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How to Make a Smoothie like the Smoothie King for Busy Moms

Statement: In this article I do not show the exact smoothie recipes used by Smoothie King in making their smoothies, but rather the preparation, cookware, techniques and tips needed to make a smoothie taste great like the smoothie king.

Hi…

Are you ready to start a journey to make great smoothies?

Before we start, maybe you are wondering why must be the Smoothie King.

A bottle of Smoothie KIng

Well, I can say that because they are the first brands to come up with an idea to sell healthy drinks made from fruits and vegetables that we know as smoothies.

The second, they have a large collection of smoothies with various ingredients, colors and flavors for you to choose from.

It is also has been recognized as one of the best franchise and keep growing over decades since it was founded in 1973.

Wow…

The Benefits of Drinking Smoothies!

What are the benefits of drinking smoothies? Why do many people like to drink smoothies?

The answer lies on its benefits.

As a potential health drink, drinking smoothies regularly is believed to provide the following benefits:

  1. Improve our body’s immunity, because it is made from fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  2. Help you lose weight, you can drink smoothies as meal replacement, while still meeting the body’s nutritional needs.
  3. A healthy way to eat fruits and vegetables while maintaining its freshness.

Etc…

I think that you will most likely agree with the above statement. But, what do you personally expect from drinking smoothies daily?

Maybe one of your reasons is as follows:

smoothie as breakfast

> Smoothies as a time-saving breakfast

For a busy mom. Drinking smoothies can be a practical solution as breakfast.

Since you have to get up early to cook, wash clothes, sweep the floor, wake-up your kids, prepare their lunch and many other activities in the morning.

Not to mention you also have go to work. So, it’s no wonder why you don’t have enough time for breakfast.

As for the smoothie, you may only need about 5 – 15 minutes to prepare and finish your smoothie.

I think its very short time for breakfast in the morning.

 

> A simple solution for your kid who doesn’t like to eat vegetables or fruits.

Having a child who is having difficulty eating fruit and vegetables, certainly makes the mother worry.

Maybe after being persuaded with a great difficulty, your child finally is willing to eat a piece of broccoli.

Certainly not every day you are able to do it smoothly, sometimes it may be accompanied by an emotional tone accidentally spoken from your lips.

Now, what if you outsmart your child by turning the vegetables he / she hate it into a cup of smoothie with beautiful colors and looks delicious.

Surely it will be easier to attract their attention because it looks very similar to juice or syrup.

You can also add honey, fish oil, vitamins, or maybe medicines into the smoothie without making your child suspicious.

 

> An easy and economical way to meet daily nutritional needs.

What I like best about smoothies is the ease of choosing a variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs to use, whether it’s cheap or branded as the ingredients.

You are free to set it up depending on your finances and taste.

This is good news for every mother who wants to have a healthy drink every day but with a limited budget.

Try to pick local fruits or fruits in its harvest season. The price is cheaper so you can buy more. Fruits such as bananas and berries are also a good idea because they are cheap and available throughout the year.

But if you have more money to spend, it doesn’t hurt to buy a bottle of protein powder or multi-vitamin to improve the taste and nutritional value.

 

But there is one PROBLEM…

Although making smoothies is look easy for anyone to do it. But, sometimes the results may not be too exciting, such as: bad taste, too foamy, too runny, too thick, etc.

Have you ever experienced it?

Well, you are not alone.

Then, what do we do next to make a good smoothie?

By observing top brands like smoothie king, there are 4 points that can be improved, including:

  • Ingredients
  • Recipes
  • Preparation
  • Cookware

fruits-market

(1.) Ingredients.

Let’s take a good look at the ingredients used by the smoothie king. Source.

  1. Fruits & Vegetables; strawberries, spinach, raspberries, pineapples, peaches, mangoes, kale, carrots, blueberries and bananas
  2. Base; pear juice blend, papaya juice blend, nonfat milk, matcha green tea, kiwi apple juice blend, electrolyte blend, cold brew coffee, coconut water, etc.
  3. Flavor Enhancer; almonds, ginger, dates, cocoa, Turbinado, and stevia plant-based sweetener
  4. Thickening Agent; Sunwarrior™ Organic Vegan Protein, Lean1™ Vanilla Protein, Lean1™ Chocolate Protein, Keto Protein Blend, Gladiator® Protein Vanilla, etc.
  5. Nutrition Enhancer; Super Grains Enhancer, Pure Recharge® Enhancer, Probiotic Powder Enhancer, Premama® Prenatal Multivitamin Enhancer, FITAID® + Paleo Protein Enhancer, Fiber Blend Enhancer, etc.

For point number 1, 2 and 3. I believe that you will not have problems to find and get them. You can easily find them in any grocery store near your home.

But for point 4 & 5. It will be a bit challenging, it’s possible to find them in online stores, like sunwarrior.com, lean1.com or in a fitness center.

