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7/2/12 9:34 P

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Please All Read!! "Let's use our love for smoothies to help us look super by christmas!"

I am so excited! I just posted my first challenge as a team leader! It is something we all can do! It's fun, doable, and we have 'plenty' of time to all be successful on it! It is called the "christmas time challenge- lose 12 by 12/12/12" It is in the motivation area of our team page. Ck it out, sign up! We can all achieve this challenge together! HOpe to see you all say "count me in for christmas" today!

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7/1/12 4:16 P

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Has anyone used the unsweetened chocolate almond milk to make something cool?

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7/1/12 3:14 P

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having a smoothie right now! yummy! Having one that comes from the freezer section of the groc store. Called VIP ready to blend: Strawberry/Banana Avalanche flavor, there are different flavors to choose from. It's 135 cals for 8 ozs! love em!

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6/25/12 10:46 A

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I agree with you. Smoothies made at home are great... I had a pineapple smoothie this morning. ....using fresh pineapple off the core, yogurt, 2% milk, protein powder, added some flax seed and wheat germ. A few ice cubes. DEEEELIICIOUS ! On other days I mainly use the frozen fruit that includes strawberries, mango,pineapple, and peaches. Sometimes I will take a certain fruit out or use them all together. Either way I luv them........

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6/18/12 3:22 P

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I sometimes put vegetables in my smoothies, too. It is more work to include carrots or beets because they have to be grated first. I always include fruit along with the vegies for a little natural sweetness, but my smoothies are never as sweet as those available at the fast food places. Sometimes I put in yogurt, sometimes milk, sometimes almond or coconut milk. When I feel like I need an extra protein boost, I'll put in some cottage cheese. The possibilities are endless. Right now, I'm drinking a smoothie made from fresh spinach, navel orange, strawberries, and coconut milk. The color wasn't pretty, but it tasted good. Unlike juicing, in which the fiber is removed, if you include whole fruits and vegetables in your smoothies, you are still getting the fiber. And it is a nice change from just eating the freggies.

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6/3/12 10:33 P

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I make one almost each day
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banana, frozen strawberries, chia seeds, non fat milk, or anyfruit juice I have
I have even added green tea

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MACILINN's Photo MACILINN Posts: 6,557
5/31/12 7:26 P

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I love to drink them at Jack in the box, and Mc D's. I have bought the froz pkgs and found them to be to extreme in taste. I have always wondered how to make them. The ideas that appeal to me most are using frozen straw/banannas, adding fruit juice or water and yogurt. yum!

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5/31/12 1:05 P

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Home-made frozen smoothies are my lifesaver in the summer months. They keep me away from ice cream!
I usually blend up a mixture of about 6 ice cubes, a 1/2 C water, a 1/2 cup almond milk OR some Dannon Light and Fit yogurt, plus a very ripe banana. If it's not sweet enough, just add some Truvia or Stevia to taste. Frozen blueberries are also a great choice (about a 1/2 C- 3/4 C) with a ripe peach. Also try fresh or canned pineapple, strawberries... the list of possibilities is endless. emoticon

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5/21/12 11:56 A

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I use fruit and plain yogurt but will add a tsp of honey to add a little sweet to the smoothie.

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5/21/12 11:33 A

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I like to make smoothies at home better than buying them....using yogurt and fresh fruit, fruit has lots of {natural} sugar already.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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5/21/12 11:18 A

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Con8391, I have heard the same thing that some of the previous posters have mentioned, that store-bought smoothie mixes can contain too much fat, sugar, and calories. But if you make them at home, you can control what goes into it and consequently the nutritional value. While you may get more fiber from eating whole fruit (and it is definitely a lot faster!), it can be fun to mix it up a bit every once in a while. And if you do not care for fruit all that much, it is a great way to increase your fruit consumption.

You have already gotten some good ideas, like freezing bananas. Since you expressed an interest in the frozen mixes, you might find it convenient to buy frozen fruit that you can simply grab out of the freezer when you need it. Just make sure you buy plain fruit, not the sweetened stuff. Or freeze your own fruit when it is season. Blueberries work great for this.

For a liquid, you can opt for low-fat or skim milk, soymilk, juice, yogurt (fresh or frozen), or tofu. You can also boost the nutritional value by adding in a little wheat germ. And when you do not use frozen fruit, you can toss in a few ice cubes to chill the smoothie.

Once you get going, you can experiment with your own flavor combinations. But if you want some ideas to help you get started, there are plenty of smoothie recipes here, at SparkRecipes.com. Some even include unusual choices, such as pumpkin and even spinach! If you try any of those, let us know. I have never felt that adventurous.

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5/21/12 10:43 A

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I've never tried a smoothie. You are not getting the benefit of fiber if everything is all ground up. It is better to just eat the fruits. Have you ever tried frozen grapes for a snack?

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5/21/12 8:03 A

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You are all absolutely right! Just eat my apples, bananas and berries instead of adding calories and changing the fruit!!

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5/20/12 10:07 P

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I looked at them and I decided I could do better with my own fruits and blender.

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5/20/12 10:00 P

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I haven't made them except banana, low fat milk and a bit of ice cream on a hot day. You could try berry fruit and yogurts with a bit of milk and whisk them but eating them on there own would be better.

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I agree, make them at home. You can freeze bananas when they start to get too ripe and use them.

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No I have not tried them either. You can always goodle to find out more info. emoticon emoticon





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Read the ingredients and I will bet you find non-fruit ingredients. You can make a home one with orange juice, a banana and fruit which will be better and cheaper. Smoothies are not that great for you because the fruit is finely ground. Just eat the whole fresh fruit and you will get the most nutritional bang for your calories.

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No, I have no experience with them.


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5/20/12 1:48 P

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Has anyone ever tried any frozen smoothie mixes from the store that you can make at home? I don't always eat my fruits and the smoothies that they make at certain cafes are delicious. I'd like to be able to make something at home that I have more control over, but easy enough such as-a frozen package in the blender!

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