If you are a happy and healthy vegan, you are probably best friends with the smoothie.
It’s a nutritious kick in the morning, a pick-me-up after an intense workout, and a delicious sip to keep you cool in the summer heat. With this handy guide, it will be hard to go wrong no matter what flavor you are craving.
The first thing to make sure is that your kitchen is well stocked. This will make your choices a whole lot easier when it’s time to decide whether you feel like a peanut butter coffee shake or an icy tropical breeze. Essentials: bananas, non-dairy milk, frozen fruit of all kinds, ice, and boosters (hemp hearts, chia seeds, nut butters, coconut oil, spirulina powder, veggie based protein powder etc).
The first thing to make sure is that your kitchen is well stocked.
Next, you need to choose a theme.
Here are some of my core smoothie themes that I go to on a regular basis.
- Green (spinach, kale, or spirulina)
- Berry (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, or a mix of all of them!)
- Tropical (pineapple, mango, orange)
- Dessert (chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, “cinnamon bun”)
Feel free to create your own theme and share below!
Pro-tip: when working with veggies and leafy greens, choose strong flavors like blueberry or mango to keep the taste nice and sweet. Similarly, if you’re out of banana but still want a spectacular texture, have no fear, avocados are here! Replace banana with half an avo in berry or chocolate blends.
Pro-tip: when working with veggies and leafy greens, choose strong flavors like blueberry or mango to keep the taste nice and sweet.
“But how much of everything do I use!?”
A simple ratio can be followed to give you the perfect consistency.
- One banana one cup of liquid base (non-dairy milk, water, juice)
- one cup of frozen fruit (or if there is no frozen fruit used, like in chocolate based smoothies, use ice)
- As many boosters as you would like.
Assembling your smoothie is also key to not leaving your blender exhausted and smoking up the kitchen. Start with the soft components (banana or avocado), and finish with the hard (frozen fruit or ice), and the pour in your liquid base.
Adjustments mid-blend are easy to make and can fix your smoothie right up. Too thin? Add ice. Too thick? Add more liquid base. Not sweet enough? Add a sweetener like agave nectar or maple syrup. Needs to fill you up? Add a protein booster like oats (6.5 g per ¼ cup), nut butter (8g per 2 tbsp) or hemp hearts (13g per 3 tbsp).
For the record, sometimes mistakes DO happen. My worst mishap was when I accidentally used cherries that still had their pits in them…leaving me to find little chipits of pit in my mouth after taking a sip. I learned from that mistake!
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