Here are some smoothie-making tips as well as suggested ingredients for smoothies.
You can of course use fresh fruit in smoothies, but I prefer frozen fruit, so I buy enough fruit for a month and prepare it as follows:
Wash or peel the fruit.
Cut up large fruit into 2- or 3-inch pieces.
Put in tupperware or plastic containers with lids (e.g., empty yogurt or sour cream containers).
Label each container (use a permanent marker and masking tape).
Keep fruit in the freezer until ready to use.
Then when you want a smoothie, just pull out a container or two, throw some fruit in the blender, and voilà. Some fruits, like bananas, will stick together when frozen, so you might need to break off a chunk with a spoon or metal spatula.
Some fruits that freeze well and make great smoothies:
*Although boysenberries taste wonderful in smoothies, there is one problem – their seeds are so big that they ruin the texture of the smoothie.
Watermelon is great in smoothies too, but it acts more like a liquid. Plus, it’s so big that you might be worried about waste. Never fear: you can freeze it. Just remove the seeds, cut into chunks, and place in blender. Process until liquid, pour into ice cube trays, freeze, and transfer from trays to a container. Then add a few cubes to your next smoothie!
You always need a bit of liquid or something liquid-like in your smoothie, so here are some you can mix and match:
Fruit juice (orange, pineapple, apple…)
Milk (soy, rice, nut…)
For additional nutrition and/or taste, try adding some of these: