Making a Vanilla Smoothie Without Ice Cream

vanilla smoothie without ice creamEveryone knows how delicious a vanilla smoothie is, but enjoying a vanilla smoothie without ice cream can have all the taste without the sugary calories that most ice cream contains.  The secret to making this taste great, whether it’s a vanilla smoothie without ice cream or one with it, is the vanilla.

Vanilla Smoothie Without Ice Cream

It is really easy to make a delicious, healthy Vanilla Smoothie without ice cream.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

1 cup yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 cup milk

To make your smoothie:
First, place the yogurt into a blender.
Then add the vanilla extract, orange juice and milk.
Lastly, puree until thick and smooth.

Facts to Help Spice Up Your Vanilla Smoothie

vanilla smoothie without ice cream

Vanilla Beans

Vanilla is really delicious. Whenever I have my choice of flavors in ice cream or cake, I choose vanilla. It is my favorite flavor. Yummy!

Everyone knows that vanilla tastes great, but do you also know that vanilla flavoring comes from orchids? Although it is native to Mexico, it can grow throughout the tropics. It grows on a vine and climbs up a tree, pole or other support. It is often found growing in the woods but is also grown on plantations.

Vanilla Extract

Do you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron? It may surprise you, but some shops sell vanilla beans for $2 to $3 each. That may sound expensive, but the beans are of very high quality. Remember, pure vanilla extract has no sugar added and the delicious vanilla smell will last forever. If someone offers you vanilla extract at a cheaper price, you should think twice. The less expensive extracts can be adulterated and not as high of quality. Be careful that you get what you really want!

Types of Vanilla Extract

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Organic Vanilla Extract

If you love vanilla as much as I do, you may curious about the different types of vanilla extract. Bourbon vanilla or Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla is a particular type of vanilla plant cultivated on Madagascar and Reunion Island, also known as the “Bourbon” Islands. Bourbon vanilla beans are most commonly used for the vanilla extract you find at the supermarket. Mexican vanilla is the king of vanilla extracts. Tahitian vanilla is a more rare type of vanilla, but its known for its fruity aroma. West Indian Vanilla is a vine forb/herb.

Growing Vanilla

The best vanilla is grown under the best conditions. It will grow better in a hot, humid climate. For healthy vines, moderate rainfall is best.

Health Benefits of Vanilla

Another surprising thing about vanilla is that it is a healthy choice. It can help to reduce fevers. Vanilla also increases the levels of catecholamines, including adrenaline. It has been shown to be able to block quorum sensing in bacteria, so it aids the immune system. It has also been described as an aphrodisiac.

Vanilla can also be used as a sweet treat when you’re trying to lose weight. Diet pills may seem like a quick way to lose those extra pounds, but exercising and eating better is the healthier way to shed extra weight.

If you are craving something sweet to drink, instead of drinking high calorie sodas or soft drinks, try a vanilla smoothie without ice cream.

Knowing its benefits, there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in healthy vanilla treats. A delicious and healthy choice is a Vanilla Smoothie without ice cream!

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Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie (No One Will Know It’s a Green Smoothie)

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie

Here’s a guest video post by my friend Aimee DuFresne – “The Vitality Expert”. I met Aimee at a recent function where another friend introduced us to tell us we had to share blog posts. Aimee has done a great video here. Quick and simple – just like I like them.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie
Recipe type: Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 2
A tasty green spinach smoothie flavored with blackberries, a banana, and cinnamon. Yum!
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 banana, fresh
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1-1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
  1. Place water into a blender
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Place cover on blender
  4. Set blender to high speed
  5. Blend until smooth, stopping blender to stir when needed


Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie Ingredients

WaterWater is the building block of smoothies. Water can thin out smoothie that is too thick to drink, and mellow or temper the high acidic values in many other ingredients.
Water so readily available now in many forms, from expensive to plain tap water, should never be overlooked as an important element for your smoothies.


Lemon Blueberry SmoothieBananas are a primary component of many tasty smoothies. Bananas can be used fresh or frozen.
To freeze bananas, peel them and break them into chunks. Place them into freezer bags for later use. Frozen bananas help thicken smoothies better than fresh bananas.
Bananas add plenty of potassium to your diet, as well as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.

