You may have made your smoothies many times and use dozens of varieties of fruits and vegetables, and this time you want to add some liquids to your smoothies.
Many of you probably add water or ice cubes to give some liquid consistency to your smoothies. There are a lot of options available when choosing the right liquid bases.
The choice of a liquid for making a smoothie can make or break your smoothie. It can determine the right harmony which exists between all ingredients when they come to a blend. More on that, a base can add more nutrition, flavor, and support creaminess.
So without further ado, here are the best liquids you can put in smoothies:
1. Filtered Water
As we all may agree, water is the safest and easiest option to add to your smoothie. Water is flavorless, colorless, and doesn’t alter the taste of your smoothie.
Use water as a liquid base means adding zero calories, so you don’t need to worry about extra calories from your smoothie. The only fall-back with water is that there is no guaranteed flavor and creaminess.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is my top choice for making smoothies, and I believe many smoothie fanatics have it as a popular option with all the benefits it has. If there’s a most natural, organic energy drink that exists, it will be none other than coconut water.
Coconut water is a staple in making smoothies. Coconut water contributes about 255 milligrams of sodium to your daily diet – by far higher than the required daily intake. Coconut water has 600mg of potassium, 2.6g of fiber, 8.9g carbohydrates, 2.6g fiber, and 0% cholesterol.
3. Fresh Juice
Fresh juice is the best option when looking for a great boost in flavor. Using fresh juice adds more flavor to green smoothies containing veggies. Juices are an excellent choice for high levels of vitamins added to the smoothie. Fresh juices such as grapefruit contain 98 calories per 8-oz.
Other juices, such as lime, have 60 calories per 8-oz. Juices might contain, on average, 25% Vitamin C and 25% Vitamin B-6. The only step back when using juice is extra calories and unwanted sugars.
4. Dairy Milk
One of the main benefits of using dairy milk as a base in smoothies is creaminess. The thickness of the milk adds to the creaminess of the whole fruit blend. We don’t need to even go into talking about some of the undeniable benefits of drinking milk.
Milk is one of the best animal-based food with positive nutritional effects. Dairy milk is all about the calcium for building stronger bones. Milk also has a strong flavor that will mask the taste of the greens in a smoothie.
5. Almond Milk
Almond is plant-based milk that offers a different option than using dairy milk. Almond milk comes from grounded almond.
Always be sure to check the ingredients list when buying processed almond milk. Check the back of the container and take note of extra calories. As a plant-based food, it is rich in cholesterol, and it is lactose-free.
6. Soy Milk
If you are quite familiar with the taste of soy milk, then this is worth the experimentation. We all know the good that comes to drinking soy milk despite some of us being anti-soy milk. Soy milk has the right amount of protein, calcium, iron, and it is lactose-free.
As a vegetarian, you’ll be more than tempted to try out this option. One thing that you should take into concern is that soy milk has a high level of sugars. Soy milk has a high protein content, vitamin A, vitamin B-12, potassium, and isoflavones. Soy milk can get fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
7. Coconut Milk
An excellent choice for high-calorie intake, coconut milk is somehow different from coconut water. Coconut milk comes from the solid tissues of the coconut, and it is dense in nutrition. The interesting fact here is that as the fruit ages, the water solidifies into the meaty part.
Coconut milk is an excellent choice for creaminess. Coconut milk has 5.5 grams of protein, 5.3 grams of fiber, 13.3 grams of carbohydrates, and 631 milligrams of potassium. It is among the best choice of medium-chain fatty acids.
8. Rice Milk
Rice milk is a unique choice for those seeking a bit of adventure in the process. Rice milk comes from the rice grain and has a different taste than the other kinds of milk available. Rice milk particularly comes from brown rice apart from different varieties of rice.
Beware of the sweetened version of rice milk to take care of calories. Rice milk has 12% Calcium, 4% Vitamin A, 1% Iron, all per 100g. Rice milk is a good source of calcium and phosphorous.
9. Green Tea
Green tea is a choice that can provide a different array of advantages. As a plant-based food, it contains antioxidants that contribute a lot to human health. The one thing that you should take note of is that green tea contains caffeine.
There is no guaranteed creaminess when using green tea. It is a great choice to neutralize unwanted thickness in smoothies. Green tea is cholesterol-free, fat-free, and calorie-free.
This is the powdered form of green tea made from green tea leaves that contains a larger amount of caffeine in a powder form, and it has the same nutritional benefits as green tea. When using this, add 1-2 tablespoons of matcha per cup of smoothie.
The key advantages of using green tea are detoxification and an increase in metabolism. Green tea is also a good source of fiber, vitamins and improves mental concentration.