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Sheena Mar 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Hi, all! I'm trying to economize and realized I could save a bundle making my own smoothies- lately, I've been getting them daily. The "recipe" I'm looking for is just a mixture of ice cubes, one banana, vanilla extract and OJ, with a little sugar but try as I might I can not get the proportions right. Can anyone out there help me??

Thanks in advance!

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    Nyleve Mar 28, 2005 11:50 AM

    This isn't a precise recipe but try making it with frozen banana. Use crushed ice, not cubes. You won't need a ton of ice in this - start with one frozen banana, 1 cup crushed ice and maybe 1/2 cup orange juice. If it needs more liquid add more oj, but just a tiny bit at a time. You also won't need much sugar - if the banana is really ripe it will be quite sweet enough without.

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      Sheena Mar 29, 2005 10:42 PM

      Would you have a guess as to how many ice cubes I'd need for a cup of crushed ice? Thanks again- and thanks to all for such super responses!

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      Alan408 Mar 28, 2005 12:14 PM

      I use yogurt, banana, strawberries, fruit punch, ice.

      ~1 cup of ice cubes, 1 banana, 2-4 strawberries, 1-1 1/2 cup of yogurt (I usually purchase yogurt by the quart and try for low-fat vanilla), as much fruit punch as necessary: if I am going to make a lot of smoothies, I will purchase the fruit punch that comes in a 1 gallon plastic container costs ~$1. If I am not going to make a lot of smoothies, I will purchase 1/2 gallon of fruit punch that comes in a paper carton and costs ~$2-3. That combo makes ~16oz of smoothie.

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        melon Mar 28, 2005 12:31 PM

        I've found that throwing a dab of peanut butter in helps bind everything together so that it doesn't get that gross, separated frappucino look.

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          LisaM Mar 28, 2005 01:48 PM

          Contrary to what others have said, I find that if you use frozen fruit, be it banana, mango, strawberries, blueberries, you don't need ice at all. This makes it nicely, thickly frozen, but without those nasty ice chunks and slivers. For a great smoothie, I use ca cup of milk, 1/2 a frozen banana, and either a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or strawberries. Sometimes I'll also add a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. This makes a 16-20-oz smoothie that's sooo good! I don't usually need extra sugar, but I'll taste after blending, and maybe add a tsp to a tbsp of sugar or honey, if needed, then blend again for another 30 secs. Adjust proportions of everything to taste. Also, I sometimes add 1-2 tbsp of wheat germ if I want to be extra healthy.

          Remember, don't use ice!!

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            missliss Mar 28, 2005 02:01 PM

            I'm with you! I never add ice. 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup - 1 cup oj, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and about 3/4 cup frozen mango makes a killer smoothie (or foomsie, as my 2 1/2 year old calls it). Delish and enough for two.

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              jennyantepenultimate Mar 28, 2005 08:03 PM

              Instead of sugar, try adding in a couple of teaspoons of frozen juice concentrate, (orange, lemon, fruit punch or whatever you like). It's sweet enough to substitute while also adding in more fruit flavor. Just keep it in the door of your freezer and it should stay slushy enough to use when needed. It's the one time where the relative warmth of the freezer door is a good thing.

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                poppytrail Mar 29, 2005 09:19 AM

                For that extra sweetness I use unfilitered apple juice instead of oj. Apple juice also seems somewhat more neutral in flavor than oj. When I make smoothies with oj, the citrus usually dominates. Ditto on using frozen fruit. I usually buy these large bags of frozen mixed fruit at the grocery store. The bags last a long time and are very economical compared to buying smoothies at a cafe or juice joint every morning.

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                  parkslopemama Mar 29, 2005 09:22 AM

                  I agree with the no-ice recommendation. I usually put a small container of yogurt and/or some fruit in the freezer overnight.

                  Blend 1 cup of cold orange juice, a small container of frozen yogurt (fruit-flavored or vanilla), plus a cold banana or 1/2-cup of cold berries or pineapple. If the ingredients are cold enough, you don't need the ice.

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                    danna Mar 29, 2005 02:26 PM

                    Hey, watch that anti-ice bias! ;-)

                    I love ice in my smoothies, can't stand to get one of those too-thick no-ice smoothies. I feel like I'm simply drinking a bananna through a straw. I agree that the ice should be well integrated, however, which means either commercial smoothie, or a really good blender.

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                      jackie Mar 29, 2005 05:28 PM

                      So agree--no ice, a bit of frozen fruit, a piece of fresh fruit, some non-fat yogurt,vanilla soy milk, blend,blend, blend, and you've got a great tasting, healthy smoothie!

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                      pastrytroll Mar 28, 2005 07:39 PM

                      I found this Orange Julius knock-off, except it doesn't have banana in int...

                      Link: http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/recip...

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                        Sweet Pea Mar 29, 2005 11:03 AM

                        I agree with the "no ice". I use 1/2 banana, frozen mixed berries (black, raz, blue, straw) with no additives, no sugar or extra juice, etc., and I use rice milk. The sugar hit is hard on the pancreas so the protein is good to off-set that. I also add a powder supplement "Brain Link" from the Pain & Stress Center (no I don't work there or anything), and a blop of organic plain yogurt, ground flax seed, about a tsp. each of flax seed oil and artic cod liver oil (orange flavor). All I taste is a yummy fruit smoothie that's about 10 oz.

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                          edo Mar 29, 2005 02:05 PM

                          This may sound like a dumb question - but are smooties healthy? Soemone told me thay have a ton of calories. and I've had ones that almost seem like a dessert they are so sweet and milky.

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                            jennyantepenultimate Mar 30, 2005 03:17 AM

                            That's kind of like asking if are salad bars healthy. It all depends on what you choose.

                            If you add ice cream like some smoothie places do, it's not as healthful as when you use nonfat yogurt as your dairy element. If you add cut-up whole fruits instead of just the juice, the fiber helps slow down the sugar rush. Think of smoothies as an easier way to get your "five a day" instead of a milkshake with fruit.

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