Smoothies are not necessarily an essential to life on earth, but those who have had them will vouch that they come pretty close. A smoothie is the best way to get your macro and micronutrients into your body in a matter of just a few minutes.
The reason smoothies have become so popular is because no other drink is so nutritious yet so easy to make. If you don’t like eating fruits and vegetables but you still want to stay healthy and enjoy breakfast when you are on the go, then a smoothie is the right choice.
Unlike a frappe or a milkshake, a smoothie can’t be handmade, and you will need an adequate machine for it. In most cases, it is going to be a blender.
Blenders are becoming more popular with each and every year and there is no doubt why. The healthy lifestyle trend is becoming a thing, and now everyone is wanting to get their shot at the perfect smoothie.
Lucky for all of us, finding a high-quality blender for an affordable price is pretty easy now. But is a blender your only choice?
Actually, a food processor might be an excellent alternative to a blender when it comes to your smoothie routine, and there are a few reasons why. This is especially the case if you are a fan of smaller morning smoothies while still wanting to get your macro and micronutrients in.
What is the Difference Between a Food Processor and a Blender?
Well, to be honest, there is not much of a difference when it comes to making a smoothie using a blender and a food processor. Both machines are capable of turning vegetables and fruits into liquid form, though a blender might leave you with more of a slushy smoothie (which some like and some don’t).
On the other hand, a disadvantage of the food processor is that you will not be able to make a batch of smoothies in one go. When using a food processor, you will not be able to put liquid in above the stem, and that might not be enough to create more than one small smoothie.
Along with that, most food processors have problems crushing ice – either due to a lack of power or an inefficient blade system. Still, this problem is solvable, especially if you have some extra time on your hand.
Defrost your frozen fruits and blend them in a food processor. Once you have your smoothie set and ready let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour, and you will be good to go!
How to Make a Smoothie With a Food Processor
So, now that you know it is possible, let’s take a look at how to do it. And don’t worry – it is as easy as can be.
First, you should start off by putting your greens at the bottom. There is a good reason to do so which you will see later.
When it comes to greens, we recommend adding in some kale, swiss chard, or spinach. Once you have your baby greens packed in, it is time to put some frozen or fresh fruit in. Because the fruits weigh the greens down, it will allow your food processor to work more efficiently.
Go for any fruits that you like – bananas, peaches, raspberries – everything works. Now, it is time to put in your nutrition booster – whether it will be whey protein, some seeds, or green tea leaves, it is up to you.
Once all solid ingredients are in and ready, it is time to cover it with yogurt, milk, or water up to the top. And don’t forget to add a sweetener of your choice if you want.
Now, everything is set and ready and you can blend. We recommend that you use the pulse feature and stop a few times in the process in order to scrape off the residue of the sides and let it all blend in.
After a few minutes your smoothie will be ready, and now all that is left is to remove the blades and pour your delicious drink into your smoothie cup and enjoy.
You don’t have a blender at your hand? This is not a problem as a food processor will work just as well when it comes to making excellent smoothies.
While it might lack the efficiency of a blender, you will still satisfy your cravings, and get a healthy drink on the go.