Cheats for Smoothie Maker

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Cheats for Smoothie Maker
Whip up a strawberry banana smoothie right in your kitchen blender. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Blend silky smooth drinks with yoghurt, honey, fruit and ice for a powerful morning burst, afternoon snack or dessert. You don't need a smoothie maker to whip up your favourite protein or vitamin-enhanced smoothie. With a little creativity, you can even create one without an electrical appliance. With simple tips, you can blend your favourite flavours for healthy meals or snacks on the go.

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Using a blender is the easiest method of cheating a smoothie maker. Add yoghurt, milk, crushed ice and your favourite fruit. Blend for about two to three minutes, until smooth and pour into a large glass. Try adding flaxseed for extra fibre, coconut water for added potassium and electrolytes or soy powder for protein.

Food Processor

A small food processor or hand-held blender is an excellent cheat to blend a smoothie. Add your favourite ingredients and pulsate on high for 30 seconds. Pause, then pulsate again for 30 seconds or until well-blended. It may be necessary to use a spoon and stir the smoothie between pulses to get all the fruit blended.

Electric Mixer

Using an electric mixer in lieu of a blender or food processor can help you cheat to make smoothies, too. Add your favourite smoothie ingredients to a bowl. Blend ingredients with the mixer; there may be some lumps. Fold in crushed ice: this is important -- the ice must be crushed or the electric mixer will not be able to blend the smoothie as crushed ice melts quickly. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a glass with a plastic spatula and enjoy.

Plastic Zipper Bag

Using your own energy and a plastic zipper bag you can crush and cheat your way to a handmade smoothie. The key is using soft fruits, such as bananas, kiwi, mango, oranges and watermelon; anything you can juice or mash easily. Mash fruits in a mixing bowl with a potato masher, fork or your hands. Place ice in zipper bag and smash on a hard surface using a wooden spoon. Whisk milk and yoghurt in with fruit, add your ice, mix and pour in a glass. Not the most attractive smoothie, but still tasty.

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