If you are not allergic to soy, you could use silken tofu. It works wonders in milkshakes and smoothies.
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129 1/8/13 11:15 A
If you want the thickness a banana supplys, try freezing your fruit before making into a smoothie, adding to many fillers such as yogurt/ protein powders to thicken will add more calories.
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467 1/6/13 12:37 P
My pumpkin smoothies don't use bananas. I use vanilla greek yogurt, almond milk, some spinach, pumpkin (from a can), pumpkin pie spice and protein powder. On lower cal days, I eliminate the protein powder and add stevia, but they aren't as thick as the others. I like them both though!
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5/5/12 3:30 P
likely vanilla protein powder would do the trick. When I made shakes/smoothies; I only used frozen berries and protein powder and water or soy milk - never used bananas for thickeners. I'd probably use yogurt or almond milk if I were making one today, but haven't had the impusle to do so
If you're looking to add additional fruit tr anything from pineapple to kiwi to mango, papaya and apples. If you're looking to just thicken the shake try adding flax seed, yogurt, wheat germ, or some of the protein powders out there.... Most fruit shakes are high in sugar, so adding some counter balancing protein is beneficial. You can also use unflavored gelatin to thicken, but that is not an option for vegetarians.
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1,185 4/29/12 11:23 A
I rarely put bananas in my smoothie, not too fussy on them either -- I enjoy mixed berries which can be bought frozen if fresh are not available (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) I put some ground flaxseed in it as well and sometimes a spoonful of Slim Fast powder.
I swap out apples or pears in smoothies all the time with no bad effects. I share your dislike of bananas, too - they make me hideously ill. Happy smoothie-ing.
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1,561 4/16/12 6:54 P
Ground flax seeds/chia seeds will add nutrition + fiber and act as a thickening agent.
Metacucil/Benefiber will add fiber and act as a thickening agent.
None of these will add flavor.
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4,621 4/16/12 3:55 P
I don't know how it would taste with other items in recipes, but frozen blueberries and frozen mango make lovely thick smoothie's...
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4/16/12 12:08 P
just use strawberries , blueberries or raspberries. i do strawberries
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4/16/12 11:54 A
I recently bought the SparkPeople cookbook & would love to make some of the smoothies for breakfast but most of them call for a banana & I can't stand the smell or taste of them! What would be a good substitute that would keep me full and not mess with the flavor of the smoothie too much (especially the pumpkin pie one)! Should I just leave it out?
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