CinnamonCinnamon is a spice that is ground from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It adds a sweet spicy taste to smoothies.
Cinnamon not only adds taste. It also has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. Cinnamon is claimed to have anti-clotting properties. It helps to regulate blood sugar by slowing the release of food from the stomach. Finally, it has antiseptic properties that aid in the prevention of urinary tract infections.
Spice up any smoothie or drink with a touch of cinnamon!

BlackberriesBlackberries are sweet little fruits that are oh-so-healthy. They can be eaten in many ways: stand alones, added ingredients to smoothies, yogurts, waffles, and so on. Blackberries can be used frozen or freshly picked. They promote healthy hearts and digestive tracts and can help in cancer prevention.
Select blackberries that are without mold and bruises. Smell them too to determine freshness. The best blackberries to use in your smoothie are deep colored ones as they are sure to have great flavor.

Spinach is great for Green SmoothiesSpinach is a deeply green colored leaf vegetable that grows from the ground. The shape is as different as the types of spinach that are grown.
The latest trend is to use immature “baby” leaves which are more tender and sweet in the uncooked variety.
If fresh is simply not available, then choose frozen varieties for more constant flavor and texture.
Spinach is full of antioxidants and anti-cancer constituents. One cup of spinach is only 23 calories. This also constitutes 25% percent of needed daily intake of iron.

If you make this smoothie and have a photo or video you’d like to share, please leave me a message in the comments below. Your picture could end up at the top of this post.


Smoothie Guy

PS: If you love making smoothies, I have to recommend that you pick up a copy of The Ultimate Smoothie Book: 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More! It’s packed full of information and lots of recipes.

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How do you make your favorite tasty smoothie?

I have been looking online for recipes to make smoothies, but i can’t find one that sounds good. Any ideas?

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Should I Drink Protein Shakes While Trying to Lose Weight?

trying to lose weightI’m trying to lose weight.  I want to try to drink protein shakes while I go to the gym to lose weight.  Which one shall I drink?  I live in the UK.

I knew a girl in the gym who used to drink a protein shake within a half hour after working out at the gym.  It was so she does not lose muscle.  Is that true?

Trying to Lose Weight With Protein Shakes

Trying to lose weight isn’t difficult — all you need to do is burn more calories than you take in.  That’s the tough part.

Protein shakes won’t make you lose weight on their own.  Shakes add calories.  They don’t take them away.  So why could it help you?

As I said, trying to lose weight is easy if you burn more calories than you take in.  Muscle burns more calories than fat does.  Protein helps construct muscle, assuming you are exercising well in order to build that muscle.

If you are eating fats and extra carbohydrates and sugars, substituting protein shake calories for some of those ‘bad calories’ will likely help you build muscle (with exercise), and will also aid in weight loss.

So if you are exercising intensely, reducing bad food intake, and adding protein shakes can actually give you better results when you are trying to lose weight.

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How do we make good strawberry and chocolate milkshake?

how do we make good strawberry milkshake and chocolate milkshake?????

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Making the Perfect Margarita

Jack shows us how to make a perfect Margarita in this short video.  I like that he adds an egg white for increasing the frothiness in this tasty looking margarita.  The only thing I don’t like is the big old chuck of something (probably ice) that falls into the glass as he’s pouring the drink.

Margarita Ingredients

Jack starts with a blender half-full of ice, then adds the following ingredients to his Perfect Margarita:

  • 6 oz. Frozen Limeade
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 oz. Tequila
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 tbsp Karo Syrup

Now That's One Good Margarita!

Put the cover on the blender and blend on high speed until the Margarita is as smooth as you like.  Prepare a Margarita glass by running a lime wedge around the rim, and then dipping the rim into salt.  Pour in the Margarita, and enjoy!

Margarita Tools

On secret to a great Margarita is do have a blender that can handle the ice well.  One way around this is to use crushed ice, if your refrigerator has a built in ice crusher.  Another is to crush the ice by placing it into a plastic bag and then hammering it with a rolling pin.  But the easiest way is to buy a good quality blender to handle the ice .

