How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways

FREE Smoothies For Weight Loss Bundle

There are 56 easy ways to make thick shakes and smoothies. Here are 56 ingredients you can add to your smoothies that will thicken them up nicely.

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways

I am so happy to share with you what I have learned through my weight loss process. Part of my weight loss success was due to me making thick shakes and smoothies!

Let me explain…

There’s nothing better than an ooey-gooey thick shake in my opinion.

Thick shakes can be a great base for a smoothie bowl, they can be eaten with a spoon or they can be drunk straight from a glass.

The best thing about thick shakes is they are very filling which helps you avoid hunger pangs and cravings.  This is especially good when you’re trying to lose weight.

Below is the basic recipe for my own healthy green shake – I call it a Green Thickie. It will give you an idea of what a healthy thick shake should consist of before finding out how to make your own healthy shakes.

Difference between Thick Shakes, Shakes, Protein Shakes, Meal Replacement Shakes & Thick Smoothies

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Freshly blended fruit green smoothies of various colors, watermelon, strawberry, banana, orange, kiwi

Smoothies For Weight Loss With Background

FREE 260+ PAGE SMOOTHIE WEIGHT LOSS BUNDLE

Grab Your FREE 260+ Page

Smoothies For Weight Loss Bundle

So You Can:


* Shed your excess weight without cravings

* Triple your energy levels without coffee

* Get glowing, clear skin naturally

envelope
envelope

Shakes

Shakes are a combination of milk (almond, soy or coconut) and dry ingredients like frozen banana or avocado. They usually have a creamy texture.

Thick Shakes

If you add more dry ingredients to your regular shake and less liquid base you will get a thick shake.

The best way to make sure that your shake will have the optimum texture every time is to measure the portions of ingredients.

Protein Shakes

After a workout, your muscles need protein to recover and grow. Experts say that you should consume 20-30 grams of protein after physical activity.

The best choice for you is to make healthy protein shakes (regular shake with extra protein-rich ingredients).

Thick Smoothies

To make sure you consume enough vitamins daily you should choose to make healthy smoothies.

One of the healthiest ingredients you can include in a thick shake is leafy greens as you won’t taste them, but they provide a very high amount of vital nutrients. 

For example here is the nutrition table for 100 g of spinach:

Calories23
Carbohydrates3.8 g
Protein3 g
Fat0.3 g
Fiber2.4 g

This portion of the fiber is 10 percent of the daily value.

You put healthy vegetables and fruits in the blender and make tasty healthy meals that will provide you with enough vitamins for the day.

Meal Replacement Shakes

When I started my journey I wanted to make meal replacement shakes that I could substitute for a meal of solid food.  This is because I didn’t have time for cooking or eating regular meals after I had a baby.  All I was eating was chocolate so I obviously needed to find a better solution than that. 

As soon as I started drinking homemade healthy meal replacement shakes, the weight just fell off me.

They are the best choice for you if you want to lose weight.

Are Thick Shakes Healthy?

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; glass of pink milkshake

 

Thick shakes are not always healthy.  Most thick shakes are made with dairy milk, dairy cream, or dairy ice cream which is harmful for the health and prevents you losing weight. 

Worse still are the thick shakes that you make straight out of a packet.  These contain a number of hamrful chemicals that won’t do your health any good in the long term.

The only healthy thick shakes are those that you make at home which follow a plant based whole foods recipes.  All of the recipes on my website fit into this category. consist

I suppose that you too live in a world full of stress and you are always in a hurry. This kind of lifestyle can seriously damage your health.

The fact that an alarm wakes you up every morning is stressful enough. Isn’t it?

You can always find 2 minutes daily to do something good for yourself like make a homemade shake. Be consistent and results will come.

{RELATED POST: 17 Homemade Protein Shakes For Muscle Building (No Protein Powder)}

How To Make Healthy Thick Shakes

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Green and red fresh juices or smoothies

First of all, you need to find the right ingredients. Below you will find 56 ingredients you can use to make your own healthy shake.

