Top 5 Smoothie Fails And How To Fix Them

fallen-smoothie

If you do it right, it takes about two minutes to make a smoothie. Adding the ingredients to a blender and blending everything up is about as easy as pouring milk into a bowl of cereal, but somehow things can go wrong. The consistency of the smoothie can go awry or one ingredient can overpower the entire drink. To help you with these common smoothie fails, here are easy ways to fix them.

 

#1: Too Sweet

Creating a perfectly balanced smoothie, flavor wise, can be a challenge. You want a little sweetness that is complemented by slight tanginess, but you don’t want over-the-top sweetness. This is a common problem if you are using pre-made fruit juices because they are loaded with sugar.

To Fix It: Try swapping out that premade juice with water. If you want to add freshly squeezed orange juice to a smoothie, make sure you add equal parts water. You can also add a splash of lemon juice to add some tartness. Additionally, unsweetened almond milk and avocado help to balance the smoothie’s sweetness.

 

#2: Mixed With Dairy

Adding dairy to your smoothie is a mistake. By adding dairy to a smoothie with fresh fruits and vegetables, you are cancelling out their benefits. Dairy products can lead to the accumulation of oxidative stress in the body and can increase your risk for tendonitis.

To Fix It: Don’t use dairy. We like to only use plant-based ingredients for smoothies, which means that using homemade or unsweetened organic almond milk in your smoothies is a viable option. You can swap out dairy for other liquids like water, chilled tea, or freshly made juices.

 

#3: Texture

Getting your smoothie to have the right texture depends on what ingredients you blend up. If you are using a lot of frozen ingredients, the chances of your smoothie being too thick is a lot higher than if you were to use raw ingredients. Some people like to add protein powder, which should always be plant-based, and they can run the risk of making smoothies that are too chalky.

To Fix It: If your smoothie is too thick, it can be easily remedied by adding a little more water. Continue blending and you’ll be good to slurp. A smoothie that is too thin can be thickened by adding ice. Adding fibrous fruits and vegetables can make your smoothie gritty, so it is best to use ice or water to help smooth out the texture.

 

#4: Protein Powder Sticks To Blender

After adding all of your fruits, vegetables, water, and plant-based protein powder, you blend your smoothie. As the blades are spinning, you realize that the protein powder is clinging to the sides and not blending with the rest of the smoothie.

To Fix It: Rather than taking a spoon and scooping the powder off the sides and into the smoothie (only to have it be a permanent lump of powder), blend the protein powder with your liquid first. Once you’ve done this, add the rest of the smoothie ingredients! Problem solved.

 

#5: Your Smoothie Is Sludgy Because You Didn’t Drink It Fast Enough

Let’s say you were in a rush in the morning and you decided to bring your smoothie on the go for a nutritious breakfast. Your plan was to enjoy it a little in the car and then when you got to work. Sadly, you were ambushed by tasks when you got to work and couldn’t drink your smoothie until 2 hours later. Then it became sludgy and almost gel-like.

To Fix It: Add more ice to your smoothie if you are taking it to go. In addition to this, purchase a stainless steel thermos (there are many on the market now) to keep your smoothie colder for longer. If you have a refrigerator at work, you can place your smoothie in there to stay fresh, too!

 

Sources:

https://myvega.com/blog/smoothie-tips-avoid-fails/

https://www.rodalewellness.com/food/7-hacks-save-green-smoothie-fail

2017-05-12T14:54:29+00:00

Related Questions

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Thanks for all of the information which is very beneficial I must say. My question to you is what's the best type of aloe vera juice to drink? Also I have heard that the gel from the plant can be mixed into a smoothie, is that true? Greetings! As far as the best brand I really wouldn't know as there are a few good brands on the market. Just make sure your aloe vera juice is at 99% pure and with no additives. Aloe gel can be added to a fruit smoothie though

    A:

    I personally wouldn't add it to a fruit smoothie.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hi, I am trying to find out if I can eat the following items while on my cleanse: - Oatmeal (breakfast) - egg whites - smoothies (can I use Smoothie King or Panet Smoothie or I have to make my own)

    A:

    The literature clearly states ONLY RAW FOODS (please see the article "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" in our articles section). You can make your own smoothies or purchase them. Your choice!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q:

    A: You can only have the protein powder if its all natural and does not contain any dairy or whey. Hemp seed protein, green pea protein and spirulina are the best types of protein powder allowed on the cleanse.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Is it okay for a person with diabetes to have a fruit smoothie in the mornings during the full body detox?

    A:

    YES!!!! Just watch your sugar because most diabetics have sugar problems due to bad sugar mixed with good sugar (from fruit -- fructose).

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Can I use soy or almond milk for the smoothie:

    A:

    Unfortunately you cannot use either milk for a smoothie as you are not allowed to consume any dairy. Soy is not a natural food and most store brought almond milk is pasteurized and contains preservatives that helps maintain shelf life. You can consume almond milk if it's homemade. We do have a raw homemade almond milk recipe available on our website.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I WANTED TO KNOW HOW DO YOU MAKE A SMOOTHIE ON full body cleanse? And can you not mix any of the food combined if it says not to?

    A:

    You can check our website for numerous great smoothie recipes.


    Ideally, to make a smoothie, use a base (some kind of fruit juice, water, or nut milk), add some frozen fruit or non-frozen fruit (your favorite fruit), add a little ice and BLEND (for about 1 minute)! Wa la ... you have a fruit smoothie!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hello, Is it okay to drink the naked fruit smoothie on the 10 day detox. I read the label and no sugar and additives are in the drink. Thank you

    A: Unfortunately you cannot consume any pre-made store juices or smoothies. Those kind of beverages contain preservatives and additives to help sustain shelf life and is also pasteurized (processed foods).

