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What kind of yogurt is it best to use for smoothies? I'm talking, simple smoothie, with no banana/no orange juice, as I have hypoglycemia and can't eat banana/oj!
I just want to put the frozen blueberries with yogurt and some maple syrup, blend and drink to increase my fruit intake.

I can have access to just about any kind of yogurt possible too, so no limit!

If you have any awesome smoothie recipes, please post them, I'm willing to try them all (or change some ingredients to adapt them to what I can eat)

Also, I got a brand new blender for Christmas, and was wondering, other then crushing ice and making smoothies, what other awesome thing can I make with it?

Thank you :)

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  1. I usually use whatever I've got in the fridge, wrt smoothie ingredients. As for yogurt, plain Stonyfield low fat is my usual, though I've used Fage and my own homemade. That, plus some milk (dairy, soy, almond, whatever), some fruit (berries are great and apparently you can eat them). Frozen blueberries are wonderful and there's no need to thaw. I rarely use ice and certainly never if the berries are frozen. Cocoa powder is a nice addition if you've got a compatible flavor. I sweeten with Truvia (made from stevia) which may be okay to use if you've got hypoglycemia. I've done a peanut butter smoothie, also with cocoa powder--it was not a light one in terms of calories. But berry-based ones are still my faves (good source of fiber, too!) I don't use smoothie recipes--I just add the stuff to the blender and turn it on.

    Have fun with your new blender!

    1. I think Greek yoghurt is lovely in a smoothie but also try sour cream or buttermilk (if you like those items).

      1. my favorite smoothie is fat free (or 2%) fage yogurt, chocolate flavored proten powder and frozen cherries. I usually do splash some liquid in - milk or juice - to get it going. I love the chocolate and cherry mix!

        I like to use fage because of the nutritional content, but any plain is fine - just be sure to watch the sugar content!

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        1. re: Jeserf

          I like the flavor of the Fage too, but the 2% is a good call. Fage, and other Greek yogurts, are so delicious because the fat content is very high. If one is making smoothies for health reasons, be sure to compare the nutrition facts on different yogurts. You don't want to end up with a Jamba Juice style gut bomb.

        2. Fun!

          If you are prone to hypoglycemia, I wonder if you have tried replacing maple syrup with a sweetener (such as agave nectar) that is lower on the glycemic scale, or just eliminating it altogether. I, too, am prone to hypoglycemia and think, for my tastes, most smoothies can be made sweet enough just with the whole fruit. Sometimes, I also put a splash of Torani sugar-free syrup (I like raspberry and Almond Roca, though, not together!) in them.

          Also, if you can't have orange juice or banana, and really miss the flavors of them, you can do quite well with orange essence or orange extract and, in small quantities, banana extract. (I have more success with orange than I do with banana.) You'd also have to use silken tofu in place of the banana in recipes in recipes to replace the texture.

          I really like smoothies with Silken Tofu.

          Deborah Madison has some smoothies in her book, "This Can't Be Tofu" that I like:

          This one's my fav (replace honey with agave nectar or a splash of Torani sugar free raspberry OR Torani sugar free almond roca and eliminate the 2 drops of almond extract):

          http://starchefs.com/healthy_cooking/...

          OR

          http://www.recipezaar.com/Iced-Coffee...

          Here's one from her Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone:

          http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/v... (replace the brown sugar with agave nectar or a splash of Torani sugar-free syrup; use coconut milk, not the pineapple coconut nectar).

          And some in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (sub silken tofu+banana extract for banana):
          http://blog.healthy-green-lifestyle.c...

          You can do something like this if you use unsweetened cocoa powder and agave nectar or Torani syrup along with plain soy milk:

          http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe...

          Another thing you can do with your blender, is an adaptation (using cocoa powder and a low-GI sweetener) is an adaptation of Alton Brown's Moo Less Chocolate Pie. I usually eliminate the crust and call it Moo Less Chocolate Mousse. You could also do a nut crust with it. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I'll bet you could do these "Amazing Black Bean" brownies in the blender, too: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

            ~TDQ

          2. This is what I use for my diabetic FIL:

            - 1 individual serving container of flavored, artifically sweetened yogurt (like Axelrod, Light & Fit, etc... I personally like using Axelrod for this purpose because it has a more realistic consistency, despite being fat free, and maybe tastes sweeter)
            - frozen strawberries
            - frozen blueberries
            - frozen raspberries
            - a very small amount of frozen peaches
            - as much milk as you need to thin the stuff to a drinkable consistency

            To those chocolate/cocoa smoothies that others have mentioned already, I sometimes addvarious spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, even chili powder) and/or I add a tiny amount of vanilla / almond extract.

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            1. re: cimui

              I do the same thing -- use sweetened yogurt and don't add any extra sweetener. I just throw in a mix of frozen and fresh fruit, whatever I have on hand.

              You can make any kind of pureed soup in the blender, too. Carrot soup, black bean soup, and split pea soup are my favorites, and so easy (saute onions and veggies, add chicken/veg stock and simmer, blend), with lots of flavor variations (add garlic, bacon, garam masala, fresh herbs... just not all at once.)

