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It took a bit of experimenting, but I've got my green smoothie just the way I like it.  A bit heavy on the fruit, but that's okay.  Here it is for anyone who wants to try it:

 

1/2 cup cold water, into which I dissolve two heaping tablespoons of Z!NT Protein Collagen (Available at Amazon http://a.co/hUny1VU )  Hemp Protein Powder would be a good option too. (Amazon http://a.co/4S3cURo )

1/2 cup Lifeway Plain Kefir new-plain-lowfat-kefir.png

(fermented milk, good source of probiotics, 99% lactose free).   A sort of thick liquid yogurt. Tastes terrible on its on, but adds a good tang (plus protein) to the smoothie. Available in the health food section of many grocery stores. Don't buy the flavored stuff, full of junk you don't want. Greek Yogurt would be a good alternative, but you will need more liquid.

1 Cup Frozen Fruit: Small handful of blueberries, several small strawberries or a few raspberries, a few chunks of mango,  and 1/2 banana.  Don't forget the banana! The banana helps give the smoothie a good texture, and a good source of potassium. The berries and mango chunks I buy in big bags from Costco.  The bananas I buy whole, peel when ripe, break in half and store in the freezer in a gallon bag.

2 Tablespoons of ground seeds. Another source of good protein. Don't go overboard here, too many seeds makes the smoothie sludgy.  I use 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds, and 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds. It isn't totally necessary to grind the chia seeds, but the flax seeds must be ground to be digested. I use a small, cheap coffee bean grinder dedicated to the task.  I grind up a week's worth at time. Or you can buy pre-ground seeds through Amazon. 

 

Give your smoothie an extra nutritional punch with some "superfood" powders:

      1 tablespoon Beet Beet Beet Juice Powder (Amazon http://a.co/bRJkZxl)

      1 teaspoon of Acai Powder (antioxidants) (Amazon http://a.co/iIVC0ek )

1/2 teaspoon of Matcha Powder (antioxidants, CAFFEINE) (Amazon http://a.co/8vjRzZO)

1/2 teaspoon of Camu Powder (boatload of additional Vitamin C) (Amazon http://a.co/7KlSNFw )

 

Finally,  1 big handful of SPINACH or other leafy greens, or as much as you can squeeze into your blender.  

Optional:  2 chunks of ice.  If you use more, reduce the amount of water. 

 

This makes a very large smoothie, and with a handful of nuts it keeps me going for hours and hours.  It keeps me "regular" too ;)

 



-- Edited by Dee on Saturday 27th of January 2018 04:14:23 PM

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Whatever works for you. I'm going to have steak and eggs.

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Orange Freeze at Steak 'n' Shake...not enough Os in smooooooth....

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nytram wrote:

Whatever works for you. I'm going to have steak and eggs.

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 I have those for dinner :)  



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nytram wrote:

Whatever works for you. I'm going to have steak and eggs.

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 I double dare you to try my smoothie recipe :)

 

 



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I forked out $400 for my Vitamix blender, but if you want a decent, single-serve blender at a more affordable price, you could try the Nutribullet Pro model. I know three people who have it and are satisfied with the blending results.

At Amazon:

Link: a.co/iP7DshX

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I have to say, I'm a little sad nobody tried my smoothie :(

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No offense, Dee, but I haven't cared for drinks thicker than iced coffee or A&W diet root beer in decades.  I did like ice cream milkshakes when I was a kid and have happy memories of ice cream floats.  Everyone here knows I can't abide white milk by itself.

And, I suppose, just the word "smoothie" makes me suspicious, although that may be because my Felinian purranoia reacts that way.

Regardless, I'm so pleased you've had gracious good success with your program.  As I've probably mentioned more than once since November, I launched my own weight-loss campaign that involves eating only once every day (my bedtime snack around 4 or 5 a.m.) five out of every seven days.  Keep in mind, I take a lot of nutritional supplements, and always have.

If I could find the damned scale, I might weigh myself, but it's buried beneath crap misplaced during the floor-tiling episode.  Weight doesn't matter as much as the way clothes fit.

I think I'll have my bedtime snack now and catch up with everyone tomorrow evening.



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Dee wrote:

I have to say, I'm a little sad nobody tried my smoothie :(


Sorry. If eat at all in the morning it's usually leftover pizza or microwave burritos.

 



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The only reason I eat in the morning is because that's when I go to bed, usually between 4 and 6.

Eating breakfast and expecting to be energized to deal with the day is crap, at least for me--digesting food makes me sleepy, not perky.  Y'all have read my fussies about Mama insisting I eat at least a piece of cinnamon toast and drink a cup of sugar-laden hot tea on school mornings after we'd moved in with her parents.  I think she pushed that so no one could claim she wasn't a good mother.  I don't recall her having breakfast in the morning, either, before she drove off to work and I trudged down the steep steps out front to board the damned school bus.

