When it comes to what smoothie ingredients to use, you have several options for a liquid base.
A liquid base is important because it pulls together the entire fruit shake. Think of it like the cement that binds together the bricks when you’re building a wall.
Here is a quick summary of your options:
First things first. I’ll start with the most simple...
Water is first, because it’s so easy and simple.
There are a few different types to choose from:
I plan to do a more in-depth article on water quality and sourcing considerations soon.
In the meantime, here is an excellent video in which Ken D Berry MD dives deeper into these options:
Unless you rely solely on bottled water or spring water, the nice thing about water is it’s always available. I never run out because it’s impossible to do so, I just go to the filter and get more.
The best part about water is that depending on your source, it’s likely either free or very inexpensive.
So if you currently drink bottled, that’s one more incentive to switch. It’s not only good for the environment, but great for your wallet too.
I drink water constantly throughout the day, especially during the workday. It keeps me feeling hydrated, healthy and happy.
So why is water good in smoothies?
I remember very early in my green smoothie journey, I read some green smoothie recipes online that used water, and I thought it was weird.
I had always used milk in my fruit shakes, so this seemed almost equivalent to using water in my cereal. Pretty gross, or so I thought.
Turns out, water is actually pretty good in a certain type of fruit shakes. Why? There are several benefits:
I especially like using water in my green smoothies.
While it’s possible to make green smoothies with any liquid ingredients, including milk, I especially like them with H20.
Some may claim that this is how you make a “true” green smoothie, mostly because that’s what Victoria Boutenko promotes in her fantastic book, Green Smoothie Revolution.
believe the claims are true that water is a more natural liquid to use
for these frozen drinks. It really brings out the incredible powers of
the raw living foods in the fruit shake - the fruits and green leafy
vegetables that are so good for you.
But green smoothies are only one type of smoothies.
Despite the incredible benefits of water, I also believe it’s important to have fun with your fruit shakes and experiment with lots of different taste combinations.
That’s why you should also consider using milk or juice sometimes.
Which brings me to my next point. Click the link below to go to the next page in the liquid smoothie ingredients series: