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How Do You Smoothie?
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
Thought a sister thread to the Oatmeal thread could be fun.  I eat oatmeal every morning about 9 months out of the year and in late spring to mid fall I make a fruit smoothie almost every day after work for my afternoon snack.  They're delicious, but the ones I make are pretty standard.  Some new ideas and variety is always welcome.

So let's hear everyone's favorite smoothie pro-tips, recipes, or go-to's! 

Here's how I make mine:

1 banana
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about 3/4 cup plain yogurt (from a giant tub, I just eyeball my scoops anymore, but it's around a 3/4 cup)
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choice of fruit - if fresh I add three ice cubes, if frozen I do not.  Favorites choices are mango and strawberry and I put in slightly more than would be equal to the banana
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splash of liquid - I always start conservative and if it's too thick I add more.  Juice sometimes, but I don't buy juices often.  I like milk in a banana/strawberry smoothie and lightly sugared sun tea in a banana/mango smoothie.

I blend it forever so it's extra smooth.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 06:36:09 PM »
Frozen bananas, mangos and blueberries, ground flax seed, spirulina, whole milk, splash of juice and water. If we have a lot of avocados Iíll throw one in too. All organic except for the bananas, avocados and spirulina (make sure itís US produced.) This is for 4 of us. Flax is great in smoothies as you wonít notice it and itís loaded with fiber and great fat.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 07:18:58 PM »
1/2 to 3/4 frozen banana
1/2 cup yogurt
Heaping tbs peanut butter
1/2 c almond milk
1/2 avocado
3 ice cubes
Then I stuff as much kale and spinach that will fit in the blender. 
Add flax and chia seeds after blending because itís easier to clean the blender!
Makes one serving in a very large glass.
So good!

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 07:23:31 PM »
1/2 to 3/4 frozen banana
1/2 cup yogurt
Heaping tbs peanut butter
1/2 c almond milk
1/2 avocado
3 ice cubes
Then I stuff as much kale and spinach that will fit in the blender. 
Add flax and chia seeds after blending because it’s easier to clean the blender!
Makes one serving in a very large glass.
So good!

This recipe seems to be coming straight from a "Top 10 Superfoods" article. IIFYM

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 07:31:03 PM »
1/2 to 3/4 frozen banana
1/2 cup yogurt
Heaping tbs peanut butter
1/2 c almond milk
1/2 avocado
3 ice cubes
Then I stuff as much kale and spinach that will fit in the blender. 
Add flax and chia seeds after blending because itís easier to clean the blender!
Makes one serving in a very large glass.
So good!

This recipe seems to be coming straight from a "Top 10 Superfoods" article. IIFYM

Nope, all my own because I hate berries!  Dr. Rhonda Patrick was the inspiration for it though.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 07:36:24 PM »
My default smoothie is the same base with different extras added later on:
- Kale (about two cups)
- A Granny Smith apple
- Apple juice (or coconut milk)

Blend until it's smooth so you've got a tasty green/healthy base to work with.  Then add extra stuff depending on what's in the fridge until your blender is full:
- 2 or 3 kiwis
- avocado
- pineapple
- ripe banana
- mango
- blueberries/strawberries
- a handful of green grapes



I like it because it's pretty hard to fuck this one up.  It always tastes good, despite choking down a good bunch of Kale.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 09:18:56 PM »
2 bananas
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup rolled oats
6-8 large frozen strawberries
Handful of other berries
Big spoonful (probably 1/4 cup) full fat Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Whole milk probably 10-16oz
Sometimes a small handful of spinach

Blend. In my vitamix.

Give 16 oz to toddler
Add handful of ice
Blend again and enjoy.  Usually end up with 20-30oz left.

If you say vitamix 3 times fast, Sol and the other vitamix haters will come and face punch you.


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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 09:19:15 PM »
Crap. I said it three times.


