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Old 03-12-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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GE single serve blender

Having just recently (I know, I am WAY behind the curve on this) discovered the joys of smoothies I wandered over to the blender section at Walmart the other day. To my surprise, I saw a mini blender for about $20. The four glasses are the mixing containers, so I'm thinking this looks perfect for what I want. Plus, at $20, if it turns out to be junk- its not really a huge deal.

It does an OK job of chopping up the ice out of my ice machine and is pretty handy so far. I think its going to work out for my purposes, however, this is NOT an industrial machine by any stretch. I wouldn't want to try and make lots of drinks at one time with it but for one or two it seems fine.

As I write this, I am having a smoothie strawberries (5), banana (1 med), yogurt (1/3 nonfat plain), and ice- about 185 calories. What could be better?
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Rodney...your find sounds great! You could make some very nice exotic cocktails with your blender, too...like a banana/strawberry frozen daquiri...when we went down to Mexico last fall, we took our regular blender along and made these for our traveling party ... they were a hit and were mmm'mmm goooood.
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My personal favorite is the TailGator blender...

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That's hysterical! What will they think of next... Aaron...do you have one of these things?
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I love the videos for this blender. There are a bunch of them on You Tube...

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Richard...I hope you do not have a Blendtec ...If you do I will NEVER drink anything you've blended again... because there will be no accounting of what's really in that smoothie!

Me: "Hmmm...whats that 'metallic' taste?"
Richard: "Oh, that's just a beer can I blended in."
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Fine, how about one of these:

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So what I need now are smoothie recipes! Ideas anyone?
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Richard...I hope you do not have a Blendtec ...If you do I will NEVER drink anything you've blended again... because there will be no accounting of what's really in that smoothie!

Me: "Hmmm...whats that 'metallic' taste?"
Richard: "Oh, that's just a beer can I blended in."
That is hilarious!! Thanks for the great post! I have a Vita-Mix and can totally relate -- super strong blending!!!
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My favorite smoothies tend to be yellow for some reason. I don't really use recipes but some of my current faves are:
Banana, peanut butter, almond or soy milk, and a splash of vanilla
Mango, peaches, almond or soy milk
Pineapple, banana, almond or soy milk, dried coconut

Other ingredients worth exploring:
apples
Coconut milk
Chocolate powder
Raw nuts
Chia or flax seeds

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Fine, how about one of these:

I KNEW that was going to come into play before this thread got too much further along! Too funny.
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(from Sherri's cookbook)

Peach Smoothie

Recipe courtesy Jill Novatt

2 cups peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup brandy
2 ounces peach schnapps

In a blender, combine peaches, ice cream, ice cubes, rum and schnapps and blend until smooth. Pour into 4 frozen glasses.

Yield: 4 drinks

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

Place fruit in the blender and enough milk to just cover the fruit.

Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend until smooth.


Ingredients:

1 ripe peach, peeled

1/2 ripe banana

1 tsp. fructose (sugar)

1/2 - 1 cup nonfat evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. almond extract

5-6 ice cubes

Prune-Apple Smoothie
1 SERVINGS

Rich and satisfying, this drink packs in lots of fiber as well
as fruity flavor.

3 pitted prunes
3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup crushed ice

In a small bowl, cover the prunes with hot water and let stand
until plump, about 15 minutes. Drain the prunes and let cool. In
a blender, combine the prunes with the remaining ingredients and
puree until smooth.

NOTES ONE SMOOTHIE: Calories 205 kcal, Total Fat .4 gm, Saturated Fat .1 gm

Orange Julius-Style Smoothie

Blend and serve


Ingredients:
- 2 cups fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. egg replacer
- 2 tsp. powdered skim milk
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 cup half-and-half or condensed milk

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
Ground cloves for topping
Whipped cream for topping

Directions:
Combine pumpkin, yogurt, milk and maple syrup in a blender
until smooth. Pour into glasses, top with a dollop of whipped
cream and a dusting of ground cloves.

Yields: 4 short glasses


Caramel Apple Smoothie


2 6oz cups caramel yogurt
1 cup apple cider

Directions:
Place yogurt and cider in a blender and mix until smooth.

Yields: 2 tall glasses

Island Fruit Smoothie

(Recipe Courtesy of Curtis Aikens)

1 small banana, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
3 ice cubes
In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Yield: 1 smoothie

Fresh Strawberry Marg-alrightas

Yield: 4 drinks

2 pints ripe strawberries
4 ripe limes, juiced, plus 1 lime wedged for rimming
and garnish
8 rounded tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
2 trays ice cubes
8 shots good quality tequila
Coarse salt, to rim glasses


Reserve 4 strawberries with tops for garnish and split them.
Clean, dry, and trim remaining strawberries.

Add all but the reserved strawberries to a blender. To that,
add the juice of 1 ripe lime, 2 rounded tablespoons sugar, a
splash of orange juice, 1/2 a tray of ice cubes and 2 shots
of tequila. Blend on high speed until the drink is icy but
smooth.
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I KNEW that was going to come into play before this thread got too much further along! Too funny.
This made me laugh and brought back a funny memory. When I was 16 years old, I got my finger caught in a blender (dont eve ask me how!) and i had to go to the ER. The first thing the emergency doctor said to me was "Bass-o-magic, eh?". A doc with a sense of humor!
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I have a smoothie with some rice protein powder every morning for breakfast - and usually add some greens and raw nuts. Favorite is a handfull of baby spinach leaves and cashews.

This is my tip for you...Freeze your fruit and use that instead of the ice. Fruit is way easier to crush up than the ice and it makes a more *fruity* drink. I wash my fruit, dry and drop it in a freezer bag. Blueberries, Strawberries, grapes, whatever! Sometimes I just throw whole (over ripe) bananas in the freezer and use a knife to unpeal when frozen but othertimes I just cut the banana and freeze on a cookie sheet before bagging.

Oh, another tip -- frozen bananas to any smoothie makes it more smooth. You won't notice the ice crystal-like texture as much.... yummmm.

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