I'm not a big proponent of diet shakes you can buy in the supermarket. I find them overly sweet and sometimes chalky and insanely overpriced as well. I do like making my own smoothies in the blender at home (and I'm contemplating buying a Magic Bullet or a NutriBullet).
Last year, I did some research on sugar addiction and read a phenomenal book by someone who's a true authority on the subject, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. The book was "Potatoes, Not Prozac" and it was a real eye-opener. As part of her seven step program to end sugar addiction, she had a recipe for a meal replacement shake that I found to be really, really good. It's detailed out (along with other helpful recipes) in the forums on her website, Radiant Recovery.
The shake basically consists of soy milk, protein powder and oatmeal (the slow cook kind), with fruit and/or artificial sweetener to taste (and they recommend you wean yourself down on that as time goes by). I found that when I make this with a bit of fruit and a small amount of Splenda, it's very filling and really does replace a meal for me. I just need to remember to haul out the blender a little more often.
So now, my questions for the masses:
Do you use a Magic/Nutri Bullet or other such device?
Do you think it makes it easier as far as smoothies go?
What are your favorite lo-cal smoothie recipes?