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Old 03-29-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Anyone here make smoothies? (no homo?)

I've recently gone on a diet again, since I have put back on about 40 pounds from what I lost two years ago. Smoothies have always been a good, healthy meal replacement that I have enjoyed. However I always stick to one recipe because it is so good, and have the vitamins and other things that I want and need. Not that there is a science to a smoothie "recipe" and you can simply throw in fruit and other things and get something tasty. Just need some new ideas. The one I always make is:

1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup pineapple
2 bananas
1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
~4 tbsp honey
10 ice cubes

Any powder supplement can be added of course.

That is enough for about two large glass fulls, or two meals. One tall glass in the morning and I am good to go until a late, light lunch, then the other for dinner, maybe with another light meal, if I feel like it. But usually I'm good with just one "real" meal a day, for lunch.
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Why did the forum connect that post to your post, NA6C?

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I like to make smoothies in the shower.
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Oh well. I had a feeling this thread might immediately go down this path. Had to try.
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Add steel cut oats, profit.
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I don't remember the recipe, but I made a mango-ginger yogurt based smoothie last summer. It was bangin.
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Add steel cut oats, profit.
Very good idea. I think I'll try that. Probably makes the texture a bit gritty and dry, but still it sounds good.

^Ginger is one of my least favorite flavors in the world. Raw ginger makes me want to throw up and ginger flavored cookies are barely tolerable. Mango is however good in smoothies.
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^Ginger is one of my least favorite flavors in the world. Raw ginger makes me want to throw up and ginger flavored cookies are barely tolerable. Mango is however good in smoothies.
LOL well then then that may not be the smoothie for you unless you're looking for a rush of nausea. I'd substitute ginger with something tangy. If you are a classy high roller throw in some cardamom and other flavors to go with that.
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remove steel cut oats and all other grains from your diet. stick to meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts, and ball hard.
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remove steel cut oats and all other grains from your diet. stick to meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts, and ball hard.
***** of sheep ---- out your anus and rhoids. A long time ago a freind broke his jaw so we got him a burrito, tossed it in a blender, added some milk and he had a burrito smoothie. It was pretty aweful but he was so happy. It did not work so well with pizza.
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I've recently gone on a diet again, since I have put back on about 40 pounds from what I lost two years ago. Smoothies have always been a good, healthy meal replacement that I have enjoyed. However I always stick to one recipe because it is so good, and have the vitamins and other things that I want and need. Not that there is a science to a smoothie "recipe" and you can simply throw in fruit and other things and get something tasty. Just need some new ideas. The one I always make is:

1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup pineapple
2 bananas
1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
~4 tbsp honey
10 ice cubes

Any powder supplement can be added of course.

That is enough for about two large glass fulls, or two meals. One tall glass in the morning and I am good to go until a late, light lunch, then the other for dinner, maybe with another light meal, if I feel like it. But usually I'm good with just one "real" meal a day, for lunch.

???? WTF

Seriously?

This is what you drink to make yourself fat right?

Just skip the do-goodie act and just eat a tub of Breyers.
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***** of sheep ---- out your anus and rhoids. A long time ago a freind broke his jaw so we got him a burrito, tossed it in a blender, added some milk and he had a burrito smoothie. It was pretty aweful but he was so happy. It did not work so well with pizza.
my wife had her jaw wired shut after surgery for many weeks. you dont EVEN wanna know what I blended for her.

suffice it to say that you can not get a medium rare burger to fit through the gaps between your teeth. we tried. she essentially clogged all those gaps and had meat smoothie running down her face. tell me this isn't hilarious?

anyway

smoothies... are such a huge bomb of sugars that you may want to make smaller ones and eat a protein bar with it. even fruit sugars can still screw with your body's insulin levels.

alternatively you could replace the orange juice with acai and dump in a couple heaps of unflavored whey/casein protein powder and a serving or two of flax seed.
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How about you drink a standard protein shake instead.

