Good Eats | Smoothie Sailing? Mastering The Art of Making Smoothies At Home

You should drink smoothies more.

Do we need to go over the benefits? The easy way to get your fruit and veg for the day? That they make you healthier? The energy jolt they can provide from natural sources? The fact that they taste delicious?

So, we’re all agreed: you should drink smoothies more.

The vast majority of us currently consume smoothies in one of two ways:

1) We buy pre-made options at the grocery store, without much scrutinizing of the labels. We go on what sounds good or – let’s be realistic – what is a nice color.


2) We follow recipes online, combining a staggering amount of ingredients and creating a lot of mess. If you are a picky eater, sometimes you find recipes that sound nice but need so many substitutions they are hardly worth the effort.

Rather than compromising on what’s available, you might then decide that you are going to make your own smoothie. So you throw things into your elected Blender Friend choice, and you pick things you know that you like. You give them a blast, have high hopes as you pour your finished concoction out and…

Then you taste it. And it is horrific.

So what is going on?

Taste Terror – Quantity vs. Quality

The recipe for a good a smoothie is relatively simplistic – or it should be.

So let’s imagine that you like berries, so you throw some of those in – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries. You also like banana, so in that goes, and throw in some apple for good luck.

You never know; you might get lucky and end up with something good. In most cases however, it’ll be a mess. Many conflicting tastes competing with one another, rather than complementing each other.

It can be even more difficult if you try to incorporate vegetables into the mix. The sweetness of the fruit is offset by the earth taste of the vegetables. The result just doesn’t work.

How To Fix It: Split Your Ingredients

While some of the above will depend on individual tastes, generally, ingredients can be split into four groups.

The Bitter Sweet: Fruits

  • Fruits with low glucose content – and thus tasting less sweet – go into this category.
  • This includes berries, kiwi, watermelon and some apples.

The Sweet Sweet: Fruits

  • Put bananas into this group along with the vast majority of soft fruits.
  • Peaches, nectarines, oranges – they all belong in here.

The Sweet Bitter: Vegetables (Opposite of Bitter Sweet)

  • This is the home of veg that is a little sweeter or neutral in flavor.
  • Carrots, celery, cucumber – anything with a high water content.

The Bitter Bitter: Any other veg (Opposite of Sweet Sweet)

  • Leafy veg such as kale and other greens go into this category.

So What Next?

The general rule is a rule of three. Pick two from the same group and then one of the opposing options. Here’re a few ideas using this formula:

  • Carrot, celery, and watermelon
  • Kale, spinach, and oranges

Play around with it, sticking to the three-ingredient rule and you should have a great-tasting smoothie in no time!

charli sig


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