To make homemade healthy thick shakes, all you do is add your liquid base, fruits, and veggies to the blender, followed by some natural thickening ingredients such as nuts, seeds, avocado, frozen ingredients or whole grains such as oats.  Then you blend until you get a nice and smooth drink.

Here are some tips to get the tastiest shake ever:

  • If it’s not sweet enough you can always add a teaspoon of stevia. Stevia is a sugar substitute made from a plant and it is 100-300 times sweeter than sugar. The best thing about this is that stevia has zero calories.
  • Freeze a smaller banana and add it to your shake. It will make your shake smoother.
  • If you intend to use grains like oats you can boil them with water before adding to your shake. Boiling the grains will help them blend better. 
  • If you use nuts or seeds, soak them in water night before. This will increase the potential health benefits and make them easier to digest.

56 Easy Ways To Make Healthy Thick Shakes And Smoothies

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Yogurt with berries. smoothie, shake

Now you know how to make your first shake or smoothie. Below is the list of potential ingredients you can include.

The best way is to find some basic ingredients you like and then try adding something new until you get the flavor that suits you the best.

I have broken the ingredients into different sections to make it easier for you. 

Thickening Frozen Ingredients

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Frozen berries

Frozen ingredients are great because they are easily accessible and you can use them throughout the year. You don’t need to wait for the particular season to arrive to be able to find them.

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: 1 cup

1) Any frozen fruit, vegetable or other ingredients

2) Ice

Thickening Fruit

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; mango

There are so many different vitamins necessary for you to be healthy. But it’s hard to plan all your meals perfectly so you include all needed nutrients.

That’s why I like to start my day with a nutritious thick shake, so I make sure I get all the vitamins and minerals my body needs. 

So, here are my favorite fruits you can add to your shake and make a great vitamin bomb.

All of these fruits will thicken up your smoothie, especially if they are frozen first. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: 1 cup

3) Mango

4) Papaya

5) Peach

6) Pear

7) Jackfruit

8) Dragonfruit (Pitaya)

9) Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

10) Bananas

11) Apple

12) Apricot

13) Persimmon

Thickening Vegetables

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Fresh avocado fruit

Vegetables are healthy food and low in fat, salt and sugar. I am sure that there are some vegetables you just don’t like to eat.

But, that is no problem anymore. Just mix it together with other ingredients and enjoy your shake.  You really won’t be able to taste any of these ingredients as the taste of the fruit overpowers them. 

All of these vegetables are lower in terms of water content which means they are the perfect thickening ingredient to add to a shake. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: 1 cup

14) Avocado

15) Butternut Squash

16) Pumpkin

17) Sweet Potato

18) Carrot

19) Zucchini / Courgette

Thickening Nuts

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Variety of nuts composition

Nuts are the best source of healthy fats and oils. Besides that, they are the best as healthy snacks.  

As they are so dense, you don’t need to add many to a smoothie to really thicken it up and provide extra calories. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: ¼ cup

20) Pistachios

21) Hazelnuts

22) Cashews

23) Walnuts

24) Almonds

25) Macadamia Nuts

26) Peanuts

27) Brazil Nuts

28) Pecans

Thickening Seeds

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Raw Hemp seeds

Seeds are rich in fiber. Fiber helps your digestive system.

They are the best choice for someone who wants to lose weight because they accelerate metabolism.

The great thing about seeds is they soak up a lot of water, which is perfect for thickening shakes. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: ¼ cup

29) Chia Seeds

30) Flaxseed - Whole or Ground

31) Hemp Seed

32) Sunflower Seed

33) Pumpkin Seed

Thickening Legumes

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Raw Organic White Navy Beans

Did you know that legumes are classified as both a vegetable and a protein?  This makes them one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet.  They are literally bursting with nutrients, very high in protein and best of all, they are very low in fat which is perfect for weight loss. 

Believe it or not you can easily add any of the following legumes to your smoothies without even tasting them.  They are actually quite neutral in taste so you really don’t have to worry that this is going to ruin your smoothie. 

