6 tips to enhance your smoothieSunday, 08 October 2017
All the creaminess with no cream
Add creaminess and thickness with frozen bananas, avocado, fresh coconut or nuts (see below); Raw nuts or nut butter (almond, cashew, walnut, hazelnut) are highly nutritious and can transform a smoothie (soak raw nuts in water overnight to make them softer and more digestible)
Swap out milk
Some people like to use milk in their smoothies. If you can't, don't want to, or just want a change you can try using coconut water or nut milk such as almond milk instead. Nut milk is surprisingly easy to make!
Water is best
There’s really no need for any other liquids apart from a bit of water - a good blend of fresh ingredients gives all the flavour and creamy thickness you could want without the need for packaged milk or juices.
Add a vitamin hit
Adding vegtables and herbs to your smoothie is a great way to make your smoothie healthier and more nourishing. This is especially important if you're substituting a smoothie for a meal.
Here are some foods you can add to your smoothie for an extra dose of vitamins:
Vitamin A: Cayenne, papaya, parsley, raspberry, saffron
Vitamin B6: Chickpeas
Vitamin C: Broccoli, capsicum, papaya, kiwi, cantaloupe
Vitamin E: Almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts
Beta-carotene: Carrots, spinach, kumura (sweet potato)
Folate: Lentils, black beans
Calcium: Dairy products, kale, chinese cabbage
VitaminK: Kate, spinach, turnip greens, parsley, brussel sprouts, broccoli
Thiamin: Parsley, Dark green leafy veggies, lentils
Riboflavin: Milk, spinach, Kelp, Parsley, Raspberry
Niacin: Peanuts, parsley
Folate: Turnip greens, spinach
Lysine: nuts, legumes
Magnesium: wheat bran, almonds, cashews, spinach
Potassium: Beetroot greens
Fresh herbs like mint, parsley or basil also add a lovely freshness and work well with both sweet and savoury blends (cucumber, strawberry and mint is a current favourite).
Fill it out
Cucumber, watermelon, iceberg lettuce and frozen grapes are cooling and add lots of liquid without an overpowering flavour. Adding a teaspoon of chia seeds before blending will also fill out your smoothie, plus chia is rich in protein and good fats.
If your smoothie needs a touch of sweetness try a spoon of MGOTM manuka honey. Honey is better in terms of Glycemic Index (GI) compared to sugar, plus you'll get the other benefits too.
Take a look at our 'Tips and Tricks' video on using Manuka Honey in your smoothie.