Just bought a blendtec with a goal to clean up my diet. Got a few questions.
1. Any good breakfast smoothie recipes (prefer with coffee)? Today I used peanut butter, banana, almonds, spinach, chocolate syrup, milk and instant coffee. Pretty good, but I need so other options.
2. Best option to increase protein in the smoothies? I've used peanut butter and greek yogurt. Is protein powder worth it?
3. What skin and seeds to keep and which to discard? Should I skin kiwi, etc?
I like elite gourmet protein, toss a little ice, some milk and a scoop of powder with a little peanut butter for some more calories or some fruit and your good to go.
Edit..... Get rid of the chocolate syrup and try to limit the sugary items if your trying to clean up your diet. Start with a good protein shake in the morning without too much junk in it then have some fruit like an apple with a handful of almonds for your snack. Or a string cheese.
I was going to start my own thread, when I saw this one, which is a bit similar to my questions. I will bump this thread, as I just bought my very first blender!
I am looking for:
1) good, delicious pre-ride smoothies. Something to prevent bonking on long rides.
2) what are people drinking post-ride these days, via blender/smoothies?
Please, keep the advice/"recipes" rolling in!
I like smoothies better than juicing because you get the fiber and it is more filling.
1 handful of spinach
1 cup of almond milk
1 handful of baby carrots or 1 regular carrot.
1/2 handful of parsley.
1 handful of blueberries
1 teaspoon size of ginger root.
Couple of pieces of kale.
Usually makes 2-3 servings.
1 Cup of kale
5-6 baby carrots
A piece of ginger (to taste)
1 apple or pear or banana
2-3 canned beets with a splash of beet juice
half a stalk of celery
2-3 tablespoons of milled flax seed
Handful of almonds
Few frozen mixed berries
Splash of OJ
Haven't tried beets. Does it sweeten it up?
You guys are way too healthy, its makin me sick..
I drink green smoothies for my breakfast and dinner. This is my usual recipe although I will bump up the fructose (dark berries) on days I ride for a little extra energy.
protein powder (sun warrior)
wheat grass juice
This mix gives me amazing energy. It is nutritionally dense and has great detox ability.
You are on a good path Nephro, in fact you have done the hard part. Spirulina is a fantastic source of protein plus it's a super food. Also I would consider adding a high quality protein powder ie. Sun warrior. I would recommend dropping the syrup and the milk. Start working on incorporating the most nutritionally dense foods you can get and you are going to take a huge step forward in your health. Good luck!
My favorite breakfast smoothie on days I ride.
1 scoop whey protein (any flavor)
handful of spinach
handful of blueberries
handful of strawberries
cup of kale
teaspoon of ginger root
teaspoon of tumeric powder
Can't promise good taste but it performs very well for me.
A good quick green smoothie is a can of pineapple (packed in 100% pineapple juice) and a couple handfuls of kale. Adding a cucumber or romaine lettuce helps to make it mellow and enough for two!
Not a fan of kale in green smoothies, but no one's mentioned celery. Adds some salt for flavor and a ton of fiber. Chia seeds too. Smoothies are a good way to use flax oil. I like to pre-freeze the banana and pineapple. Unsweetened soymilk and agave syrup for sweetness. Throw in a handful of peanuts or walnuts.
edit: I like to buy grapes when cheap, wash and put in ziplocks in the freezer. They're like little sweet icecubes.
I've used it twice so far, and can tell I'm going to love it.
I've only done this smoothie so far. I like it because of the oats in it. I also withheld ice cubes, due to the frozen fruit.
I have perused some recipes here, and see some great ones. I like how you can use the selector for "breakfast", "pre-ride", "post-ride", etc.
My breakfast/post morning workout smoothies go something like this
Cup Greek yogurt
Cup frozen mixed berries
Splash of OJ or whatever juice I have
I definitely want to start getting more tumeric in my diet
I've been making smoothies for my wife and myself every morning. It can vary, but generally
half a cucumber
couple of hand fulls of frozen mixed berries(blue, black, raspberry, Strawberry
handful of spinach
half a handful of parsley
bit o ginger
a peeled orange
cup of almond milk
2 spoonfuls of flax seed meal
1 spoonful of chia seeds
I tried adding about 1/2 cup of irish rolled oats this morning. It made the smoothie more creamy. I thought it was a good addition
and I just bought some wheatgrass powder to add in
Thinking of trying some tumeric
answers in blue, i tried to answer from what i've learned over the years, i don't do smoothies anymore, but i want to start again. As well, i'm going to stop lurking in this forum and try to contribute...
