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MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/11/12 12:07 A

AJBOTV - oh my goodness those smoothies sound fabulous! I'm going to have to try that myself.

AJBOTV SparkPoints: (11,377)
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11/10/12 11:57 P

My peanut butter smoothie:
- 1 cup almond or soy milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 2-3 pitted dates (for sweetener, or maple syrup to tase)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut or seed butters)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Keeps me full for hours and is so thick and delicious, it tastes more like a milkshake than a smoothie.

Superfoods smoothie:
- 1 cup almond or soy milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen fruit (usually berries)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp milled flax seeds
- 2-5 cups spinach or shredded kale
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Both smoothies are around 400-500 calorie range and keep me full from 6:30am til 1pm. I make them the night before and keep them in the fridge til morning. Delicious, healthy, and filling.

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11/9/12 2:23 A

I also use almond breeze, but I think you couldn't because of the nut free environment.

I liked the suggestion for taking oatmeal. I used to put mine in a wide-mouth steel thermos before going to bed, along with a serving of dried fruit without sugar. The oatmeal was ready to eat after I got to school and made sure I was ready for the day.
It was still pretty warm at break if I didn't have time to eat it before school, like on faculty meeting mornings.

You can put anything in a smoothie. While I don't think it's very healthy, sugar free pudding powder could be added to make it thicker.

Put in a double dose of fruit, like 2 bananas, or 1 banana and a cup of berries. or 1 banana and a 3/4 inch slice of pineapple.

Add coconut oil. 1 t. to 1 T.

Add grains or sugarless dried cereal, like shredded wheat n bran. Start with 1/4 c. since you need to drink this on the go. Wheat germ is another possibility. It would add a nutty flavor, without the nuts.



MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/9/12 1:33 A

I add a whole or at least a half avocado and/or tofu to my berry smoothie I like for breakfast.
For the sake of convenience, even adding a tablespoon or two of olive oil will make it slow the digestion and hold you longer.

Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 11/9/2012 (01:35)
SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (12,064)
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11/7/12 6:15 P

I like mine with coconut milk, berries, spinach, cinnamon, raw eggs, sometimes avocado and/or a scoop of protein powder.

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11/7/12 2:34 P

I'm sorry I missed that bit. I should have noticed it because my little 5yr old grandson has an extremely bad nut/dairy/egg allergy. He even had an issue last night when a little bit of cup of tea with some milk in it, splashed onto his foot. His mum rushed him straight into the shower but by that time the welts were appearing on his foot.

Kris

FTSOLK Posts: 1,251
11/7/12 9:00 A

I believe I mentioned that the smoothies have to be nut-free. I work at a preschool, and it's a nut-free environment.

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11/7/12 6:10 A

I often make smoothies much the same as yours, but with a little more fruit, and add either oat BRAN or wheat germ to the mix. The extra fibre helps to keep me fuller for longer. Because your smoothie is pretty low in healthy fats, it wouldn't hurt to add some nuts to the mix! Almonds would go well with it. To speed things up, if you had a heap of nuts, you could grind them and store them in a snap-lock bag with the air squeezed out, in the freezer, ready to get out when you want.

Kris

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11/7/12 3:05 A

I got a really good smoothie recipe from a book that is totally filling. It is called a chocolate pear ginger smoothie (Cynthia Sass):
1/2 pear (I use no sugar added canned pears)
1/3 cup quick oats
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup skim milk
A healthy shake of ginger powder

Mix it all in the blender...the choc. chips don't break up well, but that is okay because you get a bunch of them in the bottom of your glass like a sweet treat. Love it, I have it for breakfast a lot.

Blessings, Michelle

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,754
11/6/12 7:57 P

To make my smoothie more fulling I add some ground flax seed and half a serving of protein powder.

EABOLOGNA Posts: 13
11/6/12 3:36 P

I love smoothies for breakfast! You're right that the convenience can't be beat. Especially if you make them ahead and defrost them overnight.

First, I would second the addition of spinach or kale. If you put only 1/3-1/2 a cup or so in, you can't taste it (though you can see it) and it adds lots of fiber and nutrients.

Also, I would recommend making some of the fruit berries for the fiber.

Fiber really helps keep me full longer.

You may want to consider upping the greek yogurt and lowering the milk so that you get more protein as well.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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11/6/12 2:00 P

Actually, I think protein has a more filling effect than fat. But satiety is more complicated than that. Recently it has been shown that texture can contribute to satiety as well.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,311
11/6/12 1:03 P

If you want it to fill you up more, you shouldn't use fat-free yogurt. Fat fills you up! Make the smoothie with 2% or full-fat greek yogurt and you should see a big difference.

INKSPATTERS Posts: 41
11/6/12 9:56 A

Oh, man, I feel your pain. Just being "not hungry" really, really doesn't cut it when you're doing a job as physically demanding as teaching little kids: I used to wear a pedometer to work when I worked at a preschool, and sometimes I'd get more than 10,000 steps in before lunch!

I'm a big fan of Chinese tea eggs for when I'm pressed for time; just make ahead and then grab and go when you need them. I also sometimes make a thin mixed grain porridge (ba bao zhou) that I can drink hot from a thermos. Black rice + red beans + raisins + oats + goji berries + whatever else strikes your fancy is very nutritious and filling. You could even just do regular oatmeal, but add more almond/soy milk so that it's thin enough to consume without a spoon. (Any hot porridge kind of thing can be made ahead and then just heated in the microwave in the morning). If you don't mind lunch for breakfast, sandwiches/wraps are also very filling, transportable and can be made ahead. In terms of smoothies, the only suggestion I have that I didn't see already mentioned is throwing in some whey protein, which is my emergency go-to when I'm struggling with getting in enough protein/calories.

