Uncategorized

Smoothie Recipes? Anyone?

I’m obsessed with strawberry and banana smoothies right now!  I eat one almost everyday because it’s quick and delicious and filling.   I add 1 c. strawberries, 1 banana, 1/2 c. fat-free milk and about 2 cups of ice.  According to the recipe builder on e-tools, my smoothie is worth 6 p+.  I’m also a big fan of blueberries and blackberries so this new obsession could last for a while…

And while I love my current strawberry and banana blend, I’d like to experiment with other ingredients.  I’d like to add natural protein and fiber without going calorie crazy. Later today I plan to experiment with peanut butter and banana, but for some reason  baby spinach or kale sounds like a good idea. (No, not all at once!)  Any suggestions on that?  I’m seeing a pumpkin smoothie in my future too, but that will take some serious thought first.

I know I could just google smoothie recipes, but I’d love to hear your opinions on what’s good instead.  I already enjoy fruit smoothies, and I like vegetables so I’m guessing I’d like smoothies like this too…

Do you make your own smoothies at home?  Will you share a healthy and satisfying recipe with me?

Related Posts

38 Comments

  • Reply
    DesertNails8
    September 20, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I add in kale or spinach by putting 1/2 cup of water in the blender then I put in some kale or spinach and blend-blend-blend. Once it’s well blended then I follow the recipe for any smoothie I like. Kale makes me feel like superwoman so I learned to like adding it to stuff. Have fun with your smoothie recipes!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 20, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Kale makes you feel like superwoman?! That’s an awesome added bonus. Now I’m definitely trying kale! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ty
    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I don’t really like chewing fruit… which doesn’t make much sense. But it is what it is. So usually to get my fruit in I make a smoothie.

    I think you can add a 1/2 cup fresh spinach to any smoothie without sacrificing the taste. Especially if you’ve got a strong flavor like banana or berries.

    I love softened kale with banana and nut butter (especially cashew) as a smoothie.

    Try unsweetened almond milk instead of skim milk. It’s 40 calories for a whole cup. The nuttiness is great with banana or peach.

    For a different flavor try cartoned coconut milk which has the same calories as skim milk. I like it with tropical flavors like pineapple, mango and banana.

    Chocolate almond milk with a banana is heaven.

    Butternut squash is another great veggie to sneak in. I like it with peaches and banana.

    If you steam and mash a mild/sweet tasting veggie like carrots or cauliflower I also think that would be good.

    I have thought about blending cooked egg whites in for protein but so far haven’t gotten to it.

    One other thing people don’t think of is how much roasting a fruit can change it’s flavor. Roasted plum smoothies are beyond amazing. Roasted apples with cinnamon is gonna taste like apple pie in a glass!

    Pumpkin is good with sweetener, milk, ice and typical pumpkin spices. I add a bit of coffee as well. 😉

    I add Xanthan and Guar gum to my smoothies because they up the fiber a bit and give the smoothie a reaaalllyyyy nice creamy consistency.

    Don’t forget about things like vanilla extract, coconut extract, orange extract, maple extract, butter rum extract and cocoa powder for some fun kicks of flavor!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 20, 2011 at 12:53 am

      Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow………………….LOVE it! I can’t wait to try these amazing ideas! Thank you! My head is spinning……..:)

  • Reply
    Ryan Yewell
    September 20, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Right now I’m digging…
    – 2 ripe frozen bananas
    – around 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
    – 6-8 raw almonds
    – a couple tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
    – enough water to blend…

    Makes enough for a friend! 🙂
    I have some other recipes that involve skim milk and protein powder, too…
    http://www.1year100pounds.com/tag/smoothies/

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      I’m going to cut this recipe in half and make it tonight sans hemp seeds. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

  • Reply
    Erin
    September 20, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I am not sure of the exact measurements, I always wing it. I got hooked on ‘Green’ smoothies a few years back. It’s basically spinach, cucumber, celery and apples. It is super fresh tasting. I use frozen spinach for ice and either water or apple juice depending on what I have on hand. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Using frozen spinach for ice sounds like an awesome idea! I’ll try it!

  • Reply
    SassyingSarah
    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love a banana, spinach and peanut butter smoothie. Tasty!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Very appealing……I’ll make this in the coming days…So many great ideas! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jane
    September 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Ripe avocado, vanilla, cocoa powder, sweetener, skim milk and, peanut butter powder and ice.

