Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shape Up Series: Taste Testing Panera Bread's Low Fat Smoothies

By: Finance Foodie

This past week, my willpower was tested harder than an engineer at MIT. And unfortunately, I failed with flying colors. ARGH!! From greasy sandwiches to Italian dessert trays that turned up everyday in the kitchen at work, my willpower could not resist but to indulge! Alas, I paid dearly, for led to a STEP BACK on my goal weight loss. Let's go to my (sad) recap....

Week 5
Height: 5'1''
Goal Weight: 130lbs
Week 1: 140lbs (Starting Point)
Week 2: 138lbs
Week 3: 137lbs
Week 4: 136lbs
Week 5: 137lbs (HORRORS!!)
Goal Body Fat: 20.0%
Week 1: 25.0%
Week 2: 24.0%
Week 3: 24.0%
Week 4: 23.5%
Week 5: 24.2% (DOUBLE HORRORS!)

(I'm going to skip the usual exercise plan because my a** didn't step foot in the gym :p)

Besides blaming the snowy mess of a weather that plagued Boston this week (which further deterred my interest in leaving my apartment to go gym-ing), I blame myself. With my Type-A, perfectionist, get-it-done personality, I don't know how I slipped up so badly. How did I manage 2 years of working 100 hour weeks, but can't muster enough resistance to eating a second key lime pie tart??? What a disappointment!

BUT, although I hate losing (well, technically gaining in this case), I am also more motivated than ever to do better this upcoming week. So for this week's tip, I'm going to share with you the one good-for-you item I ate: the Panera Bread Low Fat Smoothie!
As you all may know of my love of morning smoothies, I actually had two of these babies this week. Since I didn't get the chance to hit up Shaw's for my berries, I settled for the next best thing -- Panera's Wild Berry Smoothie! Made with a wildberry fruit base, blueberry and raspberry juices, and vanilla yogurt from the perennially-tanned Gary Hirshberg's Stonyfield Farm, the Wild Berry smoothie only has 300 calories and does not contain high fructose syrup. Rich, creamy, and clean tasting -- I totally felt satisfied after drinking one in the morning. (Now if only the dessert tray didn't show up in the afternoons!). The Wild Berry is the new kid on the block, joining Panera's other smoothie flavors of Strawberry, Black Cherry, and (my former favorite) Mango.
With a little more smoothie in my life (and a little less cannoli) -- hopefully this week will be back on track!

***Giveaway***
Congrats #103 - Lisa Blessed by God

Since my Panera Bread gift card giveaway was sooo popular last time, Panera is going to give another reader a $25 gift card to try this smoothie or their other new menu items (i.e. Thai Chicken Salad, Trail Mix Bagel).
There are THREE ways to enter 
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite smoothie flavor ? (Mine is my homemade Raspberry Cinnamon Buns of Steel smoothie, but Panera's Wild Berry is a close second!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night! 

Disclosure: Panera provided me with the gift card for the giveaway. I've been a long time fan/customer of Panera and I paid for the smoothies I drank myself.

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Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

Those sound fantastic! My all-time favorite smoothie is strawberry-banana. Sometimes with a little honey mixed in too.

Felicity said...

I like the Low-fat Strawberry smoothie.

carcon said...

I like the Wild Berry smoothie

Jolene said...

strawberry banana is my favorite

Thao said...

My favorite smoothie flavor would have to be wild berries with just a hint more of raspberries

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Thao said...

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ky2here said...

Strawberry banana ginger lemon is my favorite smoothie.

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ky2here said...

Twitter follower ky2here1.

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zoe hunter lee said...

The raspberry does sound amazing..so yes, raspberry cinnamon buns..yum
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Here's a tweet (if I did it correctly): http://twitter.com/#!/ky2here1/status/31774698522025984

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zoe hunter lee said...

I follow you on twitter

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mar said...

Black Cherry is my favorite Smoothie flavor!

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Amber said...

Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite smoothie flavor!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I follow you @financefoodie1 on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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stormvikki said...

We atr at Panera yesterday, wild berry is my gave in addition to their tomato soup

PAIGE said...

I love Strawberry smoothies.
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Stephanie said...

my favorite flavor is hummingbird - which is guava juice, mangos, strawberries, bananas, orange sherbert and ice -- so good! We also make a lot of strawberry, banana with vanilla yogurt and apple juice at home.
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5webs said...

