I´m having the most awesome smoothies for lunch.

@marguicha (90406)
Chile
January 11, 2013 7:56pm CST
WE are in the middle of a very hot Summer. That, and with my need to put off some pounts, I started the Mediterranean diet. I have an appointment with a nutriciologist in March. but I´d like to know if I can do something by myself. So I read the diet and rediscovered smoothes. This is the time of the year where we have more fruit and least expensive. So today I mixed half a banana, 3 apricots, 1 peach and some grapes and ate a wonderful smoothie. I added lots of water and ice because the heat is so great that we must drink a lot of water. That, a steamed piece of fish and a lettuce and avocado salad was my lunch. How about yours? Are you in any sort of diet? Do you eat the same in Winter and Sumer? Share!
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
13 Jan 13
Every time I read one of your discussions, I suddenly get hungry. You always describe your food so well I can almost taste it! I don't like to call it a diet but I have to admit that I need to take off a few pounds. The holidays and I suppose depression have had a lot to do with me putting on some extra weight so I'm now on a mission to lose it and to get back in shape. For a snack, I like to grab a bunch of different fresh vegetables like bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber and broccoli and dip them into a low-fat or fat-free dressing. I eat several very small meals every day instead of three regular meals. It works better with my medical issues and keeps me from getting too hungry and overeating (unless there are just too many Christmas cookies sitting around, lol). You've reminded me that I just bought a big bag of frozen Tilapia fillets. I love fish but I'm the only one in this house who eats it so I get these Tilapia fillets because they are individually wrapped and I can pull out one or two and fix them for myself whenever I want. I just may have some tomorrow with lunch. About your question, I used to eat more meat in the winter, less in the summer but now I've almost entirely cut meat out of my diet. I eat some chicken and fish but mostly fruits and vegetables.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
13 Jan 13
Everyone says that having several small meals is better. I have to learn that. I`m not much of a snack person, at least not the carrot and celery kind, because I`m too lazy to make the sticks. I could do a bigger batch though and start taking them out as needed. And I could imagine how to make a light dressing that I can keep for some days in the fridge. I am enough overweight now that I realise that shedding pounds is not anymore a question of beauty but a health issue.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
13 Jan 13
Same with me. I'm having bloodwork done tomorrow morning. I'm afraid I'm going to hear that my blood sugar is too high or my cholesterol needs attention. That's the main reason I've decided to eat healthier and exercise more. I've been borderline with my blood sugar in the past. I had a nurse practitioner acting like I was about to die with a reading of 103 (where under 100 is considered normal) so I started exercising and eating better and got that down to 79 in no time. I know I have to do that again and have tried to get an early start. But, it seems that everywhere you turn, there's sugar in something. I've been drinking these protein shakes since I'm not eating much meat and found that they also have sugar in them. Sigh! Maybe I'll just stick to nuts, egg whites and peanut butter for my protein. Of course, losing a few pounds will also make my clothes fit better so that's a bonus. I've been going through all my clothes recently and came across an old bathing suit that I wouldn't even TRY to fit in right now. If I could lose enough weight to wear that and not be embarrassed, I'd be so happy! Oh, about the celery and carrots, I buy a package of celery and a package of carrots and cut up most of them right away, then put them in the fridge for whenever and just grab some as I want them. It's a lot easier doing it all at once than just cutting up what I want at any one time. I can't wait for Spring here. I'm going to give growing celery another try. I did that once a long time ago and it was quite good. I don't know why I haven't tried it since. It would be so nice to go outside and harvest all the fresh veggies I want to eat. Enjoy your summer and stay cool!
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
14 Jan 13
In my country, cut packages of carrots are very ezpensive as compared to homemade. As for sugar, I will spend more buying Splenda or any other sugar that is sucralose. It has no calories at all and it seems to be harmless.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
Your choice of fruits for your smoothies looked delicious! Can't wait to try them soon. I should be really making those instead on grabbing on sodas. I am trying to lose a few pounds myself and am planning to cut down on my food intake and start doing some Zumba lessons. I tend to eat more during the month of December coz that is when the weather is cold and besides, it's the Holiday Season so there is practically lots of food in the house. But during summer when it is so terribly hot, i tnd not to eat as much. i'd rather take lots of water instead.
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@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I cannot drink sodas. The most I can stand is plaid water with gas. Smoothies can be a good way to drink the water we need and have the vitamins and mineral that we must have every day.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
12 Jan 13
If it involves bananas, I won't eat it. I've had a smoothie without banana and it was lovely - blueberry... yum. I mean, I know that for most people bananas are used to thicken the thing, but bananas aggravate my corn allergy and even the smell of them can turn my stomach - even artificial bananas... like in the barium swallow - ick! when I had to have my last one, I drank one I picked up with a mint flavor but then the tech handed me another and that was banana - I told her I hoped I wouldn't throw it up! It stayed down, but I was queasy afterward.
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
i never knew that there are people allergic to bananas and corn. do they have a common ingredient? i know i feel bloated after just 2 slices of an apple, but i've never been sickened by any food unless it's spoiled.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
12 Jan 13
Yeah, corn is in a lot of things, bananas not so much. My brother took mom and me to a dinner at an interior Mexican food place and they had fried plantains on the plate. "Eat them, they're good." I tasted it, tasted like bananas so I let him have them!
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
You can make smoothies out of almost anything, Elic. So just pick the fruits that don´t give you allergies. Smoothies don{t have to be thick either. They just have to be yummy, healthy and better still, not that expensive.