    Ripe avocado, fresh pineapple, Toroni sf coconut syrup, ice and powdered milk.

    Jane~
    Keepingthepoundsoff.com

  • Reply
    Carrie@shrinkingcarrie
    September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

    When I make a protein shake, I pretty much make them just to get a bunch of healthy components at once so they don’t usually taste amazing or anything. One suggestion if you’re going for taste is Vanilla Almond Milk. Its usually less points than milk and creamier. It also gives your smoothie a naturally sweeter taste! I also put spinach and kale in EVERY shake I make. Easiest and tastiest way to get your cancer fighting greens!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      I’m hearing a lot of amazing things about kale. I can’t wait to try it in smoothies and also just roasted….

  • Reply
    Courtney Tucker
    September 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’m sure this is not quite what you wanted people to comment, but I’ve made almost all of Julie’s smoothies on http://www.pbfingers.com/ and they are delicious! My fave is the PB&J smoothie. She typically uses spinach, protein powder, banana, and cocoa powder and adds some other things depending on her mood that day. Fabulous!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean about wanting people to comment? I’m pretty happy with anything anyone says as long as it’s respectful. 🙂 Julie’s website is awesome..I checked it out last night. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Wow thanks Gail! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sharilee
    September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I love smoothies!

    This is my usual recipe:

    1 tbsp hemp seed
    1/2 scoop of Lean Whey Chocolate Protein
    1/2 Banana
    6-8 Blueberries
    1 tbsp French Vanilla Yogurt
    1 cup of milk

    It’s yummy! And I think it adds up to about 350 calories. The hemp gives me mega energy for the morning.

    • Reply
      Sharilee
      September 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Pardon me, but I just checked my tracking and the shake that I described is 389 calories. The protein I use is Natural Factors Whey Protein and that’s with skim milk. I just wanted to give a more precise number. Thanks!

      • Reply
        Kenlie
        September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Wow…that does sounds good…and thanks for being so specific with the calorie count!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Wow. Notes are being taken!!!

  • Reply
    Thursday's Child
    September 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I would have a banana/strawberry smoothie, but I would use some orange juice instead of milk, and add a big handful of baby spinach.

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Interesting…I don’t usually drink juice, but I like the idea of adding spinach! 🙂

  • Reply
    Denise
    September 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    You can add a handful of Spinach and not even notice it’s in there. We recently added some frozen cauliflower and broccoli to our smoothy and it’s hardly noticeable, it’s just a little chunkier.
    We also add flax oil or ground flax as well as wheat germ and chia seeds.
    I think last night my husband made one with strawberries, vanilla soy milk, broccoli, yogurt, flax oil. There isn’t really any measuring going on at our house, but a little of this and a little of that mixed together. Add stevia to sweeten if needed. Add protein powder if desired.

  • Reply
    Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    September 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    vanilla almond milk, a banana, uncle sam’s honey almond flax, a tiny bit of almond butter, whirred up. Sounds weird, but it’s oh.so.good.

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      I adore Uncle Sam honey almond flax and bananas and almond butter so this sounds like a win for me…

  • Reply
    teresa
    September 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    ooh, I’m so glad you posted this. Now I get to read everyone’s ideas too! I think I’ll try making the strawberry and banana one for my daughter.
    I don’t have any recipes for you, but we love the Odwalla “green drink”. It’s greens with some fruit… apple for sure and I’m not sure what else. It’s a great way to get those greens in. I’ve found the pure “green” ones to be a little too much. No can do.
    Good luck and have fun!

  • Reply
    Kris
    September 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Not as healthy as some, but a great post-run recovery smoothie:

    1 cup chocolate skim milk
    1 cup strawberries
    1 frozen banana

    Blend & enjoy – it’s yummy!

  • Reply
    Heather
    September 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Don’t know if anyone said this, but when my bananas start to go brown, I cut them up and put them in a baggie and freeze them. When I make a smoothie, I just throw the bagful in. Then I don’t need ice. My smoothies consist of protein powder, a bit of milk, orange juice, yogurt and frozen banana. Yummy! Enjoy them!

  • Reply
    Linda Downey
    September 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    These all sound wonderful, but being the chocoholic I am, I have a hi-protein(you pick your preferred powder or shake mix) and I add pure peppermint extract- not just the regular kind, make sure it says pure peppermint- that is a trick I recently discovered!) all mints are not equal! – add that to my shake. A pinch of salt makes it sing and then I feel like I’m having something decadent. I might try adding some of the ideas you all had on here to add nutritional value, and some of you are probably cringing at my need for a mint chocolate delight, but I love it and mine is only 160 calories and tons of protein, so it helps keep me on track!!!

