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SHEMR89 SparkPoints: (35)
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7/9/13 1:54 P

I use the 60 cal Activia light vanilla yogurt with half a banana and about a cup of spinach. Super yummy!

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,251)
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7/9/13 1:51 P

The Ninja Master Prep, an awesome smoothie maker!! About $50 at target. Get recepies online..

KPMP1992 Posts: 56
7/8/13 10:57 P

Best smoothie/shake ever...I have it almost every day as an afternoon snack. :)

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2-3 Stevia packets
1 tsp. instant cheesecake pudding mix
10 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! 250 cal.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
7/8/13 2:38 P

i also have a vitamix and make smoothies every day. I usually call the refrigerator mix smoothies. It will depend what I have in fridge and freezer. Normally I freeze my fruit so i don't have to add ice. I will also not add any dairy so i use either water or almond milk (that i make myself. other than WF365 and Trader Joe's Almond milk i refuse to use any other brand)
sometimes i add nut butters or just a handful of nuts. Sometime I add chia seeds. I have added Goji berries, cacao nibs, raw cacao, coconut oil or coconut butter. A plethora of fruits and at least three greens in each smoothie. I love using spinach, kale and dandelion greens, collard greens, mustard greens, and swiss chard. if i want an interesting taste i may add cilantro or parsley

BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
7/8/13 1:48 P

One of my favorite green smoothies:

Handful of kale
Handful of chopped pineapple
Pinch of ginger paste

Add a little water so that it blends well. It's delicious!

ETA I have a Vitamix blender and I love it. They're expensive -- I think mine was around $300 -- but I've used mine several times a week (sometimes twice a day) for two or three years now and it's still going strong.

Edited by: BLONDIEGRRL at: 7/8/2013 (13:54)
CHRISSDEE SparkPoints: (1,784)
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7/8/13 2:20 A

Ooh, that does sound like it would be good. Thanks for the suggestion!

FATASHNOMORE SparkPoints: (9,545)
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7/8/13 2:18 A

A handful of spinach, a tablespoon of sugar free vanilla, a cup of almond milk, a banana, and a few frozen strawberries is surprisingly refreshing! It's a good way for me to get my leafy greens without having to actually taste them, lol.

Also, Yoplait makes smoothie kits that you merely add skim/soy/almond milk to. Kind of sugary but if I'm cheating with fruit I'm having a good day.

CHRISSDEE SparkPoints: (1,784)
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7/8/13 1:14 A

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I think the benefit of green smoothies for me is that, like someone else mentioned, I have a big problem with eating certain textures and I currently have absolutely NO leafy greens in my diet. I really appreciate the mention of GreenSmoothieGirl, I got a lot of good information and ideas from her videos. I made my first green smoothie today, and I probably got more nutrients from that than I have in anything I've eaten in months. The good thing is, even if you don't like the taste, if you drink it with the straw you can drink the whole thing down without tasting too much of it. However, the taste of the one I made today wasn't bad at all. Here's what I did:

I don't have one of those expensive $350+ smoothie blenders. I have a simple Magic Bullet (which I love, by the way). I filled up one of my bullet cups with a mixture of arugula and Swiss chard, then poured in some water and added a bit of mega green juice I had picked up at Whole Foods a few days ago. I blended that together, then put in a banana, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and about three of each frozen strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and blended again. Tasted super good, and, being a really picky eater, I was really surprised. I'm looking forward to trying this out with different greens and fruit combinations.

LAURAGREY SparkPoints: (10,155)
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7/6/13 11:04 P

I have realized you can add spinach to almost anything and it blends really well. One of my favorites is a "Green PBJ". 2 or 3 cups spinach, 1 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter, 1/2cup plain yogurt, 4 pitted dates (you have to really run the blender to get them to break up, sometimes you still end up with bits), and a banana (preferably frozen), little bit of honey if desired.

COOKIE352 Posts: 443
7/6/13 8:24 P

I am finding that smoothies have a lot of sugar.

WILLOWYGIRL SparkPoints: (5,361)
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7/6/13 4:22 P

Also, I see people are having trouble blending the veggies. Try adding the water, adding the greens and blending just that until its completely smooth, then add the fruits.

WILLOWYGIRL SparkPoints: (5,361)
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7/6/13 4:20 P

I started doing green smoothies after watching some videos from GreenSmoothieGirl on youtube. She suggests 1/3water, 1/3 green (I like spinach or kale), and 1/3 fruits and berries (mango, blueberry, cherry, berry mixes)

I also add about a tablespoon of chia seeds, sometimes uncooked oatmeal since it adds an interesting texture and taste (its good not gross, I promise).

