Sometimes the best recipes are those you create yourself, and the Vitamix is the perfect tool for experimenting with new taste sensations. Occasionally, culinary adventures go awry, and you make end up with a smoothie that's too thick, too thin or just doesn't taste right.

There’s no reason to throw away a smoothie that somehow went south. Turn around your smoothie experiments with a quick fix, then be sure to make a note of it in your recipe book.

Try these smoothie tips and tricks for quick fixes:

How to Make a Smoothie Thinner:

  • Add small amounts of water, milk, or juice. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
  • Tip: Load the container in the following order: liquids first, then soft fruits or vegetables, greens, and ice on top.

How to Make a Smoothie Thicker:

  • Use or add frozen fruit (especially bananas), add more ice, or add frozen yogurt. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 20-30 seconds
  • Tip: Add a variety of fruits/vegetables or greens in an assortment of textures.

How to Make a Smoothie Less Bitter:

  • Pineapple and oranges both add lots of fruity sweetness. Banana, in addition to being sweet, seems to neutralize bitter flavors. Strawberries are also good choices for green smoothies. Also try adding a bit of vanilla bean or vanilla extract, agave, cacao, or unsweetened cocoa powder. Flavored protein powders will also mask the taste of bitter greens. After adding these ingredients, work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
  • Tip: Baby greens are generally milder than mature greens. Tastes do change and adapt to new eating habits. Try working up to bitter greens by combining small amounts of them with the spinach in your smoothie. Then gradually adjust the ratio as your taste buds adapt. Chalky taste: Add more fruit and/or other ingredients in the recipe. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds. Adding more protein powder can give you too much of a good thing; use amounts recommended on the label.

How to Make a Smoothie Less Sweet:

  • Add a touch of lemon juice or frozen lemonade concentrate. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
  • Tip: Fruits add their own natural sweetness, so use a balance of sweet and citrus fruits and reduce or eliminate other sweeteners like honey or agave.

How to Make a Smoothie Sweeter:

  • Add honey, agave, maple syrup, Stevia, dates, grapes, or a little sugar. Using watermelon in place of water will sweeten a smoothie. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
  • Tip: A little sweetener goes a long way, so add small amounts at a time.

How to Make a Smoothie Creamier:

  • Avocado is ideal for adding creaminess to smoothies. Its mild flavor disguises its nutritional wallop. After removing its skin and pit, you can add a whole avocado to your smoothie, or save some for the next day. As an alternative, add ice cream, frozen yogurt, or vanilla yogurt for more creaminess. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
  • Tip: Smoothies need a good blend of liquid and solid ingredients to achieve just the right texture.

Try These Easy Smoothie Recipes for Your First Blend

Green smoothie in a clear glass

Going Green Smoothie (活力綠冰沙)

香甜水果與新鮮菠菜混和成美麗的 Green Smoothie (綠冰沙),最適合剛開始接觸 Green Smoothie (綠冰沙) 的入門食譜。
Purple smoothie in a mason jar glass with handles

香蕉藍莓柳丁 Smoothie (冰沙)

兼備炫紫色彩以及清爽口味,肯定會受到小孩子的愛戴!只要加入冰塊,即可搖身一變成美味的雪酪。
Light colored smoothie in a glass=

Basic Fruit Smoothie (日常水果冰沙)

以三種簡單配料製作而成,這種口味濃稠軟綿的 Smoothie (冰沙) 絕對顛覆您對 Smoothie 的想法。