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21 Tips And Tricks For Making The Best Smoothies Ever

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Hey what's up, if you clicked this post you probably love a good smoothie. So sit down, sip up, and get ready for some tips!

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I don't trust people who don't like smoothies so...I hope you're in the right place.

1. First things first, get the right smoothie texture using some ~pretty smooth~ ingredients; like coconut milk or nut butters. Texture is everything!

Coconut milk, avocados, and nut butters can transform an otherwise bland smoothie into a rich creamy treat. Be mindful that full-fat coconut milk can separate in a v cold smoothie though, so you might be better off using coconut milk in a jug vs. canned coconut milk if you are working with frozen fruits!Get the full recipe for this chocolate almond coconut protein smoothie from Tasty.
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Coconut milk, avocados, and nut butters can transform an otherwise bland smoothie into a rich creamy treat. Be mindful that full-fat coconut milk can separate in a v cold smoothie though, so you might be better off using coconut milk in a jug vs. canned coconut milk if you are working with frozen fruits!

Get the full recipe for this chocolate almond coconut protein smoothie from Tasty.

2. Up the creamy in a non-iced smoothie (like green smoothies) with coconut oil. You can go with an light-tasting unrefined coconut oil or a coconut butter that'll add coconut flavor.

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Get them from Amazon: the unrefined coconut oil for $8.07 or a two-pack of organic coconut butter for $14.84

3. Skip the ice next time you emulsify. You might actually end up with a better-tasting and better-textured smoothie!

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If you love a good fruit smoothie, you should freeze your fruit ahead of time and make sure your ingredients are about two-thirds frozen overall. It's better to freeze fruits and your milk base instead of adding ice as your primary frozen ingredient. Ice can mess up the consistency of your smoothie, and ice will water it down if you use too much.

4. Or, say bye to those awful ice chunks in your smoothies via little ice cubes instead of the big boys.

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Promising review: "These are by far the best trays I've ever used for this size of ice cubes, and they chop easily with my Nutribullet blades. I highly recommend this product. Better yet, the ice comes out of the trays very easily." β€”BJ44

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.

5. Count on banana whenever you need a thickening agent and a natural sweetener. Banana is one of the greatest smoothie ingredients of all time!

When I used to work in a smoothie shop, we put banana in nearly every smoothie. It's a great base ingredient and it helps create that perfect smoothie texture. Sometimes customers would request a smoothie recipe that traditionally uses banana without one, and it often resulted in a watery-mess 😬.You can also take an overly ripe banana, freeze it overnight, throw it in your smoothie, and it'll add just the perfect amount of sweetness! Not to mention bananas are full of potassium.
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When I used to work in a smoothie shop, we put banana in nearly every smoothie. It's a great base ingredient and it helps create that perfect smoothie texture. Sometimes customers would request a smoothie recipe that traditionally uses banana without one, and it often resulted in a watery-mess 😬.

You can also take an overly ripe banana, freeze it overnight, throw it in your smoothie, and it'll add just the perfect amount of sweetness! Not to mention bananas are full of potassium.

6. And thin things out with coconut water as opposed to ~regular water~ for added flavor, sweetness, and electrolytes. Sometimes thinning your smoothie out is necessary for those of us who put banana, avocado and sunflower butter in every smoothie (me).

Get a 12-pack of 16-oz. coconut waters (with pressed coconut!) from Amazon for $29.99, or a four-pack of original flavor one-liter coconut waters from Target for $15.99.
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Get a 12-pack of 16-oz. coconut waters (with pressed coconut!) from Amazon for $29.99, or a four-pack of original flavor one-liter coconut waters from Target for $15.99.

7. Combine oats, peanut butter (or any other nut butter), and banana for a super a filling smoothie; and laugh in the face of a fruit/green smoothie trying to pass itself off as a full meal.

Get the chocolate peanut butter cookie smoothie recipe from Tasty.Get them from Amazon: a jar of Justin's two-ingredient peanut butter for $7.99 (as an add-on), or a 10-pack of squeezable maple almond butter for $9.50
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Get the chocolate peanut butter cookie smoothie recipe from Tasty.

Get them from Amazon: a jar of Justin's two-ingredient peanut butter for $7.99 (as an add-on), or a 10-pack of squeezable maple almond butter for $9.50

8. And if you want to get really wild, stock up on wide-mouth mason jars and try out an overnight oats smoothie hack to truly power through your mornings.

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I make two or three of these at a time during weeknights and have read-to-go breakfast every morning!

Get the recipes from Tasty: the overnight oats smoothie hack (left) and the carrot cake overnight oats (right)

Get a 12-pack of 32 oz. wide-mouth mason jars from Walmart for $14.21 or from Amazon for $24.95

9. Add a pinch or two of chia seeds after you blend for a nice texture variation and a little mid-day energy boost.

Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants soo basically the perfect little punch every smoothie needs!Get a 6 oz. bag of chia seeds as an add-on from Amazon for $5.37.
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Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants soo basically the perfect little punch every smoothie needs!

Get a 6 oz. bag of chia seeds as an add-on from Amazon for $5.37.

10. Mix the two greatest things on earth: smoothies and caffeine via matcha green tea and this matcha smoothie bowl recipe.

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Get the full recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen.

