<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=198829577456841&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">

Free Shipping Details

Free standard ground shipping on orders of $49 or more shipped to the contiguous 48 states. If your cart total is $49 or higher (minus discounts, promotions, shipping charges and taxes), you will automatically be given the free shipping option. Please double check that the free option is selected on the shipping page of checkout. You may still upgrade to 2nd Day Air at an additional cost. At this time we are unable to offer free shipping to addresses in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.

We have easy flat rates for orders under $49, orders shipped to Alaska, Hawaii & U.S. Territories, and expedited orders. See our Shipping FAQ for full details.

    Ask The Chef: Thicker Smoothie Techniques

    By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef | October 30, 2012

    Question: What's a good way to thicken a smoothie?

    - Carolyn P.

    Answer: You're in luck: there are a multitude of ways to create a thicker smoothie. To decide which technique is for you, I suggest determining the nutritional benefit that best aligns with your health goals, then choosing from the abundance of foods within that option:

    Vitamins & Minerals - If you're looking to meet (or even go above and beyond) your 5-a-day, using frozen fruits and vegetables is a go-to way to thicken a smoothie. Because adding an extra frozen banana or a cup of frozen strawberries is so effective at creating frosty masterpieces, this is a choice technique at commercial smoothie shops.

    Healthy Fats - Nuts, seeds, and nut butters turn a watery blend into a thick blend fast by upping the “creamy†factor. Try adding a spoonful of almond butter or a handful of raw cashews … while it won't be enough to save very thin smoothies, it can add a delicious thickness to smoothies that just need “a little extra oomph.â€

    Fiber - Perhaps the most effective way to thicken smoothies is using flax and chia seeds. These superfoods contain a large amount of mucilage, meaning they'll swell up substantially, becoming slightly gelatinous when soaked in liquid, and causing smoothies to thicken dramatically (usually a tablespoon or two of either chia seeds/powder or flaxseed powder is all it takes to do the trick). The one downside to this process is that the mucilage requires 10-20 minutes to fully activate, so for best results, try using a pre-made chia or flax gel, which allows you to best determine just how much your smoothie is thickening. Learn the simple process on how to make the gel here: http://www.navitasnaturals.com/recipes/chia/basic-chia-gel.html

    Probiotics - a few spoonfuls of yogurt can offer extra thickness and enhanced digestion. For optimum health, seek non-dairy varieties like almond yogurt or coconut yogurt that are not as acid-forming as dairy.

    Low-Calorie - Don't be afraid to simply just add more ice! If you're watching the overall calorie content of your blend, an extra cup or two of ice is sometimes all it takes to get a smoothie to the right consistency. If using this trick, try adding a few drops of liquid stevia as well to help extend the smoothie's flavor that has been slightly watered down by the icy addition.

    Have a superfood smoothie question of your own? Ask away! Just post it below and we may feature it in an upcoming segment of Ask The Chef.