Thinking about getting a personal blender to really up your smoothie game? You're not alone. Who doesn't love a good smoothie? Whether's that's a banana smoothie with a hint of peanut butter or a full-on health kick-type smoothie with carrots and beets, there's definitely a lot of yummy to be had. In this blog, we will explore tips that will help you if you've ever had trouble with frozen fruits or ice in your smoothies.
When creating a smoothie, it’s important not to make any assumptions about what might go into it. If you don’t have specific goals in mind, your smoothie will fail to meet your needs, and it will be an unpleasantly random and unbalanced blend of flavors.
Strategizing and a bit of science will go a long way in determining ideal results for smoothies. Ideal ways to load the canister prior to blending include:
This applies for upright blenders with blades at the bottom, of course. As an added boost, powdered ingredients can be stirred into liquids prior to being poured in the canister. That's a great way to avoid lumpy clumps down the line!
You’re probably a morning smoothie routine kind of person—add a scoop of protein powder or mix a pre-made smoothie pack with stabilizers to contribute some extra flavor to your morning blend. How about trying something new?
For sweeter recipes, try adding some cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or paste. A dash of salt can also add a whole new flavor to a drink. These ingredients can all be blended more smoothly than others.
Keep in mind that a pinch of the aforementioned choices will certainly go a long way already.
This is a great step towards eliminating filler ingredients from smoothies made thick and gritty in questionable ways. For an extra dose of sweetness, a natural sweetener will do the trick. Consider sweet coconut milk, maple syrup, honey and agave syrup.
Establishing the liquid ratio will be a huge help. Once that's done, everything should be pulverized until it's all a very fine consistency. Playing with ratios regardless of the blender's make and model will make for some fun experimentation that will go a long way.
If the ingredients you are blending are not mixing well, then your blender has probably overloaded. Not all blenders are created equal. In addition, a recipe will likely overload a blender if it is too big for its capacity.
If you want your ingredients to circulate while you blend them, use the pulse function. Some blenders will have a set of buttons dedicated to this, while others will make it possible using the same quick switch back and forth between functions.
Smoothies are great drinks that are easy to make in a blender. That said, there are common issues that can sometimes be traced to the blender at hand. It would be helpful to consider powder usage, adjust ingredient layers and make use of the pulse function.
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