Whether you’re looking for a meal on the go or want to wake up to a filling breakfast without actually cooking, there’s no better way to do it then a delicious, thick smoothie. The question arises however, how do you go about making a smoothie thicker? Without making it properly, it may taste watered down and more like a drink, rather than a replacement meal.
It starts with the base. A proper base for a thick smoothie will involve a thicker base than water, typically your choice of milk. Good options include almond, coconut, cashew, walnut, soy, or dairy if you prefer. Unflavored or low sugar greek yogurt can also be an option, but you may need to combine that with a liquid so that your smoothie doesn’t become too thick.
If you want to avoid milk altogether, there are additional ways you can make your smoothie thicker without changing the base. There are five options that not only help make it more filling, but also add a touch of flavor:
– Peanut butter
– Dried oats
– Ice cubes (plain or milk of your choice)
Let’s briefly touch upon each and see what they can do for your smoothie.
Bananas are the the typical go to for their ability to easily thicken and add taste to a smoothie. They’re simple to toss in, cost effective, and do a great job at flavoring and thickening your smoothie. They do come with a drawback though – they have a lot of sugar. There are two ways around this – go green, or go less. Green bananas may taste more bitter, but blended in a smoothie hides this perfectly. They are lower on the Glycemic Index, making them perfect for smoothies where you have other fruit, like raspberries or blueberries. The other option is to just use half the banana and save the other half for later. If your smoothie comes after a workout though, don’t sweat it.
Avocados are a great way to thicken your smoothie – but be careful, otherwise it might be too thick! Half an avocado will usually do the trick, and doing so means you can get two smoothies worth out of every avocado. Avocados are full of healthy fats and fiber, a welcome addition to every smoothie. They will add a creamy, rich texture to each smoothie you use them in.
Peanut butter and dried oats also act as great thickeners while providing their own benefits. Peanut butter is another source of healthy fat like an avocado, and can also give your smoothie a quick protein boost. Of course, any nut butter will do – such as almond butter or cashew butter. Freshly made and low in sugar is the way to go. Besides nut butters, dried oats are a great source of complex carbs, helping them to digest more slowly.
Lastly, consider using ice cubes like milk or water to help give it more consistency. It’s an all natural way without changing the content of your smoothie to help thicken it up!