Who Wants Some Gum?

by HEAB on December 4, 2009

Hello my almond butter loving friends. If you're new to HEAB, you may like to subscribe to my RSS feed or receive my posts via email. Thanks for reading!

Winners of the NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway:

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Emily and Ozlen, please email me with your addresses and I’ll forward your info to the kind folks at NuNaturals (who by the way are very excited for their Rose Bowl bound Oregon Ducks!!!)

Let’s see, where were we…oh yes, the gums.

Smoothie Girl Deb changed my life forever when she sent me xanthan and guar gums this past summer. Thanks again Deb! And now, I would like to change your life by sending some to you. In honor of HEAB’s 1st Birthday, Bob’s Red Mill has agreed to send a bag of each to one lucky HEABer. Thanks Bob!

What are the gums? They are all natural thickeners, and trust me, once you go gums, you’ll never go back.

Rather than add more oil to your next homemade salad dressing, try adding a 1/4 tsp of guar gum to thicken the mix. Better yet, just skip your dressing recipe altogether and make this one instead. Then shoot me an email expressing your love for me. :)

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Mmm, Lemisoni dressing with roasted tempeh, avocado, and walnuts on a bed of spinach. My idea of a perfect salad! Then for dessert, make this…

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Protein ice-cream topped with kabocha custard. I make the ice-cream in my Vita-Mix, and the gums are what make it thick. No ice-cream maker required. I also used xanthan gum in my custard. Again, LOVE THE GUMS and use them everyday.

I am no gum expert. If you have questions, please read Smoothie Girl Deb’s post on why she uses xanthan and guar gums. Deb is my gums guru. :) Allie over at Pimp My Protein Shake is also a fan of the gums. Please check out these ladies’ awesome blogs for some great smoothie ideas and recipes. You guys think I make some crazy things in my Vita-Mix? Well, I’ve got nothing on these girls. Trust me, nothing!

To win your own bags of xanthan and guar gums please leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to pimp your shake. :)

P.S. CD and I will be in Memphis through tomorrow night, and I’ll have limited computer access. So, if you have any questions, you may not hear from me until Sunday. Have a good weekend my friends!

{ 199 comments }

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

I am not that creative (yet) but my favorite “pimping” mechanism is to add nut butter to just about every smoothie I make :)

Kristina December 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

I don’t get too creative with pimping out my shakes, but I love to add any kind of nut butter or sometimes Amazing Grass. :)

Carmen D. December 4, 2009 at 8:11 am

I pimp my smoothies by serving them in the fanciest glasses I can find. Green monster out of a champagne flute? Heck yes!

marie December 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

This time of year I like to pimp my shakes with pumpkin, cinnamon, and molasses.

Kelsey December 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

lots of spices and peanut butter!

Rachel December 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

Peanut butter or cocoa powder.

Scott in Ohio December 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

You know my favorite way to pimp my smoothies…chili powder!

Very excited about this one…I’ve become quite a gummy fan.

Perhaps your friends at NuNaturals would like to wager on their Ducks against my Rose Bowl bound Buckeyes? :-) I know Polly’s with me. GO BUCKS!!

Mallory December 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

i love adding amazing grass to my green monsters! the chocolate flavor is so yummy :)

April December 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

I’ve been pimpin my shakes with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and cocoa powder YUM! Oh and chia seeds but those are in everything I eat nowdays.

Ally P December 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

Funny, I was going to post this even before I knew you were doing a giveaway. I recently tried protein ice cream but didn’t have guar gum. It was good with just xanthan! But then I found SO delicious coconut milk ( I used the unsweetened). I just did 1 small scoop protein powder with 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, stevia, ice, and a little coconut water. (I think the key is to blend everything and then add the ice last. That way they gums prevent the ice crystals from forming as you blend up the ice). It was the fluffiest, creamiest, prettiest (pure white!) HUGE blenderful ever. I think it turned out that way b/c the coconut milk has guar gum and carrageenan in it. If you haven’t tried making the ice cream with this milk as the base I wanted to suggest it b/c quite frankly I was shocked (in a good way) at the turnout. Plus, it a good alternative for those of use who have trouble finding guar.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Ally, I’ve made the ice-cream with So Delicious Coconut milk kefir, but never with the unsweetened milk beverage. I will definitely try it when I run out of almond milk. I bet the coconut water added a nice sweet touch as well. Thanks for the tips!

