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kellygram
08-24-2009, 05:50 PM
I love fruit smoothies, and lately have them once a day in lieu of breakfast or lunch. I add flax seed so there's some extra fiber in them.
Instead of coffee in the morning I make a low cal mocha frappe. After dinner I blend up skim milk + sf cocoa + ice. :T

My weight loss has picked up a little in the last few weeks... could all the blender drinks explain that? I'm just curious if anyone drinks a lot of smoothies too, and if so do you have positive results??


Shannon in ATL
08-24-2009, 06:02 PM
I drink a smoothie every day for breakfast, sometimes as a snack in the evening.

When I first read your post I thought you said you were gaining from the smoothies and was going to say that I have to carefully count the calories in mine to make sure I don't go overboard, but you said you were losing faster. :)

If you are drinking a smothie that is lower cal and better for you than what you would have been eating or snacking on it could absolutely explain the loss. Plus, fiber makes you feel more full.

Aclai4067
08-24-2009, 06:04 PM
I rarely make them at home because my blender sucks. But Freshens has some rockin' smoothies, even some reduced calorie ones!


cartp
08-24-2009, 06:43 PM
i love my morning smoothie and get sad when I run out of fruit and money

Morrobay1990
08-24-2009, 10:53 PM
kellygram,
I always wanted to try them..do you have any recipes you can share? They sound perfect for breakfast, I just can't eat that early.

junebug41
08-24-2009, 11:08 PM
Smoothies are my FAVORITE.

I used tomake green smoothies with lots of spinach, frozen fruit, seltzer, OJ and psyllium (or flax).

These days my favorite is vanilla soymilk, small banana, a few frozen strawberries, psyllium husks, and chocolate protein powder. I don't like heavy breakfasts and this gives me a ton of energy and keeps me full (and is YUMMY).

bargoo
08-24-2009, 11:15 PM
I have a smoothie everyday for brealkfast.I use Almond Milk (40 calories).Banana or other fruit as my base.

kellygram
08-24-2009, 11:34 PM
kellygram,
I always wanted to try them..do you have any recipes you can share? They sound perfect for breakfast, I just can't eat that early.

Hi Morrobay,

Frozen fruit is awesome for thickening up your smoothies... I find bananas etc on sale then slice up, freeze on cookie sheet then in zip-locs.

Fruit Smoothie :carrot:
90 cals. 1 Cup skim milk
53 cals. 1/2 frozen banana
27 cals. 1/2 C frozen strawberries
41 cals. 1/2 C frozen blueberries
30 cals. 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
sweetener to taste, vanilla (optional)
*Pulse first to break up the frozen chunks, then blend until smooth. Add a little water if too thick. Pour into frozen glass, mmm!
One serving= 241 calories.

Good Morning Smoothie:cb:
15 cals. 1.5 Cups V8 Diet Splash-Tropical Blend
38 cals. 1 medium peach
105 cal. 1 frozen banana
36 cals. 1/3 C Danon Light 'n Fit vanilla yogurt
60 cals. 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
3-5 ice cubes (optional)
sweetener to taste
*Pulse, then blend until smooth. Pour into frozen glass.
One serving= 254 cals; or 2 servings @ 127 each.

Mocha Frappe :coffee2:
90 cals. 1 Cup skim milk
0 cals. 1 cup brewed coffee
60 cals. 1 packet no sugar added cocoa mix
15 cals. 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla, sweetener to taste
5+ ice cubes
*Blend & enjoy! Total cals= 165

Hope you like them... just have fun, you don't really need a recipe.

LotusMama
08-25-2009, 01:34 AM
Morrobay:

Here is one I absolutely love:

6 oz unsweetened pineapple
3 tsp. of wheatgerm
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or raspberries (or a mixture of both)
1 small banana (or 1/2 a large banana)
2 tbsp. of unsweetend, non-fat yogurt (I use Fage Greek yougurt)
1 tsp. of honey or blue agave nectar
Ice

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Each serving has about 250 calories.

Cheers,

J

bargoo
08-25-2009, 10:28 AM
I make a smoothie every morning, hadn't thought of adding yogurt but will try it.

dangerousfish
08-26-2009, 05:28 PM
Mememe!