Get the matcha green tea powder from World Market for $14.99.

11. Find a smoothie recipe you like enough to drink all week long, buy the ingredients in bulk, prep everything in one go, and your smoothie-sipping days just got a lot easier!

Get the full instructions for a weekly smoothie plan here.
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Get the full instructions for a weekly smoothie plan here.

12. Or freeze ready-to-blend fruits and veggies ahead of time in mason jars or plastic bags until they are ready to use, as opposed to freezing an entire smoothie.

Just blend and go! Get the full instructions from Tasty.
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Just blend and go! Get the full instructions from Tasty.

13. Do you research when it comes to finding the right blender to match your needs, or better yet check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best blenders at three different price points.

I was there when we tested the almighty Vitamix by grinding up uncooked rice and all I have to say is wow. Check out our in-depth reviews of all three blenders from BuzzFeed Reviews.
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I was there when we tested the almighty Vitamix by grinding up uncooked rice and all I have to say is wow.

Check out our in-depth reviews of all three blenders from BuzzFeed Reviews.

14. Or go for a budget-friendly Nutribullet people swear by and a non-stick mini muffin tin. You can blend and freeze fruits and veggies while they are in season (cheaper), and then have a ready-to-use smoothie base on hand.

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I may or may not have a freezer full of mangos, just saying.

Promising review: "Not since the microwave has a kitchen appliance been such a life changer. I bought my first Nutribullet two years ago, and found it to be ALL THAT and a bag of kale. I started by playing around with the recipes in the book, them I just started making my own concoctions based on fruits and veggies in season. I add crushed ice, and chia seeds or almonds, and have a delicious smoothie every day for breakfast and it keeps me going till lunch. The Nutribullet does a great job pureeing tough, fibrous foods, such as carrots. I also use it to puree the tough ends of asparagus for delicious soups. The Nutribullet is that it will enhance your ability to preserve produce in season, which I get from a relative's garden or the farmer's market. I puree the produce and freeze it in mini-muffin pans. Then I just pop out the 'muffins' when frozen and keep them in bags until ready to use in smoothie making. I've turned several people on to this tough little blender. Healthier lifestyles are definitely easier to maintain if you have the right tools. This one is a winner!" β€”Teresa

Get them from Amazon: the Nutribullet for $59.99 (includes power base, one tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade and one emulsifying blade, two re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist, and manual with recipes), and a 24-cup non-stick mini muffin pan for $11.99

15. Tackle those three servings of veggies a day with veggie-packed smoothie recipes. Some people think veggies in smoothies are gross (you're wrong πŸ™ƒ), but when done right they can add a burst of sweetness and fresh flavor you just cannot get from fruit!

View this video on YouTube

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That cucumber apple mint smoothie is looking like a trip to flavor-town IMO.

Get the full recipes from Tasty.

16. Whip up smoothies The Powerpuff Girls would be proud of with a little sugar and spice β€” agave is a great liquid sweetener option, and vanilla extract and cinnamon will make you feel like you're drinking a rich dessert.

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Get them from Amazon: the agave for $11.37 (a little goes a long way), vanilla extract for $13.43, and cinnamon as an add-on for $3.93

17. Keep things simple with three-ingredient smoothies and an easy freezer hack that'll ensure you actually make these!

I want to go home and blend these all up right! now!
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I want to go home and blend these all up right! now!

18. Add some zing to your smoothies (like this refreshing vegan orange Julius) with a peeler and fresh orange zest. The first time I added zest to a smoothie I made one every day after for over a week πŸ™ƒπŸŠ.

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Zest is a way of life. Get the full vegan orange Julius smoothie recipe from Domesticate Me.

Get a set of three peelers with soft grips from BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection at Walmart for $6.97.

19. Invest in high-quality food-based proteins that are easy to digest, like this one pound of raw organic vegan protein boasting 22 grams per serving.

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Be mindful that many protein powders are whey (dairy)-based if you're lactose intolerant, and in general protein supplements may also have questionable additives, so do your research!

Get it from Amazon for $31.25+ (four flavors, one pound) or get the vanilla and greens Garden of Life protein from Target for $25.99.

20. Meet your best smoothie-enriching friend: greek yogurt. She is powerful, protein-packed, thicc, and she is an ideal base for yummy smoothie bowls.

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I too was skeptical about smoothie bowls, but then I ate one and it was over.

Get the full recipe for that gorge smoothie bowl from Tasty.

21. And last but not least, make every day bring your own smoothie day with an easy-to-clean portable blender and a set of 16 reusable straws.

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Blender set includes: portable blender, ice tray, funnel, and recipe booklet

Straw set includes: 16 straws with 16 colorful silicone tips; cleaning brush

Promising review (for the blender): "I have already purchased three of them. Friends that see me with it are ordering it. What an amazing product; very practical and easy to use. I take it to work, and have my smoothie for lunch. It detaches, and you can put it in the refrigerator for later. Easy to clean. you just have to be mindful that the fruits have to be in small pieces, and not to fill it to the top β€” leave room for it to blend. I truly love my PopBabies. I highly recommend this product." β€”Rosalie Astacio

Get them from Amazon: the portable blender for $36.99 and the straws for $10.99

Antoni when you add greek yogurt to all the smoothies:

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