Get Started Guide

Getting started with making smoothies is easy and something that anyone can do. This guide will tell you exactly what you need to get going and how to make a perfect smoothie.

1-Blender

The most important thing you need is a blender. A high speed blender, such as the Blendtec or Vitamix, will give you a very smooth result without chunky bits. They will liquify pretty much anything – even raw kale, spinach, nuts and carrots. High speed blenders are expensive though, and might not be within your budget from the beginning. You can get started with any blender, it will blend and make a smoothie without problems, but perhaps not as smooth as you might wish. But the most important thing is to get started and not over-think the blender.

Personally, we were using a $70 Hitachi blender for over three years, it blended ok but still with some chunks. A year ago it broke down (bless its soul) and we decided to upgrade to a Blendtec. The difference is amazing and since we use it everyday it was well worth the investment for us. 


POPULAR BLENDERS
(available if you live in the US)

Blendtec Vitamix Ninja Nutribullet
Blendtec  Vitamix  Ninja  Nutribullet

Important! If you live in Europe, you shouldn’t buy a blender from the US. This is because the US has a totally different power system than Europe and the machine will not function at all.
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POPULAR BLENDERS (available if you live in Europe)

Blendtec Vitamix Magimix  magic-bullet
Blendtec Vitamix Magimix  Magic Bullet

Tip! Both Blendtec and Vitamix are American brands and much more expensive to buy if you live in Europe due to import costs etc (plus the Ninja can’t be bought in Europe at all). The Magimix is a very good and powerful option and has a much better price. Read the fantastic reviews on the link above.

 

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If you want to store your smoothie for later, it’s important to do this the right way. If you pour it into a normal glass and let it stay like that in the fridge, most of the nutrients will evaporate into the air.

Instead we recommend mason jars or bottles with sealable lids which will stop your smoothies from oxidizing. The BPA-free Nalgene bottles below also make it easy to grab and take your smoothie with you without having to worry about spilling. They are completely leak-proof and of the best quality, we use them on a daily basis. Plus – cleaning is a breeze since they have a big opening.

You can store your smoothie for 1-2 days in the fridge, but bear in mind that the flavor will not be as good as when you make it fresh.

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 Mason jar
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 Storage lids for Mason jars
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 Reusable drinking straws
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 Nalgene Leak-proof bottle
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 Nalgene Leak-proof bottle
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 Nalgene Leak-proof bottle
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A good knife makes a happy chef. There is nothing more frustrating than having to cut fruit and veg using a poor cutter. Invest in a sharp knife and a large enough cutting board and the prepping phase will be a blast.

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Henckel Chef’s Knife
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Wooden Cutting Board
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Making smoothies should be quick and easy and prepping in advance is a real time saver. Chop up your fruit and greens according to the recipe and put them into portion-sized plastic bags (you can freeze both fruit and greens). Then when you’re ready for blending, just grab a bag from the freezer and get started. This way don’t have to chop every time you make a smoothie. We’ve made a guide for how to do this here

These bags can be bought in pretty much any supermarket. Remember to take out as much air from the bag as possible so the fruit doesn’t go brown from oxidation.

 

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When you are just starting out with smoothies, it is a good idea to follow a recipe until you get the hang of things and want to start experimenting on your own.

Follow the recipe and measure everything accordingly, you will quickly learn how to eye-ball the ingredients and you’ll spend less time measuring in the future.

1. START WITH THE LIQUID

You want to add the liquid  into the blender before adding the rest of the ingredients. The reason for this is that the liquid needs to be surrounding the blades in order to get everything spinning around efficiently.

There are many options to use as your liquid base, we use water for many recipes but also almond milk and coconut water to get a difference in taste, texture and nutrition. Experiment and see what you like best. Tip – a great storing advice is to make ice cubes from the coconut water, this way you bring some chill to your smoothies too. Read more about what to put in your smoothies (and why) here.

2. ADD INGREDIENTS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

If you are making a smoothie with greens such as spinach or kale, the next step is to add them into the blender and blend until it becomes a green liquid. Do this before you add the rest of the ingredients.

Next, add in the fruit and the rest of the ingredients to the blender. If you want to add ice to the recipe, put this in last, otherwise it will mix up too much and make your smoothie watery. If you are making a smoothie for later, don’t add the ice at all, this is only for when you drink it straight away and want it to be more chilled.

3. START BLENDING

Most blenders will produce a ready smoothie within 20-40 seconds. But you have to test this on your own blender and see what works for you. All the ingredients should be mixed into a smooth liquid and no chunks should be visible. Just make sure you don’t over-fill your blender as this will hinder optimal performance.

If you are not using a high speed blender, blending for a little longer might help but blending for several minutes will not remove the chunks from unmixed leafy greens or nuts, unfortunately.

Pour the finished smoothie into a jar or a glass and enjoy your creation!

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