How to make the perfect smoothie



Smoothies are an incredibly refreshing, tasty and healthy alternative to the high sugar content drinks you find on most supermarket shelves today. They also allow the creator to get experimental with flavours, textures and colours in an effort to find new and exciting combinations.

Smoothies are an incredibly refreshing, tasty and healthy alternative to the high sugar content drinks you find on most supermarket shelves today. They also allow the creator to get experimental with flavours, textures and colours in an effort to find new and exciting combinations.

 

A great drink for all the family, kids love selecting their favourite fruits and watching the magical transformation from solid food to delicious liquid smoothie. However, getting your smoothies exactly right can be difficult if you're not sure where to start.

 

Here we look at a few tips to help you make the perfect smoothie.

 

1. Choose the right liquid

 

When it comes to selecting the base liquid for your smoothie there are an extraordinary number of options available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

 

Normal dairy milk works well if you want the liquid base to remain fairly neutral and not add any flavour while soy milk will have a limited effect on the taste but is packed with more goodness. Green or black tea can be used if you're looking for something a little different, yoghurt is a healthier option, and water is an inexpensive, simple alternative.

 

2. Get the ratios right

 

While the right ratio for the perfect smoothie will largely depend on your personal preference, it's good to start off with a basic ratio of two mugs of liquid to every mug of fruit. From here you can experiment until you find the perfect smoothie mixture.

 

Some smoothie drinkers prefer a more liquidised option while others enjoy large chunks of fruit in their glass. Many electric blenders will have different power settings to help you in this regard.

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3. Use ice

 

If you aren't using frozen fruits, you'll probably have to use ice in the mixture. This can introduce a wonderful texture to the drink while also keeping the drink cold and incredibly refreshing. Don't use too much ice though, otherwise the drink will end up too diluted. 

 

4. Extras

 

Once you have the fruit and liquid combination right, you can begin to look at extras as a way of enhancing the flavour and nutritional content of a drink. This could mean adding honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract, chocolate powder or even a little tofu if you want some additional protein. At this stage you may also want to think about topping off your smoothie with a few pieces of whole fruit.

 

5. Use the right blender

 

The final piece of the puzzle when making the perfect smoothie is to use the right tools. You want something capable of blending ingredients to your desired texture and appliances with capacities that match standard cup or glasses is also a good feature if you want to avoid making too much.

 

We recommend the Morphy Richards Easy Blend Smooth Maker for a specific product. This 300 watt appliance has pulse and ice crushing settings which are perfect when creating smoothies and also comes with a safety lock and non-slip feet that make it a family-friendly option.

 

The Kenwood SB054 Smoothie2Go Blender is another great option with plastic jug accessory and 0.5 litre capacity but for a more general blender something like the Kenwood BLX51 kMix Blender with 1.6 litre capacity, 4 speed settings and pulse function is ideal.

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