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12 Smoothie Hacks To Help You Slim Down This Summer 

As hard as it is to believe after bundling up all winter, warmer weather is finally here! And before you know it you’ll be lounging on the beach soaking up the sunshine you’ve been craving. While a frozen drink might not seem like the perfect way to prep, fruit-and-veggie-packed smoothies can be a perfect supplement to your beach-body gym routine.

Smoothie making is a fairly quick and simple task, but a flawless drink requires much more than sticking your favorite ingredients in a blender. In an effort to help you upgrade your favorite frozen formulas, we’ve partnered with Green Giant to bring you this list of the ultimate smoothie-making secrets to help you master the tastes and texture you’re sure to love in time for summer!

1
Choose Your Liquid First

If you’re looking for a low-calorie smoothie, opt for tap or purified water as a liquid base. As another option, try coconut water, green tea or fresh fruit juice made from a juicer. If you want a creamy smoothie, opt for milk, whether regular, almond or soy.

2
When In Doubt, Go Frozen

Freeze as many of your ingredients as you can for the smoothest possible final drink or better yet, stock up on frozen veggies and fruits to give your smoothie a healthy boost with no added work necessary.

3
Prepare Portions

Gather enough ingredients for a smoothie and freeze them all together in a muffin tin or plastic baggie. This will cut down on prep time, increasing the likelihood you’ll reach for a smoothie rather than an unhealthy snack.

4
Liquid In Little Steps

When it comes to adding the liquid base to your smoothie, start out small. ½ a cup of liquid per serving is a good starting point. Adding too much too soon could make your smoothie watery and thickening it back up will be hard to do.

5
Thickening Trick

If you did add too much liquid and want to thicken up your smoothie, try yogurt, oatmeal, avocado, extra banana, or chia seeds.

6
Nut Butters Are Better

Try adding some nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter to increase creaminess of the smoothie.

7
Safe Ways To Sweeten

If your smoothie needs to be sweeter, try adding an over-ripe banana (sliced and frozen), maple syrup, honey, stevia or agave.

8
Not Everything Mixes Well

Soy and Citrus may not always be the best mix, as the two could curdle when combined.

9
Flavor and Flair

If you want to kick your smoothie up a notch, try mint, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg or cloves for a flavor-packed punch.

10
Protect The Protein

Over-blending protein powder could diminish the impact. If you’re planning to add protein to your smoothie, do it as close to the end as possible after you’ve blended the rest of your ingredients.

11
Add Ice Last

If you’re planning to add ice to your smoothie, be sure to add it last, once you’ve blended all of your other ingredients. Adding it along with the rest of your mix-ins will make your smoothie watery instead of cold.

12
Find The Right Vessel

Find a jar or glass with a wide opening. There are special smoothie jars, but many also use mason jars for their portability. If you’re going to use a straw, make sure it’s a wide one and be sure to get a straw brush for easy cleaning afterward. If you’re not taking your smoothie to go, try freezing your glasses for an extra refreshing drink!

Put your new smoothie making skills to the test with these tasty drink recipes. Already a master smoothie maker? Comment below and tell us how you whip up your favorite smoothie formulas.

Source: Huffington Post/Healthy Living

 

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Deirdre's Favorite Recipes:

Hot Pepper Jelly And Cheese On A Cracker
Deirdre's Homemade Mac And Cheese

Bonnies Krispy Spinach Bites

Really Healthy Christmas Cookie
Meatless Meatballs

Baked Eggplant Fingers
Deirdre'e Organic Mini Pecan Pies

Samantha's Festive Summer Rigatoni
Samantha's Sauteed Kale With Red Beans

Samantha's Simply Delicious Quinoa Fruit Salad
Samantha's Summer Vegetable Medley Orzo

Arborio Sweet Rice Pudding
Mesa Grande Vegetarian Meatballs
Imus Ranch All Organic Granola
Organic Oatmeal Cookies

Perry's Old World Potato Salad
Mr. Martin's Maple Glazed Pecans
Quinoa Blueberry Muffins
Angie's Avacado And Kalamata Salad
Deirdre's Oven Roasted Potato Skins
Deirdre's Cowgirl Guacamole
Deirdre's Almond-Berry Cobbler
Deirdre's Simple Savory Tomato Soup
Deirdre's Spinach Pie
Andy's Avacado Burger Melt
Deirdre's Gorgeous Chopped Salad
Deirdre's Orange Cashew Spinach Salad
Navajo Vegetarian Tacos
Deirdre's Vicken Quesadillas                                                            
                                      

Deirdre's Raw Valentine Smoothie for Two 
Deirdre's Watermelon Pico                                    

Asparagus Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 

Deirdre's Vegetarian Vicken Salad                                                                                                                              
Wyatt Imus' Veggie Burger                                                                                          
Deirdre's Whenever Soup
Deirdre's Vegetarian Sloppy Joe On The Go
Deirdre's Vegan Coleslaw
Deirdre's Dandelions, Kale and Broth

Deirdre's Crabbiless Crab Cakes
Deirdre's Earth Salad With Homemade Croutons
Deirdre's Beet Salad
Deirdre's Buckwheat Soba Noodle Recipe                      
Vegetable Pasta Salad           
Pasta with Basil-Cilantro Pesto
Healthy Pizza Recipe
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup
Fakin BLT's
South Western Vegetable and Bean Burritos
Strawberry Smoothies
Crostini with Olive Garlic Pate'
Tomato Soup
Artichoke Dip

Deirdre's 5 Minute Mediteranean Salad

Other  Healthy Recipes:
Spanish Rice
Fruited Breakfast Quinoa
Almond And Pear Thumbprint Cookies
Roasted Tomato And Butternut Squash Soup
Tempeh Mushroom Burger

Greens Soup

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Lis' Sunday Salad 
Coconut Cornbread 
Summer Fruit Salad With Canary Island Garlic Olive Oil Dressing   

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Revised 06-18-2012