Smoothie troubleshooting is a real necessity in a healthy kitchen.
Fresh & Fast Smoothies

Don't let a smoothie mishap cramp your style, whether you're refueling post-workout or making a breakfast shake to power through the day. These tips will solve any consistency and taste issues you might run into in your blending blitz.

Your smoothie is too thin

Add a small handful of frozen fruit (bananas help make all smoothies thick and creamy) or ice and blend for another 20 to 30 seconds.

Your smoothie is too thick

Add a small amount of liquid, one tablespoon at a time, and blend for 20 to 30 seconds. (Don't drink milk? Try one of these 6 Satisfying Vegan Smoothies.)

Your smoothie is too bitter

This can happen with a green or veggie smoothie. Add a few slices of banana and blend for 20 to 30 seconds. Depending on your smoothie recipe, consider adding additional pineapple chunks, orange pieces, or strawberries. Vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, or agave also help mask bitterness.

Your smoothie is not sweet enough

Add a natural sweetener like honey, agave, or maple syrup, one teaspoon at a time and blend for 20 to 30 seconds. Depending on your smoothie recipe, adding a small handful of dates, grapes, or melon will also do the trick.

Your smoothie is not creamy enough

Add half a banana, half an avocado, or 1 to 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and blend for 20 to 30 seconds.

Fresh & Fast Smoothies Book

Get more recipes and plenty of tips for delicious and healthy smoothies from Fresh & Fast Smoothies, from the editors of Shape.

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