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Top 10 smoothie hacks

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Here are 10 hacks to step up your smoothie game.

Here are 10 hacks to step up your smoothie game.

Making the perfect smoothie isn’t just about finding the right fruits and veggies. There are plenty of tricks to make your drink sweeter, smoother, tastier or thicker. Next time you’re grabbing a smoothie for breakfast or on your way to the gym, try one of the 10 smoothie hacks.

1. Make yogurt ice cubes
Fill an ice cube tray with your favorite yogurt. Pop it into the freezer and remove when you’re ready to make your smoothie. Substituting these yogurt cubes for ice cubes can make your smoothie come out creamier. Not to mention, it’s a great way to extend the fridge life of your yogurt. No need to constantly check your Baby-G white series watch to see if the cubes are ready. They should take the same amount of time as any ice cube.

2. Disguise your least favorite veggies
Because there are so many other goodies in your smoothie – oats, strawberries, vanilla yogurt, honey – you won’t even notice a little kale in the mix. Use this to your advantage and incorporate any nutritional veggies into your breakfast or lunch beverage. It’s perfect for all of the kale haters out there.

3. Turn it into a meal
Save yourself time and money by having smoothies for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re worried about keeping yourself full, just add a few foods that are filling. Pick up some oats or add a few extra dollops of peanut butter.

4. Substitute it for your iced coffee
Bringing two travel mugs with you is inconvenient and messy. Skip your morning cup of iced coffee or French press and instead make a caffeinated smoothie. Health.com suggested a delicious coffee smoothie using: 1/2 cup black coffee, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 cup low-fat milk and a banana. Press pulse on the blender and enjoy your new favorite summer coffee drink!

5. Portion and freeze your smoothie mixes
If you make 10 smoothies and put them in the freezer, you might end up wasting 10 smoothies. Putting the blended beverage in the freezer can be disastrous. However, you can still save yourself time in the morning by portioning out fruits and veggies for each smoothie. Put each mixture into a plastic baggie, write the date on it and toss it into the freezer.

6. Use a rocks glass for serving sizes
Do you find yourself constantly going back and forth trying to decide how many strawberries you should put in each smoothie? Stop wondering and start using a rocks glass as a measuring cup.

7. Put ice at the top
Save your blender and eardrums by putting soft fruits and veggies, like avocados, at the bottom of the blender, then putting the frozen items and ice cubes towards the top.

8. Go sweet without directly adding sugar
Sweeten up the smoothie without adding a teaspoon of sugar by using a sweeter milk. Go for almond milk or a different type of peanut butter. Treat yourself every now and then by putting a scoop of ice cream or Nutella into your smoothie. That’s one way to make your veggies taste like candy.

9. Plop it in the fridge
Although it’s not a good idea to freeze your smoothie because it has so many different ingredients, including ice and milk, you can make it before you go to bed at night. Pour your smoothie into a travel mug or a plastic container and keep it in the fridge overnight. It should taste exactly the same, but if it seems watered down, just pour it into the blender, add a dash of milk or yogurt and voila!

10. Change things up
No matter how much you love smoothies, drinking the same beverage every day gets old. Don’t let your beloved breakfast or gym drink of choice get stale. Use Pinterest and other sites to find inspiration for new recipes. Venture out to your local farmers market to pick out some fruits you’ve never tried before.

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