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What's a Smoothie?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I need help!!

I've had 'smoothies' from McDonald's, Jack in the Box, Jamba Juice, all the usuals. But those aren't smoothies. About a month ago I went to a local health food market that advertised being a Smoothie Bar. Instead of jelly-like goop packed with sugar and preservatives which they claim are 'fresh' fruit smoothies, the amazing smoothie masters at this store used REAL fruit.

Literally. They walked to their produce section, grabbed bananas, strawberries, oranges, etc. REAL fresh fruit, for a REAL fruit smoothie. It was a life-altering experience, let me tell you. AMAZING taste! It exploded in my mouth, I couldn't believe the flavors! The freshness! I HAVE TO HAVE THIS!

After a month of smoothie machine research, I'm happy to say that in a few short days I will be the proud owner of a Cuisinart CPB-300 blender, a different (reportedly better) version of a Magic Bullet.

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I'm sooooooo happy!!!

BUT...I have never used a blender before. I have NO CLUE how to make smoothies



Are you a smoothie fan? Do you have any favorite recipes? Golden rules? Tips? Really good resources?

I want healthy, preferably natural ingredients -- this is intended potentially as a meal replacement, but definately as a veggie/fruit booster.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    YAY for getting an awesome smoothie maker!!

My favorite recipe (because I still have a serious sweet tooth) is 5 rings of pineapple, half a cup of peaches, a cup of spinach, and a drop of coconut extract. It is BEYOND delicious!!!

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SPEEDY143 5/3/2012 3:33PM

    I don't make them I buy Naked Green Machine from Costco but I'm glad you are excited and know you will love your Cuisinart CPB-300 blender emoticon My fav home made juice blend is carrots and apples emoticon sooooooooooo good emoticon

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CONDA86 5/1/2012 10:56PM

    I'm a smoothie lover for sure!! I also use fresh fruit. What I do is I plan what smoothies I'm going to make for the week and I'll prep the fruit and cut it then put it in individual baggies in the freezer to grab when its time to throw it in the blender. My current favorites are 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 banana, a 1 cup vanilla almond milk. The other one I love is 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp natural PB & 1 cup vanilla almond milk, this one is a little heavier so I use that one busy days when snacking sometimes can't happen.

I'm not a fan of yogurt because I don't eat regular dairy but I've also heard of people prepping the yogurt for their smoothies by putting it in ice trays and freezing it then just pop out a few into your smoothie with fruit of your choice.

EXPERIMENT!! I have made some awesome smoothies this way!

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EUEK098 5/1/2012 9:34PM

    I usually do a couple different fruits, a vegetable (one that can be eaten raw), some flaxseed or oats, protein powder, and milk or yogurt, and then some ice. I've been having smoothies for breakfast for the past month and half, and I have to tell you, it's one of the best ways to get your freggies in. I usually make about 3 servings, put the rest in the freezer and take it out before bed, so I can have it ready the next day. Hope I helped. emoticon smoothies.

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GNABNSHAPE 5/1/2012 8:52PM

    I used to go to a gym, years ago, that had a smoothie bar...fresh fruit and juice, wheat germ, and other yummy I miss that gym.

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CANES4EVER63 5/1/2012 6:59PM

    Oh, me!! I LOVE smoothies!!

Tip number 1: Use fresh, but frozen fruit! It gives you a thicker and colder consistency. If you want to use bananas, peel the banana, break it in to chunks, and place the chunks in a ziplock bag in the freezer. You can't peel a frozen banana (been there, done that, don't try it!).

I LOVE green smoothies. They're generally smoothies that emphasize one or two fruits and then use a whole lot of vegetables that you can't taste.

I love the combination of approximately 2 cups spinach and 1 banana. I then use 3/4 cup skim milk to blend, but you can also use water.

Recently, I've been doing 1 cucumber, 1 mango (again, cut into pieces and stuck in the freezer), and some mint leaves. You generally don't need to add any water since cucumbers are so watery to begin with. So good!

That's all I have right now, but google it and see what you come up with!!

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RACHEL-SPARKS 5/1/2012 6:02PM

    There are some pretty good smoothie recipes on here. I always use something frozen in mine. I freeze ripe bananas and use frozen fruit with either soymilk,yogurt or milk. I always put a handful of spinach in, you can not taste it. Throw in flax seed or chia seeds. The possibilities are endless.

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H9LIPPY 5/1/2012 5:32PM

    Smoothies can be made of many things. Go to and type in smoothie as a search and you will find all kinds of ideas. Me I like taking the silk plain yogurt (1 cup), fresh pineapple (1/4 cup) and banana (smallish). My brother bought me these little mini bullet blenders so they are prefect to do this in. After I mix it all up I place half in the freezer for later if I am eating the first 1/2. Otherwise I will freeze both. Very tasty when frozen.

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