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383 12/2/12 1:01 A
I second the frozen banana. When we buy a bunch of bananas, we usually don't go through them before they go to mush, so I end up freezing some of them. Making a smoothie with a frozen banana almost doubles the thickness vs. making a smoothie with an unfrozen one, at least for me. I use bananas, frozen berries, milk, protein powder, and spinach when I make them.
Word of advice, though. Peel the banana, THEN freeze it. I have learned this the hard way.
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3,691 12/1/12 11:12 P
I would try one or more of the following: *add in more spinach *freeze it for 10-20 minutes *stir in some pumpkin *put it in an ice cream machine
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12/1/12 7:12 P
To make a smoothie thicker you can add frozen banana, but to make it even thicker add ground flax seed or ground chia seed and let it sit for a few minutes. The seed in water alone gels similar to egg whites after a few minutes. Plus you get omega 3s, protein, and fiber.
Have you thought about getting some milkshake thickener and adding a couple teaspoons? Also, how much fruit are you adding? If you use more fruit and fruit that is a fair bit with denser (not juicy) like bananas, it should make it quite thick. Using just frozen fruit including frozen banana and semi-frozen yoghurt will make it like an ice-cream texture, in fact you can make banana "ice-cream" with JUST frozen banana.
I'm trying to get more freggies and dairy into my diet, especially during snacks. I'm also trying to cut back on added sugar-especially in my greek yogurt.
Today, I realized that if I blend a cup of plain, greek yogurt with fruit it eliminates the need to add honey or agave. I just did a banana and frozen berries, but I wanted to add a huge bunch of spinach.
However, even with the thick yogurt and frozen berries, the mixture was a lot thinner than I would have liked. I didn't add any liquid though.
I really want to make a sorta frozen yogurt/smoothie hybrid where I have to eat it with a spoon, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. I also want to avoid adding juice, and I cannot drink regular milk, so that isn't an option. In fact, the only liquid ingredient I would consider adding is plain kefir, but that probably won't make it thicker.
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