I adore healthy smoothie recipes. It is the best way to add a little fruit and sometimes vege's to my breakfast or snack. Heck, when I am craving something sweet, sometimes I even make one for dessert.
1. Invest in a blender with at least a 2 hp or 800 watt motor if you want to crush ice or make smoothies that are actually smooth. The VitaMix is the gold standard and I couldn't last a day without mine. My daughter has the Ninja NJ600 and loves it as well.
|Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black (Renewed) - 65542||Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660)|
2. Prepare frozen fruit ahead of time. Cut and freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag later. I like to buy fruit in #10 cans at a discount, then flash freeze the fruit.
3. Frozen bananas are great in smoothies. Ripe bananas that have brown spots on the peel are perfect. I peel mine, break them in half and freeze in a Zip-Lock baggie.
4. It is best to add liquid ingredients first if called for in the recipe. This gets the blender moving. Next, add the lighter ingredients like the leafy green, followed by the heavier frozen fruit and ice cubes.