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MARYT09 Posts: 61
12/3/12 2:10 P

Thank you all for the great ideas.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,955)
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12/3/12 12:04 P

Protein powder isn't necessary unless you really need it. My smoothies are usually frozen strawberries, a banana and vanilla greek yogurt. Sometimes I need to add a splash of juice (I don't like how milk makes it frothy) to make it blend easier.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/3/12 9:06 A

When I make my smoothies, I go vegan. I don't use yogurt and you don't necessarily need it to thicken a smoothie. I also don't use a protein powder regularly.
My favorite:
a handful of spinach, half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries, a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne, a splash of pure vanilla extract (no alcohol), and either water or almond milk unsweetened. Blend it up. Since the fruit is frozen, you don't need extra ice.

YOu can also add nuts or nut butters-- just make sure they are truly natural. You got the vitamix so you can actually make them yourself.

With the vitamix you can also make your own almond milk. It is economical and tastes pretty good.

HAPPYDEM SparkPoints: (4,408)
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12/2/12 6:36 P

Here are my two favorite smoothies, neither of which include protein powder. I think protein powder makes smoothies taste like chalk; I mix my powder in with chocolate milk.

Breakfast Smoothie - 480 calories (high in calorie but filling and worth it!)
1/4c sliced almonds
1/4c quick oats (not instant)
2 1/2 tbsp low-fat plain yogurt
1c frozen strawberries (or mangoes, but I personally like strawberries better)
1 banana (yes, the entire thing!)
1c Almond Milk (you could also use skim or soy, but I use Almond)

Belly Buster Smoothie - 250 calories
1c frozen unsweetened blueberries
1 tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter, or avocado, but I've only tried peanut butter)
1/4c plain Greek yogurt
3/4c Skim milk (Almond works too)

Hope you like them!

LILLY_78 SparkPoints: (17,403)
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12/2/12 5:47 P

My favorite is to add frozen fruit, yogurt, and flax seed for a quick smoothie. Just try and see what works best for you though. It's one of those things you really can't go wrong with. There are recipes for pumpkin smoothies, or peanut butter and banana plus all types of fruit and veggies. You could even try almond milk or maybe juice if you're not a fan of yogurt.

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11/29/12 6:57 P

I use mixed frozen fruit, 1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt, 8 oz v8 fusion light. If I'm out of v8 then I use crystal light orange sunrise. I'm always low on my protein so I will be adding protein powder as well.

11/29/12 6:50 P

Unless you are low on protein--there is no need to add protein powder. I think a lowfat yogurt makes a good base + veggies/fruits (of your choice) and then liquid (milk/juice) to get the desired consistency.

SP Dietitian Becky

MARYT09 Posts: 61
11/29/12 4:24 P

I ordered a Vitamix yesterday and I have been looking at smoothie/shake recipes. I don't normally eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, it's a texture thing. So I was wondering how to build a nutritious smoothie.

Should I include a protein powder? Is yogurt necessary?

I tend to over think everything so any ideas would be great.

Thank you, Mary

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