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**The word "diet" in this post refers to the act of eating, not the act of losing weight.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I noticed a few people mentioning that it's too hot where they live to cook/eat. Have you considered a smoothie diet for the summer? I typically do it when the weather gets warm and I lose my appetite.<br><br><br><br>
If you want, I can post my summer smoothies for you, to help you get through those hot days.<br><br><br><br>
Mama Bear's just trying to keep everyone out of the ER this summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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That'd be kind of neat... I do normally not eat as much in the summertime, well, since drastically cutting back on eggs/dairy (used to eat pasta salad stuff).
 

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I practically live off smoothies and fresh fruit in the summer (in fact, this week smoothies have been taking the place of a ton of meals). It's too hot for anything else to be appetizing. I'd <i>love</i> some new smoothie ideas!! Especially ones that would be high in protein and/or fat since that's generally what I'm lacking in the summer.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for offering!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Mskedi, adding a couple tablespoons of isolated soy protein is good in smoothies for a protein boost, if you find you're lacking. And adding ground flax seeds is good, if you're going to drink it right away, other wise it gets super thick as it sits! So that adds EFA's, plus richness. I have some flax oil in the freezer that I add to shakes and smoothies and I love it. Let's see...it's "Barlean's Organic Flax Oil."
 

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I'm very interested too in some smoothie recipes. Please post. I'd be very grateful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:">
 

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Oooo...I'd like that too. Madison and I LOVE smoothies (in fact, I made one for us today with banana, mango, ice and soy milk). They're a great sweet treat with no guilt because it's all good stuff.<br><br><br><br>
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Oh, yum...smoothies...I like pineapple added to a smoothie. What a lovely flavor that gives them. Must go make one. I have some leftover pineapple in the frig.......<br><br><br><br>
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I'm not home right now, so I'll post them tonight.<br><br><br><br>
Some of the recipes I can think of off the top of my head -<br><br>
Sinner's Chocolate<br><br>
Avocado Pina Colada (sp)<br><br>
Tickle me Pink<br><br><br><br>
All have protein, carbs, fats, calcium, as well as some harder to get nutrients, such as zinc and omega-3.
 

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This is what I have every morning for breakfast, I call it my Protein drink.<br><br><br><br>
I have this protein powder that can be bought in any health store, that is chocolate flavor. I use either water, or rice milk. one level scoop of the powder, which by the way.. the powder I use has soy in it. I throw in a banana, some ice, and either wheat germ or oatmeal.<br><br><br><br>
There ya go.. simple, yummy, and filling
 

