Who doesn’t love a good milk shake? What if you could make a healthy smoothie that tastes as good as a milk shake?
With a few simple tricks that is possible. You’ll end up with an icy, thick drink that’s as tasty as a milk shake while adding a lot of nutritional benefits.
This type of smoothie is not one you may want to have every single day. But, they make the perfect treat that’s delicious and healthy. And are a nice change if you are drinking a lot of green smoothies.
Start with frozen fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango and banana are great frozen fruit choices. They can add sweetness and creaminess to make your healthy smoothie more like a milk shake.
Put them in your blender along with a little milk or yogurt. Vanilla flavored yogurt will add some extra sugar, but also a lot of flavor and body.
Or use a bit of plain yogurt, even Greek yogurt. If either enough ripe fruit or a little natural sweetener is added, it will be delicious. Use sweeteners like agave or maple syrup, or even a dash of stevia.
Blend it all up, going light on the milk while adding just enough to get the consistency you like.
Of all the fruits, frozen banana blended is the one that can add the most creaminess on its own. Blended with milk and a little vanilla extract it tastes and feels very much like ice cream. This makes a great base for a smoothie that reminds you of a milk shake.
Of course you don’t have to stick to only fruit. Avocado is a surprisingly tasty and nutritious addition to any creamy smoothie. It will give you that creamy, smooth flavor and texture.
For something similar to a chocolate milk shake, try blending avocado, cocoa powder, banana, ice and a bit of milk. Of course you can use rice milk, almond milk, soy milk or any other milk like product instead of regular dairy.
Adding peanut butter also gives a lot of body and a smooth texture to your smoothies. If you like a good peanut butter chocolate shake, use the suggestions above. But add a spoon of peanut butter to the mix before you blend it all up.
Ice is another great addition to any smoothie. It will thicken it up and give it that ice cream feel without any added calories.
Play around with how much ice you add to your blender. Make sure you have a blender that is powerful enough to handle ice cubes. You don’t want it to break!
When adding ice, go easy on the liquids and keep blending. For a thick, creamy smoothie, you need a lot less liquid than you may think.
Above all, have fun, blend away, and create some healthy and yummy frozen treats.