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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2018, 09:28:34 PM »
2 bananas
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup rolled oats
6-8 large frozen strawberries
Handful of other berries
Big spoonful (probably 1/4 cup) full fat Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Whole milk probably 10-16oz
Sometimes a small handful of spinach

Blend. In my vitamix.

Give 16 oz to toddler
Add handful of ice
Blend again and enjoy.  Usually end up with 20-30oz left.

If you say vitamix 3 times fast, Sol and the other vitamix haters will come and face punch you.


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Hahaha, what's controversial about vitamixes?  Not that I wanna start somethin', but my interest is piqued.  I have a Ninja I got open box at Fred Meyer for 60% off!  That was several years ago.  The thing is great.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2018, 09:30:33 PM »
2 bananas
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup rolled oats
6-8 large frozen strawberries
Handful of other berries
Big spoonful (probably 1/4 cup) full fat Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Whole milk probably 10-16oz
Sometimes a small handful of spinach

Blend. In my vitamix.

Give 16 oz to toddler
Add handful of ice
Blend again and enjoy.  Usually end up with 20-30oz left.

If you say vitamix 3 times fast, Sol and the other vitamix haters will come and face punch you.


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Hahaha, what's controversial about vitamixes?  Not that I wanna start somethin', but my interest is piqued.  I have a Ninja I got open box at Fred Meyer for 60% off!  That was several years ago.  The thing is great.
There's some good threads out there in the past. Funny reads on all sides.  But vitamix $600,000 blender is a proxy for consumer facepunches. Not everyone agrees.


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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2018, 09:32:08 PM »
I see Vitamix at Amazon for $449.95 & FREE Shipping. What does it do that a $40 blender doesn't?

Also aren't these smoothies a little over the top? Why do you need bananas and oats and strawberries and yogurt and peanut butter, etc. etc. Can't you just pick 2-3 ingredients and be done with it?

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2018, 10:37:53 PM »
Greek yogurt
frozen mixed berries
small banana
water

Sometimes a handful of spinach if I'm feelin' fancy. :)

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2018, 10:46:50 PM »
Greek yogurt
frozen banana
almond milk
raw cacao
PB

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 12:18:15 AM »
Same for me, but I also add honey, and milk for fluidity. I had not thought of peanut butter.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2018, 12:51:57 AM »
2 bananas
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup rolled oats
6-8 large frozen strawberries
Handful of other berries
Big spoonful (probably 1/4 cup) full fat Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Whole milk probably 10-16oz
Sometimes a small handful of spinach

Blend. In my vitamix.

Give 16 oz to toddler
Add handful of ice
Blend again and enjoy.  Usually end up with 20-30oz left.

If you say vitamix 3 times fast, Sol and the other vitamix haters will come and face punch you.


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Hahaha, what's controversial about vitamixes?  Not that I wanna start somethin', but my interest is piqued.  I have a Ninja I got open box at Fred Meyer for 60% off!  That was several years ago.  The thing is great.
There's some good threads out there in the past. Funny reads on all sides.  But vitamix $600,000 blender is a proxy for consumer facepunches. Not everyone agrees.


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Bought my $800 Vitamix at Costco and used my SUV to haul it home to my McMansion where I blend baby seals into smoothies.

Seriously though, a refurbished Vitamix (less than $300 on Amazon) isn't anywhere near the most face punchworthy of sins. The fact that a small appliance can even be refurbished these days, and that there's a market for them, is something I'd actually like to see more of.

Is it better than a $40 blender? Yep. Basically paying for a much more powerful motor and heftier components. Is it "worth" the approximate additional $250? Depends what you use it for and how often. Would I recommend it to someone with hair-on-fire debt or still in the accumulation phase? Nope.

