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Goddess Jessica
04-04-2011, 05:52 PM
I'm a big fan of the breakfast smoothie. I can whirl it in the blender, pour it in a glass and be out the door in just a few minutes.

As long as I remember to put the blender in the dishwasher before I leave, I'm a happy camper (man, do I hate to clean stuck on smoothie).

Someone was saying that they liked to put flax in their smoothie in the morning and I had never thought of that! I'm going to pick up some flax today and see if I like it.

My smoothie is usually a combo of whatever I got at the farmers market and is starting to go bad. :) But this has been my favorite lately:

Green Goddess

1 oz of spinach or kale (about a cup)
1/2 a frozen banana
5 or so strawberries (I don't even take the green tops off. I am that lazy).
1/2 of water
1 cup of skim milk (because I'm pregnant I try to sneak in more protein/calcium)
a scoop of Sun Harvest Soy Protein (from Henry's --24 grams of protein)

I whirl the water and the spinach first for a good 30 seconds before I put anything else in. This basically pulverizes the spinach so I am not chewing my smoothie. I add the soy protein last because it's a thickener and I also add about a cup of ice.

It makes one GIGANTIC (32 oz) smoothie for a little less than 300 calories and you could reduce it further by not using milk.

I drink this around 8am and it usually keeps me going until 11am.


GirlyGirlSebas
04-04-2011, 06:00 PM
Jessica - one word of caution...start slowly with the flax! I buy a bag of flax seed and grind only what I need for 2-3 days, then refrigerate it. Whole seeds don't go bad for a long time. Ground flax goes rancid quickly. And, too much, too soon will give you some serious bathroom issues. :

When I was doing a daily smoothie, I used 1 cup of SF soy milk, 1 portion of chocolate whey protein powder and a banana with 1 tbsp of ground soy. Delicious!

lottie63
04-04-2011, 06:30 PM
Yeah I started with 1 tbls flax, but generally do 2 now, but not all at once. (also, I have ibs, it really helps.)

I do the same as girlygirl now with the seeds. Don't eat them whole.

I use 1 cup light silk, .25 cup water (the flax makes it too thick), 1 frozen banana, a few frozen strawberries, and 3 tbls protein mix with a tsp of vanilla.

Mmmmm

:D

When I don't have a smoothie I have whole fruit and a quarter cup of nuts.


nickyj
04-04-2011, 06:43 PM
1 half cup of vanilla yougurt, one teaspoon of honey (not always) five strawberries, a bannana.

xty
04-04-2011, 09:11 PM
Here are some of my favs....also Im trying to experiment with adding Apple cider vinegar, chia seeds and flax oil


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Serves 2

1 bunch cilantro
1 cucumber, diced
1 lime, juiced
1-inch piece ginger
1/3 c. pineapple, diced

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add water if necessary to help blend.


NUTRITION FACTS

* Calories Per Serving 88
* Total Fat 0.9g
* Saturated Fat 0g
* Cholesterol 0g
* Sodium 44mg
* Carbohydrates 21g
* Dietary Fiber 5g
* Sugar 9g
* Protein 3g

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1 Pink Lady Apple
1/2 Cucumber
1 handful of Flat parsley
A thumbsize piece of ginger (peeled)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
1/2 cup of mango (I buy organic frozen mango when it's out of season)
1/2 cup of pineapple (I buy organic frozen pineapple when it's out of season)
1-1 1/2 cups of Kale

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1 cup blackberries
1/2 avacado
1 cup blueberries
4-8 seedless green grapes
1 cup kale
1 medjool date
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1/2-1 cup ice

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3-4 leaves dinosaur kale
3 stalks celery
2 pears
1 banana
1.5 cups cold water

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1.5 cups cold water
1 head organic romaine
3-4 stalks celery
2 apples cored and chopped
1 banana
1/3 bunch cilantro
1/3 bunch parsley
juice 1/2 lemon

Smiling_Sara
04-04-2011, 09:28 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE smoothies!!!

I totally dig the yoplait yogart ones and add some spinach.

Others:

1 Cup Soymilk
1 Banana ( frozen )
handful of frozen blueberries
2 handfuls of spinach
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Smiling_Sara
04-04-2011, 09:37 PM
Yeah I started with 1 tbls flax, but generally do 2 now, but not all at once. (also, I have ibs, it really helps.)

