What are some healthy combinations for making a smoothie?

It doesn’t have to be something to lose weight. Not something to make you gain weight,either, but still healthy.

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How do I make a smoothie good and creamy and strawberry?

The Ultimate Smoothie Book

The Ultimate Smoothie Book

I don’t have many ingredient’s good for making smoothie’s. I have strawberries, frozen pineapples, milk, and low-fat, plain yogurt. Any good recipe’s for creamy and thick smoothies?
Today I made a smoothie with some yogurt, milk, strawberries, and some frozen pineapple. It was good, but I was wondering, how many part’s milk/juice, and how many parts yogurt and fruit should a smoothie be to be nice and creamy?

Well, the answer is in the book. The Ultimate Smoothie Book has 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More!

I own this book, and I have to say that it is packed with helpful information, caloric estimates, and wonderful recipes.

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Fruit Juice in a Smoothie Instead of Yogurt

fruit juice in a smoothieI have found many smoothie recipes that sound really good, but all of them include yogurt (or sorbet or soy milk, etc) and I’d rather use just fruit and fruit juice in a smoothie (and ice if needed). I will use Splenda to sweeten if needed. So yeah I just need to know how much fruit/juice to add to a smoothie recipe that has, say, one cup of yogurt/sorbet/soymilk. Like a ratio or something. I can do math to adjust the amount once I have that established.

Using Fruit Juice in a Smoothie

Replacing yogurt with fruit juice in a smoothie isn’t a bad thing.  The biggest difference you’ll notice is that the smoothie will be more watery.  Sure… you can freeze the fruit juice or use ice cubes to help thicken the smoothie, but it won’t be as effective as using a base of yogurt.  What you can use to replace the thickening effect of yogurt is either a meal replacement powder (I like MetRx Vanilla), or even a sugar-free pudding mix.

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You can always experiment with other things, such as thicker fruits (banana, muskmelon, papaya) or other bases.  And you’ll want to experiment with the mix ratio, so I don’t have a good answer to that.  But, to answer your question, “Yes, you can drop the yogurt and use fruit juice in a smoothie!”

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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

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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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What is Your Favorite Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe??

strawberry banana smoothie recipeWhat’s the best strawberry banana smoothie recipe you know?? There’s a little smoothie place in San Diego that has the best but cant figure out what the put in it.

Share Your Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Everyone has favorite recipes. Some are easy. Some aren’t.

We’d love to have you share your favorite Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe below!

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How can I make a Smoothie Recipe without a blender?

I need a smoothie recipe where a blender is NOT needed; you’re able to mix it with just a spoon.

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Can I make a smoothie with only frozen strawberries & skim milk?

I am looking for some healthy and quick, as well as easy ways to make smoothies for breakfast. Can I make them with just frozen fruits and skim milk, or do I have to add ice, yogurt and/or other ingredients? Thanks

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Fruit Juice Smoothie Require a Juicer?

fruit juice smoothieDo You Need a Juicer to Make a Fruit Juice Smoothie?

I want to get in the habit of making my own fruit juice smoothie at home but I don’t have a juicer nor do I know anything about purchasing one.   Is there any way to make a fruit juice smoothie without a juicer?

A Fruit Juice Smoothie Doesn’t Need a Juicer

The answer to this one is simple.  No.

You can use a juicer to make juice, especially specialty juices.  Think things like carrot juice, beet juice, cabbage juice, etc.  Juicers do a great job of extracting the juice from what might otherwise be considered “non-juicy” vegetables.

But if you are looking to make a Fruit Juice Smoothie, all you need is:

  • Fruit juice — you can use canned, frozen, or fresh squeezed
  • A base — normally ice cream, yogurt, frozen bananas, or frozen yogurt
  • Ice cubes — alternatively, you could freeze the fruit juice into cubes

Blend the ingredients in a blender, and you should be good to go!

Recommended Fruit Juice Smoothie Products

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How to Make a Healthy Berry Smoothie

healthy berry smoothieEasy and Health Berry Smoothie Recipe

Miranda shows how to make a healthy berry smoothie in this easy to follow video recipe.   Starting with fresh berries, orange juice and plain yogurt, Miranda blends up a great looking healthy berry smoothie in just a few minutes.

The secret is in the ratio, she claims.  Mix one part fruit, one part juice and two parts yogurt.  If the fruit is fresh, she recommends you add some ice cubes.

Recipes for a Healthy Berry Smoothie and More

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Enjoy a Healthy Berry Smoothie today!

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What stuff do I need in order to make a smoothie?

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I was looking at walmart.com and they’ve got blenders, then they have actual smoothie makers. Are they the same thing? B/c some of the blenders are cheaper. Also is it simple to make smoothies? what goes into a smoothie, just ice, fruit, sometimes ice cream?

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