Healthy smoothies are beneficial for your whole body and fun to make. Thick, ice-cream like smoothies are even better. They keep you full for longer and are so satisfying they don’t leave you craving junk food or sweets.
If haven’t hopped on the green smoothie bandwagon yet, let me show you how you can easily make a delicious, decadent (but healthy) beverage full of nutrients. Here’s 17 ingredients that will help you make the frostiest, richest smoothie you’ve ever had:
1. Frozen fruit
Thick, ice cream-like smoothies begin with frozen fruit. Banana is the go-to fruit to thicken and sweeten, but almost any frozen fruit works really well, especially the ones with a high content of soluble fiber and pectin.
Plain avocado makes any smoothie creamy and dreamy, and the flavor is east to hide (unlike bananas). Scoop half an avocado into your blender, along with greens and fruits.
3. Vegetable purées
Yes, purées. Use sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, and carrot purée to make soft and dense smoothies like this sweet potato smoothie that tastes like ice cream.
4. Milk ice cubes
Switch plain ice for milk ice cubes to boost the creaminess of your smoothie without watering it down.
Put your milk of choice (coconut, almond, cashew, walnut, soy or other) in ice trays and move the cubes to sealed bags once they’re frozen. Add them when a recipe calls for ice cubes. Try this orange carrot chia smoothie.
Yogurt is a go-to option for smoothies. If you eat diary, use full-fat plain greek yogurt (avoid sugary, flavored, processed yogurt). Or try coconut or almond yogurt.
6. Cottage cheese
If you eat dairy, ½ cup of cottage cheese is an easy way to get your protein and thicken at the same time.
Use it in this creamy apple cheesecake smoothie.
7. Coconut meat
Coconut flesh is great at thickening because it’s soft and gelatinous. You can get frozen coconut flesh at the grocery store or scoop it from green coconuts.
It has a strong flavor so add it when you want a coconut-y smoothie.
8. Silken tofu
Silken tofu is soft, rich, dense and perfect for a plant-based thick smoothie. The flavor hides really well so don't worry if you’re not a tofu fan.
Try adding ½ cup of tofu and increase the quantity depending on how thick you want it.