This took me making my smoothies every day, for maybe, the last year and a half to finally get the texture down. So I am finally going to spill my secrets on how to get that * perfect * smoothie. I am convinced it is a science, and clearly, you want to know too since I get SOOO many questions about how I get my smoothies so:
Keep reading to know how to make your own lanibfit-style smoothies at home no matter what ingredients you choose to include.
Frozen. Fruit. Yes, you heard it hear ladies (or gents), that flash-frozen berries mix in the freezer aisle is calling your name and will be your bff. No matter what fruit you’re using, I recommend for the * majority * of it to be frozen. Ocassionally, I will throw in a handful of fresh bluebs or papaya, but for the most part I am using FROZEN. FRUIT.
This is KEY to make your smoothie thick, but not icy. I have tried using fresh fruit and ice before, and it just doesn’t blend the same. Unless you’re fancier than me and have a Vitamix or Blendtec, maybe, then maybe, you’ll be able to get the same texture as frozen fruit. But from my experience, with my bestie the Ninja, we like frozen fruit… a lot.
In terms of picking your fruits, always include one thicker, more dense fruit (i.e. banana, mango, pineapple) in combination with your berries (if you’re going for a berry smoothie) this will ensure creaminess.
BANANAS. Now, you don’t always need nanas in your smoothie, but I notice a significant difference when I choose to include one or not. I preferably like to do about half a banana, especially if I am including other fruits because it provides the creaminess and thickness to the smoothie, but the flavour isn’t too overpowering.
I use them frozen (as pointed out in tip #1); HOWEVER, I do not buy my nanas frozen. I buy a regular bunch of bananas, organic when I can, and wait till they get pretty spotty. I will then peel and break into halves or thirds (depending on how big they are), put them in a freezer Ziploc baggie (waiting to get my hands on some Stasher bags …. #sponsormeplease … jokes.. not really) and store them in the freezer.
Minimal. Liquid. Your goal is to have just a little more than enough liquid to blend. You want her to be thick, but not too thick. Like, think, a slightly melted smoothie bowl. I usually aim for ~1 cup of liquid. This is the one thing besides powders (i.e. protein powder, collagen, maca, etc.) that I will measure out.
The liquid type doesn’t matter too much but my favourites are:
100% Coconut Water
Unsweetened Nut Mylk (Almond, Cashew, Hazelnut, Walnut)
Start with a cup, or just less, and then add additional liquid once started blending ONLY if it is too thick for the blender to actually blend. When you do add a bit more, add only a little bit at a time. Try stirring with a spoon before adding more liquid to help the blender a bit.
(OPTIONAL … but I recommend) A GOOD plant-based protein powder. I find this is the key to getting it the perfect level of creaminess no matter if you choose to use banana or not. My favourite as you probably know is the Nuzest Clean Lean Protein in pretty much any flavour. It will make it super creamy BUT also taste bomb. I will use 1/2 to 1 serve of the protein per smoothie. My favourite flavours are:
Coffee Coconut and MCTs
Don’t. Over. Blend. If you over blend your smoothie, it will become too thin. Make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended either by looking at the blender pitcher OR using a spoon to move around the smoothie to see if there are any fruit chunks visible. This one is pretty basic, but thought I’d throw it in.
I hope these tips were helpful to you! If you’re looking for smoothie recipes, I have tons on my Instagram page under my “Shakes” highlight as well as throughout my feed. Definitely tag me @lanibfit if you remake any of my recipes.