Evan Thomas December 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

peanut flour is an awesome smoothie thickener

Heather December 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

I’ve been wanting to try gums for some time but whoa, are they expensive! Thanks for the link to Pimpin’ My Shake – I’m always on the lookout for new smoothie/shake recipes. My latest favorite way to pimp it is with chia seeds and lots of greens.

claire December 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

I was using just chia seeds and cinnamon to pimp my shake.I found xantham gum and started adding that.I can’t find guar gum anywhere:-( cc

eaternotarunner December 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

I’m gonna say amazing grass meal…but ive got nothing on these girls!

peaceandpeanutbutter December 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

Pumpkin is awesome in a shake! With granola on top :-)

heatherfeather December 4, 2009 at 8:32 am

i use a good ol’ frozen naner in my smoothies… but i’d love to try some gums to thicken them up a little.

Jillian December 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

I just bought my first bag of xanthan gum last week and have been using to make heavenly pumpkin shakes (with rice protein, kefir and almond milk)…yumm!! I haven’t tried the guar gum…what’s the difference?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Jillian, The xanthan gum adds thickness while the guar gum adds creaminess. They work really well together. So yummy. :)

Britt - Runnerbelle December 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

haven’t gotten all that adventurous yet….. almond butter is a must though!

prettyladycmu December 4, 2009 at 8:38 am

I love pimpin out my shake with some maca powder and salted almond butter!

Laura December 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

I would love to try the gums! I’ve seen xanthan gum in the health food store, but was a little hesitant… my fave way to pimp out my shakes as of lately has been with the Vega smoothie inusion. So good!

april December 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

I’ve been dying to try those gums out! I don’t make shakes or smoothies too often but when I do I like to add pumpkin and cinnamon!

jenna December 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

i’m also not that creative when it comes to smoothie pimpin’, but i do love the honey :)

jacobc December 4, 2009 at 8:49 am

I saw some of that at kroger last week, 9.99 for a little bag, and thought, – my shakes will just be a little thinner.. ha.. At least i knew what it was thanks to you!
The kabocha custard would be on the list of things to try if i had some though.. along with “no ice cream maker” ice cream!
I typically like metrx vanilla protein power to thicken, and it has protein, i’m guessing unlike the gums.. But im sure it doesn’t thiken quite as much either! There is enough room for both in my world though ;-)
FYI- The somewhat speedy elf will be making another race apperance tommorrow if all goes as planned!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Jacob, What race are you running tomorrow? The xanthan is so worth it. That bag will last you forever as you only use about a 1/4 tsp at a time.

VeggieGirl December 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Lovin’ that ice cream creation!

Pimp out smoothie method = adding luscious medjool dates.

Ellie December 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Ooh I’v been wanting to try the gums ever since your first post about them! I usually pinp my shakes with lots of different kinds of greens. Also I love pumpkin and vanilla and using different spices.

Amanda December 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love to add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to a banana/pear/greens smoothie! Tastes like pumpkin pie! :)

alli December 4, 2009 at 8:56 am

spinach and chia seeds are as ‘crazy’ as i’ve gotten so far! i have been really wanting to try those gums, i just cant seem to spend $15+ per bag :/

Shannon December 4, 2009 at 8:56 am

i don’t do nearly enough pimping, but these gums would certainly get me going!! i have started putting fun things like avocado in them, thanks to you :)

Kat December 4, 2009 at 8:57 am

Not adventurous but i like the chocolate protein poweder and almond butter combination in my smoothies!

Mary Z December 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

I like to pimp my smoothies up with pumpkin pie spice! Actually I almost always make Green Monsters with spinach and some sort of spice for the added flavor.

Jerilynne December 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

A little bit of cinnamon and some NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia can make any smoothie amazing!!

Holly S. December 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

Don’t do anything too exciting to my shakes…always use a base of spinach + frozen nanner + almond butter though!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Holly S. Almond butter is always exciting!

The Foodie Diaries December 4, 2009 at 9:10 am

I actually never drink shakes–but I’d imagine nut butters make for delicious pimpology :)

Sima December 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

A little bit of flax seeds sprinkled on top!

Ameena December 4, 2009 at 9:13 am

I put tons of organic frozen strawberries in my shake and put it in nice stemware. It makes it 100% better!!

Erin R. December 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

I would love to try the gums! Mainly for my mom because she was just required to go on a gluten free diet and the gums are in a lot of recipes we’ve been finding. Hope to Win!!

Shari B. December 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

I pimp my vanilla shakes with spinach and chia seeds! And sometimes hemp oil! If I’m having a chocolate protein shake I like to pimp that one up with some decaf instant coffee powder so that I comes out like a Frappaccino. (A Shari “cheap-accino”!)

