How to Improve the Texture of Your Smoothie
As with many foods, texture can make or break a smoothie’s palatability. Although ingredients and quantities are important, it is often the method, or the order in which the steps are performed, that determines whether or not the texture is correct.
The first step in making a smoothie is to create a base in your blender by combining fruit and liquid. Fresh fruits with more bulk and less juice, such as banana, mango, pineapple, pear, and so on, can be used to make the foundation.
Water, dairy milk, some of the plant milks, or freshly squeezed fruit juice are all good options. Use only enough liquid to cover the berries. Blend on a low setting until the fruit and liquid have become one.
Next, add the rest of the fresh fruits in your recipe (if any) as small-size chunks. Try to limit smoothies to no more than three different types of fruit; two works even better.
Once you have a good base, next add in your protein powder. Use maca, pea, whey or one of the other ones commonly used. If you are using any other dry ingredients, such as walnuts, chia or flax seeds, also add them in now. Blend until all the dry ingredients are absorbed into the base.
Add in the rest of your wet ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, coconut butter or a host of other “butters” used in making smoothies. Finally, add in ice and blend on high until the ice is crushed. Continue to blend for a few seconds on each progressively lower setting until you are at the lowest setting on your blender.
One question that frequently comes up is how does frozen fruit alter the texture. If you have ever tried it, you know it is harder to get the texture right. Usually it ends up being thinner and more like a slushy and it won’t be thoroughly blended.
The answer is to mix something solid into the liquid first, then add your frozen fruit. Solids may include chopped walnuts, peanut butter, or even a small amount of oatmeal. In essence, you’re making a foundation before adding the fruit.
If using frozen fruit, you can need to reduce the amount of ice used depending on how you like your texture. For example, when using fresh fruit, six ice cubes are typically used, but only three when using frozen fruit.
Finally, you like your smoothies… Smooth – no scraps of fruit, dry products, or ice that haven’t been mixed together. It should all be the same quality and about the thickness of a malt shake.