How To Make A Smoothie With Milk: Health Hacks
Thinking about ways to make your breakfast healthier? A smoothie is a great option. They’re easy and quick to make, and on top of that, they taste delicious. For a calcium-filled alternative to water, it’s always worth learning how to make a smoothie with milk. Get inspired by our selection of recipes, along with hacks which can help you take your smoothie game to the next level.
How to Add Milk
We think that the perfect smoothie ratio is two cups of liquid and two-thirds of a cup filled with veg or fruit. Figure out your personal preference by adding more liquid for a smoother texture or more solids for a thicker blend. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to add the liquid first as this will help protect your blender blades.
Cow's milk or dairy-free alternatives like coconut, soy or almond milk are all fantastic choices for the liquid base. We like the creamy texture produced by cow's milk, but understand that not everyone likes or can drink dairy. If you don't want to do dairy, we recommend almond milk as its flavour works well whether you lean towards sweet or savoury for your smoothie.
Fruit & Veggies
Smoothies can be made in many different ways. We’ve featured two options in this article (see below), but you can experiment with the ingredients to find one which caters to your taste buds. Mix it up each day so you don’t get bored. After all, variety is the spice of life.
You can use loads of different fruits and vegetables in smoothies. Some of our favourite ingredients include strawberries, pre-cooked kale, sweet potatoes, bananas, peaches and apples. Try to limit your smoothie to three or four ingredients, though, as too many can ruin the flavour. We’d also recommend freezing smoothie ingredients, as this will make your smoothie cold without using ice.
Freeze Your Ingredients
If you’ve got a freezer, then you can buy pre-made frozen smoothie mixtures, or alternatively, you can create your own at home. Most fruits freeze well but should be cut and peeled (if necessary) before being frozen. For example to freeze a banana, remove the peel, cut it into small, ice-cube-sized chunks, seal into a freezer bag and then place in the freezer.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of creating a yummy smoothie, get creative with the ingredients. Add a little powdered protein for a post-workout drink, or add peanut butter for a nutty flavour. Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric (!) and vanilla can really jazz up your smoothie's flavour. If you want a richer texture, try adding flaxseed, toasted nuts or chopped whole nuts. Your options are endless.
Good Morning Smoothie
2 cups milk (or soya)
⅓ cup banana
⅓ cup strawberries
⅓ cup raspberries
Dash of vanilla
Add the milk followed by fruit into the blender, then blend until smooth.
Super Healthy Hulk Smoothie
2 cups milk
1/3 cup cooked kale
1/3 cup cooked spinach
1/3 cup pineapple
Add the milk and then solid ingredients into a blender, then blend until smooth.