If your smoothie-making method entails throwing everything in the blender and hoping for the best, we’re here to help! Trust us, we get it. It can be frustrating when some smoothies blend to creamy perfection while others take forever to mix and end up too watery or icy. Where did it all go wrong!? While it’s a simple and easy process, there’s a method to the madness! And you’ll be happy to know it takes any guesswork out of the equation. No more settling for sub-par smoothies. With this 5-step process, you’ll achieve the perfect taste and texture every time!
Say goodbye to the toss-and-blend method. Instead, we’re showing you how to make the perfect smoothie for better flavor, texture, and ease.
Smoothie lovers, this one’s for you!
Making the Perfect Smoothie in 5 Steps
Step One: Add the Liquid
If you do only one thing, let it be this! Starting with a liquid base is a must. No matter if you’re making a thick bowl or drinkable smoothie, adding the liquid first ensures a smooth (and effortless) blend. The liquid is the key ingredient to success — it helps pull the other ingredients down, reduces air bubbles, and prevents that pesky ‘stop and scrape down the edges’ process. Plus, it gives you control over your liquid-to-solid ratio — a key part of blending the perfect smoothie. If you like a thick smoothie you’ll want less liquid, and if you want a drinkable smoothie, opt for more! This ensures you’re adding just the right amount for whatever you’re craving.
Our top picks for your liquid base include:
Full-fat coconut milk: for a rich and creamy taste with a hint of the tropics. Plus, it’s loaded with healthy fats to balance blood sugar and keep you satiated.
Almond milk: When in doubt, choose almond milk! It has a mild flavor, thinner consistency, and pairs well with any blend.
Oat milk: When you want to take creaminess to the max! A fiber-rich, subtly sweet choice that is nut-free and allergen-friendly.
Coconut water: A hydrating alternative to water that is naturally sweet and packed with electrolytes (perfect for pre and post-workout smoothies!)
Step Two: Add Your Creamy Base
Next up is your base. This is the bulk of your smoothie — the ingredients that add substance and creaminess while giving your blend a nutrient-dense boost. Think: banana, avocado, and Greek or coconut yogurt. Basically, your base is the golden ticket to the perfect smoothie, so go ahead and pick one or two (or three!)
Our favorite bases include:
- Fresh or frozen (ripe) avocado
- Frozen ripe banana
- Greek or coconut milk yogurt
- Rolled oats
- Nuts and seeds
- Nut or seed butter
Step Three: Add Your Fruit & Veg
Now it’s time for all the nutritional goodness — add your fruits and veggies. Seriously, load it up! Fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and water but low in calories and sugar. This helps bulk up your blend and increase satiety without packing on the calories.
Pick frozen for a thicker smoothie and raw for a thinner consistency. And get creative! While greens are a great option, you can also add pre-cooked and frozen veggies like cauliflower and sweet potato.
And speaking of greens, chop them up first! This is the secret to avoiding chunks of kale bits when sipping on your drink. But this is totally optional, so if you are running short on time, just toss them in and hit blend for a little longer.
Here are our favorite smoothie add-ins:
Veggies: Leafy greens (like spinach and kale), cucumber, sweet potato, zucchini, cooked or raw beet, carrot, cauliflower, and pumpkin
Fruits: banana, coconut, avocado, mango, pineapple, berries, papaya, and peaches
Step Four: Add the Superfood Power
This is the part of smoothie making that you can get really creative with. To give your smoothie that final nutrient boost, load it up with superfoods or add-ins! This is the time to add any last add-ins in general, like a spoon of nut butter
Here are some of our favorite options:
- Protein powder
- Seeds, such as chia, flax, hemp
- Adaptogens, like Reishi or Ashwagandha powder
- Cacao powder or cacao nibs
- Coconut butter
- Coconut oil
- Turmeric (fresh or dried)
- Ginger (fresh or dried)
- Ground cinnamon
- Manuka or raw honey
- Bee pollen
- Spirulina powder
- Goji berry powder
Step Five: Blend!
And lastly, blend, blend, blend. Blend up your smoothie and get all of that nutritional goodness blended together until you have a clump-free and super creamy smoothie.
Now’s the time to taste test as well and adjust as needed. Add ice, an extra splash of liquid, more greens, or maybe a hint of natural sweetener. Anything you feel is missing! The more you use this technique to making the perfect smoothie, the better you will get at nailing it the first time around!
How to Build Your Smoothie
Need a little guidance or inspiration? Follow this base recipe to get started! Feel free to customize as desired, and follow the above instructions for a no-fail blend!
- ½ – 1 cup liquid of choice (coconut water, oat milk, almond milk)
Creamy Base (pick 1 or 2)
- ½ cup Greek or coconut milk yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ frozen ripe avocado
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of choice (berries, pineapple, mango, papaya, etc.)
- 1 cup veggies of choice (cauliflower, zucchini, leafy greens, etc.)
- 1 scoop protein powder
- ½ – 1 tbsp nuts or seeds
- 1-3 tsp superfood powder
- ½ – 1 tbsp nut or seed butter
- 1-3 tsp optional sweetener (such as honey or 1-2 Medjool dates)
The Perfect Smoothie Awaits
If you’ve been tossing your ingredients into the blender in no particular order, but are always left feeling like your smoothie is missing something, it honestly could be as simple as tweaking how you’re blending all those ingredients up.
So, use this five-step guide to making the perfect smoothie to bring your smoothies to the next level. Trust us, you’ll wonder how you ever enjoyed your smoothies any other way before!