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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/29/13 4:15 P

BITHOO-- sometimes i add the nut milks, but just filtered water works as well. The almond milk will give it a thicker feel, but sometimes depending on what i am adding I like water better.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/29/13 4:06 P

I don't add it, but it is tasty.

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4/29/13 1:41 P

Do you use non-dairy milks ,like almond milk? Is it worth the cost?

4/29/13 1:37 P

I try to add vegetables to my smoothies as well to get more fiber and veggies!

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4/29/13 12:46 P

thanks for all the great ideas. never thought of adding herbs like cilantro to fruits, but why not? will try adding nut butters, but do like my yogurt and don't want to overdo the protein or calories...

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/29/13 12:34 P

I do a green smoothie everyday, however i don't limit myself to spinach-- I use parsley, cilantro, kale, romaine, celery, carrots, peppers, arugula, boston lettuce, red leaf lettuce, collards and swiss chard. Any green will also up your antioxidants and protein even though it doesn't appear so on this site.
i will add nuts or nut butters. I will add protein powder every now and then. i add mostly berries and 1/2 a banana. I don't do any kind of dairy so i don't do milk or yougurt. I don't feel I need to.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/29/13 12:22 P

Chia is chia seeds, yes, like the chia pet. Better for you than even flaxseed.

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4/29/13 11:26 A

Your body can only use 25g-30g in a meal, the rest would be wasted. So you don't need to up the ante for protein.

If you want to change anything maybe add some healthy fats; almond milk, nut butter or ground flaxseed.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/29/2013 (11:28)
4/29/13 11:05 A

Hi! I add frozen spinach or other greens to my smoothies. I think its a great way to add more volume and more nutrition to your morning for a negligable number of calories. Frozen fruit masks the green flavor if you are worried about that.

I also use 2% milk and yogurt (1/2 c. of each), 1/2 cup berries, spinach. Sometimes I will add a handful of oats or nuts to give it more substance. Slivered almonds taste awesome - do not recommend pecans.peanut butter (natural only-no added sugar!) or almond butter are also good additions.

The cool thing about smoothies is you can't go wrong! (unless you add sugar or too much juice).
I also add a scoop of trader joe's chocolate whey protein powder for a little extra protein - but the milk and yogurt blow the amount of protein in the powder away - I doubt I will buy it again unless I just really want something chocolatey.

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4/29/13 10:29 A

what's chia? and... do you feel you get a lot out of adding spinach and other greens to a fruit smoothie?

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/29/13 10:20 A

I don't add protein powder or anything else to mine, mostly because I eat plenty of protein for lunch and dinner. If I added it, I would go over it every day.

Adding it really depends on your other proetin intake, I would say. And how many calories you want to consume.

Me? I do spinach, berries, mango and chia. That gives me protein and nutrients and I'm good until my snack!

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4/29/13 8:55 A

Just started my day with a smoothie made from 1 container plain non-fat greek yogurt, a banana, a cup of strawberries, and about 1/2 cup orange juice - with a dash of nutmeg. Very tasty, and loaded with 26 grams of protein. At 350 calories it seems like the right amount of food.

It occurred to me that I could up the ante, though, if I added -- say -- fat free milk instead of oj, and possibly some protein powder. Was also wondering about "green" smoothies, peanut butter smoothies, etc.

What do you guys think about "power smoothies" for breakfast? How much extra stuff do you add? Is it really a good idea to add a scoop of protein powder?


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