Skip to main content

Smoothie recipes tips and tricks: Make your life easier (and make better smoothies) with these simple insights

Everything you need to know to make the best smoothies

Banana and berry smoothie
Denis Tuksar / Unsplash

A perfectly blended smoothie can hit the spot for a quick breakfast, a snack, or even a meal replacement. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or simply enjoy a morning beverage, smoothies are a great way to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies. 

Although simple smoothie recipes are easy to come by, it can take some time to master the art of at-home smoothie making. Which type of blender is best to use for smoothies? How can you make the process faster? We answer everything you need to know to make the best smoothies below. Soon, you’ll learn how to whip up the perfect smoothie at home with these tips and tricks. 

Three smoothies on a countertop
Nathan Dumlao / Unsplash

Time-saving smoothie tips

Starting your day with a creamy fruit smoothie sounds great, but the smoothie-making process can take some time. Not only do you need to shop and prepare all the ingredients, but you’ll also be left with prep time and cleanup for every smoothie you make. This process might make blending up your favorite smoothie recipes too time consuming for those hectic workday mornings.

Preparing smoothies in advance

Meal prepping your smoothies is a great workaround to help you save time. Grab a pre-made smoothie and go! When stored properly, smoothies can be prepared in advance and remain fresh for three to five days. To ensure freshness, store your smoothies in airtight glass or plastic jars, cups, or even in covered mason jars.

Using personal blenders for easier cleanup

For those who prefer a freshly blended smoothie, using a personal blender can help make cleanup easier and save time. Unlike traditional blenders, personal blenders are smaller and more compact, which means less clean-up time. The single-serving nature of personal blenders allows you to drink right from the same blending container, which means one less dirty dish to wash.

Using frozen fruit and vegetables

Purchasing fresh fruit for your smoothie recipe means more time in preparation, including washing, cutting, and storing. In addition, smoothie recipes that use fresh fruit require the addition of ice. As a time-saving hack, use frozen fruit and vegetables to help save time and eliminate the need for ice in your smoothie. Using frozen produce also costs less and helps you avoid wasting money on spoiled produce.

Strawberry smoothie with strawberries on the side
Joanna Kosinska / Unsplash

How to make a smoothie like a pro

The key to perfecting smoothie recipes is creating balance. Add too much of any one ingredient, and the consistency and taste of your smoothie can quickly go awry. Now that we’ve covered how you can save time making smoothies, it’s time to get down to the tips for optimal preparation.

Creating balance with ingredients

As you experiment with new smoothie recipes, it can be tempting to throw all of your fruits and veggies into the mix. However, you’ll want to be mindful of the sugar content of fruits and balance your smoothie content with other ingredients. For example, consider adding ingredients with healthy fats, such as avocados, chia seeds, or nut butter. In addition, adding healthy fiber to your smoothie will help keep you fuller for longer.

Newbie smoothie makers rarely put enough liquid into smoothie recipes, causing a texture that is too chunky or clumpy. To avoid this common problem, choose your favorite milk (dairy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc.) and add a splash until you reach the desired consistency.

Don’t forget the protein

Adding protein to your smoothie is a must — both for weight loss and taste. You can add protein to your smoothies in many forms, such as protein powder, yogurt, or various milks. Remember, it may take time to determine the best portions of each protein to create the right texture and thickness for your smoothie. Many protein powders on the market today also contain added benefits, such as vitamins and minerals, which can help give your smoothie a boost, too.

Adding thickeners for the right consistency

Using ingredients that enhance your smoothie’s thickness will help create that creamy, delicious smoothie you crave. Ingredients with natural thickening agents can help solve this problem. For example, bananas, avocados, and mangos are great for creating a thickened texture.

If you’re looking to add thickness to your smoothie while keeping the sugar content low, try adding chia seeds to your smoothie. When chia seeds come into contact with a liquid, they expand in size and create a thickened, gel-like substance that can help you achieve the desired smoothie texture.

Understanding smoothie ratios

Not following a smoothie recipe and winging it? If so, keep this general smoothie ratio in mind when deciding how much of each ingredient to add to the blender:

  • 2 parts frozen fruit
  • 1 part liquid (milk, water, or non-dairy product)
  • 1 part thickener
  • sweeteners, if needed (agave, stevia, honey, monk fruit)
A glass of strawberry smoothie, surrounded by strawberries and bananas.
samael334 / Adobe Stock

Mastering the perfect smoothie

Knowing how to make a smoothie is not quite as simple as it sounds. Overall, mastering the perfect smoothie-making process at home can take some time, patience, and experimentation. However, these time-saving tips and preparation tricks can help you learn to whip up delicious smoothies at home in no time. Now all that’s left is to do is find your favorite recipe or create your own.

Editors' Recommendations

Emily Caldwell
Emily is a freelance lifestyle, food, fitness, and nutrition/health writer with a B.S. in Health & Human Services from…
Cranberries are great for your health: RDs reveal how to add them to your diet this winter
Think beyond cranberry sauce
A blue bowl of cranberries

In the winter, cranberries serve as festive decor on wreaths. However, the best way to enjoy cranberries is as a food. There are so many ways to do so beyond a classic can of cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving (or homemade, if you're feeling fancy).

"Cranberries deserve more love outside of your turkey dinner," said Amanda Sauceda, RD, a registered dietician and the founder of The Mindful Gut, LLC. "They are versatile to use and complement many favorite fall foods. Their beautiful red hue gives your food a nice pop of color, making dishes visually appealing."

Read more
Need constipation relief? Add these food and drink items to your diet today
Get your gut health back in order with these easy constipation remedies
High-fiber vegetables

Your bowel habits are probably not everyday dinner table conversation or something you want to bring up with your buddies, and you may even feel embarrassed about bringing them up with your doctor, but constipation is quite a prevalent problem. In fact, this study suggests that the global prevalence of constipation is about 14%.

The good news is that eating certain foods can give you constipation relief by stimulating intestinal peristalsis and bulking up stool. Keep reading for the best foods to help you poop.

Read more
Oatmeal is the secret to better sleep (and you’re going to love this hack)
We've got an oatmeal recipe perfect for your nighttime routine
a bowl of oatmeal with a grilled pear

Ever seen those commercials where people are flying around on mattresses or walking around like zombies because of "junk sleep"? Well, junk sleep is real, and it's affecting millions of Americans each year.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 million Americans suffer from chronic or ongoing sleep disorders. That's a pretty grim number, considering America is work-obsessed; the last thing we need is to be sleep-deprived, too.

Read more