Beans are also very dense so when you add them to a smoothie, they thicken it up perfectly without adding a lot of extra fat to your shake. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: ½ cup

34) Navy Bean

35) Black Beans

36) Lima Beans/ Butter Beans

37) Edamame Beans

38) Soya Beans

39) Lentils

40) Tofu

41) Garbanzo/ Chickpeas

42) Peas

Thickening Coconut

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Coconut products, coconut milk, coconut butter

Coconut consists of 3.3% proteins, 33% fat and 15.2% carbs per 100 g. It is a great source of energy. The best thing about coconut is its wonderful aroma.

Coconut is quite low in water content and it is similar to nuts in terms of fat content.  So you don’t want to add too much to your shake, but even a small quantity will thicken it up nicely. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: ¼ cup

43) Coconut Butter

44) Dried Shredded Coconut

45) Coconut Flour

Thickening Base Liquid

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Different types of non-dairy milk

Including a liquid base for your smoothie will make it much easier to blend. 

Using water as a liquid base for your smoothie will really thin your smoothie out, and that’s not what we want. 

So using thicker liquids such as plant based milks or plant based yogurts can really help to thicken your smoothie. 

Ninja Thickening Tip

Did you know that it is even possible to make a shake without any liquid at all? 

If you start by adding enough fruit or high water vegetables to cover the blades of your blender, you can start your blender very slowly and it will create a liquid out of the fruit or veggies. 

This makes the shake very thick before you’ve even added any other thickening ingredients. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: 1 cup

46) Replace water with soy yogurt or plant based milk

Thickening Grains

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Oats nuts berries

Grains are a great smoothie ingredient because they fill you up for a long time. That is important for weight loss.

Grains are also low in water content which makes them a perfect ingredient to thicken up your smoothie. 

If you want a very smooth texture, I would suggest using a high-speed blender if you want to add grains to your smoothie.  Unless you like a ‘grainy’ texture that is!

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: a ½ cup of cooked/ soaked grains or rolled oats straight from the packet.

47) Oats

48) Buckwheat

49) Quinoa

50) Wholegrain Rice

Thickening Dried Fruit

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Closeup of sweet brown raisins

My advice is to buy some dried fruit mix. They come in the small packages that can provide you with a lot of vitamins in just one portion.

As dried fruit is, well, dry, it doesn’t contain extra water that would thin out the smoothie.  So dried fruit are the perfect ingredient for thickening smoothies.  They also provide more of a gelatinous texture rather than a creamy texture. 

Watch your quantities with dried fruit though as they can be very high in calories. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: ¼ cup

51) Dates

52) Raisins

53) Dried Apple Rings

Thickening Extra Ingredients

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Coconut and oil in glass jar on white wooden table. Care concept

The following ingredients can be used to give some extra taste AND thickness to your shake. Cacao powder will give that sweet chocolate taste but it won’t add much more calories to your meal.

I actually prefer carob powder over cacao as you still get all the chocolatey taste without the caffeine and theobromine which can make a lot of people feel quite ill. 

Quantity to add to 1 serving of thick shake: 1-2 tablespoons

54) Coconut Oil

55) Mesquite Powder

56) Carob / Cacao Powder

How To Use A Blender Or A Food Processor To Make A Thick Shake Without Blowing It Up

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; woman pouring smoothie into jar from blender

Using a blender is a very simple process (no manual needed).

To begin with, get all of your ingredients ready:

  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Liquid base (water, soya milk, almond milk)
  • Frozen ingredients
  • Nuts, seeds or coconut
  • Legumes
  • Grains such as rolled oats (no need to pre-cook oats)
  • Dried fruit such as dates
  • Extra ingredients such as cacao powder

Put your chosen ingredients into the blender jar and add a small amount of the liquid. When you start blending you will see if you need to add more liquid.

Add as many ingredients as you want.