Originally Posted by nephro
Has anyone tried coconut butter instead of peanut/almond butter? I am a HUGE coconut fan, and almost bought a jar of coconut butter today. It is pricey, though
Let's hear your opinions of this.
Originally Posted by dirt farmer
I use Coconut oil in smoothies, cannot provide any empirical data but is supposed to aid in weight loss. I have not noticed anything negative or adverse.
I've thought about just the cheaper oil, but I hear and read all the time how the butter - consisting of the delicious meat of the coconut - is much, much better.
Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
All you folks have the right ideas:)
I grind up rolled oats and chia seeds and add that toy smoothies.
It greatly lower the gylcemic index and and adds omega3's.
Note do this with steel cut oats as they are raw and contains phytic acid which negates oats good properties.
Rolled oats are steamed this removes the acid.
Wait, just so I'm clear, are you saying do NOT eat steel cut oats raw, or TO use them in smoothies? I never heard that comment about oats before. Thanks.
Originally Posted by Reelchef67
Re: Smoothie/juicing recipes
There is a ton of research concerning the merits of coconut oil. While coconut meat and butter tastes awesome it is not nearly as nutritionally dense as coconut oil. The great thing is that it's all good and good for you so mix it up.
Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
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Don't use steel cut oats raw in smoothies use rolled oats or quick cooking oats. I grind them in a spic or coffee grinder with chia seeds. Tastes good and adds lots of fiber and keep the hunger pangs at bay:)
I've got a Omega juicer and my morning juicing routine includes
Mid day I'll have a pint or so of carrot juice mixed with tumeric and apple.
I also have a Blend tec that I use to make a smoothie a bit before dinner (so I eat a bit less), which includes
kale and other greens
Anyone looking to get into smoothies on a budget check out the Oster BeeHive. Great smoothie blender for $60. Been using one for a couple of months now.
Heck, I got this Oster blender for $17, on sale from $35. It has worked flawlessly so far. I wanted two things: 1) a glass jar (not plastic), and 2) "pulse" function.
Originally Posted by BoomerBrian
Nice...That is good to know that the other Oster lines work as well. Just wanted people to know you don't have to get the $400 blender to get started.
Originally Posted by dirt farmer
I went for the beehive because it had glass jar and all metal parts. Oster also has a 1 year warranty which is pretty good.
I have a vitamix, and it is awesome for sure. I just pile in frozen fruit, a banana and yogurt at varying ratios. I don't really do the fancy stuff with all the veggies. I like my smoothies to be like dessert.
I picked up one of these blenders about a year ago. You can put just about anything in it and it blends it up.
My favorite recipe is simple, fast and gives you great energy... over 1,500 calories
5-7 "Ripe" bananas... ( should be turning brown, or spotted )
10-12 medjool dates
1 tray of ice cubes
Blend it up... Add in berries, and/or Kale to get more nutrition...
OK, here is what I've been addicted to lately:
1 6 oz cup plain yogurt
1 cup 2% milk (yes, I love dairy)
2 TBS flaxseed oil
handful of frozen strawberries
handful of frozen blueberries
handful of frozen peaches
1 fairly ripe banana
1 TBS peanut butter
1/4 cup oatmeal (non-instant!)
1/8 - 1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal
(handful of kale or spinach or greens if I have them. I don't always have them)
Boy oh boy is this the bomb! The oatmeal and Grape Nuts give it great texture. The Grape Nuts don't get ground up much, but it adds a nice crunchy texture to the drink.
Mmm some good and disgusting looking recipes on here :p I've often used Tahini, along with PB, milk, cocoa etc. They get quite addictive after awhile. Love having berries, bananas etc for brekkie though. Sadly my blender has now cracked so will have to invest in a new one.