The cheap Hamilton Beach we got as a wedding gift lasted almost 17 years before finally dying. The smoothies weren't as smooth, with chunks of fruit and bits of ice, but somehow we survived. But DW wanted a Vitamix for a long time and refurbished price wasn't a problem for the budget. She loves it and uses it almost every day.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2018, 04:10:14 AM »
Frozen mixed berries
Cold water
Spoonful of raspberry jam

Banana
Yogurt
Maple syrup
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2018, 04:41:54 AM »
I posted this on the oatmeal thread too...  I like these smoothies because they stay thick and I can make them days in advance (I work a rotating shift, and my day shifts are just too early for me to be able to stomach anything first thing in the morning, so the "stays thick" part is key).  The texture is a little different, but I like them, and I'm one of those people with texture issues with food.

https://www.theyummylife.com/Oatmeal_Smoothies

I keep a bunch of frozen fruits in my freezer.  One year my parents had hundreds of small cantaloupe that ripened all at once (they tried to time it for my sister's wedding, but when it's ripe, it's ripe).  So, we cubed it all up and put it in the freezer.  I'm not normally a fan, but it was really good when added to the smoothies.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2018, 05:55:59 AM »
I LOVE smoothies.

I started this thread a long time ago but have since neglected it: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/a-healthy-smoothie-everyday!/

Maybe I should revive it for inspiration...

I'm still making smoothies almost every day though. A bit less frequently when the weather is cold.

My recipes vary but I usually add herbs and/or veggies to my smoothies because it's an easy way to get my daily greens in.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2018, 07:36:35 AM »
1/2 small banana
1/2 apple
1/2 orange and add zest
1.5 oz strawberries
1.5 oz pineapple
1.5 oz spinach
3 oz carrot
1 tablespoon chia seeds
7 oz water

Eaten roughly 3x a week on a workout day due to calories involved.

If I get other stuff on major sale I'll put it in too, like pomegranate seeds or something.

Oh and I use a Vitamix. Awesome blender, joy to use. Way better than my cheapie I had before. But not needed. Who cares.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2018, 09:12:48 AM »
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt (not plain)
2 oz. frozen pumpkin puree (or 2 pumpkin puree "ice cubes")
1/2 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch chunks
1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I used homemade - recipe below)
1 cinnamon stick for garnish

1. Pre-freeze pumpkin puree by dividing 1 (15 oz.) can into an ice cube tray and freezing. (You will have enough to fill more than one tray.)
2. Combine all ingredients (except cinnamon stick) in blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour into glass; garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Not an original recipe, but easy to add chia seeds, or similar things to make it more healthy.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2018, 09:18:15 AM »
Ours is all about getting fruit into our little guy.

A favorite is frozen strawberries, about 1/3 as much frozen pineapple, and apple or orange juice to cover. I thin it out a bit for the kids but I prefer it to be thicker. We use the frozen fruit in place of ice and no need to prep! :) We also have frozen blueberries, peaches, and raspberries on hand most of the time in case the kids are feeling adventurous. Sometimes we add a little honey if the berries are a little tart.

I'd like to incorporate some steamed carrots in sometime to add a little more variety into the diet of our youngest.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2018, 09:26:37 AM »
Mine is:

1/4 cup of frozen raspberries/blueberries
1 scoop vanilla veggie protein
a fruit (banana, pear, mango, pineapple, apple, peach, nectarine)
handful of kale or spinach
1 cup of water 

I switch off kale and spinach every other week and try to get a few different fruits each week.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2018, 11:56:11 AM »
mmmm, smoothies!

I do a couple variations:

1 frozen banana
~1/2 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango or some mix of the four)
~3/4 cup almond milk
3-4 tablespoons hemp protein
3-4 table spoons plain greek yogurt
a hearty dash or three of cinnamon
The frozen fruit gives a nice texture, almost like a milk shake, and the yogurt keeps it from being too sweet.


