Smoothie shops, at least every one I have ever been to has added sweeteners and concentrated flavors to mask the fact that part of what you are getting is just blended ice. Ice, is not an ingredient to a good smoothie, you want frozen fruit so that you need no ice at all.
The basic Ingredients of a Smoothie
Bananas are essential for texture in a good smoothie, they bring the creaminess to the smoothie. I like to peel a few bananas and freeze them in freezer safe zip-lock bags. Freeze them before they start getting spots for the best flavor. They last for about a few weeks in the freezer. Any fruit you aren’t going to use can be frozen for smoothies instead of letting it go bad.
Aside from preventing waste there is pre-packaged frozen fruit from the store. They sell it packaged individually but premixed bags, are my usual go to.
The standard selection of individual frozen fruit that I can find in my region is Mango, raspberry, cherry, peach, strawberry and blueberry. There are also pre-packaged blends of Peach, Pineapple, and strawberry; blueberry, cherry, and strawberry; and blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.
For the liquid portion of your smoothie you can use any citrus juice, or fresh peeled citrus, pomegranate juice, canned coconut milk/cream, apple juice or pineapple juice. I have even used hibiscus and lemon teas in a smoothie because I was out of everything else.
Additional additives, any fresh fruit, canned pineapple, powdered freeze dried fruit, to make it a little less healthy there also the addition of sorbet and fruity alcohols like coconut rum or tanqueray.
The ratio and the rest
(disclaimer: I never actually measure the ingredients, I just eyeball everything.)
1 cup of frozen fruit
1/2 cup of liquid
Adjust slightly this way or that to get the correct consistency. It can change slightly from one combination to the next.
Add all ingredients to a blender, you want just enough liquid that it starts to blend smoothly. If things freeze up and stop moving when blending, remove and shake the blender and add another ounce of liquid until it blends smoothly. Continue to blend for about 20 seconds. Pour into serving glasses and immediately fill the blender with about a cup of hot water and a tiny drop of soap, blend it on the pulse setting a few times and pour out the soapy water into the sink. Rinse the blender clean and then enjoy your smoothie.
Here are my three favorites
1/2 cup of canned coconut cream*
1 cup frozen mango chunks
Empty can of coconut cream into microwave save dish and microwave for 15-20 seconds, mix until you get a consistent thick coconut cream in it’s liquid state.
Citrus Berry Smoothie
1 cup frozen mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
2 peeled seedless oranges
Tropical Booze Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1 banana, frozen
1 oz coconut rum