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Old 05-22-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Fruit smoothies

Does anyone have any fruit smoothie recipes with the calorie count? I am not doing low carb anymore just low calorie. I only got so far with Low carb.
Now it's all about eating healthy for me.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:21 PM   #2
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Well, if it's all about eating healthy, you would be eating low carb, no? I suppose there are some who understand the science differently, but I think most are just going by hearsay and common thought and not real science.
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Well, if it's all about eating healthy, you would be eating low carb, no? I suppose there are some who understand the science differently, but I think most are just going by hearsay and common thought and not real science.
Agreed - and MANY of us on low carb keep an eye on our calories, too.
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Fruit smoothies were the highest calorie food item during the time I gained weight the fastest. High in sugars and carbs, low in nutrition unless you supplement, and not very good for my digestion. I think the Glycemic load would be somewhere in the "bazillions"!!!

There are green smoothies that at least have some decent vitamins and trace nutrients and might not send you into such a sugar cycle.
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All I am saying is that to get to my goal I can't do just low carb. I tried it and did well but did not reach goal. I also got tired of all the red meat I was eating and I really missed my fruits. I am trying to eat a balanced healthy diet. I want fruits and veggies, fish and chicken. I am aware of my carbs and how much I take in but I really don't care if I go over the amount I use to go on when I was low carbing. I don't add sugar to anything just what ever is the natural sugar in say a piece of fruit. I don't think having fruit once a day or even twice is a bad thing. I think everyones body is different and it is a science to know what works for your own body. I am a work in progress and will find out if this works better for me than low carb did.

I would not drink a high calorie fruit smoothie as I keep my meals to certain calorie count. It may turn out I have to do both low calorie and low carb. Anyone who wants to see exactly what I eat can see my posted menus in the challenges section under "eating healthy."

Thanks for the suggestions I am off to check them out.

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You make a good low/lower carb smoothie Atkins protein drink.

example:

1 strawberry atkins drink
1/4 frozen blueberries/blackberries/strawberries
ice
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I think everyones body is different and it is a science to know what works for
your own body. I am a work in progress and will find out if this works better for
me than low carb did.

... I've known quite a few people who did really well that way.

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thanks Jezzie!!!

Siggie anytime I have done atkins drink it stalled me. They were good tasting though!
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Why not make regular smoothies like many of the lc'ers do but add fruit to it?

Almond or skim milk
whey protein powder
ice
sweetener if you wish
frozen or fresh fruit

I'm sure you could come up with a million combos.
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Why not make regular smoothies like many of the lc'ers do but add fruit to it?

Almond or skim milk
whey protein powder
ice
sweetener if you wish
frozen or fresh fruit

I'm sure you could come up with a million combos.
I was going to suggest the same thing! You could even add some plain yogurt or a cube of cream cheese to thicken it up. Trader Joes has a great selection of frozen fruit which works well in smoothies so you dont have to use too much ice.
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All I am saying is that to get to my goal I can't do just low carb. I tried it and did well but did not reach goal. I also got tired of all the red meat I was eating and I really missed my fruits. I am trying to eat a balanced healthy diet. I want fruits and veggies, fish and chicken. I am aware of my carbs and how much I take in but I really don't care if I go over the amount I use to go on when I was low carbing. I don't add sugar to anything just what ever is the natural sugar in say a piece of fruit. I don't think having fruit once a day or even twice is a bad thing.
Not trying to be contrary, but you didn't eat veggies, fish and chicken while low carbing? Did you think that you couldn't have those things and low carb? Meat, meaning fish, poultry, pork, lamb, etc and veggies are the hallmark of a low carb diet. I probably eat more vegetables and fruit on a low carb diet than most "regular" eaters eat.

A lot of people still low carb and eat fruit, but most stay away from the high sugar ones.

What plan were you following, Atkins, Protein Power, South Beach or another one? I'm just curious about the plan because the statement about eating so much red meat while low carbing sounds like the statements that people who know nothing about low carbing make all the time, such as, "You're eating a ton of bacon every morning or Atkins is all red meat and eggs, etc."
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I was on Atkins and yes I did eat chicken, and veggies but more hamburger than chicken. Also did not dare eat a banana which I can do now if I want. I had to stay very low carb around 30-50 a day in order to lose. I lost 90 pounds doing so, so I must of been doing something right. Eating more hamburger than chicken was my choice at that time not saying you can't eat chicken on Atkins. I have always eaten more veggies than meat no matter what my diet was. I just love veggies. I just could not get the last 20 pounds off. That is what lead me to try other things. Then life intervened with a wedding, a divorce (dd), a miscarriage, a father coming to live with me with Alzheimer's and then passing away, a second wedding (dd) and my husband diagnosed with cancer all in a just 3 years. I am a stress eater and I stopped taking care of myself to take care of everyone else. I am back at square one now.
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Can someone tell me the benefits of adding protein powder to a smoothie?
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Hi Queeny,
I am a firm believer on anything will work if you work it. I also did low carb 4 years ago and lost lots but did not reach goal. Then did a vegan diet and got to goal. The benefits of protein is to off set the sugar and help you stay full longer. For my body, I always have to change things up. Now I just eat what I am craving. If it is meat, I'll eat that. If it is all veggies and fruits, I'll do that. I think just no excess for me.
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I like the idea of a protein shake with some added fruit if you like. A few frozen berries or even half a frozen banana if that works for your plan makes it like heaven.

