You’ve gathered your favorite ingredients and blended them into a filling, flavorful smoothie...
That won’t pour out of the blender. Or, maybe it came out too runny.
There are easy ways to make the smoothie exactly the way you like it, and it might even turn out much tastier than you originally planned!
Follow these tips to make your smoothies thicker or thinner - and still delicious.
My Smoothie is too thin -
What are the Best Ways to Make it Thicker?
It’s happened to everyone. You accidentally over pour the liquid in your smoothie and you’re left with more of a juice than a smoothie.
If you’re of the mindset that you should chew your smoothies, you’ve got a problem.
It might still taste good, but isn’t thick enough to be considered a smoothie that you can chew. Or it is simply too runny to be smooth the way you like it.
So, what can you do?
There are four different ingredient options that are great smoothie thickeners. They can not only increase the thickness and creaminess of your smoothie, but can also boost the nutritional value and give you a boost in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
1. Frozen ingredients
Frozen bananas are the top pick for a variety of reasons: if you aren’t a fan of the flavor, the fruit tastes different when it’s been frozen, it thickens smoothies and provides extra fiber.
Other favorites include berries, which have a lower sugar content while adding extra flavor, peaches, and tropical fruits like mangoes and kiwis.
Pears and apples are also good choices, as they are high in pectin, also a thickener.
You might also like frozen peas, frozen carrots, and frozen broccoli, as they can increase the nutrition without adding extra sugar.
If you’re wondering how to thicken smoothies, frozen ingredients are the fastest and easiest.
2. Fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good to an extent. Bananas are the first choice of many people, but unlike frozen bananas, where the flavor is easy to hide, fresh bananas make smoothies taste like… banana.
Which is great if you like bananas, but not so wonderful if you don’t.
Instead, try avocado, which gives you extra fats and a nutrition boost. In chocolate-flavored smoothies, avocados create a richer flavor.
You can also use purees of fresh fruits and vegetables: applesauce or pureed pumpkin (use canned pumpkin if on the go), sweet potato, butternut squash, and carrot.
These sweet veggies are rich in healthy properties, and can give your smoothie the boost you’re looking for.
Choose ingredients with a low water content to make the most of these ingredients.
3. Grains and nuts
While it’s slightly messier, if you want to increase the fiber or protein content in your smoothie, consider adding oatmeal or quinoa. Soak your oatmeal for a few minutes before blending, and you’ll get a smoothie with a fantastic consistency and the ability to keep you full.
Quinoa is another great meal replacement option, but should be cooked before blending.
You can also soak nuts or add nut butters to your smoothies to give them a creamy texture and earthy flavor.
Nut butters can be either bought or made at home quickly and easily if you have a high performance blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix.
Yogurt (frozen is good, too!) and Kefir are great thickening choices. Another option is to blend in a half-cup of cottage cheese.
Each of these will increase the nutritional value and the thickness of your smoothie.
My Smoothie is too Thick -
What are the Best Smoothie Thinners?
A thick smoothie has its benefits, but sometimes you just want a nice, silky smooth smoothie. If your smoothie is too thick, add a few of these ingredients to thin it out.
1. Amp up the liquids
The first thought for many is to add water. Yes, that will thin out your smoothie, but will also dilute the flavor and doesn’t add anything to the nutritional values.
We’ll do smarter than that, and try one of these instead:
- Milk: Liquid dairy or nut milks can boost your protein, calcium, and many other nutrients while thinning out your smoothie
- Juice: Freshly extracted juice, especially if you’ve made it yourself, gives a richer flavor to your smoothie while making for a thinner, more drinkable smoothie
- Tea: Green tea has a lighter flavor that pairs well with many different fruits and veggies and also gives you a caffeine boost. You can also try red tea, white tea, or black tea, depending on the caffeine level you want.
- Coconut water is an ideal liquid for hydrating, which makes it a good choice for a post-workout smoothie. It adds a tropical flavor to smoothies, creating a more complex flavor.
- Coffee: I’m personally not a fan due to its side effects, but if you drink coffee anyway, you can add half a cup to the smoothie. Goes great with smoothies that you add protein powder to.
2. Use Ingredients with high water content
Add fresh fruits and veggies with a high water content, and they will thin your smoothie without diluting its taste.
Watermelon and cucumbers are top choices, as the water and fiber content makes them filling without causing extra thickness in your smoothie.
3. Swap fresh for frozen in your favorite recipe
Before you blend, choose fresh berries or fruits over frozen.
The higher water content in a frozen fruit will leave your smoothie thinner than their frozen counterparts.
Don’t just add ice or water if you want to thicken or thin your smoothies!
Think outside the box and look for new flavor profiles, ingredients high in nutrients you might be lacking, and ways to make your smoothie taste even better whether you want to make it thicker or thinner.
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