My Smoothie Station and Weight Update

7.30.2015

Today I thought I would share where I make my daily smoothie. Most folks have a coffee or hot cocoa station.....well, I have a smoothie station. Thirteen months ago I shared what worked for me to finally beat the battle of the yo yo dieting cycle. After losing thirty pounds I am proud to say I have only found five of those pounds instead of putting it all back on and then some.
I blame the grocery store for my weight gain. I mean who can resist buy one get one free ice cream in the summer?

This is what my smoothie station looks like daily. No fluff needed. With everything close at hand it's easy to whip up my morning drink. I just grab a glass in the cabinet to the right and my almond milk and frozen fruit from the fridge also to the right and I'm ready to get blending. I don't have a fancy blender. Some day I may bite the bullet and purchase a better blender/juicer.

Spoons and straws are kept in old Dundee marmalade jars.

Mr. honey bear adds the sweet to my smoothies and hot tea.

I saved these cute little jam jars and filled them with some of my smoothie additives like chia seeds, ground flax seeds, and rolled oats. All are organic.

This is also where I make a cup of hot green tea almost nightly. I filled this red ceramic dish with my favorite tea bags.

Measuring cups and spoons are close at hand in the drawer.

All ingredients are placed in the blender and blended on high for a couple minutes.


 I was kidding about the ice cream....the five pounds slowly crept on over the last year, but I will work to get those back off.....after vacation. 

Mixed Berry Smoothie:

1 cup almond milk
1 cup organic frozen mixed berries (I use Cascadian Farms frozen mixed berries found at Costco)
2 tbsp. organic almond or other nut butter
1/4 cup organic oats (I use Red Mill rolled oats)
Add some chia seeds or flax seeds (I don't measure these)
A good drizzle of honey (to taste)

Bon appetit!

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53 comments:

  1. Ha! We don't have a coffee station, cocoa station, any station. Not coffee drinkers - love cocoa but try not to indulge and tea, etc. is in the pantry. I like the occasional smoothie and freeze leftover fruit to use. Good idea on the seeds/oatmeal. We have been eating much more plant based and adding in these grains. I have not tried the chia seeds, although I hear it is good to soak them?

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  2. tina, you don't have to soak them. I just pour mine in dry.

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    1. It depends what you are putting them in. Grinding them is good too. It's just not a good idea to eat them dry.

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  3. Great idea Kim.....I have been drinking a protein drink every day for about 3 months. Down 11 pounds and feel so much better. I am going to have to hunt down some cute jars and set up my own little smoothie bar!!!

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  4. Hi Kim, I just pinned your recipe but had to comment since your smoothie sounds a lot like my yogurt go to mix. For work, I make up little canning jars with 1/4 cup of oats, teaspoon of cinnamon, tablespoon of chia seeds and a tablespoon of dried cranberries. Fresh or frozen fruit is always welcome and I dump this on my Cabot's vanilla greek yogurt. I belive the oats and chia seeds help curb my appitite and I am good to go until lunch. Oh, also about a tablespoon of nuts for protein. This is a great cheat instead of having ice cream.

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  5. Just love your smoothie station...and congrats on maintaining most of your weight loss...Summer is hard with travels and great ice cream.

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  6. I have been looking for Dundee marmalade jars for a while now. One day I'll locate them. Love your coffee station. Also love the red berry container. CUTE

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  7. What a pretty spot Kim, where did you find the red berry basket?

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    1. I have seen these red berry baskets at Kroger!

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  8. Hi Kim,
    Where did you purchase and what is the brand and style name of your backsplash? Love it!

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    1. Melanie, we renovated the kitchen 12 years ago. It is a tumble marble mosaic. Don't have a brand name for you. We purchased it at Floor & Decor.

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  9. Congrats on your weight loss and keeping it off Kim! Working on the last bit of mine. I love the idea of a smoothie station. My vitamix sits on the counter and it would make things so much easier come my weeks in September when I have leadership and teaching a few days a week. Question...I was told to refrigerate my flax and chia seeds. No?

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    1. I have never heard of refrigerating them.

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  10. I have a smoothie station, but I have to have my coffee station as well! I use similar ingredients to yours, minus the grains, but I use half a banana for sweetening as well as thickening. I'll have to try honey. Those jars are so cute!!

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    1. Anita, I start the day with my coffee and then drink a smoothie around 9. I was using half a banana, but haven't added them late.y. These grains are super foods. Good to add them.

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  11. I tried the smoothie route but it left me unsatisfied. I just felt like I had not eaten. A year ago, I started having two eggs (protein) every morning with my coffee and it keeps me until lunch. Cutting out most carbs was my secret to losing 50 pounds and keeping it off even through vacation.

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    1. Glad you found something that worked for you.

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  12. Great smoothie stations, Kim. If you add a couple heaping tablespoons of plain greek yogert (I like Fage or Chiobani), it ups the protein with very few calories. Also keeps you full longer. Try it!

