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Is this smoothie a good idea for replacing a meal?

Asked by LDRSHIP (1088 points ) November 12th, 2013

Currently I have blueberries, black berries, strawberries, red raspberries and bananas. I don’t always mix them all. Typically 1 banana and 1 or 2 of the others.

I mix them with ice, sometimes add 1 or 2 scoops of peanut butter. Organic peanut butter or this stuff called wow butter http://www.peanutfreeplanet.com/Wowbutter_Creamy_Soybutter_Spread_p/wowbuttercreamyspread.htm

Any suggestions things to add or not to add, or not do?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Some good yogurt or ice cream.

Smitha's avatar

You can add low fat vanilla yoghurt or almond milk and a pinch of cinnamon powder.

LDRSHIP's avatar

Yogurt sounds like a good idea. Probably have to stay away from the ice cream.

Don’t think tried almond milk. Is healthier or something?? However my guilty pleasure is coming eggnog haha. I’ll attempt to stay away from it.

jaytkay's avatar

Another vote for yogurt.

Also some greenery, spinach or kale. I really like frozen spinach for smoothies because sometimes it’s hard to use all the fresh leaves before it goes bad, so frozen is more economical.

I’m not a fan of ice cubes because they’re just water. I like to use orange or cranberry juice (not cranberry “cocktail”, I look for 100% juice).

But the berry/banana/peanut butter sounds great, too, I will give it a try, thanks!

dxs's avatar

Yogurt, specifically Greek yogurt, specifically low fat, plain Greek yogurt. It adds the protein component. Peanut butter is definitely good to get your good fats, too.

Coloma's avatar

You need more protein, add yogurt or non-fat, or 1% milk or almond milk.
To replace a “meal” you should have at least 20 grams of protein.
I love GMC Banana whey protein powder, that would be excellent with all your fresh fruits.

RealityPuppet's avatar

Good idea. I think it should be fine if that’s the only meal you’re replacing and you have a substantial meal later. Remember that you need calories for energy. The bananas in the smoothie will provide a sufficient amount of energy until your next meal, as well as the fructose from the rest of the fruit.

If you like peanutbutter, try PB2. You can get it at walmart (haven’t checked elsewhere-live in BFE) and it’s dehydrated, powdered peanuts. Add water and you have peanut butter. Add to your smoothie and you have pbj in a cup.

Smitha's avatar

Almond milk is low in calories compared to other milk substitutes. But the ones you get in shop mostly contains preservatives, it would be better if you can make it at home.

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KaY_Jelly's avatar

Add some hemp hearts they are yummy.

I am a vegan I bought and tried one jar of wowbutter, I took for granted because it said “vegan” on it. Stupid me. When I went to buy the next jar I looked at the ingredients. I felt so guilty and horrible because one ingredient is palm oil, which is probably the worst in my books health wise.

If I was you, I’d use just peanuts. You can also do what I do and just put a few cubes of raw silken tofu as a protein. lol XD

This is delish!

Ingredients

2 cups chocolate milk (organic soy, organic valley or trader joe s brand)

1 cup silken tofu (organic, drained such as mori nu brand)

2cups blackberry (frozen organic, cascadian farm brand)

1/8 tsp ground cloves

11/2 tsps agave nectar (optional or 1 2 teaspoon dark honey optional)

Or this:

Ingredients

½ cup orange juice

5 strawberries (hulled and sliced)

½ banana

¼ cup silken tofu (3 ounces)

1 tbsp honey (sugar)

6 ice (cubes)

Have a great breakfast whatever you do. :)

leeibarra's avatar

You can actually make smoothies that kind of remind of soups, for example you mash boiled or steamed veggies and chicken with chicken broth. I once had a surgery so I couldn’t eat firm food so this kind of smoothies was my only rescue.

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