  • Reply
    Julia
    September 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I swear by my smoothie recipe…it’s healthy and keeps me extremely satisfied for hours. 🙂

    1 C. (or so) of frozen strawbs (8-10 usually do the trick)
    1/2 C. (or so) of frozen blueberries
    1/2 banana (I split them in half and freeze them beforehand)
    1/2 container of Honey or Vanilla greek yogurt (protein!) 🙂
    (I also do a vegan protein powder)
    splash of orange juice
    splash of water
    GIANT handful of spinach. (you don’t even taste in and it’s so good for you!) 🙂

    Blend and enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jill
    September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    check out this page, you won’t regret it!! i get all my smoothie recipes and many food recipes from her.

    http://www.my-healthy-eating-secrets.com/

  • Reply
    Jill
    September 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    i love spinach fruit smoothies 🙂 and anything with unsweetened cocoa/almonds! i have an amazing chocolate almond smoothie recipe! put it in the ice cream maker and you have ice cream!!
    http://www.primalmomma.com/2011/06/chocolate-almond-smoothie_06.html

    THE BEST Chocolate Almond Smoothie EVER!

    Ingredients:

    * 3 ripe bananas
    * 1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    * 1-2 handfuls of raw almonds (soak overnight in water to make them easier to digest)
    * 2 frozen bananas (Peel the bananas, break them into 2/3 chunks, and freeze overnight so they’re ready the next morning.)
    * 1-2 cups almond milk

    Makes 1 large or 2 med/small servings.

    1. Blend the room temperature stuff first (and the cocoa)
    2. Add the frozen stuff
    3. Blend until smooth
    4. You may or may not want to add some almond milk to make it more “milky” and less thick – I did. About a cup.

  • Reply
    Bella
    September 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t make this smoothie as much as I should, but I do love it and it is delicious: http://bellaonthebeach.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/green-monster/

    • Reply
      Bella
      September 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      BTW – I’m loving all these other smoothy recipes on this post! I’m going to have to bookmark this page and keep it for the weekends when I make smoothies. Yum!!

  • Reply
    Heather M.
    September 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hi Kenlie!

    A couple comments above, Jill recommends my website to you as a resource for smoothie recipes (thanks Jill!). I am ALL ABOUT the smoothies – love love love ’em, and I try to make them as healthy as possible.

    Many people (including myself) don’t process pasteurized dairy products well, and store bought juices are always loaded with added sugar, so you won’t see any of these in my smoothie recipes – only fresh delicious fruit! These are recipes I would have killed for five years ago, when I didn’t know as much as I do now about how to eat a super healthy diet that’s also full of flavor:

    http://www.my-healthy-eating-secrets.com/fruit-smoothie-recipes.html

    If you really feel like you’re ready to take your health to the next level, I would HIGHLY recommend green smoothies to you. Another poster here mentioned kale in one of her smoothies. Adding leafy greens to your smoothies gives you so much more energy and really helps to kill annoying cravings for junky foods you don’t want to be eating:

    http://www.my-healthy-eating-secrets.com/green-smoothie.html

    Much luck to you in your smoothie adventures!

    Heather

  • Reply
    Dawn
    September 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Hi there

    I’m a HUGE smoothie fan. I have a few favorites. There is a great product called “Jay Robb’s egg white protein powder”. I’m not a big fan of the taste whey so this one does it for me. Comes in a few different flavors. Also the stats on it are great.

    Chocolate banana smoothie

    Serving of the egg white protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
    1/4 of a frozen banana
    Unsweetned Almond Milk (I like vanilla flavored)
    1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tbsp natural nut butter (no added sugar)
    Ice (add to desired thickness)

    Seriously, it’s friggin fantastic!

    Another one I like is:

    Frozen fruit of your choice ( I usually do berries)
    Coconut Water
    Egg white protein powder
    Ice

    Yummmm

    Enjoy!

    ~Dawn

  • Reply
    MB
    September 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Angela at Oh She Glows has a ton of great green monster recipes on her site. My favorite has half frozen banana, bunch of frozen mixed fruit (pineapple, peaches, mangos and berries), a huge handful of spinach and a little water. Don’t let the color of it scare you off, it’s delicious.

  • Leave a Reply

    %d bloggers like this: