How to Make a Smoothie

  • 01 of 06

    How to Make a Smoothie

    How to Make a Smoothie
    How to Make a Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Making smoothies is hardly rocket science, and there are plenty of recipes out there, but here are some tips for creating your own smoothie, and then following are 5 smoothie recipes to get you started!

    In general you are mixing about:

    • 2 to 2 1/2 cups cubed soft fruit, fresh or frozen, or a combination
    • 1 cup of liquid, usually juice or milk
    • 1/2 cup of yogurt (optional)
    • 1/2 cup to 1 cup ice (unless you are using all frozen fruit)
    • a teaspoon or two of sugar, honey, agave or other sweetener (optional)

    This...MORE will make two large smoothies.  Jut put the ingredients in a blender and whir it up!

    Unlike baking recipes, for instance, smoothie recipes, do not have to use exact measurements. You can adjust according to taste.  The only difference in choosing between fresh or frozen fruit is how thick you want it to be.  Frozen will make for a more milkshake-thick smoothie, whereas fresh will get thickened up slightly by the ice, but have a more liquidy texture.  I like to use a combination .

    You can use any kind of soft fruit you want, such as berries, bananas, peeled peaches or nectarines, melons, even grapes, and puree and know you can always add a bit more fruit or ice to thicken it, or a bit more milk to thin it out. 

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  • 02 of 06

    Blueberry and Coconut Milk Smoothie

    Blueberry and Coconut Milk Smoothie
    Blueberry and Coconut Milk Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Makes 2 smoothies

    You can use whatever berries you like, which makes this the recipe to grab after a berry picking expedition in the summer.  

    • 1½ cups blueberries
    • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
    • ½ cup ice cubes
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    1. Place the berries, coconut milk, ice cubes, honey and lemon juice into a blender.  Pulse a few times, then puree until it is smooth.
    2. Pour into glasses and serve.
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  • 03 of 06

    Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie

    Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie
    Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Makes 2 smoothies

    This is a kid pleaser and an overall crowd pleaser.  You could use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries.

    • 1 cup fresh strawberries
    • 1 banana, frozen, sliced into chunks
    • 1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
    • ½ cup orange juice, preferably fresh
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    1. Place the strawberries, banana, honey, orange juice and ice into a blender.  Pulse a few times, then puree until it is the desired texture.
    2. Pour into glasses and serve.
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  • 04 of 06

    Banana Avocado Smoothie

    Banana Avocado Smoothie
    Banana Avocado Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Makes 2 smoothies

    If you’ve not tried avocado in a smoothie, you should!  Avocados are actually a fruit, so it makes more sense than you think.  And they are so naturally smooth and creamy, the texture of this smoothie lives up to its name.

    • 1 banana, frozen, sliced into chunks
    • ½ avocado, cut into chunks
    • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
    • ½ cup ice cubes
    1. Place the banana, avocados, coconut milk, milk, honey, and ice into a blender.  Pulse a few times, then puree...MORE until it is the desired texture.
    2. Pour into glasses and serve.
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  • 05 of 06

    Berry Banana Smoothie

    Berry Banana Smoothie
    Berry Banana Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Makes 2 smoothies

    If you use all frozen fruit you will have a very thick smoothie – some frozen fruit will give you a medium thick drink, and all fresh fruit will be a thinner (but still very satisfying) smoothie.  If you use all frozen fruit, you’ll probably want to add a bit more juice so this mixture will puree up smoothly in the blender.

    • As with all smoothies, feel free to play with the combination of fruit.
    • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
    • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    • ½ banana, fresh or...MORE frozen, sliced into chunks  
    • 1 tablespoon fruit preserves, such as raspberry, strawberry or mixed berry
    • 1 cup crushed ice
    • ½ to ¾ cup berry juice
    1. Place the strawberries, blueberries, banana, preserves, ice and 1/2 cup berry juice into a blender.  Pulse a few times, then puree until it is the desired texture, adding more juice if desired.
    2. Pour into glasses and serve.
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  • 06 of 06

    Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

    Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    Makes 2 smoothies

    If a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup became a drink this is what it would taste like.  You could use vanilla extract instead of the chocolate, but it does add that extra layer of chocolate fabulousness.

    • 1 banana, frozen, sliced into chunks
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
    • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
    • ½ teaspoon chocolate extract
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    1. Place the banana, milk, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, chocolate extract and ice into a blender.  Pulse a few times, then...MORE puree until it is the desired texture.
    2. Pour into glasses and serve.