I do the same as girlygirl now with the seeds. Don't eat them whole.

I use 1 cup light silk, .25 cup water (the flax makes it too thick), 1 frozen banana, a few frozen strawberries, and 3 tbls protein mix with a tsp of vanilla.

Mmmmm

:D

When I don't have a smoothie I have whole fruit and a quarter cup of nuts.

same, but sometimes I throw in some psyllium husk powder. Might try flax too though.

SweetScrumptious
04-05-2011, 07:26 AM
I wouldn't call it a smoothie... more like a protein shake that I've mimicked into a milk shake...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
1 cup chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp natural, no salt peanut butter
2/3 cup skim milk
5 x-large ice cubes (to make it a thick consistency)

sometimes I add 1 tbsp of ground flax seed...

Blend it all up :D

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I sometimes make this when I'm wanting something else

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
5 strawberries
1 banana
1 scoop Vanilla protein
1/2 cup - 1 cup skim milk (depending on consistency)
A few ice cubes to thicken

twinmommaplusone
04-05-2011, 10:30 AM
you wont get nutritional value from whole as the body cant break down the shell, it would act mostly has a fiber and undigest.
I too use the ground flax and I keep it in the fridge for freshness, you could also play around with oils. Maybe one day add some flax oils or maybe even fish oil :-)

twinmommaplusone
04-05-2011, 10:31 AM
P.s. I dont use protein powders....

I have a recipe for my own protein shake and it consists of the following

steel cut oats
banana
all natural peanut butter
ground flax
plain greek yogurt
milk.

Loaded with everything GREAT !

junebug41
04-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Jessica, ask your doctor about flax first. Some doctors warn against it in pregnancy because of the effect on hormones. A good alternative for Omega-3 is a fish oil supplement.

My standby green smoothie is:
-spinach
-seltzer
-OJ
-frozen fruit (bananas, strawberries, peaches, or whatever else is on hand).
-psyllium

Goddess Jessica
04-05-2011, 12:43 PM
@Junebug! Thanks for the heads up! I love nordic naturals for my omega-3 fish oil so I will probably stick with that until D-day.

@TwinMommaPlusOne - Steel cut oats in a smoothie? Wow. I never thought of that. I am a sucker for peanut butter though.

Trazey34
04-05-2011, 01:28 PM
I think I have an oral fixation LOL I have to chew my food, no smoothies for me (although technically, can the occasional marguerita count???)

DixC Chix
04-05-2011, 02:26 PM
Mine is very small but it sticks with me. I whirl up:

4 oz vanilla greek yogurt
4 oz V8 fusion
1/4 vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 benefiber
ice as needed

gotls1
04-05-2011, 02:45 PM
3.5 oz vanilla NF yougurt
6 oz pasturized egg whites
.25 oz natural peanut butter
1 package of "Weight Control" instant oatmeal (I usually get the maple flavor)

Lots of protein and it keeps me full for 4 hours, even with a fairly strenuous hour of weights in the gym.

brookelynne
04-05-2011, 05:09 PM
Hi all

I recently discovered green smoothies and am now addicted. I thought that I hated spinach, but I consume it 5-6 days a week now in my smoothies. My recipe varies, depending upon what is in my fridge, but the basics are:

1/2 cup NF greek yogurt
1 cup almond milk
banana
1/2 cup cooked steel cut oatmeal
frozen mango chunks
any other fresh fruit (grapes, strawberries, apples, etc.)
2 handsful spinach or romaine lettuce

Sometime I toss in a Tb of almond butter or a carrot. I change the recipe every day. What I find absolutely amazing is that these breakfast smoothies will hold me for 3 or 4 hours with no hunger pangs until lunch time. Delicious, nutritious and filling. Not low calorie, but very Weight Watchers friendly. What more can one ask.

Goddess Jessica
04-05-2011, 05:22 PM
Brookelynne - I totally agree! Although I will say that there's a bit of controversy over the WW friendly part. I think the official stance is that if it's blended it's not zero points. I disagree since you're still getting the fiber and everything else in the whole fruit as a whole fruit blended (it's not like you're juicing it). But whatevs -- call me a heretic! :)

river
04-05-2011, 07:55 PM
My fav smoothie:

blueberries- fresh or frozen
frozen sliced banana
unsweetened vanilla almond milk
scoop vanilla whey powder
chia seeds

Sometimes I will add a yogurt if I need extra calories, or use flax oil instead of chia seeds.