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    1. I have also added Greek yogurt to mine. Just not every time.

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  13. Your smoothie recipes sound great! I just started my journey to lose 50lbs before I turn 50 next July. We eat pretty healthy, but having a baby at 42 and premenopause have wreaked havoc on me.......lol! I too gave up diet soda about 2 1/2 years ago and thankfully have not turned back. I live on water also. I have been trying to eat more intuitively and realized this week that I have been eating when I am not hungry more often than I realized. You look great!

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    1. Thank you and good luck on your weight loss journey. You can do it!

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  14. Your station looks as good as that smoothie! Thanks for the recipe! Congrats on your weight loss. I have 15 lbs I'd like to donate to any skinny girl in need...lol.

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    1. It would be nice if we could donate it to the needy. :)

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  15. Kim, your smoothie station is just great! I like it! ...because of red??...

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    1. Thanks. Yes, of course I incorporated some red.

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  16. Congrats, Kim, on the weight maintenance. And ever since you shared another variation of your smoothie recipe a while back (with banana & yogurt), I pinned the recipe and often drink that as a mid-morning "second breakfast", especially when I'm heading for the antique mall and work through normal lunchtime. It also was good when I had some oral surgery earlier in spring. Besides a good diet choice, it's a great, satisfying drink with staying power through mid afternoon. I like adding a couple ice cubes so it's frosty cold to drink. Thanks!

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    1. My smoothie is always thick and frosty since use frozen fruit. Glad you like the recipe.

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    2. My smoothie is always thick and frosty since use frozen fruit. Glad you like the recipe.

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  17. Good for you Kim! How long does your shake keep you feeling full for? I use protein powder and chia seeds in mine but it doesn't keep me full for long. I wonder if switching the protein powder to oats would help?

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    1. I stay feeling pretty full for around four hours. Drinking lots of water helps.

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    2. I stay feeling pretty full for around four hours. Drinking lots of water helps.

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  18. Kim I love the station....that is what encourages staying on track and success. I know you cut out all bread but evidently not all grains. Also do you allow yourself any wine?

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  19. This is so great Kim and congrats on finding something that works and you have done so well with.
    Love your smoothie station so cute.
    Kris

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  20. Kim, The smoothies are working because you look great! Your smoothie station is perfect.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  21. Love your smoothie station Kim! I want to try drinking smoothies myself and also make a version for our boys when school starts. I appreciate your smoothie recipes! Xo, ~julie

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  22. That's a great idea!!! Someday when I make my coffee station, I will have to incorporate that. Thanks for sharing that idea, Kim:)

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  23. I need to start some sort of weight loss program...do you just drink the smoothie and then eat sensibly the rest of the day...or do you follow some sort of program?

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    1. Cheryl, there is a link in the beginning of the post that takes you to the first post of what I did.

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  24. Congratulations Kim...good work keeping the weight off! I love your idea of a smoothie station and will copy it for my morning routine. Thanks so much...

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  25. You looked AMAZING at Haven!!! So so pretty and very sassy!!! Thanks for the delicious smoothie recipe. They are my breakfast of choice too! HUGS, skinny girl!

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  26. I remember when you first posted a smoothie recipe...I'd made it several times after that :)

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  27. Kim, congratulations on the weight loss and continued success keeping it off!

    Love this smoothie station!

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  28. Love your smoothie station Kim! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I would love to see more!

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  29. Long time no see! Just popped by for a peek and was very inspired to read about your weight loss. I started with the smoothies about a month back but went on vacay and haven't gotten back to it. I love your smoothie station and have been trying to figure out how to arrange the things I use to grab them quickly so this is a great idea. I have also ventured into some of the gluten free way of eating but again dropped off of it and didn't get back into it. Getting rid of bread, crackers, pasta, ect. will be very hard for me! Work, Weight, Age and Health are wearing me down and I really need to commit to a change for sure. You may have just inspired me enough to finally stick to it. I needed to see someone who really was able to do it, so thank you for sharing that. Do you ever use the protein powder mixes? I bought two from Sams a vanilla flavored one and a chocolate flavored one but am concerned about the extra calories and such with them. I started out not using them at first and was fine with that but then decided I may need some extra protein to get me through the work days. Hadn't thought about if they may be gluten free or not will have to check on that but just wondering what your usage of the protein mixes are? Congrats on the weight loss!

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    1. Mary, no I haven't used any protein powders. The almond milk, almond butter, flax, chia seeds, and sometimes Greek yogurt I add are plenty of protein without adding more. I need to get back to this when I get home from vacay, for sure!

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  30. Love the station...I cannot tell from the pic just what your raised tray is made from. This is my first time visiting your blog, so I might be missing out on something you bought or created. It almost looks like a ceramic dish placed upside down, then adding the painted lettering. Whatever it is, I like it!

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