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Old 01-12-12, 11:31 PM
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Best Commuter Smoothie Recipe

I noticed someone mentioned they start their day with a smoothie before their bike ride. Many years ago now I started making smoothies every morning before my commute and it makes the morning better and when commuting on a daily basis keeps my energy in a good place.

Here's my recipe:

3 Tbsps of Flax seeds (then run the blender to pulverize them)

1 pkg of Emergen-C Super Orange

1 Scoop of Whey Protein Powder

1 banana

1 fresh mango chopped

2 or 3 slices of fresh pineapple (cored)

1 fresh peach or apple (seasonal) (cored)

Dime sized fresh ginger root

2 1/2 cups orange juice

1 cup ice

I usually drink the whole thing before I head out the door. It can also be thrown in a thermos and brought along.

In the winter the smoothie is accompanied by a big Bowl of oatmeal with cranberries, maple syrup and slivered almonds.
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Old 01-13-12, 12:38 AM
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Frozen bananas are great to add to a smoothie. It gives it a thick milkshake feel. I like to make mine simple with 2 frozen bananas, vanilla yogurt, and apple juice or water (to thin down)
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Old 01-13-12, 01:24 AM
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Flax seed? Not much. Apple juice? I wish I could injest a bit of that stuff but I would be stopping for a bathroom or worse. I use frozen bananna, peaches, dried fruits soaked in juice, oatmeal, yogurt and ice or water if I adjust the thickness. Those items work for me. I use a bit or flax seed in my bread. That way I get a smaller amount per slice. YMMV
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+1 on the flax and whey. I also like to put a scoop of peanut butter in there.
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My smoothie:

Almond Milk
Peanut Butter
Whatever mixed frozen fruit I have
Greek Yogurt
Maybe whey protein

I don't measure it, I just throw it in. Usually it's thick, tastes great, and gets me going.
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Old 01-13-12, 08:25 AM
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soy milk
cookies and creme whey protein
banana
maybe some berries
peanut butter

yummy yummy in my tummy!
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Too noisy to make in the morning

(I leave between 6:30-7:30am so the household is often still asleep).

But I like pretty much any smoothie.
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Originally Posted by idc View Post
Too noisy to make in the morning

(I leave between 6:30-7:30am so the household is often still asleep).

But I like pretty much any smoothie.
Yeah, the blender noise can be an issue. Fortunately, my wife and I are on similar schedules so It's not much of a problem usually. One solution though is to make the smoothie the night before, put it in the fridge and then shake it up in the morning and off you go.

re: flax seed. If ingested with the right amount of food it shouldn't have a laxative effect. But if your system is sensitive to them adding them to food in small amounts as opposed to juices is the better way to gain their nutritional benefits.

I've noticed when I am riding a lot (pretty much always) or commuting daily while on a busy schedule my body craves quality calories. Not that I won't eat junk once in a while but I long for good food. If I'm off the bike for a period of time I'll go right back to eating poorly or just whatever is convenient.

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I grew up having avocado trees in my yard, but I didn't discover avocado smoothies until a few years ago. I usually add a small amount of honey or cane sugar to sweeten it, almond or soy milk, and that's it. Simple, delicious, loaded with potassium and other good stuff!
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Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
Apple juice?
That's one ingredient I've never liked. Here is a link that suggests staying away from it. Apple juice has few natural nutrients, lots of calories and, in some cases, more sugar than soda has.

For smoothies I used to just put some yogurt and OJ in a blender, and then slam in whatever fresh fruit might be around. It always tasted great, but I haven't had OJ for a long time now. There is an amount of insect debris that is allowed in it.

I'll stick to peeling my own oranges now.
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A Commuter Smoothie sounds awful, with all that sweat and wool and everything. Just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by recumbenttoad View Post
A Commuter Smoothie sounds awful, with all that sweat and wool and everything. Just sayin'.
Yeah, but it's all natural fibers none of that spandex and Lycra like a roadie smoothie!
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Green smoothie's are the way to go. Blenders are able to break down leaves in ways that teeth can't, giving more nutrients. Plus you can't even taste it.

I have some variation of the version below.

1 whole leaf of Kale (or handful of spinach)
2 bananas
Frozen blueberries
Frozen raspberries
Unfiltered flax seed oil
Hemp seeds
Scoops of Almond butter (when I know there will be a late lunch)
Water, no juice, no dairy.
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This week I've been making this:

frozen broccoli
frozen blueberries
frozen strawberries
one banana
a little peanut butter
soy milk

I get funny looks at work, but it tastes good.
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About 10 years ago I lost about 35 lbs. This year I took off another 15. In that time, I've had this smoothie, plus three fried egg whites, for breakfast almost every day, and often for dinner. I think I've probably had about 4000 of them. I never get tired of them. Here it is:

1 cup Stonyfield Farm Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt
4 or 5 Ice Cubes
One Banana
3 or 4 Frozen Strawberries
2/3 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
One Spoonful Orange Juice Concentrate
Fill to top of stuff with cold water
Blend it.

Blender noise is something my family's just gotten used to.
On hour commute means I stop to pee at a porta-john on my route. No choice.
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Five days a week:

1/3 cup frozen blueberries (lots of antioxidants and they taste good)
1/3 cup cherry juice (keeps the uric acid low....gout flareups suck!)
1/3 cup carrot juice (may be placebo affect, but I find that my mental accuity is better when I add the carrot juice)
1/3 cup coconut water (electrolytes and sweetness)
top off with available fresh fruit, usually a mix of banana and apple. I have a substantial raspberry patch in the back yard, so my fall smoothies tend to be berry heavy. Sometimes I'll add an ice cube.

On the side I have 1/3 cup (measured dry) oatmeal with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of molasses (high in Mg, helps lower blood pressure).

I've tried flax and whey protien, but I don't like the texture they add.
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I make a smothie everyday for breakfast. Some of the ingredients are :

2-3 organic raw eggs
1 cup of organic milk ( regular or chocolate )
2 TBSP of fresh ground flax seeds
2 TBSP of organic peanut butter

This smothie has lots of calories, fat, protein and fibre ...it provides me with enough energy and nutrition for a couple of hours.
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Came in here expecting to see various Soma Smoothie builds...
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Originally Posted by Jewel View Post
Frozen bananas are great to add to a smoothie. It gives it a thick milkshake feel. I like to make mine simple with 2 frozen bananas, vanilla yogurt, and apple juice or water (to thin down)
Add some frozen strawberries to this one that's a tall glass of tasty.
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Smoothies rule. Heres my daily.

Two or three bananas
8 large strawberries
Orange juice
Soy or almond milk
Two big scoops of peanut butter

Some variations include soy yogurt, ground flax seeds, apples, or whatever other fruit I have.
Sometimes spinach and other greens for a green smoothie.

I have one every day and usually also eat a giant bowl of oatmeal
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My recipe:

8 scoops coffee beans
8 cups water

Grind beans, and brew with water in drip coffeemaker. Drink hot. Milk optional.
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@Bat Guano, they said smoothie, not jet-fuel...
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My usual ingredients: banana, fresh or frozen strawberries and blueberries, plain yogurt, a little Naked smoothie or OJ to help it blend, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, wheat germ, Ovaltine.
Occasional add-ins: other fruit (mango, pineapple, cherries, peaches), leftover sweet potato or beets, almond milk, chia powder, or practically anything that will blend.
The instant oatmeal helps to thicken it and blends right up.
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good stuff!
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