Have a great Friday!

Andrea December 4, 2009 at 9:17 am

I have been dying to try out gums myself! I’ve seen how you’ve used them and I’ve been wanting to try them out ever since… they would work great in my smoothies! :)

jam December 4, 2009 at 9:20 am

well, i usually add about 2 teaspoon of sugarfree strawberry jam for better flavor and some ground flexseed

Julie December 4, 2009 at 9:20 am

I’ve wanted to try the gums, but haven’t been able to find them! I pimp my smoothies by adding rolled oats to the mix; it makes the smoothie thick and gives them staying power!

Erika December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

I am so boring and my shakes are usually pretty tame. Fruit smoothies or green monsters. But I love reading about how Deb uses the gums and would def love to try them!

jvegegirl December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

frozen bananas-yum!

Gloria December 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

I’ve been dying to try these gums for my vegan ice cream creations! My shakes are pretty standard – frozen nana, spinach, almond milk, almond butter, brown rice protein.. but I feel like a pimp when I drink it, so that’s all that matters right?

molly @thevegandorm December 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

Best way to a pimp a shake is with frozen banana – makes it so creamy and delicious!

Whit December 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

Have fun in Memphis!

I really want to try those fabulous gums you speak of. Protein Ice Cream sounds like something I could like!

Alexis December 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

My favorite thing to add is chia seeds – i find it has a thickening effect, kind of like what I imagine the gums do…But I would love to try the gums to compare!

eatmovelove December 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

I’m not a smoothie type person. But if I did…I’d add any nut butters I guess? Gums – never really heard of them before – haha I’m too busy to keep up. Seems like there’s always something new. Have a fun weekend! You must be a Country music fan down in Nashville :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

EatMoveLove, Not much of a country fan. More of an acoustic rock kind of gal. Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray…my favs.

Sam December 4, 2009 at 9:38 am

i am a relatively new smoothie kid, but i pimp by using frozen bananas. and unsweetened cocoa powder. alright, alright!

Therese December 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

Oh man I am dying to try the gums but don’t want to fork out the $$$ right now!

Lately I have been making mocha shake with cold coffee, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder and some NuNaturals stevia. It’s amazing! The perfect morning pick me up!

suzanne December 4, 2009 at 9:43 am

I find i have to have a frozen banana in my shakes, make it thick and yummy! However, you given me a thought about these gums! I’ve never tried them and would love to see what kind of things i can make with them :)

lora December 4, 2009 at 9:45 am

i obviously pimp my shakes and smoothies with spinach and pumpkin. tis the season for pumpkin pie!

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Holly December 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

The possibility of making ice cream without an ice cream maker? Fantastic! I’d love to be able to try that!

Enjoy Memphis!

Katie December 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

I’d love some gum lady!

Will the winner also get a free breakfast from you since you whip up the best pancakes??

JK!

I’d love for you to check out my blog – giveaway coming and workout songs!

http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/

Katie

Lanie D December 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

Okay, mine is a little odd, I like to use egg whites that come in the carton. It adds a lot of protein which helps keep me full, and the carton says it’s pasturized…

Been meaning to check out the gums, but I admit the price has been preventing me from buying. What it I dont like them??

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Lanie, If you don’t like them, you can send your gums to me. I’ll make you a batch of Oaties – we can trade. :)

Chelsea December 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

Oooh, ooh, me! I really want to like smoothies but I don’t feel like they are filling because they are so thin. What’s the difference between the two types and their uses?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Chelsea, The xanthan gums adds thickness while the guar gum will make your smoothie more creamy, and they work really well together. Definitely will not get a “thin” smoothie with the gums!

Beth December 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

I”m a pimp shake virgin, I’d like some gum to try to learn how to make some!

Lori Z. December 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

I love adding chia to my smoothies. But now I will have to check out the blogs you mentioned and the gums.

Jen December 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

I normally throw in bananas or pumpkin … I’ve never used gums in a shake, but I’m itching to try it!

Shelley December 4, 2009 at 10:16 am

Awesome giveaway! I have been intrigued by your gums for some time now. I am a smoothie fanatic, my blendtec is my favorite kitchen appliance. I’ll try just about anything – no fruit veggie o nut butter is safe in my house.

Kimberly Jahnke December 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

Almond butter & bananas are how I roll. I have been dying to try these gums after hearing you rave about them so winning would be a god-send to my poor law school budget diet :) Thanks for the giveaway & have fun in Memphis!

