How to Make a Smoothie Without a Blender

Most people reach for their blenders when they want to make a smoothie, but you don’t have to! As long as you choose soft, ripe fruit, you can mash it by hand and stir in your favorite smoothie ingredients, such as yogurt or peanut butter. Get the classic smoothie texture by shaking the mixture with ice until the smoothie is cold and foamy. Use this simple method for your favorite smoothie recipes or create your own custom beverage!

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EditChoosing Ingredients
Look for very ripe fruits. Since you won’t be able to break up fruits that are firm and full of fiber, purchase soft fruits that you’ll be able to mash by hand. Keep in mind that fruits are softest when they’re completely ripe. Consider basing your smoothie on 1 or a combination of these fruits:[1]
Kiwi

Mango

Banana

Pears

Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries

Try soft vegetables or vegetable puree. Although most vegetables will be too fibrous to use in a smoothie without a blender, you can use an avocado that’s ripe and soft. Remember that you can also include a few spoonfuls of vegetable puree, such as pumpkin, butternut squash, or carrot.[2]Pureed vegetables will also help thicken your smoothie and give it a bright color.

Include proteins that will thicken the smoothie. Soft fruits usually make up most of blender-less smoothies, but you’ll need filling ingredients to add protein and give the smoothie a creamy texture. Use your favorite type of yogurt, peanut butter, or chia seeds to add protein.[3]Instead of peanut butter, you can use tahini or sunflower butter, which will give your smoothie protein with less sugar.

Choose a liquid to thin the smoothie. You probably won’t need very much liquid in your smoothie, but it’s good to have nutritious liquids on hand just in case. For a creamy smoothie, get out milk or your favorite alternative milk, such as almond or soy milk. To make your smoothie sweeter, use fruit juice.[4]
For example, use apple, grape, orange, or pineapple juice.

Include powders for protein or flavor. Customize your smoothie by stirring in extra flavors or protein powders. If you’re adding protein powder, use the amount recommended by the manufacturer. To add flavors, consider using:[5]
Cocoa powder

Matcha powder

Maca powder

Spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or turmeric

EditCombining the Smoothie
Mash soft fruits and vegetables. Rinse and remove peels from the ripe fruit. Then place as much fruit as you want into a bowl and use the back of a spoon, a fork, or a potato masher to smash the produce until it’s as smooth as possible.[6]Keep in mind that there will probably be a few small lumps in the pureed fruits and vegetables.

Stir the mashed produce with your choice of smoothie ingredients. Spoon the mashed fruits or vegetables into a bowl and add any thickeners or powders that you want. Then stir until the powders are dissolved and all of the ingredients are combined.For example, to make a classic strawberry banana smoothie, put mashed strawberries and bananas into a bowl along with a few spoonfuls of yogurt. Stir to combine the smoothie.

Shake the smoothie with ice if you want a foamy drink. While you can drink the smoothie as soon as it’s combined, you may want it to be colder. Put a few ice cubes into a large jar and pour the smoothie into it. Seal the jar and shake it until the smoothie is cold and foamy. This should take about 30 seconds.[7]To make a frosty smoothie, stir crushed ice into the smoothie just before serving. Keep in mind that the smoothie will have a slushy texture.

Add your chosen liquid to adjust the thickness of your smoothie. Once you’ve combined the main smoothie ingredients, taste it and decide if it’s as thick or thin as you want. To thin the smoothie, stir in of juice or milk until the smoothie is the consistency you like.If the smoothie isn’t thick enough for your liking, stir in more yogurt or chia seeds. Chia seeds take a few minutes to thicken, so let the smoothie rest before drinking it.

Enjoy the cold smoothie. Pour the smoothie into a serving glass and drink it immediately. Because the ingredients weren’t blended together by machine, they’ll probably begin to separate faster. If this happens, just stir the smoothie with a long spoon and drink it through a straw.[8]Refrigerate any leftover smoothie in an airtight container for up to 2 or 3 days. You’ll need to stir or shake it again before drinking.

EditTips
If you have a food processor, you can blend harder fruits and vegetables to stir or shake into your smoothie. For example, blend spinach, celery, oranges, or cherries.

