Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far. For anyone who has been following my blog the past couple of years, it will come as no surprise to you that I LOVE smoothies – they are super easy to make, and pack so many nutritional benefits into one simple glass. How can something so good for your skin, hair and overall health, taste soooo good!!!!
Now, I know that not everyone feels this way about smoothies. Maybe your go-to smoothie is lacking in the deliciousness department. Not to worry! With a few simple ingredient swaps, just about any smoothie recipe is salvageable. Here are a few things you can do to save your smoothie and start enjoying the many benefits they have to offer! I hope you all enjoy this post and maybe find it helpful!
HOW TO SAVE YOUR SMOOTHIE
Problem #1 – Your smoothie tastes like dirt.
Quick fix – Try adding a scoop of vanilla yoghurt, this will lighten up the earthy taste with a hint of creamy sweetness or you can try adding 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to mask the flavour without all the added sugar calories – 1 tsp. of vanilla extract has just 12 calories.
Future prevention – Re-evaluate your choice of greens. Certain varieties are way too bitter to use raw in your smoothies and are major contributors to the dirt like flavour. I like to use milder greens such as spinach or curly leaf kale. You can also try swapping out your greens for more neutral-tasting veggies such as sweet potato, pumpkin, cucumber, or carrots. I like to wash and freeze my kale, so it is ready to use when needed and it also blends much easier. If you would rather not use trial and error, try testing out one of my favourite recipes such as my Chocolate + Cherries smoothie.
Problem #2 – Your smoothie is too thin and watery.
Quick fix – There are plenty of ways to thicken up a runny smoothie. The easiest way would be good old calorie free ice – throw in 4 or 5 ice cubes and blend well, add more if needed to achieve your desired thickness. I personally like to use frozen fruit, particularly berries and bananas. Berries are packed full of antioxidants and bananas always thicken things up and create a super creamy taste. You can opt to throw in half an avocado or 1/2 a cup of oats, which are both great options too!
Future prevention – Concentrate on cutting back a bit on the amount of liquid you add, start off with less and you can build from there to achieve your desired consistency. You can also try swapping out water dense fruit and vegetables for thicker creamier ones such as bananas, avocados and dates.
Problem #3 – You smoothie is way too sweet.
Quick fix – So you might have went a little over board in the sugar department. Counteract the extra sweetness with a little acid. Adding just a hint of lemon or lime can add just enough balance to level out the sweetness. You can also try adding in 1/2 a cup of plain yoghurt which adds a slight tangy flavour to the mix.
Future prevention – First and foremost stay away from sweeteners! No need for any sort of added sugars, as all of your smoothies will be naturally sweetened when adding any fruits or protein powder. When choosing liquids for your smoothies, watch out for hidden sugars in your non-dairy beverages. Always choose unsweetened versions when available, for a lighter healthier smoothie. Another great way to keep your sweetness level in check is to find a good balance between high and low sugar fruits. Think berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries when seeking out fruit with low sugar content, while keeping in mind that bananas come out on top, as one of the high sugar varieties.
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