Lara (Thinspired) December 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

I am dying to try the gums! Right now I pimp my shakes with frozen banana. Deb says it’s about the same consistency, but of course I would like a lighter option on days when I want a simpler smoothie!

Lauren P. December 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

Heather – I am so excited about this give-away! I have wanted to try the gums ever since you sent me that very (informative) e-mail a few weeks ago. … I haven’t purchased them yet because they’re so expensive, I have to save up! hahaha…

I pimp my shakes by adding TONS of cinnammon, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, frozen berries and greek yogurt. YUM.

I never win anything!! My fingers are crossed …….

Jen B December 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

I always drain my yogurt over night in a seive lined with coffee filters to get rid of all the whey – makes it extra thick and creamy!

Whitney December 4, 2009 at 10:34 am

I would love to try the gums, but haven’t bought them because of the cost! I would love to try them in a chocolate banana shake…

theemptynutjar December 4, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hi Heather
I don’t use gums myself. I have never quite gotten into the smoothie-craze. I lack patience for the cleaning, financial cost, or time taken to mix and blend things and prefer a chew. I do know that a lot of foods I eat have gums like xanthan gum and guar gum in them though, so I can see their use.
Another nice posting.
I hope you will not be a stranger to my blog!

Stephanie December 4, 2009 at 10:49 am

I have been looking everywhere for these! I can’t find them and I desperately want to try them!

Kathey December 4, 2009 at 10:49 am

Heather
How often should a person eat tempeh? Can I eat 3-4 oz every 2nd day? The whole soy thing drives me crazy! Good or bad?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Kathey, I constantly hear different info. on soy consumption. Eat one serving a day. Don’t eat soy at all, etc. I stay away from most soy products as they bother my stomach. However, fermented soy products like miso and tempeh don’t seem to bother me. Sometimes, I’ll eat them everyday for a week, but then I may not have any soy for weeks at a time. I go through phases. In my opinion, the fermented products are best. Processed soy products like boca burgers, soy dogs, etc.? I’ll take a pass.

organicashley December 4, 2009 at 10:55 am

Hey heather, awesome giveaway!! I love to add amazing meal pomegranate mango to my blueberry smoothies. Sooo tropical yum! Their chocolate packet with a frozen banana smoothie is great too

Mama Pea December 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

I know this is highly scandalous in the blog world, akin to taking money out of my Nana’s pocketbook, but I put silken tofu in my shakes. Mmm…the silkiness. Almost like I shaved my legs.

Fallon December 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

I love to add raw cocoa nibs to my green shakes. The slight crunch comes up through the straw and makes for a treat in my shakes!

Jes December 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

One way we pimp our chocolate “milk”shake is by adding spinach and flax…oh so yummy and the kids don’t even know it is good for them! hehehe! I’d love to experiment with the gums. I’ve never used them so I’d probably look like the mad scientist in the kitchen for the first few weeks! hehehe! :) Love, love, love Bob’s products! They are great! :)

samialyssa31 December 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

To pimp my shakes, I usually add some AMAZING GRASS! :)

melissa December 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

Pretty much everyday, I make a mid afternoon pick me up…MINT CHOC MOCHA
1 cup cold coffee
1 cup ice
xanthan gum/guar gum
1 tbsp cocoa powder
stevia vanilla liquid Nu Naturals, of course
2 squirts of mint extract

Totally addicting!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Melissa, Mint choc. mocha – on my to-make list for sure!

Heather December 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

I pimp my shake with tons of spinach! You don’t even taste it with PB and banana in it. Loves it!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 4, 2009 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the shout-out Heabie! I’m really not an expert, but I have links to Wikepedia articles for readers to get all the 411. I have found that you need to play with the amounts before you get it right-as I’m sure you have discovered. Once you get it right, you can’t imagine smoothies without them.

Question for me isn’t what I pimp my smoothies With, but what DON’T I pimp them with! ;-)

Allie aka Protein girl, is the true genius though. Her site is a must-read for smoothie enthusiasts!!

plamarie December 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

Shweet!I would love some gums. They make you smoothies look so darn fluffy. My pimped out smoothies might contain kale or beet or coffee. I’m just learning that some extracts can be powerful too. Like vanilla or coconut. Have fun in Memphis. :)

JENNA December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

sprinkle my smoothies with granola for a festive garnish

Lauren December 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

I like to use frozen nanners for more thickness, but otherwise I just throw in lots of spinach, and I’ve also thrown in carrots and whole strawberries including the stems b/c I heard there are a lot of nutrients there? Hmm…

bethany December 4, 2009 at 11:31 am

I pimp my shake with some bells on my ankles! haha–ohhhh, you mean THAT kind of shake?! I like to add some espresso beans so I get all the nutrition with a kick!

