Honestly, I haven’t always been a smoothie­–loving person. I tried my hardest to get on the bandwagon; blending them up for breakfast, adding protein powder, throwing in veggies, the list goes on. But for some reason I was either hungry in an hour, disliked my combination of 12+ ingredients, was turned away by the color, or hated the texture.

 Healthy Smoothie Recipes | Zestful Kitchen
Well, I decided it was time to give this smoothie thing a serious try and get it right once and for all.

 Healthy Smoothie Recipes | Zestful Kitchen

Here’s what I found to be the top tips for making smoothies:

1) The shorter the ingredient list, the better.

2) Frozen mango or frozen banana make for a luxurious texture and add slight sweetness.

3) Almond butter adds depth of flavor while also boosting the protein and fat content.

4) Oats add body and silky texture..

5) Veggies are easy to incorporate and do not take away from the flavor.

6) At least ½ cup of water or milk is essential for easy blending, smooth texture, and drinkability.

7) For best blending, always start by adding the liquid to the blender first followed by remaining ingredients.

 Healthy Smoothie Recipes | Zestful Kitchen

 Healthy Smoothie Recipes | Zestful Kitchen

 Healthy Smoothie Recipes | Zestful Kitchen

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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