If you’re trying smoothies for the first time or attempting to introduce them to your friends, families or kids or if you’re simply trying to “sneak” in more vegetables, this is for you.
When you hear the words “smoothie” or “green drink” what are your first thoughts? Nasty? No flavor? For me, I used to picture a slimy green beverage with a bitter taste that one had to force down their throat. Well, not anymore! Smoothies have become a very regular part of my lifestyle that I look forward to drinking every day. And because I actually enjoy it, I’m often asked about what I put in them. This adds another level of excitement for me because I love sharing recipes and changing mindsets about this awesome beverage/meal/dessert (yes, dessert).
It’s All In the Name
So how do you make smoothies appealing for kids and someone that thinks they’re gross? The first step is in the name. Do the following smoothies sound unappealing to you?
One of the keys to making someone like a smoothie is by masking flavors they may find unfavorable. For example, although there are several ingredients, the Tropical Green Smoothie I make just has one blended flavor and I cannot pick out the celery or cucumbers in them – not that I would mind anyway!
It’s important to remember the importance of spices and the art of cutting a flavor if it’s too strong. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice can mask almost any vegetable while giving your smoothie a sweet and dessert-like flavor. Say you’ve added too much of a strong-flavored vegetable like celery, lemon juice and bananas can reduce any overpowering flavors while still making your smoothie taste awesome.
Make it Taste Like the Real Thing
This pertains mainly to dessert smoothies like some of the ones listed above. For more on dessert smoothies, click here!
If you plan on making a dessert smoothie, two of the most important things to remember are:
1) Keep it healthy
2) Make it taste like the real thing
You can’t call something a “Carrot Cake Smoothie” if it doesn’t taste like one, right? Like mentioned above, the key to dessert smoothies is the spices. Also remember that you’re not taking a piece of carrot cake, ice cream and milk and blending it. Yes, it would be a smoothie (and probably a yummy one) but it would do nothing for you health-wise. So I provided a link to some of the dessert smoothies I make. They taste like the real thing but so much better in so many different ways. Feel free to add and adjust as you see fit!
Make it Appealing to Yourself
We of course cannot forget the rule that if you won’t drink it yourself, you probably shouldn’t serve it.
Moving away from flavors and taste, another factor in making smoothies appealing to yourself, is having time to make it! Spending boat loads of time cutting, blending, mixing, and cutting again is not appealing to anyone. One of the best methods to making smoothies on a consistent basis and actually a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle in general is prepping. My post “How I find Time to Be Healthy: Part 1” explains it all.
So there you have it! I’d love to hear if you have your own “smoothie luring” methods and if the ones I listed are working for you!