More Smoothie Ingredients! (Ingredients Of a Smoothie continued)

The Liquid

Liquids are considered as the base of smoothies and are added to blend all the ingredients together. This ingredient makes the smoothie drinkable; else it will be very pulpy from the fruit and vegetable ingredient. The average amount of liquid that a smoothie contains is one to two cups. Since liquid waters down the consistency and can dilute the flavor, do not add too much.

The most commonly used liquids are:

  • Fruit/Vegetable Juice
  • Soy Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Water
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Sorbets

Among fruit and vegetable juices, the preferred flavors are orange, apple, grape, pineapple, grapefruit, carrot and tomato. Like fruits, juices can be fresh, canned or frozen. Milk is also a very popular smoothie liquid but if you are lactose-intolerant, you can opt for rice or nut milks instead. Soya milk adds to the protein content of the smoothie and is also a favorite among smoothie drinkers.

Yogurt, ice cream and sorbets are typically utilized to create a thicker smoothie and sometimes they are not considered as smoothie liquids but as thickeners. The texture of these ingredients contributes to the thickness but it is also their frozen state that helps to create a very creamy drink. Frozen fruit also accomplishes the same thing and so does ice. With ice cubes, though, you have to be careful with the amount you put in because they will dilute the flavor once they melt.

Additives

Smoothies have added ingredients that enhance their flavor, texture or nutritional value. These are optional but are nevertheless considered as basic ingredients because they are very commonly used. Here are the different kinds of additives that you can put into your smoothies:

  • Nutritional supplements. Protein powder, fiber supplements, vitamins, wheatgrass powder, soy protein isolate, brewer’s yeast, coconut oil, coconut flakes, peanut butter, tofu, nuts, seed, herbal teas
  • Sweeteners. Honey, sugar, maple syrup, dried fruits. Honey is recommended because it is healthy. For the same health reason, avoid using refined sugar in your smoothies.
  • Flavorings. Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder, coffee, nutmeg, sweet spices
  • Seasonings. Pepper, salt, chili, garlic salt (not common but used by those who like savory smoothies)
  • Textured. Oats, muesli, wheat germ, bran, flaxseed
  • Alcohol. Vodka, rum, gin and other beverages that contain a certain amount of alcohol.

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