I used to drink a post-workout protein shake that was just designer whey in a shaker with water and ice and that has gradually evolved to a protein/fiber shake and then into green smoothies that have about 800-900 calories and take me from breakfast through lunch. That may seem weird to some people but it really works for me (and I like to eat the bulk of my calories pre-dinner). The initial investment is high but I buy bulk and each addition came slowly rather than thinking, one morning, "I will go to the health food store and buy 200 dollars of smoothie ingredients."

Basic recipe:
1/2 cup unflavored hemp milk
1 cup water (or more)
50-100g kale
50ish-90ishg baby spinach
various fresh fruits when things are in season and cheap and delicious
(blend)
1 serving designer whey chocolate powder (looking to move to something sans sucralose..)
1 serving designer whey chocolate weight control powder (I feel like a moron buying it but I like the taste better than the standard formula (stevia sweetened)
1/2 serving unflavored vega powder (by sequel naturals)
1 serving manitoba harvest hemp powder (unflavored)
1 serving nature's answer chia seeds
1 serving ground flaxseeds
serving of frozen fruit (nothing with a syrup or any sweeteners, or anything that is not fruit)
tablespoon or two of raw cacoa powder
cinnamon
ginger
allspice
(blend, add ice or liquid as needed)

I had to add the ginger and allspice when I got the vega because the unflavored one tastes like paper mache paste:lol: I'd rather add 10 calories of delicious spices than 20 calories of sugar or "natural flavors". The vega is a really great product though and I love the added goodies. Only place I've ever seen it in stores is Whole Foods.

I have been known to add plain greek yogurt or 1/2c V8 Splash to the blender. And every once in a blue moon things aren't tasting edible and a dash of stevia is called into play.

And added disclaimer that this concoction has about 40g of fiber and you need to work up to that level without digestive upset.

kellygram
08-26-2009, 06:05 PM
Mememe!

... gradually evolved to a protein/fiber shake and then into green smoothies that have about 800-900 calories and take me from breakfast through lunch.

...50-100g kale; 50ish-90ishg baby spinach, etc.

I have been known to add plain greek yogurt or 1/2c V8 Splash to the blender.



I have heard of green smoothies but it always sounded gross to me. Now that I'm a smoothie addict I want to give them a try! Love the concept of drinking your veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

Question: Do you use fresh kale & spinach, or frozen?

I LOVE V8 SPLASH... just discovered it and throw it in my morning smoothie.:carrot:

dangerousfish
08-26-2009, 08:32 PM
I have heard of green smoothies but it always sounded gross to me. Now that I'm a smoothie addict I want to give them a try! Love the concept of drinking your veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

Question: Do you use fresh kale & spinach, or frozen?

I LOVE V8 SPLASH... just discovered it and throw it in my morning smoothie.:carrot:
I use fresh (and organic spinach - kale usually only comes organic in health food stores for a premium) and weigh them on my little digital kitchen food scale (as well as weigh the powders and such, after I figured out that some scoops/serving sizes aren't accurate). However, I don't really see why you couldn't use frozen spinach (never seen frozen kale), which I'm assuming is cheaper. I just never thought about it!

I usually don't drink juice because the calories are mainly from sugar (and no fiber means it will slam into my blood stream) but when I was first experimenting with the vega I NEEDED that sugar like whoa. rofl.

I love pulling out my potions and concocting green smoothies, so much fun and so full of good stuff. Didn't even have to buy a vitamix or blendtec! (But someday...)

Bootsie
08-29-2009, 02:06 PM
I love all your reciepes, I love smoothies but I just love also a glass of ice tea or another drink in the blender with ice and crush the ice just seems to cool me off in this Texas steaming hot weather. Have ya ever tried that?

camocutie
09-02-2009, 03:54 PM
I love all your reciepes, I love smoothies but I just love also a glass of ice tea or another drink in the blender with ice and crush the ice just seems to cool me off in this Texas steaming hot weather. Have ya ever tried that?

agreed. this summer has been hot hasnt it. i actually grew up inmarble falls. *seein you are in burnet*


but i am def lookinforward totrying some of these smoothies!:carrot::carrot:

Bootsie
09-02-2009, 05:56 PM
Hi Camocutie, sent ya PM so good to see someone from my neck of the woods around here!

TheRightWeigh
09-04-2009, 02:07 AM
I sooo plan to be a smoothie addict, I mean...i'm sure it's gonna happen...lol. They're pretty scrumptious. I just don't have a blender right now...oh been when I get one....i've got plans i tell ya...PLANS!!! :dizzy::carrot::D