My favorite smoothie flavor is raspberry-banana-pineapple.
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WENCDJ said...

I'm going to go with the Wild Berry Smoothie. Blueberries and Black Raspberries. Cant miss with that combo
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WENCDJ said...

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peg42 said...

The Low-fat Mango Smoothie is my favorite.
Thanks so much.
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peg42 said...

I'm a twitter follower (peg42)
Thanks again
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Sylvie said...

Wild Berry smoothie, for sure!

melsywsou said...

Low-fat Mango Smoothie

katfam95 said...

I've never tried one of their smoothies, but I bet I'd enjoy the strawberry smoothie the best.

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

like any smoothie with fresh fruit and greek yogurt- blueberry s yummy

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lkvoyer said...

Thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway, I love Panera! My favorite smoothie flavor is the strawberry. LKVOYER at aol dot com

lkvoyer said...

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gcomstock said...

At Panera I chose the wild berry, but they're all a little too sweet for me:

My favorite smoothie is-
Homemade almond milk (large handfull of almonds - I like toasted- in 3/4 blender full of water, blend till smooth, don't bother straining)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup yogurt (plain or otherwise)
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
1 tbs of brewers yeast

gcomstock said...

I tweeted this giveaway here:
http://twitter.com/georgecomstock/status/31842137997836288

nhmoose99 said...

Wild Berry is my favorite.

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abfantom said...

I like Panera's Low-fat Strawberry Smoothie.

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Janet said...

I love strawberry banana smoothies! jazijazi5959@gmail.com

Mysharona said...

I love Blueberry smoothies.

Ashley and Noelle said...

I love making raspberry and blueberry smoothies! So yummy!

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Jo said...

I love panera's wild berry smoothie.

suburban prep said...

I like a pomegranate mango smoothie. (I have to stay away with anything with strawberries --I am allergic).
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Annette D said...

I love Strawberry!

Annette D said...

Following on twitter @annedoggett

Anonymous said...

Strawberry smoothie :)

Thanks for sponsoring the contest !

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ms-texas said...

I'd like the low-fat strawberry smoothie!

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ms-texas said...

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ms-texas said...

i tweeted

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Nancy said...

My favorite smoothie flavor is anything that's mainly strawberry!

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sohamolina said...

I like Raspberry smoothie.

sohamolina said...

I am @sohamolina twitter follower---eddiem11@ca.rr.com

babytrees said...

I love Mango Smoothies

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SB said...

My favorite is definitely mango! Haven't tried the wild berry one yet, but I plan on it. I'm trying to lose weight before June (My best friend is getting married, I'm a bridesmaid!) I need to fit in the dress I bought in November and um, the holidays really caused some trouble for me. Best of luck to you!! Panera rules! Thanks for the opportunity.

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SB said...

I also follow you on Twitter :)

Katie said...

My favorite smoothie has strawberries and raspberries.
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TRUN said...

Strawberry/Banana is my favorite flavor

Kim said...

I like the mango smoothie. Thanks.

Carolsue said...

Am I in the right place?
I like any kind of Smoothie with Pomegranate in it!
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Carolsue said...

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nicole said...

Wild berry, definitely. Yum!

nicole said...

Wild Berry, definitely. Yum!

Rebecca Graham said...

I like strawberry banana smoothies.

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Rebecca Graham said...

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nicole said...

I posted before, but I don't see it... so...I like wild berry the best. nicolesweeps@hotmail.com

ferriz said...

i make an amazing almond milk, banana, date, and cacao nib smoothie. tastes like chocolate-banana goodness. from panera i like the strawberry one. sooo good!

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ferriz said...

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sweepmom said...

I like blueberry smoothies.

Anonymous said...

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I LIKE THE MANGO SMOOTHIE

wheelerclan said...

Black Cherry Smoothie.

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sjt42075 said...

i like strawberry banana smoothies
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Goss Family said...

We love making strawberry banana smoothies in the morning. Great breakfast when you are heading out the door, yum!

carson_mccain said...

My favorite flavor comes from a smoothie place I believe was called Tropical...SOMETHING. Not Tropical Smoothie, though. Some off-brand Tropical Something-Or-Other type of place in a mall in Massachusetts. The name of the flavor combo that I created there was Banananilla Mango. Obviously infused with flavors of banana, mango, and vanilla ice cream. Ugh, it was delicious beyond recognition.