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• United States
12 Jan 13
I would love to try making smoothies for myself this year. I buy lots of oranges,apples and grapes. I don't know what I could make with those. I am not into berries and stuff like that. even though I like strawberry.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
13 Jan 13
I mix any kind of fruit I have around. I have read it´s also awesome to make them with yogurt, but I haven´t tried them. A fruit smoothie with yogurt or milk can amount to a whole meal.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
13 Jan 13
I agree there, marguicha. A fruit smoothie, for me, IS a whole meal. I've changed the way I eat by eating slowly so I know the moment I feel full enough to stop eating and that's just what I do, even if there's just one more bite left on my plate, I'll leave it there. Because of that, my stomach has shrunk and I can't eat a lot in any one meal. Sometimes, a smoothie is actually too much for me to handle and I put what's left in the fridge for later. If it gets watered down, I just add more fruit.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
13 Jan 13
I am waiting for my stomach to shrink, friend. I ate meals that were not interesting at all while I had my chemo, so after thee oncologist let me eat more, I went wild
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
Seems not only a very nutritious meal but a delicious one too. You seem not to run out of ideas in food preparation.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I love to cook and I lov weight. So now I will have to put my mind and hands to work towards good ideas for a slimmer me.
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
it's obviously one of your talent for I've read across your previous posts how you could mix-match an assortment of ingredients and produce a delicious result
@echoforever (5192)
• United States
12 Jan 13
These sound delicious and very healthy! This is the time of year to be healthy for sure, your summer there. The water is needed and the fruits also have excellent vitamins. I would like the combination you mentioned. The salad also sounds good, now I want one of my own.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I think that there are many mixes that can be awesome. There is a cafeteria here that specialises in smoothies. They are wonderful but very expensive. I can make them at home, a lot cheaper.
• United States
13 Jan 13
Yes I'm sure they're over priced! Its fun to make your own smoothies though anyway I think.
@KrauseHome (34986)
• United States
18 Jan 13
Wow!! This sounds good. I know that anytime you mix fruits like this, it does make for a good smoothie and a nutritious snack as well. Sounds like a really good lunch you had with it as well.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
18 Jan 13
This is specially wonderful as we are in Summer here. It serves two purposes. I have been reading about smoothies and it seems that I will have to take out my yogurt maker. I wonder if I can make yogurt with no lactose milk.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 Jan 13
The lunch that you enjoyed sounds just wonderful, however, I have to say that it isn't the kind of thing that I would be likely to eat during this time of the year because it is just too cold for me. I do find that our family eats very differently during the winter than we do during the summer. During the winter we will eat a lot of chili and soup and other foods that would be viewed as comfort foods. However, during the summer we will do a lot of grilling and we eat more salad and produce.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
15 Jan 13
I agree. We are in Summer here. I will have some friends for diner on Wednesday and I will make gazpacho, a cold soup. I wouldn`t dream of making it in Winter.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
12 Jan 13
I Am not on any diet but I have my fruit smoothies with soy milk[ I Am lactose intolerant]and yes my diet or way of eating change with the season in summer I have lots of salads and fruit in season but in winter I go for casseroles and soups.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
The doctor ordered no lactose milk. I`m usinf that and got acostumned to eveything about it but the price. It is a lot more expensive than normal milk here. I do the same as you do as eating goes. Foetunatly it is Summer here now, so I will try to put off some weight in these 2 next months.
• India
12 Jan 13
Diet is quiet important when we feel we need to control ourselves. I just used to have regular outdoor games on every evening and this keeps my body fit. I would ask you to have regular exercise it is quite enough to control yourself
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I cannot exersice much. My energy is too what it was before chemotheraphy. And I`m still on treatment. Different people have different realities. We must try to adjust to that.
@ARIES1973 (9534)
• Legaspi, Philippines
12 Jan 13
Hi marguicha! Wow! That must be delicious! Well, in our place, it is still rainy season. It's been raining the whole week causing for other places to be flooded. It's good thing that it stopped today. It's a Saturday and we have to do the laundry otherwise we won't have enough clothes for the next week. Particularly the children who are using uniform. I wish I could also have enough time to cook something for the family. But with my present job, I just can't find enough time. Have a nice day!
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I am lucky to have many kitchen gadgets. THey help a lot when I want to cook quickly but from scratch. The smoothie won{t take more that a few minutes (the minete or two to pare the peach. Then it a seconds in the blender.
@echoforever (5192)
• United States
12 Jan 13
Sounds like a delcious combination of both the smoothie and the salad. I wish I had a good salad to eat. The extra water and ice will hydrate and the fruits have plenty of vitamins. Great choice.
• United States
12 Jan 13
Oh sorry I didnt' know the first response wen tthrough!
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
I like mediterranean food Your smoothie sounds delicious. We have lots of bananas here in our country and grapes are available although a bit expensive. But apricots and peaches are either canned or very very expensive. Right now I am trying to lose some weight but I do not think I want to go around hungry. So I am just trying to eat less rice and more fruits and vegetables.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I have made smoothies with bananas and an orange. THey are wonderful. Pineapple is also a nice addition. By the way, smoothies are very filling. I thought that I´d be hundry, but I´m fine
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
12 Jan 13
That sounds delicious, I wish it wasn't so expensive here. I am not really on a diet, I am cutting back my junk food. I bought a bunch of fruit and veggies today, but being winter here, and rather expensive it's hard.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
12 Jan 13
I will make other smoothies in Winter, when these fruits are not in season. Bananas are always cheap and you can add a piece of pineapple or part of an orange. I also checked online some smoothies with yogurt: they must be awesome!
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
14 Jan 13
That is a fruit diet, you also need the protein, so I think if I was there I would have eaten something for the protein also.