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How to Make a Smoothie

Have you tried making a smoothie at home and it just what you hoped for?

This guide will help you learn how to make a smoothie that is not only delicious, but just as good or better than those smoothies that you love from your favorite smoothie place or health food store.

Learn how to make different kinds of smoothies, what you should put in them, and some delicious recipes to start you out!

blueberry pie smoothie in a glass with a glass straw

What should I put in my smoothie?

There are so many options when it comes to what you can put in a smoothie. 

To avoid running to the store, start with what you have on hand and start learning which fruits and vegetables pair well together.

smoothie combinations

  • kale, spinach, and other greens pair well frozen banana, pineapple, peaches, and citrus fruits (basically anything except berries)
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries all pair well with yogurt and milk
  • Frozen cauliflower can’t be tasted in a smoothie and goes well with most fruit based smoothies 
  • Frozen steamed sweet potato pairs wonderfully with nut butters, or cocoa powder to make a dessert smoothie
  • Nut butters pair well with milk, banana, and apples (chocolate also works well with this combo!)
  • Carrots pair well with citrus fruits, or with milk and yogurt 
  • Cucumbers pair well with citrus fruit, and are a great vegetable to add more liquid to the smoothie in place of water or milk

Perfect Green Smoothie Recipe

green smoothie in a glass from an overhead view

How much fruit should I put in a smoothie?

That depends on how thick you want your smoothie as well as how much smoothie you want to make. 

For a thicker smoothie, I suggest using primarily frozen fruit, around 1 – 2 cups for a large drink. 

If you are using fresh fruit, stick with the same 1 – 2 cups, but find a way to make the smoothie thicker. 

Healthy Peach Smoothie

Healthy peach smoothie in a glass sprinkled with cinnamon

How do you blend smoothies?

It is suggested to get a high speed blender if you love super thick and creamy smoothies. 

My blendtec changed my life and I use it almost daily. 

If you are using a regular blender, smoothies using frozen vegetables or fresh whole fruit may be harder to get totally smooth. 

Are breakfast smoothies good for you?

Smoothies are an excellent way to get a nutritious breakfast!

Take for example this peanut butter banana smoothie recipe: a well balanced protein packed drink with bananas, milk, ice, yogurt, and just a touch of honey. 

Frozen bananas are a wonderful addition to any breakfast smoothie.

peanut butter banana smoothie topped with sliced banana

Just be sure to add a protein source such as greek yogurt, protein powder, or nut butter to the smoothie to keep you full all morning. 

For more recipes, read this post on 10 healthy breakfast smoothies!

What liquid should I put in my smoothie?

  • water
  • whole or 2% milk
  • non dairy milks such as soy, almond, or coconut

I usually gravitate towards unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla soy milk, or whole milk for my smoothies. 

However, if you want to use water in a smoothie it is totally possible! 

If you do not like milk based drinks, read here for How to Make a Smoothie Without Milk.

This Ginger Peach Detox Smoothie is a delicious drink made without any milk!

cucumber, lemon, apples, orange, peaches, and water in a blender

How do you sweeten a fruit smoothie?

Ideally, a fruit smoothie will be sweet enough thanks to the natural sweetness of the fruits! 

This is especially true of smoothies using more sweet fruits like pineapples or peaches. 

This frosty Pineapple Smoothie uses just four ingredients: frozen pineapple, frozen banana, unsweetened greek yogurt, and unsweetened almond milk. 

pineapple smoothie with a piece of frozen pineapple on top

For fruit smoothies that are not quite sweet enough, try adding a more natural sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup. 

This Carrot Cake Smoothie is full of veggies and uses just a bit of pure maple syrup to make it sweet!

carrot cake smoothie recipe in a glass with a glass straw

Are fruit smoothies unhealthy?

Fruit smoothies without added sugar are absolutely healthy!

It’s a common misconception that the sugar in fruits is bad for you. 

Natural fruit sugar is not the same thing as artificial white sugar. 

Fruits have so many health benefits, and a fruit smoothie is a great way to help get some of your daily fruit in!

Try this nutrient packed blueberry banana smoothie!

 Blueberry banana smoothie in a glass with fresh blueberries around it

How do you sweeten a smoothie without sugar?

Try to add more fruits and less milk and yogurt ratio for a sweet smoothie that isn’t filled with artificial sugar. 

Can I put honey in my smoothie?

Yes! Honey is one of my favorite ways to add just a touch of sweetness to a smoothie that isn’t quite as sweet as it needs to be. 

Typically just 1 – 2 teaspoons of honey will be plenty to add a pinch of sweetness. 

Do ice cubes make smoothies thicker?

Ice cubes are an excellent way to make smoothies thicker.

I use ice cubes to add more thickness to any smoothie using fresh fruit like this Strawberry Smoothie, or a frozen fruit smoothie that isn’t quite as thick as I like it.

Strawberry smoothie in a tall glass with a strawberry on the rim

For me, I prefer super thick ice cream like texture smoothies, and ice cubes are so helpful in achieving this texture!

Just note that a high speed blender is most likely necessary to get the ice totally blended up without leaving ice chunks in your drink. 

How do you make a smoothie thicker without yogurt?

  • try frozen bananas for a super thick and creamy texture
  • utilize frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit, and only enough milk to make the smoothie blend. Start with a little, and you can always add more if necessary. 
  • use frozen veggies like steamed sweet potato or frozen cauliflower for more thickness
  • add ice to the smoothie until it is the desired thickness

This Sweet Potato Smoothie is a great thick smoothie without yogurt!

Sweet potato smoothie in a glass with a glass straw

For a totally fruit based smoothie that is very thick, check out this 3 ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

strawberry banana smoothie in a glass

Can I drink smoothies every day?

Yes! Smoothies are a fantastic way to eat more fruits and veggies. 

They are wonderful for adults, and kids love them too.

My toddler has been drinking them since he was one year old and he loves to help make them! 

If you want to start adding more nutritional foods into your life, start with one a day and see how you feel with this simple change. 

How to make smoothies that taste like dessert

Dessert smoothies are one of my favorite things. 

If you wake up craving sweets, or want a lighter dessert, try some of these delicious recipes! 

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

strawberry cheesecake smoothie in a glass topped with crushed graham crackers

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

double chocolate milkshake sprinkled with mini chocolate chips in a glass with a spoon

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

chocolate smoothie in a glass topped with mini chocolate chips

I hope this guide was helpful to you and encouraged you to try making your own smoothies at home more often. 

Happy blending and if you have any questions at all leave a comment on this post!

strawberry pineapple smoothie recipe with a piece of frozen pineapple on top
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