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#1 76 others

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

I'm trying to change my habits and get healthier and lose weight. I struggle to eat breakfast and wanted to give smoothies a try. What's your tries and tested recipes and favourites?

Also, I have both a stick and a regular blender, what's better?

#2 Rosepickles

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:54 PM

Lately i have been having a banana, some frozen berries, small handful of rolled oats and lite milk, really yummy and quite filling.

#3 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

Personally, I don't think smoothies are a way to lose weight. They tend to be high in calories, are consume too quickly for your natural satiety to kick in, and are digested rapidly as the blender has done half the work for you.

Make your own muesli - rolled oats with whatever dry fruit and nuts you like. Eat a half cup with some milk, slowly. Fewer calories, and will keep you full for ages. Have a boiled egg mid morning if you start to flag (just one).

#4 amabanana

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

I like;
1 cup of skim milk
1 banana
some oats or muesli
a blob of yoghurt
a handful of blueberries
a small amount of flax or similar

I do it in my Thermochef so things like oats blend in really well

#5 Rumply

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

Yeah I am with AvadaKedavra, if you start adding up all the calories from the stuff you put into the smoothie, then they add up and don't end up being worth it.

Though if you do want to persist, I would recommend using some sort of Protein powder in it, maybe like the Michelle Bridges one made by Nature's Own.

I could go a Boost now! LOL.

#6 Just3ofus

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

I agree with the above poster's that if you add fruit/yoghurt etc it does add up to ALOT of calories...I usually blend a choc protein powder with ice,part skim milk & a shot of coffee for a mocha shake for brekky.

Fruit smoothies sound great but not for weightloss as the amount of fruit you need equates to alot of sugar.

#7 76 others

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

So too much calories from fruit is the killer?

Ok, another question about healthy eating then. You seem to need a degree to figure out what cereals are really healthy from their labels. Weet bix with a chopped banana and lite white? Sustain cereal with lite white?

I've tried the muesli and I've tried porridge but yuck to both. The only healthier milk I've liked us lite white also.

#8 76 others

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

Also wanted to say that milky stuff usually sends me straight to the bathroom (tmi) with stomach cramps, but lite white doesn't do that to me.

#9 neddyteddy

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

how about an egg or two on a piece of sourdough bread, that way you are avoiding dairy which does not seem to agree with you. The other option for smoothies is almond, oat or rice milk. Google green smoothies.... these are great for you original.gif

#10 Franni

Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:22 AM

i love spinach apple pineapple ginger orange and green tea. I blend it and store in individual glass jars. DS who is 5 loves it.

#11 bebe99

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:35 AM

I blend 1 apple, 2 sticks celery, handful of spinach leaves, chunk of ginger, half a zucchini and a lemon with a cup of water and some ice. It turns out the most fabulous bright green and pretty much just tastes like a gingery/lemony drink. Not many calories at all and plenty of nutrients. I would then usually have a poached egg on toast about 2 hours later.
However, in order to get the blend super fine, you need a really powerful blender. They are very expensive, but for us has been worth it.

#12 Madeline's Mum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:44 AM

The my fitness pal app is a great way to make calorie counting easier. Majority of foods have been added and you just search and pick your serving.

I like banana, mango, carrot, apple, ice, orange and protein powder about once or twice a week.

#13 bambiigrrl

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

QUOTE (Franni @ 04/02/2013, 06:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i love spinach apple pineapple ginger orange and green tea. I blend it and store in individual glass jars. DS who is 5 loves it.



This is the sorta smoothie i have been making for the past 2 weeks, im not trying to lose weight just increase health (and therefor fertility) but you should know franni that once fruit and veg is blended it starts to lose its nutrients and should be drank within 20 minutes of blending, so not a good idea to store it. And yeah, if you use more veg then fruit and add things like chia seeds and vital greens powder, it makes you feel full for hours and have heaps of energy which last all day. Mind you I hav not lost any weight in the last 2 weeks though, depite my healthy eating, which is bugging me, i di wanna lose a few! probaly from not going to the gym though..

#14 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Its much better for you to eat the fruit itself rather then blending it.

Edited by HerringToMarmalade, 04 February 2013 - 07:58 AM.


#15 Leha

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

You can do smoothies which aren't too high in calories. You just have to measure what you put in. My fav from Michelle Bridges is

1 small banana
25g of untoasted muesli
1 cup of low fat milk
Pinch of cinnamon

275 calories keeps me going until morning tea easily even after doing a high intensity workout at the gym.

#16 brazen

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

really, anything is good! my basic smoothie is:

fruit x 2 or more
almonds or cashews
chia seeds (or quinoa flakes, or flaxmeal or something else)
lots of ice
water
something gree - mostly baby spinach or silverbeet

for a decadent smoothie i like banana, peanut butter (or any nuts), cocoa, ice and milk.

i rarely add milk to my smoothies and don't miss it at all original.gif

#17 MissButtercup

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

OP do you have a smart phone?

