CurlTalk

Smoothie ideas?

NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
I'm on Dr's orders to have two protein shakes a day. I'm not happy about this, but given how much trouble I've had recovering from things lately and how much better things are going right now, I'm willing to try to stick to it.

However, I am BORED of smoothies. The fact the soy protein alone is 109 calories in each drink means I'm eating less food to maintain the calorie range I want, which is making me even more bored.

I've mixed in coffee and chocolate syrup, used frozen strawberries, blueberries and mangoes, fresh bananas, use milk, have strawberry, chocolate and caramel syrup. I may try a peanut butter/banana and chocolate coffee drink. I'm going to buy some greens to mix in to add vitamins (and play with the amount to use so it doesn't taste terrible!)

Anyway, anyone have ideas of what would be reasonably ok for me to use? I don't like anything overly sweet, so when I say I use a syrup it's more like a teaspoon than the probably recommended 3 tablespoons or something.

ETA: I should clarify that I have a texture issue, which is why I'm having it as smoothies and blended drinks. Just stirred in to something is... not drinkable for me. And I found a soy protein powder which I don't even really taste, which is fabulous, at least.
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
«1

Comments

  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,776Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I know you said you already tried coffee, but that was the best solution I had :lol:

    I make a pot of coffee and pour it into a juice jug with a little powdered coffee creamer. In the morning I mix it in a to-go cup with a scoop of chocolate protein powder and have that instead of a coffee.

    I also really like the Breezers (pretty sure that's the name, will double check when I get home!) powder. They have an iced tea and a mango flavour that I mix togeather. Just tastes like juice!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I know you said you already tried coffee, but that was the best solution I had :lol:

    I make a pot of coffee and pour it into a juice jug with a little powdered coffee creamer. In the morning I mix it in a to-go cup with a scoop of chocolate protein powder and have that instead of a coffee.

    I also really like the Breezers (pretty sure that's the name, will double check when I get home!) powder. They have an iced tea and a mango flavour that I mix togeather. Just tastes like juice!

    Oh, I really enjoyed the coffee drink. I will probably do that often, but just want to keep mixing things up.

    Sent from my "smart"phone. Please excuse typos!
    The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
    -Speckla

    But at least the pews never attend yoga!
  • Trixie1979Trixie1979 Posts: 364Registered Users
    I completely agree with the Iso Whey breezes protein. It is exactly like juice!! :-)
    p6d5w.gif

    6y2v5.gif
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I like the frozen acai you can buy (i get it at whole foods). I have added in vanilla yogurt, banana, apple juice blueberries. It is the recipe on the package.


    Sent from my iPhone using CurlTalk
    Central Massachusetts

    One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

    In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Would pina colada be too sweet? Raspberry mojito flavored smoothies? lol...but I've seen NA mojito flavored syrups.
    montage-3.gif No MAS.

    I am the new Black.

    "Hope the Mail are saving space tomorrow for Samantha Brick's reaction piece on the reactions to her piece about the reactions to her piece." ~ Tweet reposted by Rou.
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    Why are you under doctor's orders to drink smoothies?

    The syrups seem like an awful lot of sugar to me. I use brown rice protein powder (flavorless, which is good) for protein, coconut h2o or rice milk, throw in a frozen banana, kale or spinach to get some extra veggies in (you can't taste them in the smoothie) and some frozen fruit mix, usually berries, sometimes a pineapple/mango mix. And I'll throw in some flax seed.

    I've also seen smoothies adding in peanut or almond butter. I've also seen some recipes for smoothies that use avocados. Haven't tried those yet.
    3B corkscrews with scatterings of 3A & 3C.
  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    I like to add some coconut oil to mine along with some flaked coconut. I make one with frozen black cherries and vanilla yogurt (and the above ingredients) or the same but sub in frozen pineapple. Shredded coconut isn't everyone's cup of tea so you could skip that.
    I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Also do not rule out carnation instant breakfast as those are pretty high protein. If you blend with ice they taste pretty good.


    Sent from my iPhone using CurlTalk
    Central Massachusetts

    One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

    In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    Why are you under doctor's orders to drink smoothies?