1 frozen banana
3-4 table spoons peanut butter
3/4 cup almond milk
3-4 table spoons hemp protein
1-2 tablespoons honey


If I remember to make a pot on Sunday nights, I will also add 2-3 table spoons of pre-cooked steel cut oats. The oatmeal adds a tapioca-like texture to smoothies.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2018, 12:06:26 PM »
I want to follow this for ideas.  We have a stick blender currently and start with a kefir base then whatever fruit we have, mostly berries fresh or that we froze. Current favorite is strawberry and currants with some flax seeds and poppy seeds and a little honey.  Maybe weíre making more of a drinkable fruit kefir than an actual smoothie but we sure are enjoying them and they have satiated my partnerís ice cream cravings.

Iím looking forward to peach smoothie later this week..
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2018, 12:46:06 PM »
Mine are pretty standard:  banana, yogurt, one or two types of fruit and bit of milk or juice.  Something needs to be frozen (chunks of banana or one of the other fruits) 

A different variation is to freeze chunks of zucchini and use that as your frozen "fruit".  Great combo with pineapple chunks, banana, yogurt and OJ.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2018, 12:46:25 PM »
I see Vitamix at Amazon for $449.95 & FREE Shipping. What does it do that a $40 blender doesn't?

Also aren't these smoothies a little over the top? Why do you need bananas and oats and strawberries and yogurt and peanut butter, etc. etc. Can't you just pick 2-3 ingredients and be done with it?

I have a Ninja and my bro has a Vitamix. He can make almond milk with his Vitamix for 1/10th the cost of buying almond milk by the half gallon. I can't make almond milk with my Ninja.
 The real face punch should be the folks buying half gallons of almond, coconut, cashew "milk" where 90% is water.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2018, 01:15:56 PM »
I like ginger in my juices/smoothies.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2018, 01:50:33 PM »
I'm not a salad fan, so I use smoothies to up my veggie/fruit intake. Since I'm too lazy for complicated recipes, it's basically this:

1 cup steamed (cooled) cauliflower - or - Double handful of baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
3-4 frozen strawberries
water

optional: 1/2 cup or so greek yogurt and/or 1 tbsp hemp hearts

Blended in my Vitamix, which is indeed a vast improvement over my previous $40 blender, which left chunks of things in smoothies. Maybe I'm overpaying for smooth smoothies, but I got it four years ago and never regretted the purchase!

I've also been trying to get more carrots in my diet, but hate eating them even with dip, so recently I've just been throwing two servings raw carrots and a cored apple into my vitamix with some water. It's not really a proper smoothie, but it's tasty and easy!

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2018, 02:10:56 PM »
1 avocado
1 banana
1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract

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« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2018, 02:21:53 PM »


If you say vitamix 3 times fast, Sol and the other vitamix haters will come and face punch you.



I literally just snorted. Thanks for a good laugh.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #30 on: July 02, 2018, 04:55:32 PM »
I always start with a cup of Greek yogurt and a splash of whole milk. Then I add, depending on taste:

* ground flax seeds, hemp seeds or protein powder for extra nutrition
* any combo of: banana chunks, strawberries or blueberries
* any combo of: cocoa powder, banana chunks, peanut butter, honey, dark chocolate shavings
* any combo of: maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar

I've also experimented with a splash of orange juice and/or a teaspoon of orange extract (either with other fruit or cocoa). This summer, I'd like to try peaches, kiwis, and maybe pineapple chunks with coconut milk to make a "pina colada" smoothie.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2018, 05:06:29 PM »
I make the green smoothie recipe that came with my Vitamix and love it:

(makes 2 large servings)
1 cup water
2 cups grapes
1 cup pineapple
1 banana
4 cups greens
1 cup ice

when available, I add either blueberries, strawberries or both.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2018, 07:04:13 PM »
2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate whey protein
1 teaspoon creatine
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2018, 07:24:25 PM »
I pre assemble frozen smoothie kits so it is super quick in the morning.

Step 1, go to Costco for bananas, big bags of fresh spinach, and several bags of various frozen fruit.

Wait a couple of days for the bananas to ripen.

In ziplock Perfect Portion bags grab a handful of spinach, half a banana and a handful of mixed frozen fruit. Pack them all in a large ziplock and toss into the freezer until needed.

