You may already have everything you need to begin your new smoothie lifestyle. All you really need is a blender. If you’re juicing then you may want to consider adding a juicing machine to your kitchen appliances. You can juice some vegetables and fruits by hand.
However it’s difficult to get some of the juice out of the more dense vegetables. Imagine trying to juice a carrot or spinach by hand.
Blender – If you don’t already own a blender, look for one that has an option to blend frozen food. Frozen berries and even frozen spinach cubes can be an easy way to store fresh produce.
However, if your blender cannot handle blending frozen fruits and vegetables then the smoothie making process can be a hassle. Some manufacturers have “smoothie” makers that you can buy; however, you don’t need to if you already own a good blender.
Search for blenders on Amazon here. Be sure to check out the reviews to get the best machine possible for your needs.
Juicer – Juicers come in a variety of styles and are suitable for a variety of budgets. When comparing juicers look for models that have a reputation for durability. Chances are you’ll be using your juicer often and you want your investment to last.
Additionally, while no juicer is easy to clean up, look for models that make the process as simple as possible. If you can toss some of the parts in the dishwasher, that’s even better.
Sharp Knife – Slicing a pineapple or a head of cauliflower in half takes some muscle but more importantly, it requires a good knife. You’ll need to chop your veggies and fruits into pieces that are small enough to fit in your juicer or blender.
Colander – Wash your fruits and vegetables before you prepare your juice or smoothie. Colanders make the task simple.
Peeler – While you can toss fruits and vegetables into your juicer with the peels on, you cannot do this with a blender. And in many cases you may not want to juice with the peel on. It takes longer and can clog up the juicer. Invest in a good vegetable peeler.
Travel Cups – One of the best ways to enjoy a smoothie is on the go. Look for travel cups that can store a large volume. Ideally, you can also freeze your travel cup and toss it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
If you prefer to drink from a straw then look for a travel cup with a built in straw. Nalgene and Camelback brands both manufacture larger travel containers that are perfect for smoothies and juice. You can also buy an insulated cover to keep your beverages cold.
Recipes – Finally, consider grabbing a few recipes to begin with. Keep a notebook handy as well. Some of the best smoothie recipes come from experimentation. You may find that adding an herb to your breakfast smoothie recipe kicks it up a notch.
You might consider picking up Juice Boost by Chris Fung. It’s written by the Managing Director of the popular U.K. juice bar chain Crussh. The book provides a great overview of juicing and smoothie making and has tons of delicious recipes…some even combining both techniques of drink making.
In addition, having a notebook at the ready means you won’t forget your recipe and can enjoy it again.
Once you have your supplies, it’s time to head to the supermarket to begin looking for the ideal smoothie ingredients. In the next section we take a look at everything from