Supplement with a superfood snack between meals for vitamins/minerals - I use "macrolife naturals macro greens"

Get all the good ---- without any of the bad ----.
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1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup pineapple
2 bananas
1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
~4 tbsp honey
10 ice cubes
My insulin spiked just reading that. Seriously. Fruit is good for you, but it still has a lot of sugar. And you've added more sugar.

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Add steel cut oats, profit.
No. I don't want the excess fiber, I don't want a leaky gut, I don't want the inflammation, I don't want the empty calories.

If you're going to add something, add chia seeds.

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remove steel cut oats and all other grains from your diet. stick to meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts, and ball hard.
Yes. I've cut out grains and almost all sugar from my diet. I'm 5'10" and dropped from 165 lbs to 152 lbs in about a month, with moderate exercise (bodyweight exercises and very occasional cardio) and no portion control.

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my wife had her jaw wired shut after surgery for many weeks. you dont EVEN wanna know what I blended for her.
Heh, I had jaw surgery in college and had my jaw wired shut for several weeks. When they finally lowered the tension on the bands and I could just barely open a gap between my teeth, I decided that my biggest craving was fish and chips. So I had my parents get me some fish and chips and run it through a Happy Baby food grinder and I jammed bits of it between my teeth.
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Yes. I've cut out grains and almost all sugar from my diet. I'm 5'10" and dropped from 165 lbs to 152 lbs in about a month, with moderate exercise (bodyweight exercises and very occasional cardio) and no portion control.
Paleo works. I have trouble being strict paleo because i love dairy and nightshade veggies. So I'm not strict, and eat a decent number of cheat meals/foods over the course of a week, but I'm 75% paleo most of the time.
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Not that there is a science to a smoothie "recipe" and you can simply throw in fruit and other things and get something tasty. Just need some new ideas.
There certainly IS science behind a proper meal replacement. Especially depending on the meal you're trying to replace. Breakfasts you want a blend of "fast" and "slow" proteins, some sugars to help get you out of a catabolic fasting state as quickly as possible, and a decent dose of fat to stay with you for more than half an hour. Dinner you want to avoid "fast" protein compounds and carbohydrates, as you're about to be very inactive as you sleep and don't need to replenish muscle glycogen quickly, etc...

There are other concepts as well, but there absolutely is a way to make a more optimal meal replacement shake.

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The one I always make is:

1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup pineapple
2 bananas
1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
~4 tbsp honey
10 ice cubes

Any powder supplement can be added of course.
That recipe is kinda terrible, nutritionally. You have little to no fat in there, a **** TON of sugar, and some fiber to offset the simple carbs maybe a little. If you want to see what it's doing to you, go buy an inexpensive blood sugar meter at the pharmacy, and test your blood sugar before, after, and every half hour or so after drinking that beast. HUGE spike, then a HUGE dip. Not good for you. It'll produce insulin resistance over time, amongst other less than ideal effects. It's not helping you get skinny. At least, not in a good way...

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That is enough for about two large glass fulls, or two meals. One tall glass in the morning and I am good to go until a late, light lunch, then the other for dinner, maybe with another light meal, if I feel like it. But usually I'm good with just one "real" meal a day, for lunch.
There are two schools of thought on this, and the jury is still somewhat out on who's "right." Eat large meals more infrequently, and let your body regulate between, or eat many smaller meals throughout the day, as a grazer would. Evolutionarily, both could be argued as "where we came from" as hunter/gatherers...

But regardless of the optimal strategy (grazing versus gorging), if you're replacing two of your meals with that shake, and eating a big lunch, you're really not doing yourself any favors. You might be losing weight, but that's only because you're limiting your overall caloric equation to be in the red. You could probably be losing the weight faster, and feeling/sleeping/performing better overall, with a better nutritional strategy.

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It seemed to work well for me last time. Drinking one as a meal throughout the day, I lost about 60lb in 8 months, with no extra exercise, and I always had plenty of energy. I know it's not a scientifically good meal replacement, but it DOES replace a meal, and works fine for me. It has to be better for you than some of the alternatives I would probably find myself eating in a hurry.

Since mine is so terrible, and there are better options, by all means link me to some of them, please.
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