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
Van yogurt, van whey, frozen blueberries, a slice of ginger, lime juice or limeade and water
van yogurt, van whey, fr blueberries, fr pineapple chunks, fresh ground cinnamon and water
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
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)
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).
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.
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.
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!
I love matcha tea powder - I throw it in with some soy milk and ice. Saving tons of money instead of starbucks.
We currently have ones with:
ground roasted black sesame
ground roasted soybean (it just comes in a powder)
some milk (to add a bit of creaminess)
apple (to thicken)