Blenders are the best for smoothies because they handle liquids much better than food processors. However, on the other hand, some blenders are not usually powerful enough for blending some hard ingredients.

A high-speed blender is the best choice when it comes to making thick shakes (see below). 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make thick shakes in cheaper blenders. You just have to be careful not to blow them up!  I have blown up several cheap blenders in my time so I know what not to do. 

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, what I suggest you do first is add the liquid and then a small amount of one ingredient.  See how that blends then add another ingredient.  Layer up your blending like that so you don’t stress your blender out too much. 

A lot of blenders won’t even blend frozen ingredients so you need to check your particular model before you even attempt this.  

Even if your blender can’t process frozen ingredients, that doesn’t mean you can’t use frozen food.  What you need to do is defrost your frozen ingredients and then squeeze out any extra liquid.  Now add it to the blender and it will blend just fine.  You just won’t get as thick of a smoothie as you would if you used a high-speed blender. 

If your blender gets stuck, turn the power off, add a small amount of liquid and give the contents a stir with a spoon to disperse the thick ingredients.  Now when you blend it again, it should get going again. 

Never force your blender if it’s struggling. 

If you are struggling to make thick shakes in your blender, it might be time to try a food processor instead. 

Food processors mostly come with additional skills like chopping, slicing or shredding. They are great if you want to process food without adding any liquid.

The only downside with blenders is that you have to keep stopping to scrape down the sides, it doesn’t make such a smooth blend, and it is difficult to get a container that is exactly the right size for your smoothie so the ingredients don’t end up on the outside of the food processor which makes it impossible to continue using. 

If you’re looking for a great, affordable food processor that will easily make thick shakes, ice cream, and even nut butter, I recommend this model. 

I shared a list of ingredients above that you can use to make healthy thick shakes. Below I recommend to you the best blender for thick shakes and smoothies. So, everything you need to know about how to make thick shakes is right here.

Which Is The Best Blender For Thick Smoothies & Shakes

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Vegetarian preparing vegan smoothie blender

In my opinion, this is the best blender for thick smoothies and shakes:

Vitamix

A Vitamix is the blender I’ve been using for more than 10 years and I am really amazed by it. It stands out with its strength and ability to blend any of the 56 ingredients listed in this post.

Some of the benefits of the Vitamix I would like to emphasize are:

  • Powerful
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean (self-cleaning in 30-60 seconds)
  • Adjustable speed
  • Large Batches

However, one thing to note is, that even Vitamix’s can struggle with some of the thicker ingredients in this list.  But thankfully a Vitamix comes with a tamper, which is a handy plunger you can use to push the ingredients towards the blade.  This makes it easy to make ice cream from frozen fruit or even nut butter just from nuts without having to add any oil. 

I bet that the purchase of this blender will be one of your smartest investments.

{RELATED POST: 10 Best Blenders For Smoothies To Suit Any Budget}

Summary

Here is a summary of the main points to help remind you what you’ve learned today.

56 Easy Ways To Make Healthy Thick Shakes And Smoothies

Here is a handy list of all 56 ingredients along with all quantities suggested for 1 serving of thick shake:

Add 1 Cup Of Frozen Ingredients:

1) Any frozen fruit, vegetable or other ingredients

2) Ice

Add 1 Cup Of Fruit:

3) Mango

4) Papaya

5) Peach

6) Pear

7) Jackfruit

8) Dragonfruit (Pitaya)

9) Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

10) Bananas

11) Apple

12) Apricot

13) Persimmon

Add 1 Cup Of Vegetables:

14) Avocado

15) Butternut Squash

16) Pumpkin

17) Sweet Potato

18) Carrot

19) Zucchini / Courgette

Add ¼ Cup Of Nuts:

20) Pistachios

21) Hazelnuts

22) Cashews

23) Walnuts

24) Almonds

25) Macadamia Nuts

26) Peanuts

27) Brazil Nuts

28) Pecans

Add ¼ Cup Of Seeds:

