In this article, we are going to look at some of the best budget blenders that you can use to make your favorite smoothies. We will also share with you tips how you can make smoothies that are more like meal replacement so that they are more filling.
Best Budget Blender 2020 List
- Ninja Professional Blender BL610
- NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System
- Nutri Ninja Pro Blender BL456
- Hamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender 51101BA
- BLACK+DECKER Countertop Blender BL2010BG
- Epica Personal Blender with Take-Along Bottle
- Ninja Master Prep Chopper, Blender, Food Processor QB900B
- KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender
- Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
- Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender
The above budget blenders cost less than $100.
5 Ways to Make a Meal Replacement Smoothie More Filling
There is a difference when it comes to making smoothies as a snack or as a replacement for a meal. If it is meant to replace a meal, you want to make it more filling. Here are five things you can do to make that snack more like a meal:
Use a nut butter
Adding in a nut butter, such as almond or pecan, increases the protein content quite a bit. More protein means you will stay satiated longer. To make it a meal, try adding a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter to a smoothie made from banana, plain yogurt, almond milk, honey and ice.
Add chia seeds
Chia seeds expand in liquid to form a gel-like substance. Not only does it tend to thicken up a smoothie, but the fiber in it slows down the absorption of nutrients so you stay feeling full longer. While you can add chia seeds directly into a smoothie, it will turn out better if you first soak the seeds in water for ten minutes so they turn into a gel. It is easier to get the right consistency if the seeds have expanded first before adding them to your smoothie.
Try some tofu
With its neutral flavor, you might not even taste it is there. But the advantage of adding in crumbled tofu is much the same as adding nut butter – it boosts the protein content and helps keep you fuller longer. It might take some experimenting as far as how much to add as it can thicken up a smoothie quite a bit.
Yogurt is key
If dairy products do not bother you, adding in a full-fat plain yogurt is key to making a filling and satisfying smoothie that will last until your next meal. Just make sure the yogurt doesn’t have a lot of added sugar. That can defeat the purpose of using yogurt in the first place. Greek-style yogurt works about the best in smoothies.
Up the fat content
Drinking a smoothie containing some dietary fat is satisfying. One easy way to add it to your smoothies is to use coconut oil as part of your smoothie liquid. The type of fat in coconut oil is healthier than many other types of fats. Not only is it better for you, but it will make your smoothie creamier plus adding in a little natural sweetness.
Using these 5 tips will take your average snack smoothie to a new level that will keep you full until your next meal. Try them all for a satisfying meal replacement smoothie.