Adding protein and/or fat helps to meter the sugar you are ingesting as it enters the bloodstream and helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels and minimizing insulin response.
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a wedding, a divorce (dd), a miscarriage, a father coming to live with me with Alzheimer's and then passing away, a second wedding (dd) and my husband diagnosed with cancer all in a just 3 years.

Circuit overload.

There is a place between Twinkie-town and Ribeye-Road called Balanced-burg.
Some people reside quite happily there and even lose weight if they so choose.
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Frozen strawberries
Coconut milk lite
Stevia

Mmmm! My new favorite smoothie. If I want more fat/protein I add an egg.
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thanks everyone, I really value your input

I think my first one will be yogurt and banana, ice, skim milk, stevia
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What I really love are green smoothies. I make this green pina colada. Lots of organic spinach, fresh or frozen pineapple, coconut milk, and a banana. PUt is some ice and blend. You can add stevia to it to make it sweeter. REally good in the summer and add protein for a meal replacement. My kids drink this all the time. They actually like romaine better because it tastes "greener".
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I've also found that protein powder gives a nice creamy thick texture to the shake.

(unfortunately, it makes my stomach bloat and causes GI upset... anyone remember Keto shake powder? They were so good, but left me bloated every time)
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thanks everyone, I really value your input

I think my first one will be yogurt and banana, ice, skim milk, stevia

I think I'll join you. With two personalized modifications.
No skim milk. Using a crushed pineapple instead of stevia.

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thanks everyone, I really value your input

I think my first one will be yogurt and banana, ice, skim milk, stevia
Miss Queeny, MY LOW CARB FRIEND, you just do what works for you! I HAVE MISSED YOU TERRIBLY!! So nice to see your beautiful face again and I am always sending you positive light to help you whenever you need it!

Sorry for the thread jump, was so excited to see you on the boards again! I love your smoothie idea!
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Just be aware, Queeny, that many low-fat "healthy" foods are crammed with sugar to make them taste good. Think of low-fat yogurt, light salad dressing, low-fat icecream, milk. Sugar is sugar. =) Do what works for you, but don't fall into the common trap that if something says low-fat, it's healthy. =) Please let us know how you do!
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No I don't do low fat ever because I did an experiment and did not have any fat, zero for 3 months and did not lose an ounce!!!!

Beeb!!!!!! I have missed you too. Actually I miss the old days in the LCF chat room. We use to have a lot of fun in there!! Thank you for the light, I can feel it girlfriend!!!! I actually have never left only left the chat room. I still post in my usual spots. This is however my first thread ever posting in ML after being at LCF for years and years! I have a thread in challenges called "eating healthy."
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I used to make smoothies with strawberries and/or banana say a cup or half cup of milk and some yogurt and blend! really yum and would keep me full half the day. You can blend ice into it or use frozen berries. I also added a tiny bit of splenda to cut any bitterness cause i prefered it a bit sweeter.
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i use frozen berries and flavored water. the water is no calories or carbs and the berries are 65 calories and 16 carbs for 1 cup..... its preobably more like a slushy. i love them
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Use UNSWEETENED soy milk in these and it only adds 3 net carbs per 8 oz.
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smoothie a day ...

keeps me a happy camper

My breakfast smoothie is my comfort food that is totally legal with my woe.

I use a scoop of zero carb strawberry protein powder, ice, frozen berries (a bag i get at my local store - blue, straw, black, ras berries mix), creme, almond milk (skip the creme if you want lower calorie), davinci banana or rasberry syrup, and my homemade yogurt (similar to fage unsweetened).

every morning .. i'm in heaven .. if i want a thicker 'shake' instead of smoothie, i just add more protein powder and less ice.. if i want the smoothie style - more yogurt, fruit, and ice.

either one is heavenly and keeps me from craving those Wendy's Frosties and Culvers shakes!!
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Frozen raspberries can really boost a protein shake taste for some reason. I've noticed that blueberries are pretty benign in taste.
Almond milk of course as you're experiencing is fairly low calorie.

You might also enjoy a green or berry powder and New Chapter makes a really nice one. (There are comparable brands on the market for less I believe) But this will boost your nutrition and taste without a lot of additional calories.

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You might also enjoy a green or berry powder and New Chapter makes a really nice one.
Where do you find the New Chapter powders?
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