I suggest starting with smaller amounts of greens and move up. I started drinking plain fruit, then started adding a handful and moving up to the higher quantities so it doesn't shock your taste buds. (what tastes fine to me now, tastes horrible to my mom)

I also add about a half tablespoon of local honey, but you dont have to (or you could use agave or whatever)

RENEEAQUA SparkPoints: (35,127)
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7/6/13 3:56 P

i made a banana peanut butter smoothie that other day and loved it. there's a recipe on here. i wanna do a green smoothie soon

BLUFENIX Posts: 29
7/6/13 3:54 P

I can't eat veggies, the texture gets me every-time..So really the only way i get my veggie intake is through green smoothies or juicing..

For smoothies, I usually do kale and spinach with some mixed berries or mango and you can't taste the greens at all. They're a great alternative.

But as said above, there's no better benefit compared to eating them regular, it's just a matter of how you want them. ;)

ELIZABETH5268 SparkPoints: (43,986)
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7/5/13 4:57 P

I like to add kale or spinach to mine

LETHA_ Posts: 3,984
7/4/13 1:37 P

I like green smoothies because itís an enjoyable way for me to get fruits and greens without any added sugar, salt, or fat. I have a high powered blendtec blender and this is the favorate green smoothie recipe at our house.

2 cups cold water
2 bananas
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
5 oz fresh spinach
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Blend until smooth. Serves 2.

Calories: 225
Fat: 3.0g
Carbs: 49.7g
Fiber: 8.6g
Protein: 4.7g
Vitamin A: 148%
Vitamin C: 114%
Vitamin E 9.3%
Calcium: 9.9%
Iron: 20.8%


LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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7/4/13 11:18 A

Everyone has their own tastes and mine tend to go EWWWW when it comes to green smoothies. I don't want to pulse my veggies into a juice and drink them. I want to enjoy each and every crunchy bite. But that's just me.

On the other hand, I like fruit smoothies, as long as I make my own. The ones you buy are loaded with extra calories.

GDBEAR65 SparkPoints: (2,095)
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7/4/13 10:46 A

I have a Total Blender - it is rather expensive, however it makes smoothies in 30 seconds. It has a 2.5hp motor in it. I saw a commercial on Sunday for Ninja Blender which has a 2hp motor in it - for $99, which is a lot less than a Total Blender or VitaMix. www.ninjakitchen.com/Ninja-NJ600-Professio
nal-Blender.shtml


MEGAMOM134 Posts: 29
7/4/13 1:40 A

I also love the green monster smoothies since breakfast is hard for me to eat and it gives me lots of energy to ride my bike. Spinach, almond milk, blueberries, banana and cinnamon. The health benefit I get from it is I can enjoy it at breakfast. Worked to many graveyards shifts over the years to be real hungry in the morning now that I switched to 3 to 11.

MEGAN520 SparkPoints: (19)
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7/3/13 10:38 P

I love smoothies, but my blender is horrible at grinding up things, especially spinach, and even easy things like strawberries. Does anyone have a blender that they would recommend?

TNSFAN Posts: 41
7/3/13 10:21 P

I love making smoothies! I typically have one for breakfast each day as it is the only way I can "eat" in the mornings. The best part of smoothies is how creative you can be. I love to blend in all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies. For example, today's smoothie was a handful of fresh baby spinach, a chunk of zuchinni (from our garden), 3-4 baby carrots, a half of a peach my son didn't finish from the day before, a banana and half-scoop of chocolate protein powder. I blend it all with ice, plain almond milk, and a little water to get the right drinking consistency. I never measure anything and just throw in any fruit/veggie that I have laying around. I enjoy the "surprise" taste each day and have only been disappointed once (blueberries make a smoothie really thick and gritty).

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (56,767)
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7/3/13 10:11 P

There are no health benefits to smoothies that you wouldn't get just eating the food. If you want to make them now and again, it's a convenient way to get quick nutrition, but it provides no value regular food doesn't. :) If you enjoy it, go for it, but don't expect them to work miracles!

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (103,572)
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7/3/13 3:57 P

I mainly make fruit smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit and unsweetened almond milk.
I am yet to try the green smoothies. I prefer to eat my veggies.

CHRISSDEE SparkPoints: (1,784)
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7/3/13 3:37 P

I've heard a whole lot of great stuff about smoothies, in particular green smoothies, and the health benefits from them. What are some things you all like in include in your smoothies to make them both yummy and healthy?

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