Carson said...

My favorite flavor comes from a smoothie place I believe was called Tropical...SOMETHING. Not Tropical Smoothie, though. Some off-brand Tropical Something-Or-Other type of place in a mall in Massachusetts. The name of the flavor combo that I created there was Banananilla Mango. Obviously infused with flavors of banana, mango, and vanilla ice cream. Ugh, it was delicious beyond recognition.

Carson said...

My favorite flavor comes from a smoothie place I believe was called Tropical...SOMETHING. Not Tropical Smoothie, though. Some off-brand Tropical Something-Or-Other type of place in a mall in Massachusetts. The name of the flavor combo that I created there was Banananilla Mango. Obviously infused with flavors of banana, mango, and vanilla ice cream. Ugh, it was delicious beyond recognition.

sksweeps said...

My favorite smoothie is my homemade, peak of summer smoothie - with fruits from my yard like blackberries, grapes, apricots,...

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mlswin@triad.rr.com said...

banana

buzzd said...

I love berries so I would say wild berry

Jenn S. said...

My favorite smoothis flavor is homemade pumpkin. Yum!

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Jenn S. said...

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marthajane said...

My favorite smoothie flavor overall is blackberry. The new wild berry at Panera sounds great! Would love to try it.

Courtney said...

My fave is peach banana with splenda! So yum.

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Nancy said...

Any smoothie with raspberry in it is a favorite of mine.

Nancy said...

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bleush said...

Wild Berry is my favorite

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sarah said...

i like strawberry banana

Jillian V said...

I love strawberry banana smoothies

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marcia goss said...

My favorite smoothie flavor is strawberry banana.
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marcia goss said...

I follow you on Twitter @mgoss123.
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marcia goss said...

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AubreyLaine said...

My favorite is Strawberry banana :)
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terri142 said...

My favorite smoothie is the Low-fat Black Cherry Smoothie.

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terri142 said...

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Ames said...

I do love their wild berry smoothie as well :)

caroltennis said...

the mango smoothie is my favorite


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Mamushi Love said...

I like the White Gummy smoothie from Jamba Juice.

Bebemiqui said...

My favorite is a homemade:
-banana
-raspberry
-peach
-pineapple
-orange juice
-vanilla yogurt.
So good!
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luckysunset said...

My favorite smoothie is orange-banana because they're so easy to make at home.

ranya112 said...

My favorite smoothie would be mango or some variation of it.
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Linda said...

My favorite is strawberry.
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Lindsey said...

I like strawberry the best!

Lindsey said...

I follow you on twitter (linds0120)

Valerie said...

I like strawberry banana smoothies in general, but I haven't had a chance to try any from Panera yet.

Lindsey said...

I tweeted about the contest here:
http://twitter.com/?status=Reading%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.financefoodie.com%2F2011%2F01%2Fshape-up-series-taste-testing-panera.html#!/linds0120/status/32256960648708096

Lisa Blessed by God said...

I love banana smoothies!

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amp said...

My favorite smoothie is a banana berry one. I also am a big fan of Paneras!

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Erin G said...

I like the Wild Berry!

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bonnie said...

I like mango smoothies, like Panera's lowfat mango smoothie.

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bonnie said...

I follow Finance Foodie on Twitter.

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Lusi said...

avocado smoothie at that vietnamese restaurant in Boston Chinatown!

Anonymous said...

The Low-fat Black Cherry Smoothie
is for me.

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captainliss40 said...

I like strawberry! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

Their low-fat mango smoothie sounds divine!

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Ashley said...

I follow you on Twitter (AggieAshley).

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Ashley said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/AggieAshley/status/32291877852028928

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Lean said...

I love strawberry and lemon smoothies. LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com

Lean said...

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Lean said...

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gcomstock said...

Forgot to mention/post: I'm following you on twitter @georgecomstock

thanks

Debbie C said...

My favorite is peanut butter banana.

Debbie C said...

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Betty N said...

I have not had any of these smoothies but raspberry cinnamon bun smoothie sounds absolutely delicious.

Betty N said...

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Betty N said...

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clc408 said...

Mango is my favorite.

clc408 said...

