Perfect Smoothie Ratio that Gives You Balanced Taste and Health Benefits

smoothie ratio

If you drink smoothies and want to satisfy your cravings entirely, and also get loads of antioxidants and vitamins from all the food ingredients, then you possibly have to know how to make your perfect smoothie ratio.

Herein, you get to learn the specific steps for smoothie combinations that would allow you to get what you truly deserve, the kind of drink that will keep you healthy and super-active as you go with your day to day tasks.

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Components to Maximize Your Smoothie

Smoothie can ultimately be colorful vibrant and resplendently nutritious when prepared in the right manner and proper ratio.

That’s why you should not just pick every portion of the ingredients from your refrigerator to be set in your smoothie blender. Do you? Instead, you have to know how to balance the ingredients.

We all can attest that the recipe guides that often come with the blenders are somewhat complicated to understand, especially as a first-timer. But you should not let the guide to confuse your course when making your favorite beverage!

Here are the essentials components to make ideal smoothie ratios:

1. Fruits

fruitsIt is the main ingredients for you smoothie and probably can be 50% of your smoothie ingredients. Actually, the kind of smoothie you end up with is significantly determined by the fruits combination that you prefer to blend. You may choose to use frozen or fresh chopped fruits or even both depending on the type of blender you are using.

We have a wide range of fruit options and combinations to go for including: strawberry, banana, orange, kiwi, pitaya, mango, pineapple, peach, blueberry, blackberry, pears and raspberry among others.

There are plenty of fruit combinations that you can go for. Ideally, you can never be limited with fruit options for smoothie, regardless of your preference, just select on the basis of what you like at that particular moment.

When choosing fruits, go for the relatively ripe ones, whether fresh or frozen, both works, but the latter enables you to avoid using ice cubes.

2. Greens

kale and collard

You can also choose to use greens as part of your ingredients when making smoothie. Greens are often nutritious and healthy. Some of the green ingredients that you may use include kale, spinach and collards.

Some of the best vegetables that you may use are explained here, which would at least give you an idea of why and how to include each when making smoothies.

3. Fermentation Bonus

greek yogurt

If you want to get the nutrient-laden, healthy and tasty smoothie, consider using cultured foods as the base for the beverage. You got quite a number of smoothie base options to choose from including greek yogurt, coconut kefir, kombucha, cherry, and butter milk.

These fermented ingredients help in providing the “useful bacteria” that is essential in enhancing digestion process, immune system and allergy relief.  Therefore, once in a while you may consider adding such ingredients in your smoothies.

4. Proteins

flaxseed chiaseed

Protein are also ideal smoothie recipes. Proteins get you satisfied and full for better part of the day. They also enhance your appetite control. But the best part of it is when you’d wish to maintain muscles, adding little proteins on you smoothie every morning becomes perfect deal. You get adequate power to work out at the gym without easily getting tired.

Try adding hemp seeds, tropical chia seeds, or even nut butter on your smoothie. Interestingly, appropriate portions of proteins somehow adds flavor to your smoothie. So in a big way, you benefit from renewed energy and tasteful beverage when you choose to add smoothies.

5. Liquid

coconut water

It is arguably one of the essential elements that you must have when preparing smoothie. The type of fluid you use depends on the kind of smoothie you are making. The importance of having liquid is that it allows you to mix your smoothie when it fails anytime the blender is switched on.

There are many liquid options to use in smoothie including; filtered water, which is essential if you do not need to tamper with the drink’s flavor.

You can also use coconut water, especially if you intend to get the tropical flavor. Almond milk or fresh juices are also among the liquids that provide better alternatives for making your smoothie formula.

How to Get a Perfect Smoothie Ratio

It is pretty easier to learn how to make smoothies the moment you understand the basics. If you’d wish to make a tasty, balanced and creamy drink, here are the details;

Grab your preferred ingredients
All the ingredients you use are what necessarily determine how great or otherwise the smoothie will be. For that reason, avoid the weird packaged mixes and if possible go for fresh, whole foods that’ll give you nothing short of the best flavor worth the cost.

Again, ensure that you pick organic vegetables. They are the best in making green smoothies as opposed to the GMO ones. Additionally, you will rarely encounter health issues when you consistently use organic greens in making this beverage.

It often occurs that during cultivation some chemical residue might remain in the crops. After shopping for your ideal fruits and vegetables for pureeing smoothie, it is suggested that you carefully wash them using recommended solution, especially salt water to remove the pesticide residue that might be present.

Determine the ingredients balance

Your desire is probably to puree a balanced combination of fruits and greens as the basis of your smoothie. However, if you have health issues much so that revolves around blood sugar then you may consider adding more and more greens in the smoothie than fruits.

For an instance, you can add about ¾ cup of chopped greens (whether kales, spinach or collards). Then mix it with the fruit and other ingredients to get a perfect balanced smoothie.

The quantity of liquid needed as earlier mentioned depends on whether the fruit is fresh or frozen, as well as the nature of the fruit. Ordinarily, ¾ cup of liquid, be it milk, water, fresh juice or coconut water is enough to get you going without necessarily swerving into smoothie’s territory.

To enhance your smoothie’s taste and texture to the optimum level, add 1 or 2 table spoons of yogurt and the protein seeds or powder, whichever you prefer.

Apparently, to make a creamy, flavorful and filling smoothie, you must find the appropriate ratio of protein and your yogurt. Consider to add ice cubes also if you’re blending unfrozen ingredients to make it more thick and fresh.

Consider extra flavor

The freshness of the fruits you are using, vegetables and your taste preference is what determines the need for adding additional flavors. If you feel the need to have some, never mind going for one just make sure that you do not go overboard.

A teaspoon of green tea powder, or a table spoon of honey would be enough. You also need to be careful that adding excess flavors make your smoothie to look more of a dessert than a healthy drink.

Layer up

Yes! I know it sounds funny but trust me there is a manner of arranging ingredients in a blender to result into consistent, sweet and healthy drink.

For instance, if you’re blending a combination of hard and soft food ingredients, ensure that you place the softer ones at the bottom of the blender closer to the blades and the relatively hard ones at the top far away from the blades. This way, you give the blender more power to turn the blades faster and puree ingredients in a consistent manner.

Take note that proper arrangement of ingredients also helps you to save and increase the lifespan of your blender.

Blending

It is the ultimate stage that defines whether or not you’ll eventually get desirable results. Remember you also need to get a high-quality blender for making smoothie because it also plays a considerable role in establishing the duration of letting it work its magic.

Ideally, approximately 2 to 3 minutes is enough to blend the ingredients and get a super smooth textured drink. If you’d wish to add ice perhaps for a frosty beverage, you can do it after every particle is finely blended.

With all the information provided above, it is apparent that you can indeed get into your kitchen and make a superfluous tasty, nutritious and healthy smoothie, any time you wish to. A little creativity is acceptable just make sure that you’re not overzealous about it.

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