    The syrups seem like an awful lot of sugar to me. I use brown rice protein powder (flavorless, which is good) for protein, coconut h2o or rice milk, throw in a frozen banana, kale or spinach to get some extra veggies in (you can't taste them in the smoothie) and some frozen fruit mix, usually berries, sometimes a pineapple/mango mix. And I'll throw in some flax seed.

    I've also seen smoothies adding in peanut or almond butter. I've also seen some recipes for smoothies that use avocados. Haven't tried those yet.

    I'm under orders to use protein powder, not have smoothies. Frozen/blended drinks are the only way I can due to my texture issues with it.

    As I said above, I use more like 1 tsp of syrup than the huge amounts recommended. I don't like sweet much, so don't use much sugar in my drinks. If using fruit I rarely or barely use syrup because that's way too much sweet for me.

    I bought some collard greens because it was the only dark leafy item they had besides spinach, which I eat on its own all the time anyway.

    ETA: I'm supposed to take it to help my body heal faster from my back injury.
    rileyb wrote: »
    I like to add some coconut oil to mine along with some flaked coconut. I make one with frozen black cherries and vanilla yogurt (and the above ingredients) or the same but sub in frozen pineapple. Shredded coconut isn't everyone's cup of tea so you could skip that.

    The coconut and black cherries sounds *awesome.* I'll probably just use plain Greek yogurt instead of vanilla, but as I mentioned above w/ my lack of love of too much sweet that'll probably work out better for me.
    The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
    -Speckla

    But at least the pews never attend yoga!
  • MizKerriMizKerri Posts: 1,701Registered Users
    My favorite is a frozen, very ripe banana, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter, a heaping tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, and a 1/2 to 1 tsp of instant espresso powder.
    Location: Southern NH

    If a news story breaks and no one on the Internet comments, did it really happen?
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    NetG wrote: »

    I'm under orders to use protein powder, not have smoothies. Frozen/blended drinks are the only way I can due to my texture issues with it.

    As I said above, I use more like 1 tsp of syrup than the huge amounts recommended. I don't like sweet much, so don't use much sugar in my drinks. If using fruit I rarely or barely use syrup because that's way too much sweet for me.

    I bought some collard greens because it was the only dark leafy item they had besides spinach, which I eat on its own all the time anyway.

    ETA: I'm supposed to take it to help my body heal faster from my back injury.

    Ah, got it. Feel better!

    Collard greens should be fine--any green thrown in there works, I think.
    3B corkscrews with scatterings of 3A & 3C.
  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    NetG wrote: »
    Why are you under doctor's orders to drink smoothies?

    The syrups seem like an awful lot of sugar to me. I use brown rice protein powder (flavorless, which is good) for protein, coconut h2o or rice milk, throw in a frozen banana, kale or spinach to get some extra veggies in (you can't taste them in the smoothie) and some frozen fruit mix, usually berries, sometimes a pineapple/mango mix. And I'll throw in some flax seed.

    I've also seen smoothies adding in peanut or almond butter. I've also seen some recipes for smoothies that use avocados. Haven't tried those yet.

    I'm under orders to use protein powder, not have smoothies. Frozen/blended drinks are the only way I can due to my texture issues with it.

    As I said above, I use more like 1 tsp of syrup than the huge amounts recommended. I don't like sweet much, so don't use much sugar in my drinks. If using fruit I rarely or barely use syrup because that's way too much sweet for me.

    I bought some collard greens because it was the only dark leafy item they had besides spinach, which I eat on its own all the time anyway.

    ETA: I'm supposed to take it to help my body heal faster from my back injury.
    rileyb wrote: »
    I like to add some coconut oil to mine along with some flaked coconut. I make one with frozen black cherries and vanilla yogurt (and the above ingredients) or the same but sub in frozen pineapple. Shredded coconut isn't everyone's cup of tea so you could skip that.

    The coconut and black cherries sounds *awesome.* I'll probably just use plain Greek yogurt instead of vanilla, but as I mentioned above w/ my lack of love of too much sweet that'll probably work out better for me.

