Making an Apple Smoothie Puree-Style

Imagine the taste of ripe, red, Washington State apples when you taste your next Apple Smoothie.  It is simple to make this delicious taste treat using apple puree.  Here’s a quick video to show you how.

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Apple Smoothie from Puree

Easy Peasy Apple Smoothie

This is an apple smoothie made simple by using a bottled 100% crushed fruit apple smoothie puree.  Dr. Smoothie is the leader of home smoothie purees.  Just place the puree, some water, and ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth.

Apple Smoothie or Apple Slushie?

There’s a purist in me that says an apple smoothie should have both fruit and a milky base in it.  The drink that is blended in this video is really more of a Slushie than a Smoothie.  That’s easy to fix with the substitution of yogurt for the water.  This may give this apple smoothie a smoother texture and a slightly different taste.  What do you think?

Nutrition is Key in This Apple Smoothie

The puree used in this apple smoothie is packed full of nutrients.  A 16-ounce smoothie contains the equivalent of three servings of fruit.  The smoothie has a taste that isn’t like green apples.  Even with no added sugar, the puree gives this a unique taste that isn’t sour.  For an apple smoothie that is 100% fat free, natural, and lactose free, select Dr. Smoothie.  Enriched with minerals and vitamins, but so good your kids will love it.

Enjoy an Apple Smoothie made from this healthy apple puree today!

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Is it OK to Make a Protein Shake with Hot Water?

protein shakeI always use cold water with my protein shake but it tastes disgusting and it tastes so much better if its hot water.  Is it OK if I use hot water or I should keep using cold water?

Do You Like Your Protein Shake Cold or Warm?

The guy who asked this question about his Protein Shake on Yahoo! Answers seemed to like his hot.  I’ve always been a big fan of cold water for my shakes.

The consensus of the online community seems to be that there is no major affect on the power of the protein in a protein shake, no matter if it is made with hot or cold water, so long as it is consumed within an hour or two of mixing.  The one exception to this may be using boiling water.

Let me know how you like your protein shake by leaving a comment below.

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Does anyone know of any quick frozen Vodka Drinks?

does anyone know of any quick drinks to make with vodka, with nothing more than what can be found at your local 24/7 mart?

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Crawgator Like Fat Tuesday?

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A Crawgator is a frozen drink served on Bourbon Street in New Orleans at Fat Tuesday.   I know it has 151 rum, but I’m not sure what else is in a Crawgator.

Anyone have a recipe to copy it?

Crawgator Description

I’ve never been to New Orleans, nor to a Fat Tuesday bar, but I got this description of a Crawgator from the Fat Tuesday website:

Beware of the Crawgator’s bite! It’s made with Tropical Juices and Flavors, Light Rum, Dark Jamaican Rum and Brandy.

Unfortunately, the site doesn’t give away the secret of the proportions or what “Tropical Juices and Flavors” are.  My guess is that it might be the “Classic Tropical Punch” Drink Mix.

The drink selection at Fat Tuesday looks outstanding, especially if you are looking for frozen drinks.  Tons of different flavors and mixes are available at the store and on their site.

I really wish I had more information.  If you do, I’d love it if you could add more in the Crawgator comments section below.

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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.


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Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight

“Are Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight?” is a question I’ve seen plenty of times. The answer isn’t a simple one.

Using meal replacement shakes for losing weight is only part of the equation. Without the addition of exercise and proper diet, just drinking a meal replacement shake won’t do anything. They are just another form of calories.

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I’ve been a big fan of Bill Phillips and his Body-for-LIFE program for a long time. In his book, Bill teaches a method of transformation the involves exercise, diet and using meal replacement shakes for losing weight. Bill has had a lot of success with meal replacement shakes, having developed the Met-Rx, EAS (Myoplex), and now Right Light Shakes.

How Do Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight Work?

As much as most people hope drinking a meal replacement shake will magically reduce your weight, they don’t work that way. They do allow you to quickly make a meal that is portable, tasty, and comes in pre-metered calorie counts. Calories in different brands and formulas can vary greatly, allowing anyone to find a shake that meets their caloric needs.

These shakes help you lose weight by helping you keep track of the calories you are eating. It is far easier to count a 250 calorie meal by drinking a shake than it is by trying to correctly measure the ingredients in a grilled chicken salad to hit that same mark.

Shakes also help you because of their portability. In a hurry? You can grab a pre-made shake, toss it in a small cooler with an ice pack, and hit the road. You can eat it in a car, in a meeting or even at your desk. Best of all, you aren’t going to be grabbing an unhealthy meal at a fast food joint.

While you may want to use meal replacement shakes for losing weight, you shouldn’t replace your entire day’s meals with them. Take your full day’s worth of calories and divide them into 5 or 6 meals. Use shakes for mid-morning, mid-afternoon and evening snacks, filling the main three meals with normal foods in smaller portions.

What are My Favorite Meal Replacement Shakes for Losing Weight?

I have two favorite shakes. For quick, on the run shakes, I absolutely love Myoplex Ready-to-Drink shakes. I’ve only tried Chocolate, but they also make it in Vanilla, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Cream and more.

For a packaged shake, I’m a big fan of MET-Rx Vanilla Shakes. I use these in smoothies, mixed with fruits, and just right out of the packet. Mixed with water, these blend up thick as any shake should be. A few drops of imitation flavorings, such as orange, peppermint, cherry and strawberry, makes your shake taste different every day.


If you’ve been using meal replacement shakes for losing weight, I’d love it if you left a comment below.

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What are some good ways to mix up Vodka drinks?

vodka drinksI want to fix Vodka drinks different other than just mixing it with Sprite, cola, etc.

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WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake

peanut butter milkshakeCreamy peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and ice cream make this Peanut Butter Milkshake a thing to remember!