Sweet smoothie- choco pb monster

frozen sliced banana
squirt choco nesquik
tbsp pb or almond butter
vanilla almond milk (I love this stuff)
scoop choco whey protein

I've tossed a few handfuls of baby spinach into both those smoothies.

mj5
04-05-2011, 09:14 PM
I LOVE smoothies!!! My most recent concoction is: 8oz unsweetend almond milk, 1 c fresh spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop protein powder (I use chocolate), 1T natural peanut butter, ice. DELISH!

twinmommaplusone
04-06-2011, 12:23 AM
I use a magic bullet, the oats offer extra fiber and more whole grains into the diet, besides its loaded with natural nutrients!

Lauren201
04-06-2011, 12:48 AM
My current smoothie:

1 cup of milk (fat free) 90 calories
1 whole fresh banana 105 calories
1/2 scoop elite vanilla whey protein 80 calories
1/2 packet of apple & cinnamon oatmeal (uncooked) 65 calories
1tsp of cinnamon
A bunch of ice cubes

Total calories: 340

I usually have one of these for breakfast with my turkey bacon.

Sometimes I'll add frozen blackberries (90 cal per cup) or frozen peaches (50 cal per cup). I'm not a big fan of strawberry smoothies so I don't ever add them. LOL

brookelynne
04-06-2011, 12:06 PM
Goddess Jessica

You and I are both heretics! You are right about the fruit controversy at WW. Personally, I don't see the difference between eating my fruits, vegetables, oatmeal and yogurt (all of which are perfectly acceptable tunder WW) and drinking this mixed up in a smoothie. It makes no sense to me whatsoever that blending fruit would somehow change a zero point food into one with points. Blending does not change the nutritional value of the fruit.

I know that consuming spinach is good for me, and if blending it into a smoothie gets dark leafy greens into me, that is a good thing. I have even used kale in my smoothies and thoroughly enjoyed it. Prior to that, I would not even consider ingesting kale.

I am enjoying success on WW, and have a smoothie almost every day. I tally up the points value as I would if I were chewing the individual smoothie ingredients. Works for me!

romainelettuce
04-07-2011, 01:37 PM
I started eating oatmeal for breakfast following katheats.com recipes because I read you should eat for the climate. But as it gets warmer, I'll do more smoothies and my fall back is:

2/3 c water
1/2-2/3 c frozen mango
1 banana
few baby carrots
2 big handfuls of spinach (I freeze mine so it lasts longer)
1tbs ground flax seed
few ice cubes

LOVE IT. Plus it keeps me satisfied for a while because it takes me so long to drink it.

tsuninight
04-07-2011, 02:31 PM
My smoothies generally consist of:

Frozen fruit (favorite being mango, pineapple, & banana)
Protein powder (generally vanilla or chocolate muscle milk light)
Skim Milk, almond milk or water (depending on the fruit and calories I have to use)
You can make a whole lot of a fruit smoothie

So lately one of the things, for whatever reason, Iíve been craving is peanut butter. I have NO idea what is causing this craving, but itís been a killer.
So I modified a smoothie into super tasty replacement meal/ice cream type substance
1/2 a banana (fresh or frozen)
8 oz of skim milk (or plain almond milk)
1/2 a serving of muscle milk light (vanilla)
1 Tbsp Smuckerís Natural peanut butter Ė creamy (NO sugar added)
So Iíve had this both ways, but frozen it tastes a whole lot like ice cream.
Calories: 333
Protein: 24.9g
Carbs: 34.2g
Fat: 11.4g
This meets or is close enough to my meal requirements (I am eating 6 times a day), that this becomes a heck of a snack/meal replacement. You get sweetness from the banana & the muscle milk. Overall Iíve had blizzards/concrete mixers from local fast food places that have a LOT higher in fat & calories with a whole lot less nutritional punch .
More or less this one lets me ďfeelĒ like Iím cheating but Iím really not based on my rules.

Goddess Jessica
04-07-2011, 02:37 PM
I have never thought of putting oatmeal in my smoothie. You people are GENIUSES! :)