Blender 101: The Only Smoothie Making Guide You Need To Know
This article is a basic guide of how to use a blender in a right way and ways to make a healthy smoothie like a professional
Making a smoothie with a great quality blender can be very easy, fast and hassle-free, however basic knowledge is needed if you have yet to operate with a blender to avoid any unnessary issues in the future.
Once you have read through everything you need to know about basic steps of using a blender, you’ll definitely reward yourself a creamy and silky smoothie and prolong your blender’s lifespan as well.
How do you load fruits and veggie into blender?
This is a recommended method to insert the ingredients into your blender and keeping the blending process smooth and less hassle. You don’t even need a plunger to push down the ingredients way to the cutting blade.
The super fast spinning cutting blade (4-part or 6 part) will create a turbulent vortex in the jar that will pulls in all the ingredients to the blade and pulverize everything out of it.
You should cut your ingredient into pieces/half if it is hard or too big to nicely fit into half of the jug such as banana, apple or celery.
Add in liquid first, secondly soft ingredient into jug (berries, banana, mango or yogurt) and then following by harder produce such as apple, carrot, nut, hard stem veggie or ice.
Make sure all the ingredient and ice cube does not exceed the maximum limit according to the pitcher’s marking line.
If you’re going for leafy green smoothie, first fill in with liquid, then greens, following by harder produce or ice on top.
These simple steps will ensure smoothies are fun and easy to make.
Do take note that if you are blending frozen fruit or thick blending ingredient without a good balance of liquid will cause cavitation.
What is a cavitation and how to you keep away from it?
A blender cavitation is a effect where an air pocket or empty space appear within the ingredient that result all the chunks or ingredient on top remain unblended and nothing pulls them below towards the blade.
Well, that can be fix easily by just add in more liquid that will loosen up the thick or frozen ingredient.
Cutting your ingredients into chunks will further help to break down easily.
In addition, you can use the pulse function for a couple of rounds for shredding and it will drives down the food into blade easily.
Steps to Make a Great Smoothie
If you are a beginner and have no clue how to make a great smoothie like a professional, this is the right page for you to learn about.
Producing a smoothie can be quick and easy if you follow the method below. Moreover this guide will ensure your smoothie making process can never go wrong.
1) Choose your most preferred Smoothie of the Day recipe.
To start with this step, you need to identify what is your objective of consuming smoothie daily? Are you’re planning to reduce your calories for weight loss program by consuming more healthy, high fiber smoothie? Pre-workout protein packed smoothies? Energy booster in the morning?
You can go to Google search for more variety delicious smoothie option. I will update separate article about the best smoothie recipe in the future. Make sure you key in the right keywords such as “best for pre-workout or weight loss recipe”.
2) Fill in the Liquid
3/4 cup to 1 cup range is sufficient to loosen up everything and get your ingredient blended easily. The smoothie thickness personally is just right for me.
Do take note that more water you add in, the more runny it gets. Most importantly, it all comes down to your choices on how thick you prefer it to be and you can just freely adjust it from time to time until you found the right thickness for your smoothie.
What liquid to mix in smoothies?
These liquid is good to add in such as water, milk, cold pressed juice, or coconut water. This will ensure you add in less sugar liquid to produce healthy smoothie.
What is a good substitute for milk in a smoothie?
If you prefer a dairy-free alternative, you can go for soya, almond milk, low fat-coconut milk, or kefir. These are the healthier option you can look into.
Always add in the liquid first before any other soft or hard produce due to the super fast spinning blade will create a vortex effect pulling down all the ingredient and pulverize it.
3) Add in Right Ratio for Ingredients
This step is to make sure you are not adding in the ingredient excessively that might cause it too thick, plain, high calories, and might taste too strong. The right balanced ratio is the key to make a prefect texture of smoothie.
To produce a smooth and creamy texture without any chunks left in your drinks, you should know when to add in and the right layer of produce starting from bottom to top of the blender’s pitcher.
If you’re the beginner, just to make sure you get it right, follow the most reliable recipe step by step from the Internet.
The following guide below is just estimation amount only and you can adjust accordingly to your pitcher size.
- Powder - If you’re planning to make protein shakes with protein powder or using other powder such as cacao or maca powder, you can add in 1 and the half or 2 scoops. It is recommend to add in powder right after filling in water to ensure its effectively dissolve when blending.
Add in powder as one of the layer of ingredient which will enhance the smoothie with creamy and thicker texture.
- Leafy Greens - 2 cups of leafy greens but make sure its tightly pack into the measuring cup. You can go for a quick blend for breaking it down first before adding any other fruits and harder produce.
Any greens such as wheatgrass, kale, spinach considered as superfood because of its high content of nutrients. This ingredient should be add in after the liquid as well to ensure you have a chunkless smoothie.
