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Fresh or frozen
Never tried yogurt
You can use juice as your liquid base if you have it
Add ice if you want that cold, smoothie taste... but you need a good blender
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Jamba uses only fresh fruit (at least that's what I've seen) and juice and ice. When I make my smoothies at home I use frozen fruit (strawberries, papaya chunks, peaches) with milk and it works great.
- As many frozen whole strawberries as will fit in the cup (I think it works out to about a cup and a half)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
(I used to do strawberries and bananas, but I lost my taste for bananas a while ago)
If your blender won't chop the berries then you definitely need a new blender. Mine was about $60CAD and I got the cup for free as a promo item. Best promo item EVER!
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Our smoothie recipes are really basic - frozen fruit from Trader Joes (or any brand that is just fruit without any other sugar or "stuff" in it) a little plain/vanilla yogurt and maybe a banana if I have one handy. If the Pacific Northwest ever stays consistently sunny, I'll start making them again. I can't say they're Jamba Juice good (those things are awesome) but they'll do.
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- vanilla ice-cream
- 100% pineapple juice
- a few ice cubes
you need a good blender for this, the ice cubes give a frothier mix and the end result is so yummy in the summer when it's hot out...
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I used to have a buddy (K-9 unit cop) who'd walk up to the bartender and order "a glass with Malibu, pineapple juice and cream - for my wife. And uhhh - gimme a beer" then he'd walk back and say "Hey man, want a beer?" :p
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I use 8oz OJ, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, and a whole banana. That's it. I guess it turns out to be more of a juice in the morning that I'd drink in addition to having some cereal or a bagel or something else with a little protein. But it is very yummy!
i have found that i like the way juice tastes in a smoothie as opposed to milk, but then you are missing out on the obvious nutrients in the milk. I'll add protein powder to the above from time to time too, but I still like it best in its simple form!
1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 (approx) no fat milk
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Just blend it up...
I use blueberries because I picked a lot and had to freeze them, I'm sure you could use other fruit or fruit combinations.
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I use almonds and whatnot for protein, I have added multigrain cereal when Im in a hurry, though,, of course Im sure at least some of you know that berries can cause you gastro distress if you havent tested themout.
In any case, I second the smoothie, and the vitamix.
EDIT: I just realized this was the womens forums, sorry. I found the thread in the search.
Excuse me for jumping right into your forum...
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When I start to burn out on the above I'll changeup the mango with strawberries and sometimes.
I think the real trick is the fluid ratio. If you don't have enough the stuff won't blend. Too much and your smoothie is runny. If I end up too runny that is the ONLY time I add ice. Otherwise the frozen fruit adds enough substance on its own.
If you get the fluid right and your frozen berries still won't blend it sounds like you need a better blender. Really. I had one blender that wouldn't blend ice AT ALL. I got a new one and it has no problem. You also need to let it go for AWHILE. Smoothie places don't seem to blend all that long but they have super high powered blenders. Your kitchen blender needs to go for awhile to get all the blending done.
I like to use juice, frozen fruit/banana/berry, and Hammer whey (OMG, that stuff is SO yummy and fluffy!!!!!). My current favorite combo is Dole orange/mango/peach juice, banana, mango, peaches, a smidge of berries, and vanilla whey. YUMMY. :)
I discovered that my smoothies come out MUCH better if I use frozen bananas. I'll still use fresh now and then, but as my fresh ones start to turn I freeze them and I find that I like the way the smoothies come out when I use the frozen bananas.