Building A Better Smoothie...Flavors? Nutrition? Workout Benefits?

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    Jun 16, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Everyone seems to like smoothies. However, seems like there are a lot of calories, sugar, sodium, in the smoothie shop variety. Making them at home is one solution, but you have to have all the ingredients, plus who wants to dirty up the blender for 8-10 ounces of smoothie. So if you were to 'build a better smoothie' what would it be? Flavors? Texture? Workout benefits? Nutrition? Be creative!
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    Jun 16, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Start with whey protein powder without added sugar -- ON (Optimum Nutrition) is a good choice. Add fresh fruit like banana or strawberries for flavor, a little plain yogurt to thicken the texture, and a handful of ice. The whole thing takes just a couple of minutes to fix and makes a great summertime lunch.
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:31 PM GMT
    I usually do:

    1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
    1/4 cup non-fat cottage cheese
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries (dirt cheap at costco)
    1/2 frozen banana
    a few frozen pineapple, mango or peach chunks
    1 medium carrot
    1 handful fresh spinach
    1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (only one if muscle milk otherwise you're going to get pudding)

    I vary the liquid component quite a bit I usually use 1/2 to 1 cup crystal lite, milk, sugar free energy drink or sugar free sports drink.

    I hit #4 on the BlendTech and call it good.
  • hoo4u

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    Jun 18, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    Plain or vanilla yogurt. One banana. Some other fruit. (Ideally high nutraceutical like blueberries or local seasonal fruit, but any is better than none. Frozen works great here too.) A little bit of ice. And if it needs thinning, some fruit juice or green or white tea. Protein powder if desired. Simple. Delicious. Healthy. Too bad the cleanup is so involved. icon_wink.gif