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291 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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
Fitness Minutes: (38,821)
293 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!
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.
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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