How to Make a Smoothie Thicker
A lot of people struggle to make their smoothies thicker, mostly for lack of information, which is what I will be offering you in this article.
Now, there are tons of ways to make a smoothie thicker, but not all of them are healthy. I’ve picked out the healthiest ways to make your smoothie a lot more creamy, frosty and consistent.
Opt for Frozen Fruits instead
Rather than using fresh fruit, which cost more, go for frozen fruit. It will save you some cash AND help thicken your smoothie. You even get to find out of season fruits in the frozen aisle, so it’s a win-win!
Use Bananas, Avocados, Mangos, Peaches, Ripe Pears
These are fruits that contain soluble fiber. What is that? It’s basically what helps your stomach feel full for longer. They also attract the water in your mixture and form a gel-like consistency, which makes the smoothie a whole lot thicker and creamier. In addition to that, bananas are a great source of potassium, avocados contain a fair amount of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, mangos are low in fat, are high in antioxidants and also contain vitamin C, peaches are packed with nutrients, are high in vitamins and minerals and aid in digestion, and ripe pears are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.
Freeze your liquids
Instead of using your regular liquidy liquid, freeze it overnight in an ice cube tray for a thicker outcome, and preferably, opt for a creamy liquid base like almond, walnut, soy or coconut milk.
- Use yogurt
You can skip the milk altogether If you want an even thicker smoothie, and use yogurt (preferably -but not necessarily- greek yogurt) instead.
Toss in a spoonful of Chia seeds or flaxseeds
If you wanna pack some protein AND thickness into your mixture, add in some seeds! Chia, as well as flaxseeds, are especially known for absorbing liquid, they’re a natural thickener! Soak the amount you’re planning to use in a bowl of water – or the liquid you’ll be using – overnight or simply add the seeds to your smoothie and let it sit for 10 minutes – the time it takes to absorb some of the liquid and expand, creating a thicker texture.
Throw in some oats for extra thickness
For even more thickness, protein and fiber, oats are your friends! They also help keep you full for hours. There’s a variety of oats out there, from instant to steel-cut oats, it doesn’t matter which ones you use since they all have the same nutritional value.
Soak the nuts overnight
Soaking nuts have so many benefits. It helps get rid of enzymes that prevent the absorption of nutrients in the gut. As a result, they become softer and thicken your smoothie pretty well. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews are all great options, soak them overnight, rinse them the next morning and blend them with the rest of your ingredients.
And voilà! These were my tips on how to make any smoothie thicker (while still being healthy). You’re welcome!