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We make them with plain yogurt and frozen fruit (bananas, strawberries, mango and raspberries, or some combo thereof). What could I sneak in there for added nutrition? I'm wary of anything that's going to make the texture too gritty (DH and I drink them, too). Any ideas?<br>
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I put 2 frozen bananas, whatever berries, a small handful of flax seeds, some soft silken tofu, a few scoops of yogurt and a blob of honey in ours. For added nutrition, you could consider adding peanut butter or I've even heard of people putting spinach leaves in theirs. I guess the spinach doesn't make it taste any different, and it adds oodles of iron. It does make it kind of a funny color, though.
 

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Our smoothies are:<br><br>
frozen strawberries<br>
yogurt<br>
bananas<br>
blob of honey<br>
blob of coconut oil<br>
3 raw egg yolks<br><br>
The oil tends to solidify so you really have to blend to get rid of the little chunks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We eat these at least four times a week.
 

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Kale or baby spinach leaves. Flax seed (If your blender isn't the greatest, you might want to get flax meal instead; we have a Vitamix which pulverizes everything. Our old blender never ground them up completely, and while they're not gritty, you could see the bits and DP never liked that.) wheat germ. Coconut oil.
 

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I do frozen kale. I buy it in bulk and then freeze it in serving size bunches for my smoothies. I also use flax seed (groud in a coffee grinder) frozen berries of whatever sort. Sometimes I use a greens protien powder (you can buy at Whole Foods) My ds is only 10 months, but he goes crazy for smoothies.
 

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Spinach definitely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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BTW the spinach doesn't change the color if you use something purple too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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when you are using spinach or kale, are you chopping it up really small first or does it just all blend in? If you freeze it, do you chop it first? I'm gonna try this tomorrow, maybe it will be obvious in the blender how it needs to be made...sounds great!! Thanks for the idea!!
 

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I usually do the yogurt, bananas, some berries, peanut butter, spinich, and carrots. The carrots sometimes are left in a few smalll chunks, though.
 

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I use kale and flax seed meal in mine. The blender chops up the kale - i just tear it into about 2 inch pieces. If you use too much, it makes the smoothie taste kind of "green". A little is undetectable though. And the flaxseed meal has no flavor.
 

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frozen berries<br>
banana<br>
oragainc yogurt<br>
vegie jucie<br>
ground flax seeds
 

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raw yolks are my fav. Anything with raw yolk in it counts as a "vitamin drink" to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've found that blending it without any water (or maybe just a touch, if the fruit isn't as moist) blends it very smoothly. If I add too much water too soon, it will just swish in the blender. It sometimes takes a while to get really smooth in my blender. But it's worth the wait! After I have a very smooth, thick pudding, then I add water until it's the consistency I want.<br><br>
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about a cup each of frozen blueberries & raspberries<br>
1/2 cup raw milk<br>
2 egg yolks<br>
1 T honey<br>
1 T coconut oil<br>
1/2 avocado (if we have one)<br><br>
I use a hand blender, and blend throughly so there are no white chunks.<br>
So yummy!<br><br>
Blessings,
 

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Here are some good additives:<br>
flax oil<br>
oat bran or wheat germ (or both)<br>
protein powder - we use this stuff called "show me the whey" - it isn't gritty at all! it comes in chocolate & vanilla<br>
oat/soy/rice milk
 

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the smoothy I make for my 18 month old dd who is "failing to thrive" cause she is little is coconut milk, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, 1/3 avacado, banana and now with kale! She loves it and drinks like 250 ml every morning!!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do frozen kale. I buy it in bulk and then freeze it in serving size bunches for my smoothies. I also use flax seed (groud in a coffee grinder) frozen berries of whatever sort. Sometimes I use a greens protien powder (you can buy at Whole Foods) My ds is only 10 months, but he goes crazy for smoothies.</div>
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What's a greens protein powder? I've been trying to find a protein powder that I like.<br><br>
Another thing you could add is Psyllium Seed Husks, a good source of fiber.
 

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I always sneak some baby spinach, carrots, and flax meal in our smoothies and you can't tell at all! Actually the carrots you can a little, but it tastes really good!
 
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