    Yup, I use greek yogurt sometimes and it comes out realllly good. I also use unsweetened coconut (which is hard to find) because I find the sweetened coconut can be too much. Whole Foods and Target both have frozen black cherries.
    I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    NetG wrote: »
    .

    ETA: I'm supposed to take it to help my body heal faster from my back injury.

    really? Interesting. I wonder if it could help mine heal any better... worth a shot at any rate.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    Unjury brand makes a whey isolate protein that's Chicken flavored....you mix it with warm water and it tastes just like chicken soup!

    Eta: not quite sure why you are using soy protein, but I'm about 8 days post op as well and my doctors said that whey isolate protein is "purer" protein and helps the body heal faster that soy protein. You also get more grams of protein per serving with the whey isolate...25gs vs 13-15g with soy. If you have problems getting the soy down you might wanna consider whey. Costs about the same too.


    Sent from my iPhone using CurlTalk
    Wanna talk products? Come Join us here!
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FPlatinumPJ" class="Popup

    Extremely thick, kinky curls/coils that have a mind of thier own!!!!
    _____________________________
    I like my men and my hair....KINKY!!!!
    _____________________________
    Wanna save $10 off your next purchase at vitacost.com? Use my referal code (click the link)!


    12459237.png
    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter
  • solidgoldsolidgold Posts: 1,485Registered Users
    I blend 1 c. coconut milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 froz. banana, 2 tbs. peanut butter, 1/4 c. cottage cheese, and 2 tbs. rolled oats. Delicious!

    I love avocado smoothies too. They're so rich!
    Knightess Firmus Aurum, Maid of the Mitten, Slayer of Dissertation Dragons in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
    2b/medium; CG 5/20/09
    Wash, co-wash, co: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shampoo / Conditioner, Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo / Conditioner, Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix, Tigi MM
    Stylers: Sally's Neutral Protein Filler as spray, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme, LALSG
    Techniques: Plop and Diffuse
    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1368664&postcount=97
  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Unjury brand makes a whey isolate protein that's Chicken flavored....you mix it with warm water and it tastes just like chicken soup!

    Eta: not quite sure why you are using soy protein, but I'm about 8 days post op as well and my doctors said that whey isolate protein is "purer" protein and helps the body heal faster that soy protein. You also get more grams of protein per serving with the whey isolate...25gs vs 13-15g with soy. If you have problems getting the soy down you might wanna consider whey. Costs about the same too.


    Sent from my iPhone using CurlTalk

    Thank you so much for posting about this, Nappy_curly_crown! I just sent this information and the websites link to my MIL. She is always low on protein and doesn't like anything sweet. She's also super picky so getting her to eat is a real trick. Hopefully she'll be willing to try this.
    < member since 2006 (no idea where 1969 came from :toothy10:).

    [FONT=&quot]Med/high porosity; color treated; med [FONT=&quot]d[/FONT]ensity 2c/3a.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Summer: (high dew point) co-wash [FONT=&quot]& leave-in [/FONT]Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Curly Hair[FONT=&quot]. [/FONT]Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel.[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Spring and Fall: (perfect dew point) co-wash & leave-in Curl Junkie Repair Me! or [FONT=&quot]CJ [/FONT]BeautiCurls Strengthening Hair Conditioner; f[FONT=&quot]ollo[/FONT]wed by [FONT=&quot]CJ Pattern Pusha & [/FONT]Curl Queen.[/FONT][FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot] W[/FONT]inter: (low dew point) add in [FONT=&quot]CJ [/FONT]Coffee-Coco Curl Creme Lite[FONT=&quot].[/FONT][/FONT]
  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Unjury brand makes a whey isolate protein that's Chicken flavored....you mix it with warm water and it tastes just like chicken soup!

    Eta: not quite sure why you are using soy protein, but I'm about 8 days post op as well and my doctors said that whey isolate protein is "purer" protein and helps the body heal faster that soy protein. You also get more grams of protein per serving with the whey isolate...25gs vs 13-15g with soy. If you have problems getting the soy down you might wanna consider whey. Costs about the same too.


    Sent from my iPhone using CurlTalk

    I've also heard that whey is much better than soy.