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taylorbagels said...

Strawberry, mango lime

Deborah said...

Strawberry/blueberry/peach/banana is my favorite smoothie.

Terri said...

Panera's Wild Berry smoothie is delicious! Thanks!
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Terri said...

I follow you on Twitter as @dahbou.
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Terri said...

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Anonymous said...

Low fat mango.
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Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love cranberry apple smoothies!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

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taylorbagels said...

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Desmond said...

Strawberry.

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Karin said...

I like strawberry banana, but truthfully I haven't met a smoothie flavor that I didn't like!

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Michael said...

Strawberry-banana is my favorite!

Megan said...

Love the strawberry-banana smoothie! My email is cookingwhims at gmail dot com

great_boo_02 said...

The low fat Strawberry smoothie is my favorite.
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Erin said...

I guess I'm kinda boring in the smoothie department -- I like chocolate banana.

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Erin said...

I follow you on Twitter as @one_of_three.

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ErinM said...

Mango is my favorite!

Adrienne said...

I love Chocolate Banana. acrook1@yahoo.com

Adrienne said...

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Missybeez said...

I love Mango!


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Missybeez said...

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Chisum Crew said...

Wild Berry is my fave. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Amanda S. said...

Black Cherry!
(email is in my profile)

amy16323 said...

wild berry sounds good
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kat said...

I love strawberry/banana.

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Sherry Moore said...

I love strawberry banana!

J BOLF said...

My favorits has to be the Wildberry one, yummy!

J BOLF said...

My favorite is Wildberry!

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Melissa O. said...

Mine is definitely mango vanilla!

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

i would get a wild berrie smoothie! I love the lemonaid ones they have in the summer also!

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Rebecca said...

Yum - Panera is the best! My favorite smoothie flavor is berries berries berries! (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc)

Laurie Pearson Photography said...

My favorite smoothie is strawberry and banana

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Laurie Pearson Photography said...

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PamelaJD said...

My favorite flavor from Panera is their Low-fat Mango Smoothie.

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Erica C. said...

I love banana...and it's hard to get a banana smoothie without strawberry added in!

Anonymous said...

Erin T

I like strawberry smoothies.

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llinda29 said...

My fave Black Cherry

Crystal said...

I like the low fat Mango Smoothie
Thanks!!

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Taryn said...

I LOVE Strawberry Banana smoothies -- simple but delicious!

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Taryn said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!! (@tbren15)

Nickolay said...

My favorite smoothie is Strawberry/Banana/Orange

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Nickolay said...

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Nickolay said...

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jsc123 said...

I would love to try the Strawberry Smoothie.

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jsc123 said...

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Karen said...

My favorite is anything with berries, especially blueberries.

Erin E said...

I love blackberry/raspberry smoothies. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
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Erin E said...

I follow you on twitter (@sewmuchstuff)
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debsweeps4 said...

My favorite smoothie is strawberry banana. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

macartherparker said...

for me, it's a mix of honey vanilla lowfat greek yogurt, various fruits & maple syrup. yum

ohstac said...

Peanut Butter Banana smoothies are my favorite.
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ohstac said...

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SantaFe said...

The Mango Smoothie sounds yummy.

Lo said...

I love orange juice and vanilla yogurt -- it's like a Creamsicle.

Lo said...

I follow you on twitter (I'm @prizealert)

Lo said...

Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/prizealert/status/32602580227981314

Julie said...

My favorite is just plain old strawberrys and vanilla yogurt
thanks
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Cassie said...

I love a raspberry-pomegranite smoothie!
Cassie
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hale2005 said...

The Low-fat Wild Berry Smoothie looks great.

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hale2005 said...

Following on twitter.
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hale2005 said...

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Lynn said...

Mango is my favorite smoothie flavor!

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Joy said...

I love strawberries and blueberries. Thanks.
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my1stpumpkin said...

I love the strawberry smoothie.. i get it everytime when i go (or i get the lemonade which is also to die for)

Colengal said...

I love smoothies with raspberries and or blackberries.

kroch said...

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Nancy said...

A strawberry smoothie is my favorite!

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mickeyfan said...

I prefer strawberry.

Anne said...

I like orange juice blended with cantaloupe and a banana.
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Anne said...

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456

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Anne said...

I tweeted
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