What makes smoothies such a popular breakfast? Could it be the vibrant colours, the fab nutritious boost or just the fact that smoothies make any type of fruit better? Maybe it’s all of them. In today’s post, I want to show you that sometimes, the best recipes are well… NOT recipes.
Smoothies are the BEST for just experimenting and putting together all of your favourite things, and create your perfect drink. With these ratio’s, you’ll learn just how to make the perfect fruit or green smoothie and turn it into whatever you want it to be. As well as the ratio’s, I’ve included lots of pairing suggestions to get you started, as well as some great time saving tips, and my favourite equipment. So let’s jump right in!
(Yes, I have cocoa powder smeared all over my hand…)
The key thing that you need to make a smoothie, is a blender. There are an abundance of blenders out there in all price ranges. I would love to own a Vitamix one day, but right now, my favourite blender is a Nutribullet. Price wise, these are pretty affordable in the market, and they are absolutely perfect for smoothies “on-the-go”. You can blend up your smoothie right in the cup you’re going to be taking with you, then pop on a lid with a handle and off you go!
Fruit smoothies are probably the kind of smoothie I make the most. I love testing out new combinations of fruit, or sticking with old favourites and decorating them in smoothie bowls. The key to a good fruit smoothie, no matter what fruit you’re using, is using ripe fruit.
I really can’t stress that enough. Underripe fruit is not sweet, it’s often hard in texture, and it definitely doesn’t make a good smoothie… Ripe fruit should be sweet smelling, firm with a little give when gently squeezed and bright in colour. Bananas are one of the most commonly used ingredients in smoothies, and they are ripe when they are yellow and have some brown speckles! Trust me, that’s when they are at their best!
There are two ratio’s that I always use for fruit smoothies, depending on whether the fruit is frozen or not. Personally, I prefer using the frozen fruit version, but the unfrozen is totally fine if you don’t have frozen fruit on hand!
Unfrozen fruit smoothie:
3 parts fruit
2 parts liquid
2-3 ice cubes
1-2 tbsp add ins
Frozen fruit smoothie
3 parts frozen fruit
3 parts liquid
1-2 tbsp add ins
Tip: Chop up the fruit for your smoothie the night before and freeze it in a container the night before. It will be ready to be blended super quickly so you can get going with your morning!
2 parts liquid
2 parts greens
3 parts frozen fruit
Tip: Blend the greens and the liquid first so that the leaves get super smooth before adding the fruit, then blend again. This will help the greens break down, so you don’t get any leafy chunks in your smoothie!
Now this is the fun part. There really are no limits here, you can combine WHATEVER fruits you like. Below I have compiled a list of my favourite combinations, and suggestions of add ins that you can build on. This list is by no means a limit, add as MANY more items as you can think of!
Eg. strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, black mulberries, boysenberry, etc
Goes great with: bananas, cooked beets, grapefruit, apricots, figs, lemon, ginger, maple syrup, mango, melon, mint, orange, nectarine, peach, pear, pineapple, plums, mint, vanilla.
Bananas – the base for MOST smoothies
Goes great with: Berries (all kinds), coconut, dates, figs, ginger, maple syrup, mangoes, orange, papaya, passion fruit, pomegranate, vanilla.
Examples of great smoothie greens: Baby spinach, kale, swiss chard, beet greens, romaine lettuce, arugula (rocket), collard greens.
Personally, I like using acidic, citrus fruits and juice in green smoothies. Combinations such as pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, lime, ginger, grapefruit, pomelo all work really well. Also throw in some berries for a sweet hit.
Water – the most basic way to create a light smoothie. Flavourless so let’s the ingredients shine through, creates a mild tasting smoothie.
Fruit juice – such as orange, pineapple, tropical, cranberry, pomegranate – goes best in banana/berry/green smoothies. Will create a fresh, bright smoothie. The flavour of juice complements greens beautifully.
Plant milks – such as oat, coconut, rice, almond (read a complete guide to non-dairy milk here). Goes great with berries and other sweet ingredients. Will create a rich, thick smoothie, great for post workouts or mornings when you need something a bit more filling.
The add ins might be my favourite part of smoothie making, they allow you to add some nutritional benefits to your smoothie, or just some great flavour. Here are some suggestions:
To add to berry based smoothies: Fresh ginger, lime juice, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, avocado, lemon/lime zest, peppermint extract (just a couple of drops), vanilla, acai.
To add to banana based smoohies: cacao powder, maca powder, boabab, acai, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, turmeric (just a pinch), avocado, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, dates, cardamom (just a pinch), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (just a pinch) sesame seeds, coconut yoghurt.
To add to green smoothies: Fresh ginger, lime juice, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, avocado, lemon/lime zest, vanilla, acai, turmeric (just a pinch), nut butters, dates, coconut yoghurt.
With all these skills above, you’ll be able to confidently get in the kitchen and make your own perfect smoothies, every time! Don’t forget to pin this post from the image below, and let me know in the comments if you have a favourite, go-to smoothie!