 

 



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I used to have to wake up around 6:15 and share the bathroom with my old man, who'd be taking a long, hot shower.
Try shaving in a steamy bathroom when the fucking mirror is all fogged up. Good luck with that noise.

So I would have maybe five minutes to choke down breakfast. I would gobble it...and literally choke. Sometimes I'd even puke.
My mother would ask me why I was so "noodgified" (a word she invented that meant nervous or upset) in the morning. Hey, you try being late and dealing with punks on the corner.
Yeah, the bus stopped right outside my door, but they were still punks. Suburban Jewish punks. I carried a blade to school for a while. In the suburbs, yet!

And if I missed the bus at 6:55, my old man would have to give me a ride and I'd be late and get a detention. So...I mostly skipped breakfast and rode the bus for four years.
Which meant that I was usually starving by ten o'clock. If I'd had to walk to school (no chance, it was 2.5 miles away), it would have been nine o'clock. God, how I wanted a car!

And I, too,  was sleepy and crabby in the morning, NOT "perky"...or else I was usually on edge.

Mostly from lack of sleep. I watched the Late Show, or Steve Allen on ABC. He was a laff riot!

My high school never closed for snow. if there was no bus service, you had to find a ride or else you'd get punished for an unexcused absence.

My senior year, we finally got snow days in December and February...big storms, a foot each time. I got a lot of extra sleep.

I remember having to walk through waist-deep snow on a Saturday in early December...to take the SATs. One of my classmates was late and took a shortcut. Got hit by a train.

Didn't croak, though...just got grazed... and was tossed into a snow bank. Landed on his cabeza. Kept all his marbles, but he didn't come back to school until spring.

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Hey, compared to your school daze, mine were pretty calm, but I grew up in a somewhat rural part of a small-town township and county in central north NJ.

You and I shared asininely early hours, though, for sure.  I know I've mentioned more than once that my 1st through 4th grades involved taking the Public Service bus from Greystone Park to Morris Plains Borough Elementary School.  Mama would usually drop me off, but I had to walk home by myself in the afternoon through the hospital's grounds, which I guess were safer than the public road that circled it--and hope I didn't drop my lunch box and break its Thermos bottle along the way.  (Yes, I did that once or twice a year.)

After 4th grade, Parsippany Township finally decided that it should admit the Greystone area was part of it (picture the toe of Italy's "boot") and stopped paying Morris Township tuition.  Wow, I'm sure that was a big savings, tuition versus buying more school buses, hiring more bus drivers, and increasing the liability insurance.

And after that, if you all have paid attention, 5th and 6th at Mt. Tabor Elementary, 7th and 8th at Parsippany Central, and 9th through 12th at the quite new Parsippany High School, which was so large for its time that we had to rotate lunch schedules among 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes.

Whatever, I'm quite certain I wasn't the only one who made catsup sandwiches as soon as I got home.

It's not easy being a nocturnal purrson.



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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

It's not easy being a nocturnal purrson.


 True. Being nocturnal in a diurnal world is a test. I speak from experience.



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It's not easy being a nocturnal purrson.


 True. Being nocturnal in a diurnal world is a test. I speak from experience.


No surprise that we get along so well with cats, I suppose, although everything about hosting cats considered, they adapt quite well to human schedules--as long as they involve Treats after sunrise and after sunset.

 



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I credit some of my weight loss to the 16/8 fasting method. That is, I stop eating around 5 pm (unless it's my birthday), and don't have my smoothie until 16 hours later, at 9 am. I feel a lot better than when I ate later in the evening and had an early breakfast.

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I've never thought of it as "fasting," probably because that's one of those words I simply don't like.  I guess it was in early November that I decided I'd rather take a long nap late afternoon and into the early evening than mess with supper, especially since Eddie has a nutritionally-questionable snack mid-afternoon, has taken over most of the cooking since he retired in 2007, (with, for the most part, quite good results) and when we did agree to have dinner or supper together, he'd fall asleep in the middle of it.  My point is, why bother?

So, I crunch on baby carrots all the while I'm online at night.  They're a healthy and inexpensive substitute for cigarets since about 2007 and the e-cigs I used for a few recent years.  When I finally call it a night, I have half the sandwich/veggie plate Chef Ed has fixed me, or whatever's left of his other creations.  All things considered, I'm happier eating only once every 24 hours...and I hope I remain so.



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I've never thought of it as "fasting," probably because that's one of those words I simply don't like.


Why do they call it Fasting when it goes so slow?

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I was allowed to stay home from school on Yom Kipper.
BUT...I had to stay inside the house. Even in high school. no

I used to BEG my old man to let me go to school, where the non-Jewish guys played all day.
They either played baseball outside, played cards in study hall, or swam in the school pool. Seriously! confuse

I couldn't GO to a Cub game, but I could stay in my room and WATCH it on TV.
All this crap was my father's idea, not mine. What an a-hole he was. disbelief

 The best thing about Yom Kipper was...it went by fast!  blankstare

(Nyuk nyuk nyuk...)  biggrin

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