I make them without dairy, I toss one in the mixer which shall not be named, add some cold water, a scoop of vegan protein powder and sometimes if I am feeling fancy, a spoonful of frozen OJ concentrate.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2018, 07:58:14 PM »
There are some very interesting ideas in here!  Gonna have to try the peanut butter one first.
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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2018, 08:01:17 PM »
I make them without dairy, I toss one in the mixer which shall not be named,

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #36 on: July 02, 2018, 08:03:02 PM »
1 cup dry oats (blended fine)
2 cups egg whites
2 cups almond milk
1 banana
2 scoops vanilla protein
2 scoops orange amino energy
2 scoops glutamine
Little bit of ice


FYI - this is more of a meal than a snack. This was my daily breakfast for years when I was a 220 lb single digit body fat beast. These days I eat far less and more solid food. Solid food fills me up a lot more and Iím not constantly forcefeeding calories like I used to.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #37 on: July 03, 2018, 05:35:29 AM »
We have recently converted our smoothies to smoothie bowls:
1 banana
6 frozen strawberries
1 frozen acai packet (they sell these at Trader Joe's)
Almond milk or Pineapple Juice (depending on preference): just enough for ingredients to blend but stay thick

Pour into a bowl, top with fruit and granola and eat with a spoon. Best dessert ever.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2018, 07:38:28 AM »
Tip: Costco sells frozen avocado chunks and single-serve-size acai packets at very reasonable prices!

I've been making my daughter a smoothie every morning for breakfast, and because she is working outside for seven hours a day in the heat, I try to pack as much protein and healthy fat in as I can, and don't worry about the calories.

Base (makes a 16 oz smoothie):
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen avocado chunks
1/2 cup whole milk yogurt (we use Siggi's skyr, vanilla or plain)
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups spinach

Flavorings:
Frozen fruit (mango, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries)
Acai
Peanut butter

Other ingredients:
Vanilla or chocolate raw protein powder
Ginger
Cinnamon
Chia seeds
Flax seeds

Great way to get fluids in her too! :)

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #39 on: July 03, 2018, 07:46:17 AM »
1 avocado
1 banana
1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Also, apparently I should clarify that I make this with a fucking $20 immersion blender and no other wizardry.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #40 on: July 03, 2018, 09:08:22 AM »
1 avocado
1 banana
1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Also, apparently I should clarify that I make this with a fucking $20 immersion blender and no other wizardry.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #41 on: July 03, 2018, 10:24:38 AM »
My smoothies usually consist of:
  • one banana
  • 4-8 cups of greens (spinach, chard, and/or kale - usually the power greens blend from Costco)
  • 1-2 cups of other fruit
  • 2-3 cups of water

Any fresh greens get added first, followed by any fresh fruit. Water is added before any frozen ingredients, followed by frozen greens, then frozen fruit. I like to have at least enough fresh greens to hold the frozen ingredients out of the water until blending preventing the frozen ingredients from clumping together and eliminating the need to tamp the clumps down with the tamper. Slowly increase blender speed until all ingredients are incorporated, then run on high for a few minutes to get completely smooth.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #42 on: July 03, 2018, 12:24:23 PM »
1 avocado
1 banana
1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Also, apparently I should clarify that I make this with a fucking $20 immersion blender and no other wizardry.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #43 on: July 03, 2018, 06:56:27 PM »
1 cup almond or soymilk
1 cup water
1 cup frozen cherries
2-3 dates
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 scoops Orgain chocolate protein powder

or my other go to:

1 cup almond/soymilk
1 cup water
1 banana
2-3 dates
2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder
2 scoops of Orgain chocolate protein powder

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #44 on: July 04, 2018, 10:31:40 AM »
I see Vitamix at Amazon for $449.95 & FREE Shipping. What does it do that a $40 blender doesn't?