Good luck with finding something that works for you!

WENDYJP1 SparkPoints: (966)
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11/6/12 1:23 A

Do you like oatmeal? If so, baked oatmeal can be a filling and portable breakfast. There are some great recipes at http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate
-covered-recipes/all-things-oatmeal/oa
tmeal-cake-flavors/

Since you bake it in a ramekin or muffin tin, it's like an oatmeal muffin, but more dense. For convenience you can bake a bunch ahead of time and freeze them. Then either pull one out the night before or in the morning and microwave it. It's been the perfect grab and go breakfast for me!

KARENSEA1097 SparkPoints: (1,852)
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11/5/12 4:30 P

I make a smoothie that has 3oz of tofu. You cannot taste the tofu and this fills me up until time for my am fruit snack, which is about 1-2 hrs before lunch. The smoothis is nice and thick and can be stored in frig for two days.

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11/5/12 10:37 A

Hi HONEYLISSABEE

What's the calorie count on the smoothie you make now?
My tip would be - make sure it end's up being around the range you would have if you weren't having a smoothie.

You got some good advise regarding oats, kale etc.
Depending on what fruit you use make sure it has a good fiber count to help keep you fuller longer. Try going all fat yogurt instead of 'fat free'.

On a side note: No explanation is necessary to anyone on why you want to go with a smoothie or how you choose to manage your time.

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DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
11/5/12 10:14 A

I add peanut butter or nut butters, chia seeds, flax seeds to make them a bit more substantial. I refuse to use dairy of any kind. I also add a handful of nuts. Lots of greens that have a higher fiber content.

NOTTOOLATEJUDY Posts: 349
11/5/12 10:10 A

I really like Yoplait smoothies. High in protein, and really yummy. The chocolate banana is the best! The consistency is like a thick chocolate shake, and it actually keeps me full for the morning. I'll sometimes grab a slice of whole grain toast to eat in the car, and then sip on the smoothie.
But like someone else said, there are a lot of 5 minute grab n' go breakfast ideas. If you have the time to gather ingredients, dump them in a blender, and blend... then you may have time to grab a pre-boiled egg out of the fridge and toast a slice of bread.

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LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
11/5/12 10:05 A

What about a breakfast burrito? I'm sure you could find a recipe you could alter to make in bulk, and then freeze in foil wrappers. The night before, pull one out and stick in the microwave or toaster oven. Re-wrap and go!
Include eggs, sausage, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, cheese, salsa, beans...endless possibilities.

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11/5/12 10:02 A

Stick it in a tortilla.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,251
11/5/12 9:59 A

There are days I have less than 45 minutes to get dressed and get to work. That isn't a lot of time- especially when work is 20 to 30 minutes away. And if I can't eat a yogurt while working, how am I supposed to eat scrambled eggs?

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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11/5/12 9:53 A

I can make scrambled eggs in about 5 minutes.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,251
11/5/12 9:41 A

This is about convenience. I often do not have time for breakfast (no matter how hard I try to wake up early, etc.) However, I can drink a smoothie while I work more easily than I can eat greek yogurt and some fruit (I work in a daycare, well, when we aren't in a state of emergency).

Thing is, a smoothie will fill my stomach initially, but it won't keep me full very long. Perhaps, another question to pose is if there's any other breakfast option with the convenience and portability of a smoothie, but has more "staying" power.

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11/4/12 11:33 P

Protein powder, oats and/or ground flax or chia seeds will add bulk. Use the unsweetened versions of the milk substitutes to make room for the extra calories.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
11/4/12 7:53 P

Yeah I agree w/ the above poster. Wouldn't you be more full by eating a greek yogurt and 2 cups fruit?

If you're absolutely set on the smoothie idea, you should try adding spinach or kale which help bulk it up a bit without adding a lot of extra calories. (It also gives you more nutrients!) Another idea is to add 1/4 or 1/3 cup of raw oats to your smoothie. It gives it a thicker texture and generally helps keep you a little fuller.

I personally will never feel "full" from a smoothie. Actually, the only time I get full is at dinner time. Throughout the rest of the day I eat fairly light and as clean as possible. I put my focus on not feeling hungry anymore, as opposed to feeling "full." Make sense?

Anyway, good luck!

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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11/4/12 6:06 P

Well, generally speaking, liquid calories are poorly accounted for. So maybe consider not having smoothies and eating real food instead?

SH9719 SparkPoints: (40,180)
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11/4/12 5:51 P

I would add ice to make them fuller. My favorite is:

cottage cheese
frozen banana
brozen blueberry
in equal proportions

add ice and a tsp of honey

the recipe is available on sp


FTSOLK Posts: 1,251
11/4/12 5:31 P

I'm starting to consider making an exception to my no-liquid calorie rule to allow for smoothies for breakfast a few times a week. My basic smoothie recipe is 1 cup plain, fat free greek yogurt. 1 cup soy or almond milk, and 1-2 cups fruit.

I tend to get hungry soon after drinking one of these smoothies, but I don't know how to make this a more filling meal. I don't want to add any nut butters because I may end up bringing the smoothies into work, and I work at a nut-free preschool.

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