Smoothies are by far one of my very favorite foods, and like all of you, I want my smoothies to taste as best as absolutely possible. There are some incredibly simple ways to create maximum flavor in your superfood smoothies that don’t cost anything extra or require too much effort. This means you’ll not only enjoy the taste of your smoothies better but also be more prone to having them more often, which means you’re guaranteed to be taking in more nutrients.
Whether you choose energizing ingredients before a workout or more calming, soothing ingredients before bed, smoothies are one of the simplest ways to give your body what it needs, just when it needs it the most. Yet no amount of health benefits could make a watered down or bitter tasting smoothie enjoyable, right?
To prevent any smoothie fails in your own kitchen, take these tips in mind to create maximum flavor in your superfood smoothies every single time:
1. Choose Your Greens Wisely
When making green smoothies, it’s easy to get excited and just throw a bunch of greens into your blender and then regret it after the first sip. Always choose your greens wisely when making green smoothies, especially if you’re a beginner. Note that some smoothies such as spinach and romaine will taste much less bitter than greens like kale, arugula, collards, and Swiss chard. While you should definitely experiment with more bitter greens since they’re healthy for you, try using some sweeter greens like spinach and romaine to start out with. Or, use a mix of both spinach and kale, romaine and arugula, Swiss chard and spinach, etc. Start with small amounts of bitter greens and progress the amount over time until you adjust to the taste.
2. Use Frozen Ingredients When Possible
I’m all for fresh ingredients, but let me just say that frozen is the way to go for a thick, frosty smoothie texture. The colder and thicker the ingredients, the better off your smoothies will taste. It’s one reason I like to freeze all my fresh greens in freezer safe bags as soon as I get home from the store. I also buy frozen berries or frozen acai packs over fresh fruit. As greens freeze, they naturally lose their bitter taste and also create a thicker, frostier texture when blended. You can also buy greens like spinach and kale that are already frozen if you like. As a bonus, frozen ingredients aren’t only more economical but also less likely to spoil before you can use them up.
Another tip I would suggest is to use frozen almond milk ice cubes (or coconut milk ice cubes) in place of regular ice cubes. Freezing nondairy milk before using it in a smoothie will also help to lend a thicker, frostier texture. Your smoothie will take on immediate soft serve consistency so you can even eat it with a spoon if you prefer, just like you would dessert!
3.Use a Healthy Sweetener
Whether you choose fresh or frozen fruit, or a calorie-free natural sweetener like stevia, using a natural sweetener in your smoothies will also help improve the taste. Everyone’s preference for healthy sweeteners is different so I encourage you to experiment with different amounts of whatever sweetener you like to see what works for you. I use approximately 1/2 teaspoon pure stevia extract or 10 drops of liquid stevia in a 32 ounce smoothie . Low sugar fruits like frozen berries are also an awesome choice as well. A sweeter smoothie without added sugar will help mask the bitter taste that comes with stronger tasting smoothies so that hopefully you’ll want to consume them more often.
4. Mix and Match Superfoods Carefully
Just like you need to choose your greens wisely, you should also be mindful of how you combine different superfoods. Remember that superfoods like spirulina and camu-camu are both awesome for you, but they don’t taste great alone since they’re more pungent in taste. Usually, cacao powder, maca powder, mesquite, acai, and goji berries taste awesome with everything. They can also help mask the bitterness of superfoods like spirulina and camu-camu. One other trick you can use is to top your smoothies with stronger superfoods like spirulina and camu-camu instead of blending them into the smoothie. This way you still get the benefits without downing a whole smoothie that tastes like them. Just like with everything else, experiment with different superfoods and flavor combinations to see which ones work best for you.
5. Don’t Add too Much Liquid
One of the most important tips for getting the best flavor out of your smoothies is to watch the amount of liquid you use. Adding too much is one of the worst things to do and one I’ve done many times myself. It’s one reason I advise adding half the amount of liquid you’ll need in a recipe first and adding the remaining amount at the end. This will create a more consistent texture and allow you to see if you really need as much liquid as you think. Remember, you can always add more liquid if you need to later on but you can’t take it out once you’ve blended everything together. Adding ice can also help to thicken your smoothie up but using too much can create a watered-down smoothie instead of one that’s flavorful and creamy.
Making superfood smoothies is a great way to add nutrition to your day in a fun, creative and convenient way. Just remember these tips so you can enjoy your smoothies as much as possible and say goodbye to your blender blunders from now on!
For more tips on making smoothies taste awesome, check out The Best Order of Ingredients to Make a Superfood Smoothie, The Ultimate Green Smoothie Cheat Sheet, and The Ulltimate Superfood Guide. Cheers!
Image source: Mango and Hemp Seed Smoothie