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q:

    A:

    Hi! Thanks for the question. The chia shake should be fine as long as the chia is soaked in the drink.

    Eating small seeds like chia and flax seeds can go through digestion whole and be wasted. Soaking, sprouting, and grinding before consumption increases the likely hood that the small seeds will get digested and their nutrients utilized properly.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Is it alright to drink part of your fruits and veggies? I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and veggie drink in between lunch and dinner, nuts and a piece of fruit in between and a salad and a piece of fruit for dinner.

    A:

    Yes, you may drink part of your fruits and vegetables. As long as they are FRESHLY SQUEEZED

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: First off, thank you so much for your responses to my questions regarding my husband heart murmur and weed smoking. Secondly...I am on my third day of the Full Body Detox & it is challenging and invigorating at the same time. My newest question is...how can I make the fruit smoothie that you recommended for drinking in the morning? & can you send my a recipe?

    A:

    A few recipes are in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

    Use 1 cup of fruit juice (of your liking), 1 cup of frozen fruit (i.e. banana, strawberries, mango, etc.), 1 cup of ice (optional). Blend for about 30 seconds! Drink and enjoy!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I just ordered the FULL BODY DETOX and I know there's a dietary regimen that I will have to follow. I was wondering if you would approve of a protein shake that consist of (raw hemp protein powder, raw almond butter, sea salt, flax seed, 100% young coconut water & meat inside the coconut, raw carob powder,) (optional soy or rice milk or soy or rice cream)

    A:

    Doesn't sound like it will mess up your FULL BODY DETOX. Go for it! But leave out the rice/soy cream! The rice milk is okay (but it is processed/cooked)!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q:

    A: Yes, you can consume the foods within the diet however you like just as long as it's raw.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Several people in the conscious community have stated that adding flax seeds and/or flax seed powder to our diet benefits the colon for complete and clean bowel movements. My question is, does flax seed powder or the seeds themselves promote parasites in the stomach and colon? A few of my friends and I have completed the parasite cleanse and got into a debate about it. Thank you very much, Hotep!

    A:

    Flax seed undoubtedly helps the colon (due to fiberous nature) but it is absurd to think or suggest that flax seeds (in any form) promotes parasites. Meat, dairy, refined grains and other processed foods is what promotes parasites in the stomach, colon, and rest of the body. So, as Public Enemy would say: "Don't believe the hype!"

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I love to drink water, but I like to drink hot water you know boiling water slightly cooled. Is there a benefit, or disadvantage to this compared to drinking room temperature water? Secondly, the water I drink is boiled water. Alkaline water is not a privilege most Kenyans have. If 56% of the population is living below poverty line you do the math. So the water I drink is tap water, that I boil to make it safe for drinking. When I get to work I have Alkaline water as my work place provides me with that provision. I think this is detailed enough for you to get the picture and help. Once again (I love you) in Swahili for spreading the gospel!

    A:

    No difference at all, Beloved! Even the boiled water becomes room temperature water. You're doing fine! Thank you for your words as well! Much appreciated! Peace and Love!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: If I take your Vegan Protein Powder Mix, what effect will that have on a drug test?

    A:

    The Vegan Protein Powder will have no effect on a drug test.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I had a surgery on my stomach about 6 years ago (perforated ulcer). I never gain my weight back I am now 41 and would like to gain about 50lbs. Should I get the BIO-PROTEIN POWDER MIXor another powder in pill form (I forgot the name)

    A:

    To naturally gain about 50 lbs, try eating a bunch of almonds, avocados, baked potatoes, etc. Take BIO-PROTEIN FORMULA (6 caps daily, use powder in smoothies). Use visualization techniques. See yourself how you desire to be!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

    A:

    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I wrote to you a couple weeks ago asking if it was normal for me to have an outbreak only a day or two into the full body cleanse kit. You wrote back and told me that an outbreak is the body healing. It is two weeks later and I am still having an outbreak! Is this a good sign? Do you think this outbreak may continue on through my anti viral kit? I have been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, however I felt like I needed more substance and I was not enjoying my food at all... so I bought organic noodles and organic tomato sauce (sea salt only, tomatoes, no sugar, you get the point). Is adding some of this into my diet going to make the kits less effective or possibly not work?

    A:

    The outbreak is a result of your body trying to eliminate the toxicity and impurities from your body. Continue to follow the guidelines of the Cleanse.

    In regards to what you ate, YES, they make the cleanse less effective, so you may not want to eat much of cooked foods. Raw foods will optimize the cleanse. If you are having trouble staying full, try more healthy fats, like avocado, coconut cream, or raw nuts and seeds.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What is the best supplement (protein or herbal) to take to help build muscle for strength training and bodybuilding? All these protein powders on the market I've stopped taking because of all the sugar, whey and casinete; among other weight (fat) inducing ingredients.

    A:

    Try Vegan Protein on our site. It's all natural and 100% absorbable! You'll find it beneficial. There's a capsule and a powdered version. Take both if you're really into protein.

    Spirulina is the BEST individual natural source of protein (75% bio-protein)!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I work out at the gym at 6am till 7:30am hard six days a week. Since I'm eating raw foods while detoxing, what will help me keep up that same intensity in the gym. Will protein bars or protein powder help? Maybe you can recommend something? Thank you!

    A:

    Try BIO-PROTEIN FORMULA, ENERGIZER FORMULA, and IODINE PHOSPHATE. Protein bars are toxic!