Betty’s Peanut Butter Milkshake

Betty is a prolific recipe writer and frequent YouTuber.  In this video, she shows how to make a delicious, rich Peanut Butter Milkshake.

This isn’t an easy or quick process, and requires making a sauce on the stove to use in your milkshake.  This sauce makes a great ice cream syrup, too!

Peanut Butter Milkshake Sauce

Combine 1/4 cup of granulated sugar with the same amount of water in a small saucepan.  Heat at medium-high until the sugar dissolves and little bubbles form around the edge.  Allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate.

Now, add 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar and stir until well blended.  This makes a sweetened peanut butter sauce.

Finishing the Peanut Butter Milkshake

Scoop 2 cups of vanilla ice cream into a blender.  Add 1/8 cup of milk and about 1/2 cup of the peanut butter sauce.  Blend on high until smooth, stopping to scrape the side of the blender occasionally.  Serve and enjoy your yummy Peanut Butter Milkshake!

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Easy to Make Vodka Drinks?

easy to make vodka drinksEasy to Make Vodka Drinks

I love vodka. I usually drink it with pink lemonade or orange soda. What are some good easy to make vodka drinks?

5 Easy to Make Vodka Drinks

Thanks to the folks who commented below, here are five easy to make vodka drinks:

Blue Hawaii

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/4 oz. Creme de Coconut
  • 3 – 4 oz. Pineapple Juice

Bay Breeze

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Cranberry juice

Stir.   Serve over ice.

Vodka Gimlet

  • 4 Parts Vodka
  • 1 Part Roses Lime juice
  • 1 Wedge Lime

Put in a glass with ice.   Stir and enjoy.


  • 1/2 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • juice of 1/2 limes
  • 1 splash cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients in mixing glass half filled with ice.  Shake and strain into chilled martini glass.

Vodka Seven

  • Vodka
  • 7-up
  • Dash of lime

Books for Easy to Make Vodka Drinks


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Slim Fast Smoothie

Slim Fast Smoothie Video Review

Here’s a great review on the entire Slim Fast Smoothie product line.  Brandy does an outstanding job in this review!

I’ll be honest… a few years ago, I wouldn’t have recommended a Slim Fast Smoothie for the life of me.  They were known for putting a sugary drink in a can, and making it sound healthy.

That’s not the case any more.

With their 3-2-1 Diet Plan and tasty smoothies, the plan really makes sense to me now.  Two smoothies, one healthy whole food meal, and three  snacks per day.  The caloric intake for the day fits the diet of most women.  Men may need to add a bit more.

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Chocolate Royale Slim Fast Smoothie Mix

Slim Fast Smoothie Calories

Slim Fast Smoothies come in two different packages:

  • Pre-mixed canned shakes
  • Smoothie Mix Powder

All the Slim Fast Smoothie Powder Mixes are formulated to make a smoothie with 200 calories, after adding 8-ounces of fat-free milk.

The Pre-Mixed canned shakes vary from 180* to 190 calories per can.

(*French Vanilla, Strawberries N’ Cream, and Lower Carb Vanilla Cream)

Slim Fast Smoothie Flavors

Slim Fast Smoothie flavors are as good and varied as can be.  Here is a brief summary of the flavors in each product line:

Pre-Mixed Cans
  • Cappuccino Delight — A smooth and silky cappuccino indulgence
  • French Vanilla — A sweet and creamy vanilla classic
  • Creamy Milk Chocolate — A sweet and creamy chocolate classic
  • Rich Chocolate Royale — A rich, decadent chocolate delight
  • Strawberries N’ Cream — A thick, refreshing strawberry delight
  • Lower Carb Creamy Chocolate — A sweet, satisfying shake with fewer carbs
  • Lower Carb Vanilla Cream — A sweet, satisfying shake with fewer carbs
  • High Protein Extra Creamy Chocolate — A rich shake with extra protein
Smoothie Mix Powder
  • Chocolate Royale — A rich, decadent chocolate delight
  • French Vanilla — A sweet, creamy vanilla indulgence
  • Milk Chocolate — A sweet and creamy chocolate classic
  • Strawberry Supreme — A thick, refreshing strawberry sensation
  • High Protein Creamy Vanilla — A sweet, creamy shake with extra protein
  • High Protein Creamy Chocolate — A rich chocolate shake with extra protein

Slim Fast Smoothie 3-2-1 Diet Plan

Hey!  They don’t call it the 3-2-1 Diet Plan for nothing!

It starts with 3 (that’s three, get it?) healthy 100-calorie snacks, spaced throughout the day and consisting of:

  • A Slim Fast Snack Bar  or
  • Fruit: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Orange or Pear  or
  • Veggies:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery or Tomatoes  or
  • Nuts:  Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts or Pistachios

Then you fill in with 2 (two, understand?) Slim Fast Smoothie Shakes, one at breakfast and another at lunch.

You finish off with 1 (yep, that’s one) healthy whole food meal for dinner.  You can get a bit creative here, but the general proportion of vegetables to carbohydrates to proteins should be 2:1:1.  You’ll want to stay away from fats, sugars, and starchy foods if you can.

Here a sample shopping list for dinners:

Vegetables:  Spinach, carrots, coleslaw mix, broccoli, bean sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers, romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, zuchini, kidney beans, mixed frozen vegetables

Carbohydrates:  Apples, applesauce, apricots, bananas, canned mixed fruit (light syrup), canned peaches (light syrup), grapes, nectarines, oranges, pears, plums, strawberries, brown rice, lasagna noodles, whole-wheat tortillas, spaghetti, whole-wheat rolls

Proteins:  Cod, eggs, halibut, flank steak, lean ground beef, low-fat cheeses, skinless chicken

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