Adelaide December 4, 2009 at 11:43 am

Spinach is my go-to pimping ingredient-can’t taste it, and can’t beat it for the nutrients! (not to mention the bright green color does a lovely job of terrifying my husband!)

electropositive December 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

my favorite thing is Amazing Grass! I feel like it makes things automatically that much more nutritious!

I would love to try the gums!

Jenn December 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

Might sound kinda boring, but I think the best is just a plain ol’ frozen banana!! Gotta love the almond butter, though:)
Jenn

Quix December 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

Honestly, my favorite smoothies involve just some greek yogurt and frozen tropical fruit. I’m not that creative. But with some gum I totally would be! :)

Gina December 4, 2009 at 11:51 am

I just jumped on the green monster bandwagon, but before that, my favorite was chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, rolled oats, milk and ice…so good after a tough workout!

Mish December 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

Really..the ducks? Come on! You’re looking at a born and bred Beaver. (I am glad it was a good game)

sals December 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I’m pretty traditional – lots of fruit, maybe some chocolate…

Tiffany S. December 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Are you and CD going to Graceland?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Tiffany S., Nope, already been to Graceland. CD is here to run a race tomorrow morning.

Anna December 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I play it pretty safe when pimping my smoothies, sticking to nut butters and fruits and veggies. Your recipes always look so amazing and I’d love to step it up and throw in some of that gum!

Cindy December 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I’ve been loving cinnamon on everything, and pumpkin pie spice. Thanks for this – haven’t been able to find both of these.

Chrysta December 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I love to add flavors of the seasons! Right now Im into adding pumpkin to just about anything! Pumpkin pie shakes!!

Blair December 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Unfortunately I don’t get too crazy with my smoothies yet … but I’m definitely willing to branch out and try some crazier options!

Betherann December 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Count me in on the gums!

maggie December 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I would love to make an eggnog shake! I don’t drink soy or cow’s milk so there is zero options out there but if I had the gums I could make it with almond milk!

Thanks!

Haylee December 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I pimp out my shakes with Cocoa and coconut :D hmmm nothing better then something sweet in the morning. I would LOVE to try the gums though!

caronae December 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm

My idea smoothie/shake involves peach ice cream, but I also go for spinach sometimes :)

Kakuke December 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I use frozen berries and banana :) Quite classical, though.
But sometimes I get creative and toss in cocoa or coconut or nuts or dried fruit that has been soaked overnight :)
Would absolutely LOVE the idea of trying the gums though…we don’t get them here where I live, unfortunately.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Hey lady I would love more gums b/c they’re kinda pricey and this would rock! I swear 2/3rd’s of the shakes I first made with my gums went down the drain as they were TOO Gummy!
I pimp it up by keeping it low key, simple, raw :)

Amy December 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Since I have a junk food loving husband and two little ones to try and keep nutritionally fit, I like to add Fruit and Veggie Complete powder from Optimal Health Systems. It is 6 servings of raw fruit and vegetables in each serving. A great addition to a berry smoothie!
Blessings!
Amy

greenbean December 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

i would love to win this! i always think about trying the gums when i read your posts but never remember to pick them up.

i pimp my shakes with just cocoa powder! i keep it simple with banana and almond milk.

Michelle R. December 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

How do I pimp my shakes … with cocoa and/or flavorings!! Nothing like a chocolate protein shake with a little peppermint or cherry extract. Of course, my newfound love for homemade nut butters take the cake, my favorite being almond and hazelnut! I am still branching out in the greens area, but I am salivating over Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood.
I am DYING to try the protein ice cream, and am stoked if I win these gums! Thanks for doing awesome giveaways!!! :)

Allison December 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I go through massive amounts of baby spinach every week – but my favorite part of my green smoothies is the 1/2 frozen banana I put in.

maren December 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

lately im loving pumpkin, pumpkin butter, almond butter, and cinnamon in my smoothies! so delicious, like a pumpkin pie almond butter delicious treat!
would love to try the gums, cannot find them!!!

AnAppleADay December 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm

i like to add berries~ or ice~

joy December 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm

i make mine with oatmeal to thicken them…

Julie Salzmann December 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Wow, can’t wait to try the gums. Thanks for the tips! I think I’ll try your protein ice cream this weekend too….:)

How I pimp my shake: Well see- I’M the pimp, so whatever I put in my body is automatically pimped. Bam.

