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Making Smoothies Like the Gym Does

Hey guys…I have a question…

I love the smoothies they make at the gym but hate the carbs and sugar in them…does anyone have any clue what they use to make them…(esp the fruit ones)?

I think they only use water, ice and fruit flavored syrup and unflavored protein powder…is this correct?

If this is the case what about using some of these fruit syrups out there that are sugar free and carb free…in a similar manner as above…would this have the desired effect and taste?

Pugs

The Gold’s I worked at mostly used vanilla whey, frozen fruit, ice, and either water, juice or milk. Our most popular shake was milk, vanilla whey, bananas, peanut butter and ice.

Well if I wanted to skip the fruit for low carb and use sugar free syrup and ice do you think that would do the trick?

Why not ask the gym employee what they use?

Yeah, ice does most of the thickening, so you should be fine without the fruit. You’ll have to experiment with the amount though. And you’ll probably need a decent blender.

The magic bullet is a pretty good blender but I’ve only had it for a while. My dad uses a vita-mix that he got at costco. That thing will tear apart metal.

My gym uses whey, frozen fruit (no syrup), peanut butter, and either milk or orange juice, and ice. I think the reason it tastes better at the gym is probably the consistency they are able to make it with their blender. The ones at my gym are like $800 blenders.

The blender AND the CRUSHED ice is the secret. The crushed ice adds smoothness and volume to the shake. A cheap blender from wal-mart won’t cut it.

I make smoothies for breakfast that consist of juice, yogurt, protein, banana, assorted frozen berries, a little oatmeal, and a little olive oil. I don’t add ice since it’s pretty thick from the frozen berries.

I use a vitamix and can’t imagine going back to using anything else. Best investment ever.

Goddamnit, I was looking at this Vita-mix:

Because it has variable speed unlike the 5200 series that was listed on this site in a holiday gift idea article by TC.

I will have to see how much the one at Costco runs for…

And, while frozen fruits and ice are a good way to thicken a shake…the REAL secret ingredient: xantham gum.

Try for 1/8th to 1/4 teaspoon for a 16-24 oz shake.

HMM…so maybe the syrups will work then…how does crushed ice make a difference from putting whole ice in there and the blender crushing it when it blends?

Crushed ice is easier on the blades and motor.

I was referring to a taste/feel perspective of how crushed ice makes a difference? Anyone?

do you have a link to the holiday gift article by TC

do you have a link to the holiday gift article by TC

no I don’t please send it

I stand corrected. The 5200 series DOES have variable speed, but I could’ve sworn I did not see that middle dial in other photos. Ah, well.

It’s $450 vs. $490 for the one I posted.

People swear by these blenders. I might get one next year after I’ve paid off some debts.

I make quite a few smoothies/gainers per day, and the $75 OSTER blender from Best Buy does just fine :shrug:

I didnt think it mattered, but a $20 blender wasn’t cutting it.

[quote]PonceDeLeon wrote:
And, while frozen fruits and ice are a good way to thicken a shake…the REAL secret ingredient: xantham gum.

Try for 1/8th to 1/4 teaspoon for a 16-24 oz shake.[/quote]

I think I’ve heard this before. I wanna give it a try.

Where would I go to buy xantham gum?

Just put in some Ice.