Making a smoothie seems like the simplest way to start your day off rightâ€”pop your favourite fruit into a blender, add some ice and a splash of almond milk, and you’re good to go. But not so fast. Simple mistakes can quickly derail the health-benefits and tastiness of your drink. To help you avoid common pitfalls, we round up the top 10 smoothie no-nos according to Prevention.com:
Be sure to spend enough time blending that smoothie.
The Fix: Let’s not understate this: Take your time. Smoothies are quick, but that doesn’t mean blending for 3 seconds is going to cut it. You want to blend everything really well so that your smoothie is lump-free. Aim for 1 to 2 minutes with a regular blender, or 1 minute if you’re using a Vitamix.
Mistake: Not adding a thickener
The Fix: Smoothies should have some body to them, so use something that will thicken the mix and make it creamy. Fruits that have thick flesh like peaches, apricots, mangos, and bananas will produce a deliciously thick and creamy consistency. You can also use a tablespoon or two of soaked flax or chia seeds, which will add a good dose of omegas.
Mistake: Overdoing it with the powders
Pick one protein powder that works for you and stick with it.
The Fix: Simply put, many nutritional powders out there aren’t so good for you. Don’t reach for anything from a jar without reading the labelâ€”it’s not rare to see artificial sweeteners, GMOs, and unpronounceable ingredients added. Use this guide to find healthiest powder for you, or sub in one of these non-powder protein sources instead.
Mistake: Going too sweet
The Fix: Definitely don’t add sugar, and if you’re using non-dairy milk, go for the unsweetened kind. Berries, frozen bananas, and almond milk are naturally sweetâ€”dates are a great addition if you’re making a more dessert-like drink. If your smoothie still ends up being too sweet, all hope is not lost: Use lemon or lime juice to balance out the taste.
Mistake: Adding the kitchen sink
The Fix: Less is more. We know that it’s temping to add kale, avocado, berries, sprouts, spirulina, and quinoa to your blender, but resist tossing in every superfood known to man. Instead, choose 3 or 4. Otherwise the flavor can get funky, especially if you’re adding greens. Maca powder, for example, is a great superfood that goes well with most fruits and seeds.
Mistake: Using too much ice
Using too much ice can water down your smoothie.
The Fix: Tossing in too many ice cubes makes it harder for the good fats from coconut oil, flax oil, seeds, or nuts to incorporate into the drink. So try adding ice last to ensure that everything is well-blended and that you have more control over the ratio of cubes to beverage. One smart idea: freeze leftover juice, coconut milk, or homemade almond milk in an ice tray, and use those cubes instead of frozen H2O to pop into your smoothie.
Mistake: Adding all the liquid at once
The Fix: Dumping in all of your milk, juice, or coconut water right away could leave you with a too-thin smoothie. Blend in half the liquid first, then add your greens, fruit, seeds, nuts, oil, then ice, and see if you like the consistency. Pour in more as needed.
Mistake: Using under-ripe fruit
The Fix: You wouldn’t eat plain under-ripe fruit, so don’t put it in your smoothie either. It won’t blend well and it won’t taste good. On the other hand, ripe fruit that’s got a few bruises is okay. Smoothies aren’t a beauty contestâ€”it’s all about the taste.
Mistake: Sticking to a recipe
The Fix: Be creative, keeping a few general guidelines in mind: Always use a variety of berries, something to make the mixture thick and creamy, and a good quality nut milk, such as almond or cashew. –MYNEWSHUB.CC