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.
– 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!
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!