fruit and freeze it.  If you don’t, add some nice and subtract a bit of the liquid.
  • Keep it healthy.  Avoid adding sugars, premade frozen yogurts, and other unhealthy ingredients that make a smoothie into something as calorie laden as a full fat milkshake.
  • Don’t overblend.  I can’t stress this enough but I have certainly left my blender going a bit too long and my entire mixture has turned into juice.
  • Drink your smoothies right away.  They taste better fresh and they also lose nutritional value the longer they sit around.
  • Have fun: Enjoy trying new flavors.  Start with maybe two flavor combos and go up to three to see what works and what flavors blend well.

So try adding something from almost or every single category you have and have fun with it.

Here is a cool example:  I could take apples from my top category, peanut butter from the next, milk from the next, a little ground cinnamon for flavor, a bit of protein powder for health and tiny bit of honey and I’ve got an awesome peanut butter apple smoothie on my hands!

So try out everything and have a blast.  What is your favorite smoothie?

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Comments

  1. Love all of your smoothie tips Jocelyn! I recently tried avocado in my smoothie (usually I just stick to eating it with savory stuff) and my mind was blown! I love all of your mix and match “whatever smoothie” options!

  2. I love experimenting with different types of smoothies,they are soo easy to whip up! I gotta say I’m more of a fruit smoothie lover though. I tried spinach once and it was not good…..maybe a bit more of experimenting is needed :)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      I am more of a fruit smoothie lover myself honestly but I do love spinach as it doesn’t really change the taste of a green smoothie too much.

  3. Yum! It really is all about smoothies right now. I love watermelon and lemonade smoothies!

  4. This is perfect info- I love a good smoothie. PINNING!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    And thanks for the pin too!

  6. I don’t make smoothies that often, but I’d like to make more of them in 2014. Love all this info! :)

  7. Totally useful! Love your tips and pinning this :).

  8. Beautiful Jocelyn, I’ve never considered using avocados, but it makes sense to me now! All these tips will be helpful when I come off this Master Cleanse! :(

  9. I’m loving all of these smoothie tips!! My favorite kind of smoothie is usually just a blueberry and banana one, but you’ve inspired me to try a few new ones! I’m pinning this one for sure! :)

  10. This reminds me I need to get back to making more smoothies. I always love them when I make them. A favorite of mine is spinach, water, and blueberries. It turns a horrid greenish brown color but when my daughters where younger they called it “chocolate milk” and could almost drink a quart of it between the two of them. Such a great way for mommas and littles to get their greens in.

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thanks so much Jamie for stopping by. I sometimes make smoothies that look terrible and ugly as well but they sure do taste great!

  11. My smoothies are always so boring- strawberries and bananas but this guide is going to change that!! Thank you for all the tips. Avocados?? I can’t wait to try that in my smoothie and coconut milk?? I just might be resolving to a smoothie a day!!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Yep, try some new combos and see what you like! I sometimes do boring and then totally switch it up for a little variety!! And the smoothie a day is so addictive. Part of my morning routine now.

  12. Amazing how doing what yu do, though not a health nut, can make you healthier than the average person. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. So many awesome tips here Jocelyn! I love trying out new combos and it’s amazing how each one tastes SO good! It’s all those fresh ingredients I think :)

  14. These are great tips. I’ve been reluctant to make smoothies on cold months (okay, cold in SF means 50F – I know….) but thinking about keeping my new year resolution I’m considering to make some healthy smoothies lately. Totally inspired by your posts!

  15. I make smoothies all the time and I agree with all of your tips! I always stress using frozen fruits!

  16. Susie Dagastino says:

    I need to start substituting smoothies for all the big macs that I’m eating. This was a perfect find! Thanks for sharing! #cbias

  17. Great post! I love how well smoothies can masquerade things like greens and oatmeal, which can be boring on their own but much more fun in liquid form :)

  18. You really make it seem so easy together with your presentation but I to find this topic
    to be really something which I feel I’d never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely huge for me. I am taking
    a look forward for your subsequent post, I’ll attempt to get the dangle
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  19. Elizabeth Colon says:

    Can’t seem to be able to print the recipe for this smoothie. Please can anyone e-mail it to me colone@ebnhc.org.

    Thanks.

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