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Smoothie Smarts

Simple, Healthy, and Delicious Treats

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GIRVIN098
5/2/2009 12:31:20 PM

My favorite smoothie, which I tend to have as a post-run meal, is 8 oz. skim milk, ice, a scoop of either strawberry or vanilla whey protein powder, and a dash of sugar free syrup (the kind they use in coffee). Sprinkle in a tad bit of splenda, and you're golden. The best part is, you get the whole blender for under 200 calories, and a huge boost of protein! (You can throw in some fruit as well, but I usually just pair it with an apple.)
COLLEEN1887
5/1/2009 6:43:53 PM

when I make a smoothie in the morning I add cooked oatmeal along with fruit and yogurt
5/1/2009 11:22:52 AM

CRYSTALDAWNPT's SparkPage
For breakfast, I love Greenberry Shakeology, blended with half an apple or some frozen bluberries. This mix is sweetened with a dash of cinnamon, which is a great alternative to honey, like Barbara-Anne mentioned. It also has the refreshing addition of wheat grass!

I found that making any shake using a low sugar powder + fruit or veggies is equally tasty and filling using water rather than juice, milk, or yogurt, and I am not getting unnecessary calories or extra grams of protein. (Many powders have 15 to 23 grams of protein. I definitely don't need to add 8-12 more grams to my meal with soymilk or yogurt)

Also, my new love: Kitchen Aid immersion blender. It's so much quicker and easier to use than a blender. 5 second cleanup!!
CHUNKYCHUNKY
4/29/2009 11:12:34 PM

i make my smoothies in the magic bullet. i use frozen mangos, strawberrys,pineapple,blueberrys and sometimes fresh banana but not all at once. choose your flavor of the day. i use plain yogurt or vanilla which has a few more calories and a splash of v8 splash light. they are great
4/28/2009 1:35:30 PM

CBELDEN05's SparkPage
I have really started making smoothies the last week or so, and love them..so do my kids. I use about 2tsp of honey to sweeten because I use plain low-fat yogurt. I have a big glass for breakfast during the weekdays. I'll use strawberries, blueberries, mangos, bananas, peaches, whatever, usually mix one or more.
4/24/2009 2:26:17 PM

LEIGHANNIE445's SparkPage
I love adding a handful of spinach to my smoothie! Gives me a serving of vegetables along with the fruit! And the best part is, you can't taste it! Try it!
4/17/2009 8:37:34 AM

BARBARA-ANNE's SparkPage
I only started making smoothies about a year ago and love them. I have them for breakfast, and usually for my after walk snack. Costco sells mixed frozen berries(strawberries, blackberries, blueberries) at a reasonable price - works perfect for me. I add a shake of cinammon and skip the sweetener.
4/11/2009 1:02:26 PM

ROBCURTROSS's SparkPage
I've been making Green Smoothies suggested on "The New York Times" Well site -- didn't keep the link, sorry -- a great way to get vegetables and fiber into the diet:

1 avocado
1 large cucumber
2 cups spinach
2 large leaves collard greens
2 leaves black kale
3 lemons, juice only
1.5 cups water

Regards, Bob

I make mine with less water and don't over blend to give them more mouth feel; they will keep in the fridge for several days. Victoria Boutenko is one source of recipes for green smoothies, but there are several others.
4/10/2009 3:19:52 PM

FORMY2SONS's SparkPage
I really don't measure anything for my smoothies but I use 1 banana, about 6-8 frozen strawberries, depending on the size and about 4 oz of orange juice. The frozen strawberries take the place of ice which my blender won't crush up.
4/6/2009 3:22:18 PM

KBOONE2BEAUTY's SparkPage
I LOVE smoothies they r by far my fav! I use strawberries bananas and blueberries, ice, and pineapple juice its so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!
4/6/2009 12:53:08 PM

CHRISTYHUTCH1's SparkPage
This morning I made a smoothie using my Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder, and Arbonne Fiber Booster, 1/4 cup of soy milk and frozen strawberries... YUM!!! This article confirmed what I knew but it always feels good to hear it from a 3rd party!!!
4/3/2009 3:38:32 PM

MARNAGIRL's SparkPage
I avoid dairy altogether in my smoothies. My favorite is 4 oz. Orange juice, 1/2 c. Trader Joe's frozen Very Cherry Berry Blend, 1/2 banana and sometimes a scoop of protein powder. I do my smoothies in the Magic Bullet - lets you blend in the cup & run to work!
MSAKATUDE
3/27/2009 11:21:51 PM

Herbalife french vanilla is the greatest with a banana and some oj and ice---perfect
JHACKIE
3/24/2009 1:53:57 PM

i recently start with herbalife shakes(smoothies) can someone comment please,is it a healthy choice.I want to lose some pounds.
JONESIE876
3/21/2009 9:56:18 PM

I received a new blender as a gift and will be putting it to use!

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