From the list above, I can say that for the ingredients used Smoothie King is quite classy indeed.

But for a busy mom like you, you might prefer ingredients that are easier to find in at a grocery store or a supermarket near your home.

Smoothie-Making-Process

So let’s try making a few modifications, for example:

  1. Fruits & Vegetables
  • Fruits (mango, pineapple, banana, apple, peaches, or avocado)
  • Greens (spinach, kale, lettuce or whatever you prefer)
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  1. Base

Water, diary milk, non-diary milk (soy milk, almond milk, etc.), tea, etc.

  1. Thickening Agent

Frozen banana, almond butter, coconut meat

  1. Flavor Enhancer

Honey, sugar, syrup

  1. Nutrition Enhancer

Chia seeds, fish oil

 

My recommendation for beginners who are trying to make their own smoothies is that start by using ingredients that you easily find at any grocery store near your home and that doesn’t have to be expensive.

Why?

  1. It saves your time and money
  2. You will go through the process of trial and error

But once you get used to making smoothies and found healthy smoothies recipe that suits you well, then you can start using ingredients that are a little more expensive to improve the taste and nutritional value.

a cup of smoothie

(2.) Smoothie recipes.

For healthy smoothie recipes there are not many rules, because basically we just mixing various fruits, vegetables, powder, and liquid to make a drink.

The recipes will really help give us ideas about smoothies that we might like to drink.

Believe me, a collection of smoothie fruit recipes will be very helpful, because the same smoothies every day will get bored quickly and not all smoothies will meet your taste.

Let’s look at some Smoothie King’s smoothie recipes that they revealed.

  1. Pineapple Surf.

Ingredients: pineapples, strawberries, kiwi apple juice blend, diary whey blend, turbinado and vanilla flavor.

  1. Strawberry X-Treme.

Ingredients: strawberries and papaya juice blend.

  1. Angel Food.

Ingredients: bananas, strawberries, turbinado, nonfat milk and vanilla flavor

  1. Vegan Mango Kale.

Ingredients: kale, mangoes, bananas, almonds, apple juice, apple pineapple juice blend and Sunwarrior organic vegan protein.

  1. Slim N Trim Chocolate.

Ingredients: bananas, 100% cocoa, Lean1 chocolate protein, Gladiator protein chocolate, protein blend, nonfat milk, fiber blend enhancer and stevia plant-based sweetener.

  1. The Hulk Coffee.

Ingredients: bananas, 100% cocoa, weight gain blend, turbinado, cold brew coffee, super grains enhancer and butter pecan ice cream.

  1. Peanut Power plus Chocolate.

Ingredients: bananas, 100% cocoa, dates, peanut butter, protein blend and nonfat milk.

  1. Banana Boat.

Ingredients: bananas, vanilla frozen yogurt, dairy whey blend and turbinado.

  1. Pineapple Spinach.

Ingredients: spinach, carrots, pineapple, bananas, almonds, apple pineapple juice blend, white grape lemon juice blend, Sunwarrior organic vegan protein and stevia plant-based sweetener.

  1. The Activator Strawberry Banana.

Ingredients: bananas, strawberries, coconut water and Gladiator protein blend.

 

If you are on a tight budget, here are some healthy smoothie recipes you might love to try:

  1. Berry Smoothie Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of combination of strawberries, blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripened banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 chopped frozen banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

If you don’t have oat powder, you can use old-fashioned oats that you have ground until smooth. Mix it with other ingredients with a blender.

  1. High Protein Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  1. Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a large avocado
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups non-diary milk
  1. Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado
  • 1/3 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  1. Spinach Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup plain soy milk
  1. Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 4 ice cubes
  1. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 bananas, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  1. Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate milk
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced

Instructions for the recipes above!

You simply mix all the ingredients using a blender until they are evenly mixed and it should be noted that you must add liquid or ice cube as the last order.

Although the recipes above are good enough, for some people it’s not. So, I think having one or two smoothie recipe books is the best solution for your curiosity.

smoothie books

(3.) Preparation and tips

Preparation also plays an important role in making smoothies. Although it may seem trivial, it can bring a meaningful change in the improvement of taste and time.

What kinds of preparations can we do?

  1. Make a creamy smoothie.

I’m sure you definitely like a thick and creamy smoothie, right? It looks more delicious.

What you need is a banana, even better if it’s a frozen banana. Mix it with other ingredients and see the difference.

Alternatively if you don’t like bananas, then you can use your favorite freeze fruits or add a few ice cubes to your smoothie mixture.

If you think it’s still not thick enough, you can add some apple sauce, yogurt, coconut milk or protein powder.

Tip: don’t use too much water and add ice last.

  1. Make smoothies taste good.

If your smoothie is ONLY using a blend of various vegetables and fruit, the high chances it will taste weird and not good at all.

The solution is you can add a few tablespoons of healthy sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, turbinado or agave.

If you don’t like it, you can use a spoonful of peanut butter or a few drops of lemon juice.

