By Jona Friedri.
Smoothies are a huge trend in the world of healthy eating. Why? Because they’re quick, simple, healthy and fun. Seriously, you can get very creative with smoothies. Or not. It’s totally up to you. You also don’t need any special equipment – for most smoothies a classic cheap smoothie maker (or even a hand blender) is enough.
There are an infinite number of smoothies, you can mix pretty much everything. As long as it has fruit or veggies as a base, you can call it a smoothie. You can start with the simple ones like mixing banana with spinach, or you can experiment a bit more and add soy yoghurt, plant-based milk, or even nuts and seeds.
I’d like to give you a few smoothie-making tips:
Don’t buy a Vitamix or any other expensive equipment if the only thing you want to make is a smoothie. It’s not necessary at all and you can get great results from something more cost-effective.
If you’re new to smoothie making, find some inspiration, try out some recipes and see what combinations you prefer. If your smoothie is too thick, add water.
If your smoothie is too thin add ice or soy yoghurt.
Always put the juicier ingredients in your blender first, or if you have a smoothie maker like I do and you have to turn it upside down, last. The juicy stuff should be closest to the actual blender part.
Try some of those recipes below and then get creative and try some combinations you think you might like!
Smoothie 1 – very basic banana-spinach smoothie
This one goes into the ‘The Simple’ category. It’s just about mixing two ingredients – banana and spinach. It is also one of the most popular combinations. All you need is:
1 cup of spinach
Smoothie 2 – basic fruity smoothie
This one is just as simple as the first one, but with a few more ingredients. I used frozen fruit because I wanted my smoothie cold and refreshing but you can, of course, use fresh fruit as well. You can mix any ingredients you like.
1 cup Frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1 cup frozen chunks (pineapple, peach, mango, red currant)
Smoothie 3 – Pro Green Detoxificator
This might not be for everybody – not everyone likes the taste of a green smoothie which isn’t sweet, and this one is very green. It’s probably not the best idea to drink green smoothies like this if you’ve just discovered the smoothie world, however if you feel ready to take it further then go ahead and try it. This one’s perfect for a spring detox. I have to admit it’s more complicated because you have to juice apple and celery first, but it’s worth the effort.
½ celery, juiced
1 apple, juiced
½ cucumber, sliced
1 cup spinach
juice of 1 lemon
I hope this gave you some helpful info and that maybe you have found some inspiration. Feel free to experiment, combine fruit and veg, add nuts and seeds in your smoothies and don’t be afraid to use spice as well!
Jona Friedri is a twenty-something Certified Nutritionist from Prague who happens to also be vegan. She started Oh Wholly Vegan, a plant-based food blog, in January 2015 and she’s been passionate about cooking, writing and taking pictures ever since. Her goal is to help vegan beginners with their journey, keep them motivated and inspire people to build healthy eating habits. She’s a very active girl working as Marketing Manager for a Czech company, with a part-time job as an English Teacher in Prague, with few side projects and plenty of interests including running, working out and travelling.