Try downloading the "Food Switch" app to help make healthier choices. You can scan the barcode of most food items eg. cerals and it will give you healthier alternatives as well as the amount of fat, sugars and salt in the product. They are given a low, medium or high rating as well (green, orange or red).

Another good app if you're trying to loose weight is the "My Fitness Pal" once again you can scan items and it gives you the number of calories in them. You can then track you calories in and out...

ETA - Madelines Mum - great minds think alike. wink.gif just saw your post re- my fitness pal.

Edited by MissButtercup, 04 February 2013 - 10:39 AM.


#18 76 others

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

Thanks for all these suggestions! That's so weird because I've just had a mini freak out and saw photos posted of me on Facebook from the weekend. I look huge and it's really hit me. I was only just googling fitness apps and then remembered this thread!

I lost 20 kilos about 2 years ago and have put them back on after falling back into old habits like not eating breakfast. I really don't know how to be healthy and I know that sounds like a poor excuse but I don't. All the times I google healthy recipes, it all sounds so out there with never heard of before ingredients.

I don't know how! I don't know how to change my diet to make it sustainable. When I lost the weight last time I was miserable and I knew my diet wouldn't be sustained.

Sorry, turned into a whinge but these photos have felt like a kick in the guts. I'm a size 16 so not extremely massive but a size 12 would be great for me. Very sad right now.

#19 MangoTango

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

My favourite is a chopped up frozen banana, frozen raspberries, a splash of almond milk and for extra thickness a handful of oats. If I am craving extra sweetness I add either a little bit of honey (less than a teaspoon) or vanilla extract.  I am lactose intolerant and the almond milk is an excellent substitute to cows milk.

My husband's favourite smoothie is banana and tinned peaches.

#20 Airene

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

You can lose weight by I suppose it depends on what goes in in the smoothies (obviously skip the ice cream).

Say, if you're having a fruit smoothie that's low in calories for breakfast you'll feel full only for a short while and in general will stall weight loss. So it really depends on the recipe. You need one with sufficient calories and that can stand as a proper meal.

Kimberly Snyders have a nice recipe for green smoothie. Not the tastiest thing you can get, but I love how you can put in that much greens in a smoothie.

Serves 2-4: 2 cups water, 1/2 head spinach, 1 head romaine, juice of 1/2 lemon, 3 sticks celery, 1 banana, 1 pear, 1 apple

If you love berries, you'll also love these antioxidant smoothies.

Edited by Airene, 05 February 2013 - 12:14 PM.


#21 bluecupcakes

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

I have low fat milk, a banana and 30g Natures Own vanilla protein powder.  I mix it with my stick blender it's very quick and easy.  Keeps me full for ages.
I'm not sure of the calories but it wouldn't be bad.  When I was doing Weight Watchers it was 3 points from memory so not bad at all.

#22 RedBob

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

QUOTE (Airene @ 05/02/2013, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can lose weight by I suppose it depends on what goes in in the smoothies (obviously skip the ice cream).

ICE CREAM HAS NO PLACE IN A SMOOTHIE!!!!!

*coff*  ph34r.gif

I like milk, a banana and some plain yoghurt in a smoothie. I'll sometimes add some frozen blueberries as well.

#23 Xiola

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

I have a green smoothie every morning followed by an egg so I stay full until lunch time even though I walk for an hour every morning.

My smoothies have ice, frozen blueberries, one green apple or small pear, big handful of spinach or kale, snow pea sprouts, whatever other greens I've got on hand.  The pear makes it kind of creamy whereas the apple makes it more juicy but they're both good.  I make up enough to have two big glasses full and with an egg I'm satisfied for hours.

#24 76 others

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

So I thought I'd give the smoothie a go as an after school snack for the kids and me. I don't know what I did wrong but the kids had one sip and spat it out. I think it was the yoghurt. I added natural yoghurt (I tried a spoonful by itself and it wasn't nice) low fat milk, banana and berries. I had a mouthful and it was bland so I decided to add some peanut butter. Mistake. Really yuck.

But I'm boiling up eggs right now to leave in the fridge as snacks. I love eggs. I bought weetbix and low fat milk with chopped banana for breakfast. Tonight I'm having steamed fish and this salad http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/358/roast+pumpkin+salad and I went walking this morning.
Tomorrow night I'm making a roast chicken with roast veg. All with light olive oil spray which is what I usually do anyway. Steamed broccoli and carrots.
I bought some whole meal wraps which I'll make ham or tuna and salad wraps for lunch for a few days.

No soft drink.

All ok? To be honest, I don't think I'll last with those green juices.

#25 julz78

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

I will often have a banana, blueberry or mango smoothie for breakfast very simple recipe consisting of

approx 500ml skim milk
1 frozen banana or frozen mango flesh or handful of frozen blueberries
a couple of drops of vanilla essence




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