- Soft Ingredients - 1/2 cup of yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey. 1 - 2 cup for every each of soft fruit such as mango, berries, avocados, melon or 1 banana according to your capacity of your pitcher/jar.
This soft produce layer should be add in right after liquid and powder to avoid any particles or chunks after blend.
- Hard Ingredients - Usually one apple, kiwi or orange but cut into pieces for easy breakdown. Stem veggie such as asparagus and celery should be around 1 cup. One Frozen fruit such mango or banana. You can add in some ice cubes too if you want it to be frozen smoothie.
The hard ingredients especially frozen fruits and ice cubes should be add in last or on the top layer. Due to heavier ingredient it can effectively pushing other ingredient downwards and easier to pulverize.
Do you have to put ice in smoothie?
Not necessary if you prefer normal temperature smoothie. You can add some ice if you wanted a chill smoothie. Adding too much ice can cause your smoothie less flavourful as it will dilute its taste.
I personally prefer to add in frozen fruit that will result to a creamy frozen smoothie with rich flavour at the same time.
4) Optional Add-ons
Some of you might be more particular in enhancing the taste or boosting nutrition value of the smoothie so here is what you can do with add-ons.
A) Sweeteners - a mild sweetness level is great if you or your child doesn’t like green smoothie at all. There are plenty healthy options out there but just do not add on excessively.
1-3 teaspoon of pure maple syrup, honey, molasses, and stevia. Other than that, you should do some research if you’re particular about health.
B) Herbs or Spices - There is many herbs and spices that will boost the nutrition value and adding some of it will definitely promotes healthy body systems such as disgestion, immune system, cardiovascular. Besides that, some is rich with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation compound as well.
Rosemary - 1 - 2 teaspoon
Mint - 2 - 3 leaves
Ginger - Cut around an inch
Cilantro - 1/2 cup or more
Cinnamon - 1 - 2 teaspoon
Nutmeg - 1 - 2 teaspoon
Vanilla - 1 - 2 teaspoon
C) Salt - Add some salt into your smoothie which will enhance not only the taste but also minerals that your body needed. Go for healthy options such as pink Himalayan salt or high quality Celtic sea salt.
It has high amount of electrolytes, builds immunity, promotes bone strength, promotes better sleep, regulate blood pressure, increase energy and many more.
D) Superfood - Superfood is a great add-ons to ensure your body is feed with sufficient nutrients. With only small amount, it contains high nutritional value and wide variety of nutrients such as mineral, vitamins, iron, calcium, protein, fiber, amino acids, omega fatty acids and antioxidant.
Is it healthy to have smoothie for breakfast?
YES! These superfood smoothies will definitely makes you a greater morning person because it will boost your energy, brain focus, memory and keeping you alert all the time.
Now you are ready to kick start your day early in the morning by feeling energized and rejuvenated.
This is a recommended amount to blend into your smoothie. Make sure it is added into blender after liquid and before hard produce.
Chia seeds - 2 - 3 tablespoons
Coconut oil - 1 tablespoon
Cacao powder- 2 - 4 tablespoon
Goji Berries - 1/2 cup
Flaxseed - one tablespoon
Acai Powder - 1 tablespoon
Spirulina powder - 1/2 teaspoon
5. Puree or Blend It Up
You are almost done, now you have loaded all the most preferred ingredient into the blender. With the right balanced ratio and right layer from bottom to the top, cover the top and make sure it is locked securely to prevent any unnecessary leakage.
Regardless of how powerful your blender are, I would recommend you to start with Pulse function to loosen up the ingredients in the pitcher before you go for high speed setting.
Pulse your ingredient with few rounds and then make sure your high speed setting blender should be around 30 - 45 seconds. Avoid going more than 60 seconds because it might get overheated and potential of damaging the motor.
Once you understood the whole blending tutorial of do’s and don’ts, now you can produce your own delicious smoothie like a pro.
What Type of Blender do You need?
There are several types of blender available in the market and I’ll explain it briefly of what is their advantages and the downside.
For my personal point of view, if the main purpose of having a blender is to make smoothie and frozen drinks, you should go for personal blender (single serve) or countertop blender (family size).
1) Handheld Blender (Immersion)
Its shaped thin and long and the edge is suppose to submerge into cup, jug or container and mix around it.
It is meant for light task blending only such as blending soft ingredients for making soup, hot food, sauces and smoothies out of soft fruits only.
The immersion hand blender is great if you wanted to blend fruits in your favourite cup or towards your bowl that are filled with ingredient.
However, the hand blender is not convenient as countertop blender because it will not work for grinding, pureeing harder ingredient and it takes more time and effort to blend.