EditThings You’ll Need
Fork, spoon, or potato masher

Bowl

Jar with a lid

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Today in History for 9th March 2019

Historical Events

1858 – Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox
1907 – Lady Gregory’s “Rising of the Moon” premieres in Dublin
1914 – US Sen Albert Fall (Teapot Dome) demands “Cubanisation of Mexico”
1933 – Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov and Vassili arrested in Berlin
1956 – Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
1979 – France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

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Famous Birthdays

1825 – Alexander F. Mozhaiski, Russian aviation pioneer, born in Rochensalm, Russian Empire (d. 1890)
1848 – Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Jupille-sur-Meuse, Liège, Belgium (d. 1924)
1921 – Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1998)
1935 – Andrew Viterbi, American telecommunications scientist and businessman (Qualcomm Inc.), born in Bergamo, Italy
1948 – Christopher “Chris” Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band- “Blinded By the Light”), born in Ashford, Kent
1960 – Linda Fiorentino, American actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1947 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American women’s suffrage leader, dies at 88
1969 – Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
1992 – James Brooks, US mural painter (Flight, La Guardia NY), dies at 85
2005 – Kurt Lotz, German business executive and second postwar CEO of Volkswagen, dies at 92
2009 – Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63
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How to Measure an Angle Without a Protractor

The easiest way to measure an angle is to use a protractor. However, if you don’t have a protractor handy, you can determine the size of an angle using the basic geometric principles of triangles. You’ll need a scientific calculator to solve the equations. Most smartphones are equipped with them, but you can also download a free app or access a free calculator online. The calculations you need to make depend on whether you’re measuring an acute (less than 90 degrees), obtuse (more than 90 degrees but less than 180), or reflex angle (more than 180 degrees but less than 360).[1]
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EditAcute
Draw a vertical line connecting the 2 rays of the angle. To determine the number of degrees in an acute angle, connect the 2 rays to form a triangle. Line up the short end of your ruler with the bottom ray, then draw a vertical line intersecting the other ray using the long side of your ruler.[2]
The vertical line creates a right triangle. The angle formed by the adjacent side (the bottom ray of the angle) of the triangle and the opposite side (the vertical line) measures 90 degrees.

Measure the length of the adjacent side to find the run. Place the end of your ruler at the vertex of the angle. Measure the length of the adjacent side from the vertex to the point where it intersects with the opposite side.[3]
This amount is the run value in your slope equation, where slope = rise/run. If you measured 7, your equation at this point would be “slope = rise/7.”

Measure the length of the opposite side to find the rise. Set the short end of your ruler flush against the adjacent side of the triangle. Measure the length of the vertical line from the point where it meets the adjacent side to the point where it meets the upper ray of the angle (the hypotenuse of your triangle).[4]
This amount is the rise value in your slope equation. If you measured 5, you would fill in your equation so that “slope = 5/7.”

Divide rise by run to find the slope of the angle. The slope is the steepness of the diagonal line, or hypotenuse, of your triangle. Once you know this number, you can calculate the degrees of your acute angle.[5]
To continue the example, the equation “slope = 5/7” would yield “slope = 0.71428571.”

Use your calculator to determine the degrees of the angle. Type the value for slope into your scientific calculator, then press the inverse tan button (tan-1). This will give you the degrees of the angle.[6]
To continue the example, with a slope of 0.71428571, the angle is 35.5 degrees.

EditObtuse
Extend the bottom ray of the angle in a straight line. Mark your vertex with a dot, then use the long side of your ruler to draw a straight line to the left of the vertex. The bottom ray of the angle should be a single long line that extends below the open top ray of the angle.[7]
Make sure your line is perfectly straight. If it is angled up or down, it will ruin the accuracy of your equation.

Draw a vertical line connecting the top ray and the line. Line up the short end of your ruler with the bottom ray at a point where the long side crosses the top ray. Follow the long side to draw a line straight up from the bottom ray that connects the two.[8]
Effectively, you have created a small right angle underneath the obtuse angle you want to measure, turning the top ray of the obtuse angle into the hypotenuse of your right angle.

