Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Secret to a Perfect Smoothie

During my lack of appetite, I followed the smoothie suggestion by a number of readers. I made a batch last night for dinner and forgot how much I like to make and eat them. I've been told that I need to open my own smoothie cart on the B-line trail, because they're so good. Sheesh.
About smoothie science, they're such no-brainers, right? Wrong. If you don't know your stuff, you can end up with a cup of barf. And I'm not into drinking that stuff. I took these photos as I finished my magical concoction and could kick myself for not thinking of taking one earlier when it was thicker and prettier. Oh well. look at the pictures from an art perspective I guess. Look at the shapes, shades, colors, negative, and positive space. Boo-yah.
I don't measure, I eyeball, and that is my success story for a perfect smoothie. Here's what I threw in the blender. I had enough for 2.5 servings.


I blended it and it was the most amazing color ever. I so love that Biotta juice. Perfect berry punch. Here are some things that will make a smoothie fail, so take heed:

Don't use-
  • Water- duh. Well, DUH.
  • Ice-EVER. I don't trust people who ice their smoothies. They taste like shit. Freeze your fruit or yogurt in an ice cube tray instead. Ice is the killer of good smoothies. Just don't fucking do it.
  • Disproportionate amounts of veggies to fruits, it's a careful balance. Example, I would never use more than a cup of spinach or kale in a smoothie if I did that sort of thing.
  • Too much soy milk, you'll kill the fruit flavor.
  • Too much melon. again, use a 1/3+1/3+1/3 part. Example 2c. kiwi, 2c banana, 2c mango.
Do use-
  • juice-apple works best
  • veggie juice in small amounts: 1/2 c. beet or carrot juice is nice and packs a vitamin punch. I wouldn't use V-8 unless I were doing a savory smoothie.
  • non dairy milk, about twice the amount of your veggie juice blend
  • companion fruits: berry/melon, peach/banana, stone fruit only, berry only, 
  • peanut butter with a berry blend=liquid pb&j...oh so good!
Tell me about your favorite smoothie blend!

3 comments:

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

you're making me want a smoothie for lunch! haha:) looks so good - i love a good PB&J (strawberry) smoothie! SOOO good!

Dawn said...

You GUYS with the PB&J smoothies, really? Like I need to know that?

Damn, now, I want one.

XOXO

Bianca said...

"I don't trust people who ice their smoothies. They taste like shit. Freeze your fruit or yogurt in an ice cube tray instead. Ice is the killer of good smoothies. Just don't fucking do it."

Amen, sister. Amen.