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thanks krista! i'm looking forward to trying some <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Here are a few ideas to get you started. If you are relying on liquid drinks, it is important to make sure that you get enough protein and fat (not a problem for most of these). Add a tbsp of flaxseed oil to at least 1 smoothie every other day, to make sure you're getting your EFA.<br><br><br><br>
Some add-ins: Blanched, sliced almonds (creamy texture, protein, vit e, calcium), peanut butter (protein), blackstrap molasses (bittersweetness and iron/calcium).<br><br><br><br><br><br>
As always, use the "milk", "yogurt" and "ice cream" that fits your lifestyle. It's easier to use these words then all the qualifiers.<br><br><br><br>
I also point out the main nutritents in each one.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> The Purple Cow (The Purple Soybean if vegan)<br><br>
Serves 4<br><br><br><br>
3 cups vanilla frozen yogurt<br><br>
1 cup plain/vanilla milk<br><br>
1/2 cup thawed frozen grape juice from concentrate (undiluted)<br><br>
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice<br><br><br><br>
*Blend and serve<br><br>
*Source of calcium, good source of Vit C<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Pina Colada<br><br>
Serve 2<br><br><br><br>
1/2 cup silken firm tofu/dessert tofu/soft tofu<br><br>
3/4 cup cold pineapple chunks (frozen is even better)<br><br>
1/2 cup coconut or pina colada flavored yogurt**<br><br>
1 tbsp flaxseed oil<br><br>
1/4 tsp coconut extract or 1 tbsp coconut<br><br>
1/3 cup cold water<br><br><br><br>
*Blend and serve.<br><br>
*Good source of Omega-3 EFA, source of Vit C, a little iron, a little calcium<br><br>
**If you can't find it, add undiluted thawed pina colada mix from concentrate to vanilla or plain yogurt until desired taste is achieved.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Avocado Lover<br><br>
Serves 2<br><br><br><br>
1/4 mashed avocado<br><br>
1/2 cup plain/vanilla milk<br><br>
1 tsp sweetener<br><br>
1 banana, frozen, then broken into 3 pieces<br><br>
1/2 cup frozen fruit (mango, pineapple are best)<br><br>
1/3 cup juice (OJ w/ calcium, peach nectar are best)<br><br><br><br>
*Blend and serve<br><br>
*Source of folic acid, calcium, a little iron, 4g fiber<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Colour me Pink<br><br>
Serves 2<br><br><br><br>
1.5 cups frozen strawberries (1 kind or mix)<br><br>
1/2 cup silken tofu, etc etc<br><br>
1/4 cup cranberry juice<br><br>
2 tbsp wheat germ<br><br>
1 tbsp sweetener (optional)<br><br><br><br>
*Blend and serve<br><br>
*6g fiber, small amount of calcium, source of iron, zinc and vit e<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Sinner's Chocolate<br><br>
Serves 1<br><br><br><br>
1/2 cup crushed ice (8 cubes)<br><br>
1 tbsp cocoa powder<br><br>
1/4 tsp vanilla extract<br><br>
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses<br><br>
1/4 cup chocolate milk<br><br>
1 cup frozen yogurt (chocolate)<br><br>
1 tsp crushed almonds<br><br><br><br>
*Blend and serve.<br><br>
*Calcium, iron, a little fiber
 

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Krista what great smoothies. This thread's got me blending everything in sight. I'm enviously eyeing the last 3 bananas on the table. Hope there's one left in the morning. I put bananas in just about all the smoothies I make.<br><br><br><br>
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Ooooh this is a good idea. We don't have an a/c, so this is perfect. All I need to do now is invest in a blender.<br><br><br><br>
It would definitely cut down on all of the ordering in and eating out we do in the summer to avoid cooking in the hot house! Thanks Krista!
 

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Wow, no A/C in your place.. and here I complain cause mine hardly works, and the temps are reaching triple digits.... smoothie days ahead.
 

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I make smoothies just about everyday for my 3yr old and I. I'll usually buy 2 bunches of bananas, one for snacks and one to peel and freeze for smoothies. I have just about every kind of frozen fruit imaginable ( my freezer is jam packed ). I usually use frozen fruit, soy yogurt, ground flax, soymilk ( going to get almond milk tomorrow ) and some pure maple syrup ( good for calcium and iron! ). My son loves these and sometimes I'll make peanut/almond butter smoothies. I also picked up some spirolina, he loves the Fresh Samantha Mighty Food green drinks, so I've been making our own!<br><br>
What a tasty way to get some extra nutrition!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> YUM!!! I'm gonna have to start some serious smoothie making this summer. How much do blenders cost?
 

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like 30 bucks. just make sure to get one that can do ice.<br><br><br><br>
the chocolate one sounds good but i think instead of frozen yogurt i'll be using frozen bananas. there's this blended alcoholic drink i used to love called chocolate monkey, made with ice cream, chocolate syrup, and banana liquor. a nice non-booze and non-dairy version that's actually good for me, yay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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If you are a serious about using a blender, then I suggest saving up for a nice one. I used to buy the cheap ones at Walmart, but they never lasted. (of course, if you only use them once in a blue moon, then the cheap ones are great). I invested in a Kitchen Aid blender and I love it! I also found that if you look on their website, they sell refurbished appliances. My blender is a refurbished one, and it works great yet was much cheaper than buying one from the store.<br><br><br><br>
Mmmmm, Krista, you got me dreaming about smoothies..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 
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