Measure the length of the bottom line from the vertex. Place your ruler below the bottom line, with the beginning at the vertical line creating the right angle. Measure the length from that point of intersection to the vertex of the original angle.[9]
You’re determining the slope for the angle of the acute triangle, which you can use to calculate the degrees in the acute angle. The bottom line is the run value in the equation “slope = rise/run.”

Measure the length of the vertical line. Line up the short end of your ruler with the bottom line of the small acute triangle. Read up the ruler to the point where the vertical line meets the open ray of your obtuse angle. This is the length of your vertical line.[10]
The length of your vertical line is the rise value in the equation “slope = rise/run.” Once you know the values for both rise and run, you can calculate the slope of the acute angle.

Find the slope of the acute angle. Divide the rise value by the run value to determine the slope of the acute angle. You’ll use this value to calculate the degrees of the acute angle.[11]
For example, the equation “slope = 2/4” would yield “slope = 0.5.”

Calculate the degrees of the acute angle. Enter your slope value in your scientific calculator, then press the inverse tan button (tan-1). The value displayed is the number of degrees in the acute angle.[12]
To continue the example, if your slope is 0.5, the acute angle is a 26.565-degree angle.

Subtract the degrees of the acute angle from 180. A flat line is a straight angle with 180 degrees. Since you drew a straight line, the sum of the acute angle you calculated and the obtuse angle will be 180 degrees. Subtracting the degrees of the acute angle from 180 will give you the degrees of your obtuse angle.[13]
To continue the example, if you have an acute angle of 26.565 degrees, you have an obtuse angle of 153.435 degrees (180 – 26.565 = 153.435).

EditReflex
Identify the smaller acute angle associated with the reflex angle. A reflex angle has more than 180 degrees but fewer than 360. This means that if you look at the reflex angle, you’ll also see an acute angle inside the rays of the reflex angle.[14]
By determining the degrees of the acute angle, you can calculate the degrees in the reflex angle. You can use the basic slope equation and the inverse tangent function on your scientific calculator to find the degrees in the acute angle.

Draw a vertical line connecting the rays of the acute angle. Line up the short end of your ruler with the ray of the angle that is horizontal rather than diagonal. Then draw a vertical line that meets the horizontal ray of the angle.[15]
The horizontal line becomes the adjacent side of your triangle, and the vertical line becomes the opposite side of the acute angle you want to measure.

Measure the rise and the run of the acute angle. In the equation “slope = rise/run,” the rise is the length of the vertical line, or opposite side of your triangle. The run is the length of the horizontal line, or adjacent side of your triangle.[16]
Measure the horizontal line from the vertex to the point where it meets the vertical line. Measure the vertical line from the point where it meets the horizontal line to the point where it meets the diagonal line.

Divide rise by run to find the slope of the acute angle. Plug the values you found for the length of the vertical and horizontal lines into your slope equation. When you divide the length of the vertical line by the length of the horizontal line, you’ll get the slope for the angle.[17]
For example, if your horizontal line measured 8 and your vertical line measured 4, your equation would be “slope = 4/8.” The slope of your angle would be 0.5.

Use your calculator to find the degrees of the acute angle. Type the value you got for the slope of the angle into your scientific calculator, then press the inverse tangent button (tan-1). The value displayed is the degrees of the smaller acute angle.[18]
To continue the example, if your slope is 0.5, the acute angle would measure 26.565 degrees.

Subtract the degrees of the acute angle from 360. A circle has 360 degrees. Since a reflex angle is an angle of more than 180 degrees, you relate it as a portion of a circle. The degrees of the reflex angle and the degrees of the smaller acute angle would add up to 360.[19]
To continue the example, if the smaller acute angle measures 26.565 degrees, the reflex angle would measure 333.435 degrees.

EditTips
Make sure the trig functions of your scientific calculator are set to measure in degrees, not radians.

Slope is the relationship between rise and run. The unit of measurement you use to quantify the lengths of the 2 lines is irrelevant – just make sure you’re using the same unit for both lines. In other words, if you measure the length of one line in centimeters, you should also measure the other in centimeters.

EditThings You’ll Need
Scientific calculator

Ruler

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