29) Chia Seeds

30) Flaxseed – Whole or ground

31) Hemp Seed

32) Sunflower Seed

33) Pumpkin Seed

Add ½ Cup Of Legumes:

34) Navy Beans

35) Black Beans

36) Lima Beans/ Butter Beans

37) Edamame Beans

38) Soya Beans

39) Lentils

40) Tofu

41) Garbanzo/ Chickpeas

42) Peas

Add ¼ Cup Of Coconut:

43) Coconut Butter

44) Dried Shredded Coconut

45) Coconut Flour

Add 1 Cup Of Base Liquid:

46) Replace water with soy yogurt or plant-based milk

Add ½ Cup Of Cooked/ Soaked Grains:

47) Oats

48) Buckwheat

49) Quinoa

50) Wholegrain Rice

Add ¼ Cup Of Dried Fruit:

51) Dates

52) Raisins

53) Dried Apple Rings

Add 1 Tablespoon Of Extra Ingredients:

54) Coconut Oil

55) Mesquite Powder

56) Carob / Cacao Powder

Why You Should Drink Your Smoothies Slowly

How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways; Why you should drink you smoothies slowly

Please feel free to share this infographic on social media or your website with a link back to this post.

Need A Quick Diet Plan For FAST Weight Loss?

My 7 Day Green smoothie Detox contains a complete meal plan showing you exactly what to eat every day you are on the detox.  It is based on drinking 1-2 delicious thick shakes per day which include some of the ingredients listed above. 

7 Day Green Smoothie Detox bonuses With Text

The 7 Day Green Thickies Detox has helped THOUSANDS of women drop a significant amount of weight in just one week.  A lot of ladies manage to drop a whole dress size in one week by following this easy plan. 

Best of all, you’ll barely spend any time in the kitchen, and you can even eat on the go if you need to.   This detox only contains natural ingredients you can buy locally.  These meals are very simple and quick to make, and they still taste delicious

Click here to start YOUR green smoothie detox and, 70% off the price and FREE bonuses today.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to make thick shakes and smoothies, prepare them every day to improve your health and lose some weight. They are so delicious, you’ll actually wake up looking forward to them. 

Don’t forget that time invested in yourself is always the best investment!

Related Resources You Will Love

Here are all the most popular resources that will help you take things to the next level:

Sources

Are you struggling to lose weight and keep it off?

Are you feeling run down and are struggling with ever increasing health problems?

Green Thickies new 7 Day Detox will help you drop a dress size, improve your skin, your energy will soar and you are going to be so in control and proud of yourself.

You won't go hungry on this diet ...

And better yet - it actually requires minimal time in the kitchen.

Click here to read more and get a 50% discount today. (Discount applied at the checkout)

Katherine Kyle @ Green Thickies

Founder at Green Thickies
Katherine lost 56 pounds and recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Green Thickies.
Read Katherine's inspiring comeback story, From Fat and Fatigued To Lean and Loving Life In 4 Months.
Send Katherine a message on Instagram, Facebook, or email here.
There are 56 easy ways to make thick shakes and smoothies.  Here are 56 ingredients you can add to your smoothies that will thicken them up nicely.Click the link to read more...#greenthickies #smoothies #shakes #thickshakes #thicksmoothies

Download Blend Me Cleanse MeBrand New Cleanse: Blend Me Cleanse Me!

Get your copy FREE!

The ultimate no hunger one week smoothie cleanse.Previously sold for $19.00. Only available FREE for a limited time...Give your body a much needed detox, eliminate the harmful toxins from your body so your body finally has a chance to heal…This free cleanse is like no other cleanse you’ve ever seen. It is simple, easy to follow, you won’t go hungry and hey - you’ll even enjoy it! Plus you are going to see results - and fast! Like as soon as tomorrow morning if you can get started today. Click here to download your copy.

Download Blend Me Cleanse Me

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
How To Make Thick Shakes And Smoothies: 56 Easy Ways
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star

Speak Your Mind

*

FREE 260+ Page  Smoothies For Weight Loss  BUNDLE