    Jay Robb is the brand I use. It's delicious. Mix the chocolate with almond milk and a frozen banana, and coconut oil and its heavenly.

    The vanilla with almond milk and frozen berries is great, too.
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    This is a gorgeous green smoothie (often green smoothies are sludgy) and the flavor combo (spicy arugula with mango, ginger, and lemon) sounds fantastic:
    From the Blender: Lean Green Smoothie | Serious Eats : Recipes

    Cranberry:
    From the Blender: Mellow Cranberry Smoothie | Serious Eats : Recipes

    Pumpkin spice:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.seriouseats.com%2Frecipes%2F2011%2F11%2Ffrom-the-blender-healthy-pumpkin-spice-smoothie.html" class="Popup
    por-que-no-te-callas.jpg
  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Saria wrote: »
    This is a gorgeous green smoothie (often green smoothies are sludgy) and the flavor combo (spicy arugula with mango, ginger, and lemon) sounds fantastic:
    From the Blender: Lean Green Smoothie | Serious Eats : Recipes

    Cranberry:
    From the Blender: Mellow Cranberry Smoothie | Serious Eats : Recipes

    Pumpkin spice:
    From the Blender: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Serious Eats : Recipes

    Mmmm I will have to try those. I LOVE green smoothies!
  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    solidgold wrote: »
    I blend 1 c. coconut milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 froz. banana, 2 tbs. peanut butter, 1/4 c. cottage cheese, and 2 tbs. rolled oats. Delicious!

    I love avocado smoothies too. They're so rich!

    :O



    Posted from my "smart"phone. 'Scuse crazy typos
    "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    the vitamix thread made me search for green smoothies. would you ladies post more recipes here? i saw the one saria linked too and it looks good!
    a dreamy pisces :fish:
    please recycle, it matters...
    i change lives...through fitness
    i'm more relaxed being natural
  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I made this on on Friday.

    Coconut water (or you can just use water)
    1/2 cup blueberries
    ~ 1/2 to 1 cup cup strawberries
    1 banana
    Several LARGE handfuls of raw kale
    Small handful of baby carrots

    It's not the prettiest thing to look at, but it tasted great. I think some avocado in there would have been yummy, too.

    If you google green smoothies and/or victoria boutenko, you can find a virtual ton of great recipes online, too.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    My go-to every day smoothie

    1/2 C mango, frozen
    4 dark sweet cherries, frozen (I get mine at Target)
    1/2 banana, fresh (frozen works too)
    handful of fresh spinach
    1/2 C skim milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    1/2 C vanilla lowfat yogurt
    splash of water to help things blend

    Blend! :)

    My favorite yogurts are Stonyfield organic french vanilla lowfat or Wallaby vanilla bean lowfat
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    spring-smiley.gif?1292867680

    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    Thanks for this bump. I was gonna start a thread called "Drink your vegetables" so this is great!
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    smoothie tip: i remember dr. oz had a lady on that used room temp/cooled green tea to thin out a smoothie. more good green stuff...
    a dreamy pisces :fish:
    please recycle, it matters...
    i change lives...through fitness
    i'm more relaxed being natural
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Everytime I make a smoothie it tastes of banana, no matter how little I put in it.

    Do smoothies really need bananas?
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Everytime I make a smoothie it tastes of banana, no matter how little I put in it.

    Do smoothies really need bananas?

    Nope. I do not like bananas in most things and avoid them in smoothies because they take over.
    The smoothies I linked are banana-free. You can put anything you want in a smoothie.
    For me I tend to not like green smoothies that are about hiding the taste of greens in there, which is most green smoothies. I know most people like them, though.
    por-que-no-te-callas.jpg
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    The only way the banana takes mine over is if it's way, way too ripe, otherwise the half banana seems to be just right.

    That's the great thing about smoothies, you can leave things out and change it up until it's just right for you. :D
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    spring-smiley.gif?1292867680

    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    my all time favorite is avocado smoothie. its not a healthy choice though. Durian smoothies on the other hand tastes great but smells awful so strange
  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    bump...
«1