Never Add These 6 Healthy Foods to Your Smoothie

Cilantro and kale? That is kid stuff. It is 2015, and that means that you are apparently adding anything to the smoothies that you make every day. But just because some ingredients are good for you doesn’t mean that you should stick in the blender and hit “start”. You need a proof? These 6 ingredients will ruin the texture or taste of your smoothie, or even break the favorite kitchen appliance.

1. Mustard Greens

Right, they are packed with nutrition, but uncooked they have got a distinctly spicy flavor that not even the sweetest fruit on the planet can fully mask. Stick with baby spinach or kale for the green smoothies that you make, and save these full-flavored leaves for sautes and stir-fries instead. No one will think that you are weaker for doing so.

2. Fresh Ginger

Opposite to what artfully photographed smoothie recipes may suggest, you can’t just throw a piece of fresh ginger into your blender and get a uniformly flavored and delicious drink. Instead, you will get a smoothie that will taste mostly gingerless with a few spicy chunks of ginger floating throughout. Always finely grate or mince the ginger before tossing it in your blender.

3. Raw Beets

You think that the deep magenta color is so beautiful, right? But, unless you have got a VitaMix, steer clear of tossing these raw roots into the smoothie. A ho-hum blender is really able to blitz the beets into the texture of cook oatmeal – ew. If you want to get a red smoothie, cook and then peel the beets first. Wrap them in the foil and bake them at 425 degrees for one hour.

4. Celery

You know that those stringy bits you get when you came to a piece of raw celery stick? They are great when you are snacking on a stalk, but if you try to drink the celery, you are apparently gonna gag. But, let’s be honest: it makes the taste of the smoothie like Thanksgiving stuffing.

5. Ice

Doesn’t a smoothie need ice? Absolutely not – and in fact, the drink is better off without the ice. The ice dilutes the flavor of the smoothie, and leaves the texture watery and slushy. It totally wrecks the blades of the blender. If you like the smoothie cold, better use frozen fruits or chilled liquids instead.

6. Whole Dates

The fiber-rich dates are a better sweetener for the smoothie than things like honey, sugar, or agave. But even after blending the whole dates for five minutes, the best you will often get are sticky chunks that don’t disperse the sweetness of the dates evenly. You can add them to the drink, just chop them first or you can soak them in hot water for 15 min to soften them up.