2) Countertop Blender
Countertop blender is the most popular and commonly use in household kitchen and basically equipped with more features such as stir, chop, puree, liquify your ingredients.
It is equipped with high power at least 1000-watts that capable turning ice into snow effortlessly.
This blender is the best to make your daily favourite smoothies regardless of any hard ingredients mixed with soft fruits or leafy greens. You have other option of making milkshakes or protein shakes, frozen drinks, and magaritas as well.
Countertop blender comes with a blending jar that can serve up to 5 - 8 people.
3) Personal Bullet Blenders (Single Serve)
This personal blender is also popular in among household user and fitness enthusiasts. If you’re looking a blender that can produce 1- 3 servings, the personal blender usually comes with one extra large size cup and a smaller size cup that can serve the amount you needed.
If you’re a hurry person that constantly rushing in the morning, don’t worry it won’t take much time to produce and it comes with a lid to turn into travel cup to consume while you’re on the way to workplace.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to performance. This personal blender have sufficient power to crush ice into snow and makes a great smoothie in less than a minute time.
4) High Performance Blenders
Vitamix or BlendTec are the most popular high end blender in the market. They are extremely powerful that can take on almost everything you throw in it.
It performed greatly with thick blend, such as butternut squash, baby food and grind dry ingredients into powder.
This high performance blender capable to liquify softest ingredient such as leafy greens and tiny seeds. You will get the best silky smooth texture of smoothie consistently every single time.
Overall, this ultimate top-line blenders is worth for investment if money is not an object. The price range is $400 to 800 dollar.
How many watts do you need for a good blender?
If your main purpose of having a blender is to make smoothies, protein shake, milkshake, magaritas, frozen drinks and other light pureeing task, you’ll going to need at least 600-watts for personal blender and 1000 watts for countertop model.
If you’re particular of getting a smooth creamy drinks, get at least 900 watts and above. The Nutribullet Pro and the Nutri Ninja Pro is the best reliable single serve personal blender you can count on.
The great countertop blender from my best blender review that has power ranging from 1000 watt to 1100 watt. It has a almost similar performance of producing high quality smoothie just like the high end blender.
However, this countertop or personal blender’s power is not build for heavy task such as thick blend or dry grinding.
Always mix with some water or liquid before you start your blending.
Which Is The Best Blender For You?
Are you looking for affordable blender under $100 that produce a high quality smoothie consistently? Check out my review on The Best Blender For Smoothies 2018.
Out of all blender that exist in the market, the blender I reviewed is among the best with great value included personal single serve blender, counter top blender, and 2-in-1 blender if you need to produce either jar size or personal serve smoothie.
What about the high performance blender?
I will update the high end range blender in the near future. Stay tune with us by follow the household guy facebook page.
Are Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?
The answer is YES provided all the ingredient you add in are healthy, low in sugar and calories. Keep everything in balance with mixture of fruits and greens and consumption must be in moderation.
Fresh natural fruit and green smoothie are always the best for weight loss compare to processed juice that loaded with sugar, artificial flavor and lack in fiber.
Smoothie is packed with insoluble fiber and protein which will fill you up and keeping you full for longer time. Moreover, it has low calories! So start your day with a big dose of smoothie and another for lunch.
The fillings from the smoothie will definitely lower down your appetite therefore your calorie intake perday will significant lower down. If you consistently achieve 500 calorie deficit each day, you will lose around 1 pound per week.
How to feel full longer with Smoothie?
Smoothie that are made out of fruits and greens will contain high fiber and some even have protein such as avocadoes, melon, and nectarines. So by adding protein powder, it will increase the amount of protein in smoothie.
The fiber will makes you feel full immediately while the protein will makes digestive system works slower therefore you will feel full longer.
Does Blending Process Destroy any Nutrients?
Yes, in small amount and will not significantly reduce it totally but nutrients still preserved an adequate amount in smoothie if you consume it right away or in few hours time.
Oxidation happens not only during the blending process where the produce is exposed to oxygen due to air suction, but oxidation also happend during preparation of your fruit and greens by chopping into smaller pieces, or compress it into the cup or even eating it in whole form.
How to avoid nutrient lost during blending process?
- Never blend more than 60 seconds. The right amount of time for puree your ingredient is 30 - 45 second. Therefore, the blade will not get heated and oxidation effect will be lesser.
- Do not soak your fruit in the water while you’re cutting or peeling the skin except you’re blending with the liquid in the jar. This is due to Vitamin C are water soluble, and it will leach once its exposed to water.
After the blending process, do not store your smoothie for long amount of time. Consume it immediately is the best as it is still fresh and high nutritional value.
Now we have come to the end of the guide of how to produce a great smoothie in right way. I hope my guide from my personal experience will significantly helping you in the journey of making healthy drinks which can be so easy and fun to mix around with different ingredients.