Darcie December 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I’d love some gum! My favorite way to pimp my shake is to add bananas and cinnamon to EVERYthing. In fact, I’ve yet to find a situation that cannot be remedied by lots and lots of cinnamon. Mmm.

Elina December 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I like pimping my shakes with spinach. Does that count as pimping? ;) I’d love to win some gums – they sound so versatile :)

Marie December 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for this post! (I didn’t know I needed guar gum too) I’m excited to get some and try it.
Shakes- I love a adding a little ground flax and spinach to any variety.

Marissa December 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I am so sad! I haven’t been making shakes at home because every time I have to use my sorry little Oster it depresses me. Instead I get 1 a week at my part time job and pimp it by being a pain in the keester…basically I pick apart one of their smoothie recipes and then add my own twist on it ;-)

my current?

“Heavenly Hemp” which is Hemp Milk, banana, papaya, kale, bee pollen, & agave.

I stay away from raw kale whenever possible, so I sub spirulina & barleygrass powder. I also omit the agave and instead get 2 dates.

KaPow!

Gina G December 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

i pimp mine with vanilla liquid stevia! your amazing heather, thankyou so much!

Sweet Cheeks December 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I like to pimp out my protein shake with different fruits! Would looooove some gums though!! Thanks so much Heather!

JW December 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I still haven’t mastered the perfect shake. I do like adding almond butter though.

Lauren December 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

You are so sweet to be offering all of these great giveaways.

I love adding pumpkin to my smoothies. Mmmm, so much flavor and nutrients! :)

Anne P December 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I pimp my shakes with chia seeds and raw oats :)

Jessica December 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Let’s see – cinnamon, chia seeds, Maca, Cacao nibs, nut butters. I could go on and on :) Most of those were introduced to me by lovely blog ladies!

Mandie December 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm

count me in :) ! i seesome possible vegan ice cream in my future…yumm

erin December 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

i love adding dates to sweeten my smoothies naturally. mmm!

Kyle December 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Cocoa powder and CINNAMON. With rice and soy protein powder, vanilla extract, tooons of ice and some canned pumpkin + Stevia.
BOMB.

laura December 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Pumpkin is awesome in a shake!

AshB December 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm

i “pimp” my shake my adding a spoonful of flax :)

luckytastebuds December 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm

My favorite way to pump my shake is peanut butter!! No chunky though, smooth!!

kathleen December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I have many favorite pimping techniques. I add pumpkin pie spice to basically everything, sometimes some vanilla extract. Lately I’ve been adding some raw oats right into my fruit smoothies for some thickening. Oh and chia seeds too! I’ve used guar gum before, but I’d love to try some xanthan.

Shelby December 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

My fav way is simple vanilla extract and lots of spices!

inmytummy December 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I pimp with Jay Robb.

ashtangamami December 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

i pimp with coconut milk and cinnamon in just about everything!

Laura E December 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Thanks for the opportunity. I love adding PB2 and cocoa powder to mine..talk about a Chocolate PB milkshake!

Susan December 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I always add a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt to my smoothies. The tartness always balances out all the flavours :)

Morgan December 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I’ve never used gums before, and this would be a great opportunity to start! Thanks!

molly December 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I like adding raw almond butter!

Kelly W. December 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I pimp my shake w/ 1/2 tsp. matcha green tea powder and a slice of fresh gingerroot. It adds antioxidants from the green tea and ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory.

PS. if you add a squeeze of fresh lime juice to your shakes that contain fresh greens it sweetens up the greens naturally and you can use less fruit! =)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for the lime tip Kelly. That’s great!

Gina December 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I love frozen bananas!
And ginger!
:>

Kristy December 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I eat a massive smoothie every morning…would love to try gumming it up!

CaSaundra December 4, 2009 at 6:12 pm

My kinda pimping=major cinnamon or PB2 powder.

Lynna December 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I like adding oats to my shakes because it gives them a little bit of sweetness and more body.

Light Delight with Tou Tou December 4, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I like to add banana and ginger , just like the spicy and sweetness from these two, and warms my body a bit :-D

Tiffany December 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I pimp my shake with pumpkin and peanut butter! Woohoo!

Lori December 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Sheesh, Have I told you lately that you’re blog is kick ass! The food all looks so GOOD! Thanks for blogging!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for reading Lori. :)

Jess December 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I love adding coconut oil – gives it a little tropical feel :)

Meghan December 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I have variations on my standard: 2 c. almond milk, scoop whey protein and stevia.

hazelnut butter + cocoa = nutella shake
pecan butter + cottage cheese = butter pecan shake
cottage cheese + lemon juice + pinch of cinnamon = cheesecake shake

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 5, 2009 at 7:01 am

Meghan, So attacking my hazelnuts when I get home. Need Nutella in my life!