The last, you can also turn it into a smoothie bowl. The difference is that we pour smoothie blend into a bowl, then topping it with a few sliced strawberries, a sprinkling of chia seeds, shredded coconut, etc.

smoothie-bowl

Hmm, yummy…!

It will give you a different sensation, is not it?

  1. Save time.

Smoothie as an instant, healthy breakfast.

Although making smoothies does not require much time, but we can further shorten the preparation time by doing several things, such as:

Peel, cut and then freeze the fruits you want to use at night and then you can blend them in the morning.

The best idea I know so far is by making smoothie cubes, like Evive Smoothie Cube.

evive-smoothie-cubes

Just make a smoothie blend with little liquid / water, then freeze it in ice cube trays. Whenever you want to drink a smoothie, you just take a few cubes, put it into a glass, and then pour milk or your favorite liquid. Stir well.

Tada…!

Now your smoothie is ready to drink.

It’s really an instant smoothie, isn’t it!

 

(4.) Cookware

For mothers who love to cook, surely you already understand how important a cookware is.

It will help you make dishes easier, practical and delicious.

Likewise, making smoothies also required you to have a right cookware in your hand.

What are cookware might you need? Let’s see.

  1. Blender

Ninja blenderIf you are serious about making smoothies every day, this is a must-have cookware in your kitchen.

With this cookware you don’t need to be too bothered to cut and crush fruits and vegetables. You just need to put them in a blender, pour water and other ingredients. Then turn on the blender, in less than 5 minutes your drink is ready to be served.

If you plan to buy a blender, I suggest looking for one that can pulverize ice, like Vitamix or Blendtec.

They are some of the trusted blender brands for making smoothies and are generally used in cafes / smoothie shops, like the Smoothie King.

The advantage of these professional blenders over cheap brands is that they have a high-performance motor to pulverize ice perfectly and are far more durable for long term usage.

The drawback, to be honest is the price is quite expensive.

But if you are looking for a good blender to invest, they are worthy of your money.

Shop the Best Selling Blender

 

  1. Food processor

food-processor“How to make a smoothie without a blender?”

This is a common question for those who do not have a blender at home and want an alternative. So, the best alternative cookware for making smoothies that I can recommend is a food processor.

For a mother like you who always cooks. This appliance is very useful in facilitating your work in the kitchen. By using it, you don’t need to bother anymore to cut vegetables, chop meat, grind spices or mix dough.

So I’m pretty sure you already have this cookware or at least write it down on your shopping list.

However, please note that a food processor is not too able to handle liquids as good as a blender. The result is smoothie texture will be rougher.

If you want a smoothie with 100% soft texture, then you will need a blender for that reason.

But if that isn’t an important thing and you prefer a multi-function device for daily use, then a food processor is the right choice for you.

Shop the Best Selling Food Processor

 

  1. Juicer

juicer and orangeA common mistake for beginners is to think smoothie and juice are the same drinks, even though they are not.

Juice is made by extracting the liquid from the fruit / vegetable while the pulp is set aside.

On the other hand, smoothie is made by mixing whole fruit / vegetables with other ingredients such as honey, milk, bananas, and others.

Then, which one is the best?

In my opinion both are good health drinks, the choice depends on your taste, health conditions and finances.

Having your own juicer is a plus for you. With it you can make various juices for your smoothie base without having to buy. Especially for fruits with many seeds or thick pith like oranges or lemons, it will be more enjoyable if it is made into juice.

I think that’s a pretty good investment, especially if you really love making and drinking healthy drinks like juices and smoothies.

You don’t need to worry, with this modern cookware you can make a juice from fruits or vegetables in less than half an hour. It’s fast, practical and certainly you don’t need to worry about excess sugar and preservatives anymore.

Shop the Best Selling Juicer

 

  1. Shaker Bottle

bottle-blenderThe last thing you might need is a shaker bottle.

Why?

If you plan to drink your smoothie later, then high chances that you will find the mixture of your smoothies has begun to settle down.

It certainly doesn’t taste good if you drink it like that. You can solve it by stirring well with a spoon.

But it would be more practical if you store your delicious smoothies in a shaker bottle.

Just shake it well before drinking.

Shop the Best Selling Shaker Bottle

 

Conclusion.

I hope you are no longer confused about how to make a smoothie like smoothie king.

You start with ingredients easily found in food stores near your home, especially bananas. That is one of the important ingredients for getting a thick smoothie.

Some trusted brands, such as Lean1, Gladiator or Sunwarrior can help improve the taste and nutritional value of your smoothie.

A collection of recipes or smoothie books will give you a bright idea when you feel bored with smoothies.

Get yourself a professional blender. Even though it’s a little expensive, it’s worth the money and the results.

A part time blogger. Love writing articles about health and fitness. Because he knows that it's important, but it's often ignored.Writing is a great way to learn more and at the same time share with others.

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