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Smoothies

Persephone

TRIBE Member
I thought I'd create a thread where Tribe's members can share their smoothie stories, lessons and favourite recipes.

Lately I'm on a green smoothie kick. I was looking for ways to eat more vegetables without having to pack them in at dinner time or resort to constant salad eating. I used to be skeptical about green smoothies - could they really taste that good? - but I've been proven wrong.

For me it started with trying out a few recipes from the Whole Living Smoothie app. I've had great success with those so far. I tend to favour simple smoothies that don't involve numerous ingredients, or ingredients that are hard to come by and can't be used in other every-day recipes. I like to add 1-2 tbsp of kefir for probiotics.

I also favour using a blender over a juicer, as a blender won't break down the vegetables as much as a juicer, retaining more of the fibrous structure for your body to digest.

This is one of my favourites thus far:

Green Smoothie



1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 ounces)
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Combine kale, apple, banana, parsley, and 2 1/4 cups water in a blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.

Serves 2. Per serving: 105 calories; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbs; 32 mg sodium; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber.​

I've substituted the apple above with kiwi and found it to be just as tasty, though different. The recipe wasn't affected by the addition of Kefir either. However, the banana is crucial; without it, the bitterness of the Kale greens makes the smoothie difficult to stomach in liquid form. The parsley is a really nice addition, and adds antioxidants.

Here's another favourite, though not a green smoothie:

Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie



1/2cup skim milk (45 calories)
Small banana (40 calories)
1/2 teaspoon peanut butter (15 calories)
3 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until thick. Refrigerate; stir before drinking.​

So, Tribe, what are your favourite smoothie recipes? What lessons have you learned about the dos and don'ts of combining fruits and vegetables in a blender?
 
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sk8

TRIBE Member
I used to drink one like the peanut butter banana ones before early morning swim practice - excellent with a scoop of cocoa powder in it too. I'm going to do that again soon - thanks for the reminder!

I tend to go pretty basic with mine these days (and I can't do green anyway) - usually frozen fruit, yogurt and juice or some kind of milk to thin it a bit. Or sometimes just fruit and juice. I stock up on the frozen fruits when they are on sale - right now we have mango, blueberries, raspberries and peaches in the freezer.

I use a blender. I have a juicer, but that's for juice - to me a smoothie has to use the whole thing and be thick. A juicer doesn't do that.
 

dig this

TRIBE Member
Great timing with this thread as we just went all out and picked up a Blentec blender this week. We've made a few good ones (kale, apple, cucumber, frozen mango, banana) and so far it's pretty damn good and tasty. Looking forward to what others suggest.
 

Persephone

TRIBE Member
The other challenge is how to keep all these fresh ingredients. The frozen fruit helps, but the leafy greens need to be fresh. For my kale I like to wet a paper towel, wrap it around the stems and then sort of tie the produce bag closed, but not entirely. that seems to keep them from wilting or rotting quickly. I have an herb-keeper to store parsley and mint in the fridge and its miraculous!

I've been wanting to try smoothies with cucumber too.
 
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WestsideWax

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Frozen banana, avocado, dark chocolate, fresh mint, dash of salt, a few spoonfuls of yogourt and almond milk. Trust.
 
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Dirty Girl

TRIBE Member
do you guys strain your smoothies?
all my smoothies involve berries because thats as far as Ive evolved with the whole smoothie thing so far. but because they are berries they always have all these little seeds and bits in them. so basically I wind up with a glass of yucky icky annoying seeds.
Does that happen to you guys?
Do you think its bad for you to consume that many seeds?
 

Dirty Girl

TRIBE Member
while googling to see if I would die from eating too many seeds, I found this one

Here are your ingredients:

2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup sliced kiwi
1 banana, cut up
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp. chia seeds

In a blender, combine spinach, kiwi, banana, yogurt, pineapple, orange juice and chia seeds. Cover and blend until nearly smooth, scraping sides of blender if necessary. Divide smoothie into two glasses and top with additional berries if desired.

Eat Yourself Skinny!: Kiwi, Pineapple & Chia Seed Smoothie
 
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1/2c plain greek yogurt
1c unsweetened/unflavoured hemp milk
1 banana
1 -2c frozen berries (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry) *I just freehand pour so depends on how awake I am

Perfect prior to a morning workout!
 

erika

TRIBE Member
My classic morning one is
Banana
Protein Powder
Ovaltine
Milk or plain yoghurt (if I use yoghurt, I add some water; I never combine milk and yoghurt)
Wheat Germ

I do the frozen fruit ones too, but like DG, find the seeds annoying. I would rather eat the berries with yoghurt than have them blended.
 

derek

TRIBE Member
i'd juice more but from what i understand you lose a lot of the nutirients in the food when you blend it. is there truth to this?
 
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Dirty Girl

TRIBE Member
I do the frozen fruit ones too, but like DG, find the seeds annoying. I would rather eat the berries with yoghurt than have them blended.
haha thats what I've been doing lately too. plus its less work to just throw it a bowl.
 
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