Here’s a blender that should stand up to it:


If you noticed, Jack was using a quality Margarita glass.  Here’s one that is just the right size:


And finally, Jack used a special Margarita salt and rimmer.  I’m not sure exactly what he used, but here’s what I’d recommend:



Of course, if money is tight, you can always rim a table glass in table salt.  But it’s always nice to have all the Margarita fixings!

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Survey Says: “The Best Milkshake in the World is…”

the best milkshake

I haven’t tasted every milk shake in the world, but I have tasted many. My favorite milkshake in the world is the legendary McDonald’s Strawberry Milkshake. It is just the best.

In your opinion who makes the best milkshake, and what flavor is it?

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McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie Review

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All That's Left is the Cup

I’m In Love With a Mango Pineapple Smoothie

I just finished drinking my first McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie, and it won’t be my last.

I sucked this down so fast that I had a massive ice cream headache.  The flavor of mango in this smoothie is heady, with just a slight aftertaste of pineapple.

It was creamy.  Real creamy!  And did I mention that flavor?

A friend of mine said she wouldn’t try it because it’s made of a mix instead of fresh fruit.  She has no idea what she’s missing.  Mix or not, this is the best I’ve had in quite a while.

As I’m following the Tweets flying by on Twitter, I’m seeing comments that many McDonald’s are running out already.  I’m not surprised!

I’ve also seen many Tweets that said “Just had my third (fourth or fifth) Mango Pineapple Smoothie of the day at McD’s.”

It sounds like McDonald’s has a winner here.


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Is there a good way to make a really good natural fruit smoothie?

All natural in other words. Nothing but fruit in this smoothie. I mean if that’s possible. I need healthy ideas here.

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Banana Smoothie with Orange Juice

Orange Juice and Banana Smoothie Recipe

A plain old Banana Smoothie can taste pretty bland. Adding orange juice makes this Orange Juice and Banana Smoothie a real taste treat!

The sweet tangy taste of the orange adds zing to the smoothness of the banana.

Try this. You’ll love it!

Banana Smoothie with Orange Juice
Recipe type: Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 2
The smoothness of a banana combine with the creaminess of yogurt and the sweet tang of orange juice to make this a very special smoothie.
  • 1 cup orange juice, well chilled
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups banana slices, frozen
  1. Pour orange juice into a blender
  2. Add yogurt to blender
  3. Cover and blend on medium speed
  4. Add frozen banana through hole in blender top
  5. Increase speed to high
  6. Blend until smooth


Orange Juice and Banana Smoothie Ingredients


Orange JuiceOrange Juice adds flavor to every smoothie you use it in. The sweet, tangy taste of an orange is unmistakable.
Whether you use frozen, bottled or even fresh squeezed orange juice is up to you. Just be sure to leave some of the pulp in it. The blender will break it up, and the fiber it adds is a bonus.
Orange Juice is a well-known source of vitamin C. It also carries a good amount of calcium, flavonoids, potassium and other nutrients. Plus, it just tastes delicious!

Yogurt for a Smooth SmoothieYogurt is a fantastic thickener for smoothies. It can also add a special tartness to a smoothie.
In most cases, a plain lowfat yogurt will work well for making smoothies with. Yogurt also comes flavored, and can be used along with the primary fruit. For example, adding Blueberry Yogurt to a Blueberry Smoothie can be a flavor boost.
Look for yogurts that contain live cultures. They can add beneficial bacteria to your digestive system.

Banana Smoothie with Orange JuiceBananas are a primary component of many tasty smoothies. Bananas can be used fresh or frozen.
To freeze bananas, peel them and break them into chunks. Place them into freezer bags for later use. Frozen bananas help thicken smoothies better than fresh bananas.
Bananas add plenty of potassium to your diet, as well as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.

If you make this smoothie and have a photo or video you’d like to share, please leave me a message in the comments below. Your picture could end up at the top of this post.


Smoothie Guy

PS: Do you like making your own OJ? If you’re looking for a great value on a quality juicer, look no further than the Black & Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor. It’s a fan favorite and it ships for free!

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