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Interesting Smoothie Ideas?

MVNYC Feb 23, 2007 01:21 PM

I usually whip up smoothies after coming home from a workout and am looking for some interesting combinations.

Some of the winners in my arsenal

Rasberry Peanut Cup

Vanilla Yogurt, Vanilla Whey powder, frozen raspberries, a tablespoon of nut butter, a squirt of chocolate syrup and fat free milk or water

Blueberry-Lime

Van yogurt, van whey, frozen blueberries, a slice of ginger, lime juice or limeade and water

Blueberry pineapple

van yogurt, van whey, fr blueberries, fr pineapple chunks, fresh ground cinnamon and water

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  1. favolaus RE: MVNYC Feb 23, 2007 01:30 PM

    bananas, dates, cashews milk, sugar or maple syrup.

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      HillJ RE: MVNYC Feb 23, 2007 02:15 PM

      Fresh mint, watermelon and almond extract

      Pomegranate seeds and carrots

      Frozen vanilla yogurt, pumpkin butter and pecans

      Bananas, peach yogurt and honey

      Raspberry sorbet, skim milk and tangerine slices

      Cucumber, mint sprigs and green tea

      Right now my favorite breakfast smoothie is vanilla yogurt, applesauce and a banana

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        piccola RE: MVNYC Feb 23, 2007 06:33 PM

        The trick to great smoothies is frozen banana chunks. They make everything thick and creamy but don't always add a pronounced flavour.

        Some good combos:

        Lite coconut milk, frozen bananas, strawberries and orange juice concentrate
        Avocado, frozen banana, lime juice and zest, skim milk, honey
        Canned or frozen cherries, frozen banana, almond milk (choc syrup optional)

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          lodgegirl RE: piccola Feb 24, 2007 07:09 AM

          another sweet creamy smoothie secret is frozen mango chunks! if you've had mango sorbet, you know mango's silkiness. my family loves vanilla yogurt (brown cow lowfat vanilla has none of the gooeyness of stonyfield and the others, just rich and vanilla-y) with frozen banana, mango, sometimes strawberries and a little orange juice (or not if we don't have it).

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            piccola RE: lodgegirl Feb 24, 2007 05:14 PM

            Big fan of frozen mango (I sometimes eat it straight from the freezer). But it has a really distinctive flavour, so it doesn't go with everything the way banana does.

        2. Emme RE: MVNYC Feb 23, 2007 10:13 PM

          There was a thread just recently on this, but if you're making them post-workout, the RTD Met-Rx cans of high protein low carb shakes are incredibly thick, offer 20g of protein for 100 calories, and make a great "base" for anything else you want to add. I've found these are great for giving a shake that's thicky and creamy. I like cinnamon and vanilla in mine personally...
          For good fats, add almonds, or if you don't mind the taste a tablespoon of flax seed oil or powder is a good enhancer nutritionally speaking.
          One of my older favorites was a vanilla base w/ pumpkin puree mixed in and the requisite pumpkin pie spice. Some might consider adding a couple of graham crackers for the full pie experience.

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            Diana RE: MVNYC Feb 24, 2007 08:56 AM

            Trust me, this one's great.

            avocado, lots of honey, vanilla or plain yogurt,soy, almond or skim milk, banana.

            Avocado is often sweet in south american countries. I've tried this, and it's increadible, and provides a lot of healthy fats and oils post workout.

            The banana provides potassium, which can help with soreness and muscle repair.

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              Adrienne RE: Diana Feb 25, 2007 09:00 AM

              I agree that sweetened avocado can be delicious -- I prefer mine with a little orange juice mixed in.

              My eternal favorite smoothie ever is fresh strawberries and banana blended into OJ.

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              kobetobiko RE: MVNYC Feb 24, 2007 08:59 AM

              Papaya and yogurt or milk - in Asian this is widely know as an enhancer to increase your bust-size! (only if you drink it frequently!)

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                Diana RE: kobetobiko Feb 24, 2007 09:01 AM

                Yeah, and we all know the stereotype..all those asian ladies and their enourmous bosoms.

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                  PseudoNerd RE: Diana Feb 25, 2007 08:23 AM

                  ha!

              2. wyf4lyf RE: MVNYC Feb 24, 2007 09:51 AM

                My 2 new "secret ingredients" in smoothies are finely grated lemon zest, and finely grated fresh ginger. They add a wonderful, fresh "zing" to my smoothies. I love the combo of frozen blueberries with a little pineapple and banana. I use vanilla soy milk for the creaminess and a touch of sweetness. Depending on how thick I want it, I'll add anywhere from no ice to a lot. Sometimes I make it so thick I have to eat it with a spoon, which feels more like a "treat" somehow. Either way, I've hooked my family on this!

                1. Marianna215 RE: MVNYC Feb 24, 2007 11:44 AM

                  I love matcha tea powder - I throw it in with some soy milk and ice. Saving tons of money instead of starbucks.

                  1. PseudoNerd RE: MVNYC Feb 25, 2007 08:25 AM

                    We currently have ones with:

                    ground flaxseed
                    ground roasted black sesame
                    ground roasted soybean (it just comes in a powder)
                    soymilk
                    some milk (to add a bit of creaminess)
                    apple (to thicken)

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