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We’ve all seen those delicious smoothie bowls with a thick, creamy smoothie base. I get asked ALL THE TIME, “How do you get your smoothies so thick?” It’s kind of my thing. I’ve ended up referring to my smoothies as “healthy ice-cream.”
Thick smoothies are more fun to eat. They’ll make you feel WAY more full, and you can pack more nutrition into your meal! It’s a triple win. Today I’ll share all of my tips for getting the perfect thick and creamy smoothie. *Drool*
There are a couple of key tips to making a thick smoothie. Once you know the smoothie hacks, you’ll be surprised how easy and healthy these smoothies are! They’re perfect for a post-workout meal or a healthy dessert. I’m completely obsessed, and I know you will be too!
Veggies in a smoothie? Yes, you read that right! And no, you cannot taste the cauliflower. Promise! Add 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower (you can also use frozen cauliflower rice) to your smoothie to thicken it up!
For all my mama readers, this is the perfect way to hide some vegetables in a dessert for your kids. It’s how I secretly feed my boyfriend veggies! 😉
Adding in cauliflower to your shake is an amazing way to get some vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K. Fiber helps you feel full for longer, and is key for thickening your smoothie.
Cauliflower is also full of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help your body prevent chronic diseases.
Frozen fruit is crucial you guys. Buy the bags of frozen fruit, or freeze your own fresh fruit. Just as long as it is frozen! This is so important for getting that thick consistency.
To make your smoothie extra creamy and thick, you NEED to add a frozen banana. Try to wait until your bananas are super ripe to freeze them. This will make them easier to digest, and the bananas will be sweeter!
Get the Right Blender
Having a powerful blender is necessary for making a thick and creamy smoothie. If you want the perfect healthy ice-cream, invest in a Vitamix. I have tried so many different blenders (seriously, SO MANY), and the Vitamix is the best there is. It’s so powerful and really gets the job done.
Adding a plant-based milk to your smoothie is vital for getting the most creamy, decadent smoothie. Make sure you use as little milk as possible. The more liquid, the thinner the smoothie!
Take it one step further, and make milk ice-cubes. Ice-cubes are great for getting a super thick smoothie. I throw some in if I accidentally add too much liquid and I need to thicken up my smoothie.
By using milk instead of water for your ice-cubes, you’ll avoid that overly icy texture that tends to happen when you add regular ice to your smoothies. Instead, you’ll be left with a thick, creamy, ice-cream-like smoothie.
Add in Nut Butter
If you’re aiming to get a rich, creamy smoothie (who isn’t?) you need to add in some type of nut butter. I opt for almond butter or peanut butter. This will also add more protein to your smoothie, which will keep your blood sugar from spiking. Throw in some protein powder as well for more protein and creamy goodness!
As I mentioned before, it’s important to add protein to your smoothie to keep your blood sugar from spiking! Your smoothie is full of fruit, although it’s healthy, fruit has lots of sugar. Adding in protein powder and nut butter will help keep your blood sugar from going crazy.
How I Blend My Smoothies
The final step to make the perfect smoothie is making sure you’re blending it properly. There is a method to the madness people!
Add your milk and powders first.
Next, add in your nut butter, cauliflower, and any other veggies.
After that, add in frozen fruit and give it a blend. I like to blend all of these ingredients first so they’re all the way broken down and creamy.
Add in the frozen banana last. It’s helpful to gradually add in ingredients so you don’t overwhelm your blender, especially if you’re not using a high-power blender.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite smoothie is! I’m a sucker for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie. Enjoy those thick, creamy smoothies!