Learn how to make a smoothie with this easy free guide
Maybe it’s your first smoothie, and you need basic guidance on how to make smoothies.
Or you already have some experience making smoothies and want to get even better.
Here you'll learn everything you need to know about how to use the smoothie recipes on this site or invent your own, choose the best blenders, smoothie ingredients and get the right consistency.
I learned how to make a smoothie a long time ago, and I love teaching others how to make smoothies.
It all started when I was about 10 years old and received my first cookbook as a Christmas gift, Kid’s Cookbook by Williams-Sonoma.
Most of the recipes in that book were too complicated for me at that age, but the very first recipe I learned to make was a strawberry banana smoothie with orange juice.
From that moment on, I was completely hooked! I made more and more smoothies, experimenting with different fruits and juices and other smoothie ingredients.
Soon I got tired of looking at recipes and measuring out ingredients, and I learned how to create my own perfect ratios by eyeballing the ingredients.
I continued making smoothies throughout high school and college to fuel my various athletic and fitness activities, including cross-country running and strength training, just to name a few.
If a 10 year old can learn how to make a smoothie, so can you!
It’s incredibly easy to learn how to make a smoothie, once you get down the basics. Here's what you need to know to get started:
Luckily, smoothies don’t require much fancy equipment. In fact, you probably already have most of what you need in your kitchen.
No matter what, you need a blender. They come in many different shapes, sizes, styles, and speeds.
For those of you just starting out or on limited budgets, you can get a simple, low-tech blender at stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, etc. You don't need to spend a fortune, and you can still make great smoothies. I have had good luck with the Oster brand.
If you're looking to take your smoothies and healthy eating to the next level, you may consider splurging on a high-tech, high-power blender. Mid-range options include Ninja and Health Master, while high-end options are Vita Mix and Blendtec.
The most important is that you choose a blender that works for your needs and purposes. It doesn't have to be super high-end, but I almost never buy the absolute cheapest model possible, usually mid-range for decent quality.
Another piece of optional equipment is a smoothie cup or mug. Again, doesn't have to be fancy. But this turns out to be very important for me as I like to take my smoothies with me on the go, such as to work.
But you may or may not want to follow a recipe exactly. Some people just don’t like following recipes, even easy recipes.
There are several options for how you can use (or not use) smoothie recipes, depending on your experience level:
You can safely skip this step if you choose to follow the recipe exactly :)
The following smoothie ingredients are absolutely essential:
You can make awesome fruit shakes with just those ingredients. I bet you already have all of them in your own kitchen!
But you can make your smoothie even better with these optional add-in smoothie ingredients:
You can find some combination of the above ingredients in virtually
all my smoothies. But you can also take it a step further with other “superfood” smoothie ingredients.
Or go in the opposite direction, making your smoothie more indulgent than healthy, by adding ice cream, honey or other sweeteners.
The next step is to add it all to the blender. But hold your horses....before you go adding a bunch of smoothie ingredients to the blender all at once, you want to make sure you have a process in place to add the ingredients in the right order and avoid blending difficulties.
Click here to learn how to make smoothies with that just-right consistency,
including the right order of adding ingredients, how much of each
ingredient to add, and how to eyeball it to get your measurements just
right without a tedious measurement process.
This is the easiest part. Just push the button and go.
If your blender has multiple speeds, you'll want to use a lower speed for blending liquids and soft solids together first.
Switch to a higher speed to break up ice and frozen fruits.
Then, after about 30 seconds, gradually work your way down to a lower setting for a smoother consistency.
The whole process should take under a minute total, once you get the hang of it :)
OK, I know I promised only 5 steps. But this is the most fun part! Now that you've used the resources on this page to learn how to make a smoothie on your own, don't keep it all to yourself.
Share your creations with families, friends, in real life and on Facebook (extra kudos if you hit the "like" or "share" button below to share this page...help spread the word and help them learn how to make a smoothie too).
Let us know how your experience went with making smoothies...by leaving a comment in the box below.
And if you have any questions about how to make a smoothie, please feel free to contact me with any lingering doubts you may have. Or click here to read frequently asked questions about making smoothies the right texture.