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3/26/13 1:24 P

For me its 1/2 C. regular yogurt (non-greek) sweetened with Spleanda I think? 1 C. or more of a berry blend, raspberries, strawberrries, blueberries, and cherries are the norm. A lil bit of milk or orange juice and then blend everything. I find if do less yogurt, about 1/3 cup and slightlty less fruit, it mixes better and is thinner. Im not a fanatic of thick milkshake type smoothies. I have thought about adding protein powder, though I dont know much about them. Also have thought about greens, though a green smoothie does kind of look weird to me or unappealing.

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3/26/13 1:20 P

smoothie recipes are like a never ending story. The subtle and not so subtle changes day by day make it interesting.

I like to freeze the fruit that I add to any smoothie. That way I do not add any ice, but it's thick like a milkshake.

Do you want it to taste more like a milkshake - start with milk (regular, soy or almond doesn't matter). I prefer the unsweetened variety. We usually make a smoothie for 2 or 3 , so 1 - 1 1/2 cups for starters
Peel and toss in a whole orange, a cored apple, fresh pineapple slice, handful of baby carrots.
Mix it with a 1/2 cup to a cup of juice of your liking - mango, tropical mix - whatever (unsweetened with pulp is my choice)

Want a mid day treat? add 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (makes the smoothie taste like a creamsicle)
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Finally toss in the frozen fruit. Strawberries, blueberries are our staple fruits. Or try frozen blackberries, cherries, raspberries, . . you get the idea. (We purchase fruit in season or pick it wild and freeze them for all year smoothies). About 1-2 cups of frozen fruit make it into a slurpee / milkshake consistency. Real thick.

Want it more healthy. Add a handful of baby spinach. It looks ugly, but you really don't taste it . . . and it's healthy. Add a tablespoons of ground up flax seed and or chia seed for fibre.

Experiment and don't stick with a recipe. Be a mad scientist and whip up something new each day.

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3/26/13 1:16 P

I don't really partake in "smoothies" very often, when I do it's usually in the form of a "licuado" - which is simply milk, ice, and fruit (and maybe sugar if needed to balance out a tart fruit). These are much thinner in consistency than what one typically expects from a smoothie - but they are tasty and refreshing as a healthy snack or light breakfast on a hot day.

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3/26/13 1:10 P

It is hard for me to come up with recipes, because I never know what is going to end up in my smoothies.
Basically I add my greens-- I use everything and anything. Romaine, arugula, cilantro, mint, dandelion greens, kale, turnip greens, beet greens, mustard greens, celery, cukes, spinach (usually I choose two)
Fruits- 1/2 banana, large handfuls of berries, pineapple, kiwi, lemon, limes, oranges, apples, etc. (again i choose 2)
Liquids are either almond milk or filtered water. I don't touch dairy of any kind
extras-- peanut butter, whey protein, carob powder, cacao powder, acai powder, maca powder, kelp, dulse, cinnamon, vanilla beans or extract, bee pollen (goes in every smoothie)
again I chose a few of the listed.

My smoothies usually go between 150 and 300 calories (depends if I use nuts or nut butters)

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3/26/13 11:49 A

4 oz almond milk original, 4 oz water. 1 scoop each of: Superseed fiber supplement, Dr. Schulz green Superfood, whey protein powder. 1 tablespoon each of ground flax seed and chia seed.
Needless to say, I'm really into fiber.
I'm really glad to find this thread. I was looking for a better base than the almond milk original, which contains sugar. The unsweetened variety has too many chemically-sounding ingredients. I'll be really interested to see what other people use!

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3/26/13 11:42 A

I love smoothies!

My go-to throw together smoothie mix:

juice (diet v8 splash fruit juice or lower sugar OJ)
frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas)
1 yogurt (the size of a yoplait light or chobani....any flavor!)
1 scoop of vanilla or strawberry protein powder
large scoop of ice

If it's too thick, I'll add in some more juice and just eye it until it looks good.


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3/24/13 5:06 P

Just looking to start a more recent thread with smoothie recipes. I am utilizing my Ninja blender more (best $20 ever spent) and I usually use vanilla soymilk, some fat free vanilla yogurt, and strawberries, raspberries, mango, or pineapple with a scoop of protein powder in sometimes if I need that extra protein. Wondering what others do? Looking for some new tasty things to try :)

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