            2. Hey, Anarkya...I use Fage 0% sometimes and sometimes I use low-fat Kefir...love using frozen wild blueberries like you do! Someone told me that you can use BUTTERMILK in smoothies too...live cultures, tangy flavor...seems to make sense. However, not sure how kefir and/or buttermilk rate on glycemic scale, so you'd have to look into that.

              1. Can't remember where I came across this, but it is delicious, if a little sweet for me personally. I often make it with lowfat yogurt and skim or even whole milk (whatever's in the fridge that needs to be used up, basically). Also, a dash of cinnamon is a nice touch.

                Vanilla-Date Smoothie

                1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
                1 cup nonfat milk
                1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 9 ounces)
                ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
                2 cups ice cubes (about 12 cubes)

                Puree everything except the ice cubes until smooth (this will take awhile, dates being dense and gooey). Add the ice cubes and puree until thick and smooth and no ice cubes or chunks thereof remain. Divide into two glasses and serve.

                Sorry, but I have no creative uses for the blender beyond perfectly creamy soups and sauces and fru fru adult beverages. I always used the food processor or mortar-and-pestle (or a knife) for salsas, but I'm sure if you threw some tomatillos in there with a couple cloves of garlic, a serrano or two, and maybe some chopped onion and cilantro it would taste better than most anything you get at a restaurant. Just be sure to finish with some salt and fresh lime juice. Enjoy the new toy!

                1. i echo the recs for Total or Fage 0%.

                  i also will use Quark, along with a little skim milk or almond mylk or soy milk, whatever the preference. it's good on protein, low on carbs, low on fat.

                  both cottage and ricotta cheeses (skim or non or low fat) are great as well.

                  you might also consider adding a tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds to your smoothie for some omega-3's. [oatmeal is a great thickener, if you can handle those carbs, and gives just a bit of toothsomeness and nuttiness.]

                  one of my favorite additions is mashed pumpkin or mashed sweet potato, along wtih some whey protein powder and pumpkin pie spice. simple but flavorful, and can top with a bit of crushed pecans if desired.

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                  1. re: Emme

                    I love pumpkin in my smoothies, though, I confess, I just use it out of the can.

                    ~TDQ

                  2. I like the blueberry smoothies better when I take my frozen wild maine blueberries and cook half them in a saucepan with some agave or honey. THen I add the frozen ones to cool the mixture down. Much stronger blueberry taste! Also apple slices sauteed with some cinnamon are good in smoothies, in that case I don't use any raw apple - wrong texture for me..

                    A blender is also handy for blender hollandaise:)

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                    1. re: ElsieB

                      Elsie, I've done something similar to the frozen wild blueberries (love the 365 brand at Whole Foods!) for when I just have yogurt for breakfast and don't want to bother with the blender....I also "stew" up the blueberries in a small saucepan and I usually add a tablespoon, maybe less, of Bonne Maman strawberry or cherry preserves to it for sweetness...of course, anyone who is hypoglycemic may want to use maple syrup instead or agave nectar, I understand. But, you are correct that heating up the berries seems to bring out more flavor!

                    2. Kefir also works great in smoothies...surprised nobody else, including me, spoke up for Kefir in this post...it's not as thick as yogurt but has tons of great friendly-bacteria, different from yogurt.

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                      1. re: Val

                        Yeah, Kefir is a great option too. Nice tip!

                      2. We dont like to use expensive yogurt for smoothies. We just plain old lowfat organic-usually trader joes. And we cut it with plain soy milk. We use whatever ripe or frozen fruit is present. Recently, my wife has been making them with raw beets, strawberry and a touch of raspberry preserve. SInce I dont eat beets, I call it red death. My wife calls it red life.

                        1. i either eat a bowl of yogurt and fruit or a yogurt smoothie every day for bfast so i guess i have opinions here. i think that fage is wonderful and it's my yogurt of choice for a bowl. but too expensive for a smoothie and i use stoneyfield no fat plain for that.
                          my smoothies:

                          1/2 large container of organic nonfat plain yogurt.

                          organic frozen fruit: i mix but always one dark fruit (blackberries, blueberries, etc.) and maybe a banana or 4-6 slices of frozen peaches (which make it very icey and light)

                          solgar whey: 2 scoops. (comes in vanilla, chocolate, berry) Solgar brand whey powder is very very very low-sugar which is why I love it. It's also a very good brand.

                          1 splenda (some wheys have stevia or such in them in which case you don’t need the spenda). Solgar Whey is very pure and has only 1gram of sugar.

                          2 scoops organic ground flax meal. i use bob’s – i like the reg. organic ground flax meal but they also make a golden one. (once again...no more flax for me)

                          1/3 scoop of brewer’s yeast FLAKES – not powder. buy the ‘non-gmo’ kind (which is sort of like organic)

                          toasted wheatgerm: I throw some in there too!

                          liquid: i use ‘kagome’ juice i buy the dark berry blends. this is part organic fruit and part organic greens. i think kagome juice is now discontinued (don’t ask how i’m hoarding 4 cases in my kitchen) but lakewood organic makes a good fruit garden mix that has tons of high-end green stuff in there. You want one that has a lot of good greens in it...some of them are just carrots and celery and fruit. the lakewood products are very veggie heavy.

                          an 1/8 scoop of Barleans powdered greens…very green!!! Great for vitamins and to get some green content in.