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How to Make Amazing Smoothies with the Blendtec Designer 625 Sea Foam Blender

Smoothies are a healthy and delicious way to kickstart any day. But smoothies aren't just a nutrition-packed morning meal, they're also a perfect anytime snack. The best part? They're extremely easy to make -- especially with the right tools...

Smoothies are a healthy and delicious way to kickstart any day. But smoothies aren't just a nutrition-packed morning meal, they're also a perfect anytime snack. The best part? They're extremely easy to make -- especially with the right tools and techniques. Read on to learn seven tips for making amazing smoothies every time.

Making smoothies
One machine. Endless options.

1. Invest in the Best

A good blender is inarguably the most important element in your blender-making arsenal. Our pick? The Blendtec Designer 625 Sea Foam blender. This pretty powerhouse is your new best friend when it comes to fast, lump-free results. An illuminated, one-touch display, automatic shut-off and customized speed settings mean you can executive any smoothie recipe in mere minutes. Cleanup is also a breeze, thanks to drip-free pouring and easy wipe-downs.

But this workhorse of a blender does much more than make smoothies. From chilly ice creams to hot soups, the Blendtec Designer 625 Sea Foam blender more than earns its keep in versatility. It even comes with its own recipe book so you can hit the ground running.

Not to mention that the Blendtec Designer 625's chic seafoam hue makes it an attractive addition to any countertop.

2. Remember Your Ratios

Making a smoothie involves more than simply tossing some ingredients in a blender, pushing a button, and calling it a day. Not only will adding the proper amount of liquid ensure that your smoothie has the right consistency, but can also prevent the blade from being damaged.

While recipes can vary depending on the blender and the ingredients, most smoothie ratios are in the neighborhood of one part fluid; one part ripe fruit; and two parts ice, frozen fruit, or an alternate thickening agent.

3. Think Outside the Milk Carton

Most people think of milk and yogurt when making smoothies, but many different kinds of liquids offer their own tasty benefits. Soy, rice and almond milk delivery delicious dairy-free smoothies, while coconut milk, coconut water, and even green tea add a tropical twist to any cream concoction.

4. Embrace Tempting Textures

Speaking of creamy, you don't have to include unhealthy ingredients to achieve a rich, silky-smooth texture. Bananas are a particularly popular way to imbue smoothies with a lovely texture, while avocados also add smoothness to any smoothie. The best part? Both are packed with guilt-free nutrition.

5. Freeze to Please

If making smoothies is part of your daily routine, freezing your fruit in advance is one simple way to save time. Plus, if you're short on fresh fruit, you won't have to run to the grocery store or go without.

Don't feel like freezing your own fruit? Check out the frozen foods aisle at your local grocery store, many of which now sell pre-packaged frozen smoothie packs in a variety of mixtures.

Making smoothies
They're bright, beautiful, and packed with goodness.

6. Go Green

While the idea of a green smoothie can initially be a turnoff, don't knock if until you try it. Spinach, kale and other green veggies can amp up the nutrition in any smoothie with no sacrifice of flavor -- particularly when paired with naturally sweet fruits like apples, kiwis, and bananas.

7. Give It a Kick

Once you've got the hang of basic smoothies, don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients. A spoonful of peanut butter or protein powder will give you a lasting energy boost, while a sprinkling wheat germ or flax seeds can help you feel fuller for longer.

Ingredients like cinnamon, cocoa powder, vanilla, and even grated nutmeg, meanwhile, can vastly enhance the taste of your smoothie while keeping your smoothie routine from going stale.

There's a reason why so many people swear by smoothies. With the right machine and these simple tips, you too can start whipping up plenty of delicious, nutritious, pick-me-ups of your own. For more foodie-friendly content on blenders and beyond, be sure to bookmark the Cilantro the Cooks Shop blog.