Daily Archives: April 26, 2014

Smoothie Thickeners

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Hello, loves!

How art thou? I worked this morning and then went to this soap spring day thing, there was tasty food so I would call it a success. The weather however was no not spring-like, today! Rain rain rain; fun times.
Anyway, I have some fun tips for all of my fellow smoothie-makers out there. I like to use thinner liquids like water or apple juice as my base sometimes, so naturally my smoothie will be a little thinner than I always want. In order to combat this, I add various thickeners to my smoothies, and presto! A delicious, thick, lip-smacking smoothie.

The Thickeners:

Banana. Fresh will add some thickness, but for a more ideal thickener, use a frozen banana. 1 should suffice.

Oatmeal. The key to using oatmeal in a smoothie is to finely grind it first. I would add about 1/4 of oatmeal powder.

Chia Seeds. I love these guys! They can act as a binding agent and a thickener. Add 1 tablespoon to the blender or stir the seeds directly into the smoothie, letting it sit for a minute to thicken up.

Avocado. I use this all the time! It has a different color and flavor than banana, and makes smoothies extra creamy. Use 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on how ambitious you are.

Frozen Fruit. Frozen fruit can thicken a smoothie right up, as well as provide natural sweetness to your drink. Any fruit will do, but for extra creaminess, choose mango, peach or young coconut.

Yogurt. This is another go-to of mine. Any kind of yogurt will work, but for an extra thick smoothie (and the healthiest option), I would use Greek yogurt. If you don’t like Greek, use drained yogurt instead.

Silken Tofu. Personally, I’ve never tried this before. Apparently silken tofu has a neutral flavor with a smooth and creamy texture, which works splendidly in smoothies. It also has the benefit of being additional protein!

On a different note, check out this beautiful crystallized ginger! I buy this from our local co-op in Wakefield, and it’s pretty stellar. I use it to cook with, in tea, or when I’m feeling a little daring and stuffed up, I pop a small sucker in my mouth. As the sign states, ginger is an effective digestive aid by helping to relieve ingestion, gas pains and stomach cramping. I am a huge ginger supporter, so please, get in on this!

Crystallized GingerYums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well my darlings, I’m going to go continue my Saturday night laziness! I have to work again in the morning, so it’s a cozy night in for me. X’s and O’s!