Blending Flavors with the Push of a Button!
Versatile, nutritious, customizable and surprisingly filling, the smoothie has become an effective and healthy hunger buster you can take with you everywhere. It has started a very prominent food trend in the past couple years along with one of its newly common ingredients, kale, to make green smoothies. DIY smoothies have proven to be among the most universal food options because of their adaptability and simplicity. No matter your preference, there are many habits you can take up to make your smoothies creamier, tastier and more nutritious in less time than before! Let’s look at some of them. The base should always be as light as possible because it is the main “chunk” of your smoothie. For example, you must avoid flavored yogurt, ice cream, sorbet, chocolate milk and other artificial sweeteners. Although milk remains a classic, a good base can also be tea because it is lighter and loaded with antioxidants. Remember to add the base first to prevent damaging your blender’s blades with solid foods. Next is your produce. Yes, veggies also belong in smoothies. They are a great source of fiber and very light tasting when you “hide” them in an otherwise sweet tasting beverage. Smoothie-friendly vegetables include kale, carrots, spinach, avocado and cucumber. Avocados, in particular, can add a nice creamy texture with barely any alteration to taste. When incorporating veggies, always blend as you add and never throw them all in at once, this will prevent leafy bits from forming. For fruits, fresh, canned and frozen will all do the trick. However, you can use frozen fruits (or any usually liquid ingredient in frozen form) to replace ice cubes and add more vitamins to your shake while keeping it cool. Classic fruits include berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.), mango, pineapple, peach, banana, melon, cherries, apricot and apple. For more sweetness, try adding natural sweeteners such as maple syrup and honey before putting in a spoonful of sugar. This way, you will also satisfy any cravings for such fatty desserts as ice cream. If your smoothie is replacing a meal, make sure to include the basic components: protein, fiber and carbohydrates. For protein, feel free to add any supplement or hard-boiled eggs to your mix. For a more natural option, you can also add tofu which will blend beautifully with the rest of your ingredients as it has virtually no taste. Mixing some cooked whole wheat rice with your smoothie can increase its carbohydrate concentration, keeping you fuller longer. It will also make a nice thick, creamy texture. If you are looking to add texture without the supplemental carbs, flax seeds as well as chia and hemp will do just that. For all your smoothie prepping, make sure to try the Starfrit Personal Blender. With its blending blade, it can turn ice into snow in no time, perfect for frozen drinks and, of course, smoothies. Its two cups become portable when topped with the custom-fitted to-go lids included with every purchase. With enhanced safety features like the no-go function when the blade lid isn’t securely fastened to the cup, the Personal Blender becomes an obvious choice for the whole family. It is also extremely stable thanks to its non-slip feet and 100% dishwasher safe.