5 Tips for Creating Better Smoothies  

Smoothies appear to be simple to make, but I constantly crave the incredibly creamy, vivid smoothies you get at juice bars and wonder why mine never turn out as good!

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So when I heard Catherine McCord—Weelicious' founder, company owner, and mother of three—had a new book, Smoothie Project, coming out, I was sold even before I opened the cover.  

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Extra bonus: I got to probe Catherine's brain on how she plans and prepares her smoothies every day, as well as how we might make ours more tasty and nutritious.  

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Frozen Is Your Friend  

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The assumption that frozen fruit is less nutritious than fresh fruit is just false. She concurs: "Out of season frozen fruits and vegetables are more affordable, especially when you're buying organic."  

So what about my lumpy, lousy smoothies? Catherine believes it is time for a new blender: "If you have a good blender, you're making a good smoothie."  

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Consider Your Blender

Of course, prices range from high to low, but ultimately you want to ensure that your blender has a powerful motor, is the proper size for your family, isn't too noisy, and, ideally, includes a smoothie mode (which helps puree all those frozen bits!).   

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I know. Folding vegetables into your smoothies may be a daunting task, especially if you're just starting out. However, Catherine intends to incorporate one vegetable into each smoothie and advises us all to start small.  

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Work in a Veggie!

With so many smoothie ingredients, supplements, and sophisticated blenders available, it can be overwhelming to begin creating smoothies on a daily basis at home. But it doesn't have to be! 

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Don't Overthink It

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Prepare in advance.  

She also stores all of her frozen fruits and vegetables in plastic shoe boxes and labels them in the freezer to keep everything organized and easily accessible.  

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Finally, she enjoys making smoothie jars with all of the ingredients for each day's smoothies. Then she simply picks her frozen fruits and vegetables and liquid of choice, and she's off!

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