Michelle December 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm

My favorite way to pimp my shake is to add lots of ground flax and frozen spinach.

Holly December 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

if heabs and deb recommend it, i am there!

Nicole December 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Have fun in Memphis!!!

roya December 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

i haven’t been on the shake bandwagon long enough to reach the point when I begin “pimping” and trying new ingredients…I would love to try the gums and protein ice cream though!

Maria December 4, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I think I would make a shake/pudding by making it super thick and eating it with a spoon by adding the gums, kabocha, and yogurt :)

Melissa December 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Inspired by your kombucha love, last weekend I pimped by usual boring shake with the guts of half of an acorn squash.. it was delicious!

Jess December 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm

sprinkle some freshly ground cardamom into a mango smoothie- so good and aromatic!

Emma December 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Hi Heather! This is my first time commenting (yay!) but Ive been reading your blog for the past couple of weeks – I love it and I totally think I would love you if we ever met :) – you have such a nice tone!Anyhow I was backtracking slightly and your protein increase post – this is EXACTLY what is going on with me. Overweight for most of my teens, lost a sinificant amount of weight a few years ago, was a bit too thin at first and am now at the slim end of normal. I have had about 3 periods in 5 years. They thought I had dermoid cysts, they thought I had PCOS and now they just dont know. I am basically (just like you!) told to go on BCP and if I dont want to do that to maybe come back for another PCOS test in a few months – ugh! Essentially no doctors can agree because some scans show cysts and some dont (I KNOW!) – and Im not overweight or really that prone to it, and I never got bad PMS etc. I dont want kids right not but my boyfriend and I would definitely love them in the future – and I also just want to know what the heck is going on!
Interesingly though – like you I am a whole-carbaholic I used to be a sugar addict ( i was never really a fast food person) and now I just live for toast, peanut butter and pur fruit jam. In trying to find any common factor the 3 times I got my period, I do think I eating more protein (partic animal!) was key. I tried making my diet really high fat for a while and that had no effect so Im definitely going to try upping my protein and cutting down on my favourite sprouted bread and vegan cookies :( . I will definitely let you know if ANYTHING works – but if theres any way you could update us if you find an answer i would be SO grateful t YOU! I really wish you all the best luck and hope its somewhere near as comforitng for you to know there is some else with the exact same issue! Lots of Love x

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 5, 2009 at 7:11 am

Thank you so much Emma – it’s very comforting to know that you are out there, and yes, I think we would be good friends if our paths were to ever cross. Haven’t noticed any changes yet from a higher protein diet, but I’m sticking with it. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted as I know there are others out there with our same problem. Best of luck in cutting back on your beloved sprouted grain bread. Why is it sooo good? :) So glad you found me and thanks for reading my blog. Love, Heather

elaine December 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm

i love the question for this giveaway! i’ve been pimping my shakes with rolled oats, a dash (or two or three) of coconut milk and avocado!

Erin December 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Those girls are no joke in pimping their shakes! That’s awesome.

I put oatmeal in my shakes and if I’m getting really crazy, I’ll put some kefir in too. I loveeeee having shakes in the morning before work because I can make them at night. So easy and convenient.

PeonyJen December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I don’t know how to pimp a shake yet, but I’ve been reading your blog posts and trying to figure out a safe way to make some. I should really just order some rice protein powder.
Entering myself for the drawing..

Tess December 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Coconut oil, almond butter, hemp protein and banana… mmmm.
I’m really curious to try making the protein ice cream.

Katie December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I pimp my shakes with steamed kabocha. It thickens them up and adds a bit of sweetness. If I’m out, I use pumpkin.

Gaby December 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Oo I’d love to finally try these gums!
Lately, as you’ve seen, I’ve been adding cocoa and coffee to my smoothies. It goes with most combos, like blueberry banana, pumpkin, etc and definitely hides the green taste when I add spinach. It is also a great way to hide that crazy green color because for some reason most people find it totally normal for me to have a chocolate milkshake in the morning but something green and healthy is “weird” :p

ohhmay December 4, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Hmm… my smoothies taste so much better with a cube of frozen pudding whizzed in!! It makes it like a frosty…
Oh and for nutrition some wheat germ or chiaaaa…
And the gums are very food science-esque, right up my alley!!

