Three Ways to Make Vegan Smoothies
Vegan smoothies are not just mixtures of 'green' ingredients that we choose at random. In order to make them really taste good, you must know how they are prepared and what ingredients work best with each other.
Vegan smoothies are also known as shakes or juices. In general, this term is used to describe the mixture of various ingredients presented in liquid form to be consumed as a beverage.
Now, in the vegan diet, we must remember that the foods always come from plants. This means that they should not have milk, cream or other dairy products.
When preparing these drinks, it’s not enough to take a handful of vegetables and mix them in a blender. This is the mistake that most people who are trying to eat a more nutritious diet make that usually ends up with them having a bad taste in their mouth.
After all, this makes sense: not all vegetables or fruits will taste good when combined. Therefore, you must learn to choose the right ingredients for your drinks.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips for how to make vegan smoothies.
1. Prepare your vegan smoothies by color.
One of the easiest ways to make vegan smoothies is to mix ingredients with the same colors. For example: red apples, watermelon and strawberries.
The trick is also to play with the ratios to get the thickness you want, since it’s not the same to combine a couple of ingredients and a pint of water to get a natural juice as it is to increase the amount of these ingredients to get a smoothie that is thick enough.
What are the most common colors for smoothies?
To start, try red, yellow and green. Once you’ve mastered these three groups, you can begin to vary some ingredients to obtain, for example, pink, purple, blue, light brown, and so on.
You must keep the following in mind:
- Green. These usually contain more vegetables than fruits, hence their color.
- Red. These usually contain more fruits than vegetables.
- Yellow. They have a more noticable balance between the amount of fruits and vegetables.
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2. Make vegan smoothies by flavor.
Another way to make vegan smoothies is to decide what flavor you want to end up with.
Do you want a citrus drink? Or maybe you want a sweet treat?
Based on this, you can find the ingredients that best suit you. For example, a citrus smoothie can be made from oranges, lemons and grapefruits or also from oranges and strawberries.
- Citrus smoothies: The most popular ingredients are oranges and lemons. Other ingredients can be passion fruit, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and clementine.
- Sweet smoothies: These are usually made with banana or plantain as a base, and include apples, mangoes and pears.
- Mixed smoothies: You can use banana as a base and include, for example, avocado, cocoa powder, peanuts or just strawberries and apples.
We recommend avoiding mixing acidic fruits with sweet ones because they’re usually not palatable.
Another important issue when preparing any type of smoothie is to opt for seasonal ingredients because not only are they usually fresher, but they also are better priced.
3. Prepare your vegan smoothies by nutrients.
This is the most useful way to prepare vegan smoothies once you’ve mastered the two previous ones. Although they do not always end up being beautiful colors, they do have a high level of vitamins, minerals and fiber content.
If what you want is to drink a beverage with a high vitamin content, you must pay attention to the ingredients that have higher amounts of said nutrients and consistently include them.
You must keep in mind that liquids can have different bases. Some may be water, tea and other plant-based beverages (oatmeal, coconut, almonds or soy). These bases will enhance a particular flavor, so it’s important to know how to use them. For example, plant-based drinks often highlight the sweet flavors of ingredients like banana or papaya.
All vegan smoothies can be really delicious if you pay a little attention to the ingredients you combine. For this, you can focus on some recipes for juices and smoothies, and over time, introduce some variants to make your own creations with ease.
Remember, it’s much easier than it seems. So, don’t stop encouraging yourself to take the test and supplement your diet with these delicious drinks.