blending basics

How to make a pretty smoothie. Blending Basics.

Most mornings I blend up a green smoothie for breakfast. I have reached the point that I could do it in my sleep—and some mornings I do. Through a lot of trial and error I have some pretty solid smoothie making tips just for you.


Fiber can be grouped into soluble and insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is found in most vegetables. If you're using PURENZ™ you've got the insoluble fiber covered! The other kind of fiber—soluble—dissolves in, and attracts, water. Soluble fiber helps to produce a creamier smoothie. Soluble fiber can be found in fruits and vegetables such as bananas, pears, mangos and carrots—just to name a few.


Water works as a base liquid, but don't stop there. Coconut milk, nut milks, and cow's milk offer a "creamy" factor that will give your smoothie a, well, smoother result. Chia seeds, yogurt and non-dairy yogurt alternatives work wonders as well!


PURENZ are great, but blending them alone with a liquid base—although certainly edible—may not yield a beverage that looks and is tasty. I recommend a good mix of frozen and unfrozen ingredients to create a smoothie that is nice and chilled, but not so frosty that it's the consistency of wet cement.  For me, that means tossing in some liquid, a banana, almonds, and a scoop of my favorite protein powder.


I'm a stickler for a smoothie that looks appetizing. I'm not big on mixing greens and blues for example. The result is often sludge brown—no thanks. When selecting what goes into a smoothie I think of the color wheel and what colors mix to make even prettier colors. For example; for a green smoothie I stick to greens and yellows (maybe kale, almonds and yellow summer squash), for a purple smoothie I stick to purples and whites (say blueberries, beets, cashews and peeled cucumber) and so on.