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How to make a creamy smooth smoothie

August 8th, 2009 4 comments

I love smoothies. I first fell in love with the Smoothie King and Jamba Juice smoothies, but I couldn't justify paying $4 for a smoothie that had way too many empty calories, so I decided to start making my own healthier and cheaper smoothies.

My first smoothie recipe

The first smoothie recipes I tried all used ice as the thickening agent, but I felt that this created a watered down smoothie. I began using frozen fruit instead of fresh and that would thicken up the smoothie. That was a good first step.

To enhance the flavor of my smoothies I started adding a little bit of pineapple or orange juice. The acidity of the juice helped to bring out the flavors in whatever fruit I was using. So I stuck with the following recipe for awhile:

1 cup milk
1 cup frozen fruit
1/4 cup orange or pineapple juice

Depending on the fruit and type of milk you use, this smoothie is anywhere from 200-300 calories, much better than many of the store bought smoothies!

The discovery of silky and creamy smoothies

I ran out of orange juice one day and was searching for a substitute. I ran across the orange flavored Metamucil in the pantry and thought "Why not?". I don't know why Metamucil has such a negative reputation, it actually tastes pretty good and soluble fiber is really good for you.

Now anyone that has drank Metamucil knows that it will thicken quickly in water, so you need to drink it fast. I wasn't even thinking about that when I put a tablespoon in my smoothie, but what it did for the smoothie was amazing.

It not only provided the citrus I wanted in the smoothie, it also acted as a thickening agent and gave the smoothie a silky, creamy texture that was awesome! Some of you may think I'm crazy, but adding Metamucil (or offbrand, it's just Psyllium Husk) is the best thing you can do for your smoothie.

So now I simply replace the orange juice in my original recipe with a tablespoon of Metamucil and voila, a perfectly creamy smoothie!

Also, don't forget to get a good blender. I bought the Oster Professional Series Blender and it works great.

If you enjoy this recipe or have suggestions, please let me know!

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