Also aren't these smoothies a little over the top? Why do you need bananas and oats and strawberries and yogurt and peanut butter, etc. etc. Can't you just pick 2-3 ingredients and be done with it?

I have a Ninja and my bro has a Vitamix. He can make almond milk with his Vitamix for 1/10th the cost of buying almond milk by the half gallon. I can't make almond milk with my Ninja.
 The real face punch should be the folks buying half gallons of almond, coconut, cashew "milk" where 90% is water.

Vitamixs are totally not worth, and totally in the Ďluxuryí categroy of blenders and not inívalueí.

They enable a couple cheap party tricks like being able to make nut butters, but inexpensive nut butters are already available everywhere because the large scale grinding of the nuts is cheap.

Sure, you can make your own nut milks, but dear god what a waste of time.  For $2 i can get half a gallon of almond milk.  Factor in the energy use, the time cost, and the lifetime cost of the vitamix, and see who comes out ahead.

Ive even see people in this forum complain about how there are too many ice crystals left in their smoothies with a regular blender, while the vitamix makes them totally smooth.  FOR FUCKs SAKE.  Is this the MMM forum or the yuppies of the world rich person problems forum?

The vitamix hands down is non frugal.  Buy it as a treat if you like, but no arguments on its frugality are tenable.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #45 on: July 04, 2018, 11:50:40 AM »
Frozen banana
Whole milk plain yogurt
A few dates pits removed
Cocoa powder

Mmmmmmmm

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #46 on: July 04, 2018, 01:32:02 PM »
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen misc other fruit (when fruit starts to go bad, I cut of the bad part and the rest goes in the freezer)
Heaping handful of spinach

1 TBSP protein powder
1 TBSP Chia seeds
1 TBSP Ground flaxmeal

1 Cup almond milk

Makes approx. 12 oz smoothie. 

I put in in my refurbished Ninja (much cheaper than the blender that shall not be named)

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #47 on: July 04, 2018, 05:20:31 PM »
- filtered water and 2 tablespoons of peanut or sesame butter (liquids)
- sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and cocoa (powders)
- 1 banana or kale or spinach (soft foods)
- 1 sliced apple and about a cup of frozen berry medley or mango from Shop Rite (hard foods)
- 4 cubes of ice

Ninjas and vitamixes are too bougie for me. I use a Black + Decker.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #48 on: July 05, 2018, 10:09:49 AM »
I see Vitamix at Amazon for $449.95 & FREE Shipping. What does it do that a $40 blender doesn't?

Also aren't these smoothies a little over the top? Why do you need bananas and oats and strawberries and yogurt and peanut butter, etc. etc. Can't you just pick 2-3 ingredients and be done with it?
We bought our Vitamix after destroying the blade assembly of a cheap (~$20) blender in a handful of weeks making daily smoothies. Marginal utility over a decent quality blender is probably not really worth the price.

Most difficult to accomplish with lesser blenders but easy to do with a Vitamix: turn frozen food into a thick, smooth frozen treat with a constancy similar to soft serve ice cream. (I'll admit that this is what I've always wanted a Vitamix for, but couldn't justify the purchase based on this alone - green smoothie habit requiring better than a cheap $20 blender was enough to push Vitamix into the "worth it" column for me)

Trick that works but would be easier with other tools: Blended soups (immersion blender in a pot is probably at least as easy and effective).

We have the dry grinding canister and use it to make flour. A dedicated mill would be easier provide better quality, but the quality of the flour from the Vitamix is acceptable as long as you don't try to do too much at once. The dry grinding canister is also supposed to be able to make bread dough - this gimmick is not worth trying. I tried it once and it works but I decided it was easier to make the dough by hand than to clean the canister after making dough in it.

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Re: How Do You Smoothie?
« Reply #49 on: July 05, 2018, 11:04:01 AM »
1 avocado
1 banana
1 14oz can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Also, apparently I should clarify that I make this with a fucking $20 immersion blender and no other wizardry.

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I could blend those ingredients with my hand :)