Tag Archives: Tips

The Biggest Mistake People Make

A question that pops up every now-and-then is “What’s the biggest mistake people make when preparing smoothies?” There was an interesting article recently in the Huffington Post: “Smoothie Mistakes You're Making”. This lists the following scandalous errors…
  • Don’t Use Under-Ripe Fruit
  • Don’t Use Warm Fruit
  • Don’t Add Ice
  • Don’t Add Sugar
  • Don’t Use Milk
  • Don’t Stick to a Recipe
  • Don’t Use Melon
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Can Green Smoothies Contain Fruit?

I got an email from Annie last night commenting that all the green smoothies on this site have fruit in them – and asking if that was OK? I thought this was a little odd – so I asked her why she thought it was a problem. Well … “One of my friends said…” There are a lot of shoulds...
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Vitamix 5000

I’ve had a few prompts by people to give more details about the equipment I use. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while – but I wanted to do it justice, hoping to do a full and proper review when I had the time. However, whist we all wait with baited breath for that :wink: I can tell...
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The 80:20 Rule for Smoothies

There’s a well-known rule of thumb called the 80:20 rule ... also known as Pareto’s Principle – named after an Italian economist back in the early 1900s. The rule states…
80% of the results come from just 20% of the work
When applying this to smoothies – I’d probably say it’s more of a 80:40 rule. However, the reasoning is still...
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Wet, Wet, Wet

Normally I just use water when creating a new smoothie. However, that’s not the only liquid that you can use. Here are a few ideas to spice up your smoothies…
  • Fruit Juices: can be used to increase both the nutrients and the flavour of the smoothie. But beware, added sugars lurk in many of these.
  • Cow’s Milk: works very well, has a...
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On Smoothies and Dieting

It’s that time of year again. Having drunk and eaten far far too much of the wrong things for the last couple of weeks – we start the new year with thoughts of diets and eating a tad more healthily (well some of us do). Now, there are 100s of diets for you to choose from: the popular paleolithic diet,...
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Do I Need to Chew My Smoothies?

I got asked this recently by a friend I was showing the website. She had heard - that you need to chew the smoothie to mix it with saliva. I’ve also heard this before – and not thought much about it. It does seem a strange thing to do, but I do see the logic. So I did some investigation... Many people...
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8 Smoothie Myths

There’s a lot written about smoothies – not all of it helpful. There seems to be something of a holier-then-thou attitude on some of the blogs I read. Here are some of the myths that I regularly see…
  • Smoothies have to be green to be healthy
  • You have to put up with the taste
  • You need use organic vegetables
  • You have to drink...
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Well Hello There Sweetie!

Smoothies don’t have to be sweet to be palatable. But it certainly helps. Especially when there’s a lot of veggies snuck in there. What you definitely don’t want is any bitterness – it’s just not nice.
Quick tip: when trying a new recipe - taste the mixture whilst it’s still in the blender. Any issues can then be addressed before...
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Things Not to Put in a Smoothie

Most of these are pretty obvious – but some might surprise you…
  • Apple and pear pips – slightly toxic, a few won't harm though
  • Avocado, cherry, plum, peach and apricot stones – they tend to splinter
  • Orange and grapefruit skins – but put the pith in, it contains lots of nourishing stuff
  • Use lemon and lime skins in moderation
  • Citrus pips - unless you...
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