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Smoothies are in right now. They can be sweet and fruity, full of veggies, super creamy, packed full of nutrients…there are so many variations. But that’s also the beauty of it. You can turn a smoothie into whatever you want it to be! With the start of a new year, and people being more health conscious than ever, I thought it would be a good time to share tips & tricks for making smoothies. Here are my top 5:

1. Ice cube trays are your friend
Really, your best friend when making smoothies. Want some fresh herbs or leafy greens in your smoothie, but don’t have any on hand? Good thing you froze some mint in water in your ice cube tray a few weeks back. Want some tea flavor in your smoothie, but don’t want to make your smoothie a runny consistency from the heat? Good thing you froze some in an ice cube tray last time you made tea. You can freeze almost anything this way: spinach, mint, tea, lemonade… anything that you want to add to your smoothie consistently, but don’t always have on hand. Freeze in an ice cube tray and once everything is frozen, put them in a plastic bag so you can take a cube or two out when you’re ready.

2. Add a boost!
Smoothies are a great vehicle to get some extra energy or vitamins. Add vitamins, protein powder, or even chia seeds that are full of antioxidants to your next smoothie. Depending on what you add, you may not even taste a difference, but can get more out of it!

3. Add texture
One of my favorite ways to add texture to a smoothie is by adding oatmeal. Best part, doesn’t matter if it’s raw or cooked. Both ways add a great texture to smoothies for those of you looking for a little bite. Chia seeds are another great thing to add a little texture to your next smoothie.

4. Love thick?
Some of the best smoothies, are the really thick ones that give your cheeks a workout at the same time you’re drinking them. Thick, creamy, goodness. My tips for getting there…Use thick ingredients to start with. Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt, peanut butter, and avocado are just a few examples. An alternative is to freeze your ingredients before blending them up. A great way to do this is if you’re using fresh fruit. Freezing them first will keep the consistency of your smoothie thicker. Cheers to that!

5. Have some leftovers? Popsicle time!
Ever make more smoothie than you need, but not enough to keep for a later time? Popsicles are the perfect solution. Use popsicle molds to use up remaining smoothies without wasting a sip!

Smoothies make great meals and with just a little practice you can become a smoothie pro. What tips do you have for making smoothies? Help us add to our collection!

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