Jenna H December 4, 2009 at 11:14 pm

i pimp with pumpkin!

joan December 5, 2009 at 12:35 am

I would love to try some gums. Usually I pimp with flax seed and currently pumpkin!

Katrina (gluten free gidget) December 5, 2009 at 12:35 am

Berries, half a banana, spinach, and almond milk! YUUMMM!!! I love Bob’s Xanthum Gum! I use it to make everything from GF/DF ice cream to GF/DF Banana Bread! I’ve never used Guar Gum, though.

ajoyinclass December 5, 2009 at 1:16 am

Holymoly, I must win this. MUST.

“Big Pimpin’,
shakin’ C’s,
yeah I be
BIG PIMPIN’ fo’ H-E-A-B,
yo yo yo,
Big Pimpin shakes are cin-na-mon-nee…”

In other words, I quite like to use the spice of the cinnamon variety.

leslie December 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

i’ve tried your lemisoni dressing without the gum and fell in love, but i’d love to try the real gummy version. :)

hmm, i’m not a huge smoothie person, but i do love adding in raw oats. it takes the texture to a wonderful place!

Brooke December 5, 2009 at 8:06 am

my fav shake is with almond milk, banana (or mixed berries), chocolate amazing grass, a handful of spinach and a few drops of liquid nunaturals stevia. yummmy!!

AH December 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

Wow! I have been trying to find xanthan gum for a very long time! My favorite shake is a cocoa-banana shake with a couple of scoops of protein powder. I love the way that the banana makes it so smooth and creamy! Yum!

Kristen December 5, 2009 at 8:42 am

Almond milk and flax seed are my usuals. :-D

fartygirl December 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

I seriously don’t know what I’m gonna do with two whole days of no HEABs. But I guess we have to learn to share you with Memphis, and your hubby, of course. :)

Pure2Raw Twins December 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

Since we are gluten free folks we know all about those gums… they are essential for gluten free baking… they help with binding things together. Though I have never tried them in smoothies or ice creams before??? Only in baked goods! :) Have fun in Memphis!

N.D. December 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I definitely want to try the gums! I add in any greens I can handle!

ann December 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I would love to try the gum in my tahini dressing,

Gena December 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Not really into smoothies. But I pimp blended salads all the time. Does that count?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Gena, That totally counts. :)

Shawn December 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I like to pimp my smoothies with Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Hemp Heart Seeds! Yummy! :-) I have never tried gums~would like too!

Heather December 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I’m not very creative when it comes to pimping…my shakes nor anything else
for that matter. I do the ol’ standby which consists of frozen bananas, almond buttah, and flax (I know, boring). When feel a little crazy I’ll spice things up w/cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc. The gums sound interesting and I’m always looking for ways to step outside of my box. Although I may not actually step outside at least the thought is there!

Brooke December 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

i pimp with just about everything! chia seeds, extracts, nut butter… so deliciousss!

emily December 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I don’t do anything to pimp my shakes, so clearly I NEED some gums!

Megan December 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I always have to have something sticking out/on top of of my shakes. Cookies, fruit chunks, wafers, chocolate bars….. :P it may take away from the healthy aspect, but it’s so much more FUN!

Jess December 5, 2009 at 6:54 pm

yum. My favorite smoothie ingredients are raspberries and almond butter!

monica December 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Always with the mori-nu!!! (and on an embarassing note, I’m like freaking sandra lee with extracts…..mmmm chemicals. Thanks food network)

Sana December 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I pimp my shakes with nut butter and as many veggies as I can hide the taste of ;)

Stephanie December 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Pretty glasses! And sneaking in veggies ;)

psychoj1 December 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I love adding bananas!! And spinach isn’t bad either ;)

j December 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I pimp with pumpkin!

Stephanie December 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I began pimping my morning smoothies with spinach last week … like other bloggers have said, really don’t taste it. Can’t find gums to save my life in our teeny tiny community, would love to be lucky!!!

Coley December 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

I like to add macadamia nuts to a smoothie with frozen banana, coconut milk and any other fixins’ I’m feeling. it is high in fat, but such a great treat!!

Tess December 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

I have been putting pumpkin in my smoothies lately. I am always trying to thicken up my smoothies with pumpkin or bananas or chia seeds, but they don’t quite do it for me. I would love to try the gums!!!!

Sam December 6, 2009 at 10:45 am

Peanut butter all the way!

Alison December 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Hi Heather – new to your site. I eat virgin shakes. I keep them nice and honest with frozen strawberries :)

Jen N. December 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Tahini, banana, vanilla, honey and raw cacao. MMMMmmmmmmmm………..

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