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Old 01-16-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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I need smoothie recipe ideas

So I am gonna start making some smoothies as a quick breakfast and snack option...I need some good ideas for tasty healthy smoothies....so bring em on
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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My two bits of advice:

-freeze or buy frozen fruit for your smoothies
-low fat plain greek yogurt (adds a creamy kick)
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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our absolute favorite breakfast smoothie is:

ice, Banilla yogurt (Stony Field organic), bananas.

If I don't have Banilla, I usually have Strawberry (again, Stony Field organic) yogurt, bananas. Vanilla yogurt is ok too.

Sometimes I'll put in a couple of strawberries, but not too much, or it really changes the whole thing (maybe 4 strawberries for a whole pitcher).

My kids, their cousins and friends all love this.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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I just blend frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries) with 100% not from concentrate apple juice. It's so good and thick, I eat it with a spoon so it seems more like a dessert
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #5
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We are looking into getting a VitaMix blender.
Went to a demo - and the guy just threw whole fruits and veggies into that thing and ended up with really great smoothies! Seeing is believing.

With our current blender, my husband has been making a really good smoothie. (he is going for the protein, which is really good for you and will be more filling than all carbs) half a banana, a little lowfat milk, a little peanut butter, some chocolate protein powder (he uses Optimum Nutrition), some ice... turns out really good. I drizzle some chocolate syrup over/into mine for a bit more chocolate and sweetness.

You can make green smoothies with baby spinach.
If you use some citrus and/or pineapple, that really cuts the spinach, and you really can't taste it.

The guy at the VitaMix demo did this by throwing in a wedge of lime.

He threw whole fruits and veggies, like carrots, into that thing, to make like V8 Splash smoothies.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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I have been making Green Monster Smoothies: http://greenmonstermovement.com/ .

I usually throw into a blender:

1 peeled banana
1 C unsweetened almond milk (can use soy, cow, rice, whatever)
1 C-ish fruit (berries or mango, what ever I have on hand, frozen or fresh)
1 T protein powder (skip OK)
1 T ground flax (skip OK)
1 T peanut butter (or PB2 dried peanut butter)
1-2 Cups fresh spinach

I blend the banana and the milk together and add the rest in order with the spinach last. I made one with frozen spinach today and it was fine. The smoothies are often a muddy purple or bright green, depending on the fruit I use. I also usually add a 1 C greek yogurt. Sometimes I will blend it in and sometimes I will put it in a bowl and pour the smoothie over the yogurt as a topping.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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My hairdresser makes smoothies every single day. She said her favorite was 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla), frozen mixed berries, and a little peanut butter for protein.

Also, Real Simple magazine has a bunch of recipes on their website:
http://search.realsimple.com/results...search-btn.y=0
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:43 PM   #8
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I make smoothies every single day, sometimes more than once. Try experimenting, I just throw things into my blender and it nearly always tastes great. One favourite is orange juice, a banana or two and frozen mango, peach and/or strawberries. Sometimes I use almond milk or almond yogurt other times just juice but I always put in some type of frozen fruit. I have a Blendtec and it's wonderful, I throw whole oranges in that thing. I also use spinach alot ad you can never taste it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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Would you believe I made my first smoothie ever last night? I blended up vanilla yogurt, banana, strawberries and an orange (seeds and all) and some crushed ice. It was pretty good. It made a full pitcher so I froze half of it. Not sure how that will work.

I don't know why I decided to make one except that I was not hungry but had a hankering for something sweet. It ended up being dinner.

Now I can't wait to go to the farmer's market and load up on fruit!
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I had some left over honey dew melon about to pass so I cut it in small chunks and put it in a ziploc in the freezer. On the weekend, I put it in the blender with a cup of plain yogurt and a cup of fat free milk. It tasted like summer!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:15 PM   #11
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Another great one is fresh watermelon with frozen strawberries.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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Thanks for the ideas...I will be picking up some ingredients today
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