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cedarblue
Jul 28th, 2007, 11:32 AM
soooo good for you - anyone else do them?

today for breakfast, green smoothie;

banana, nectarine, 1/2 mango, 4 leaves romaine lettuce :)

maybe you have some tried & tested recipes or combinations?

vegantreat
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:58 AM
Pineapple
fuji apple, sliced, peel still on
asian pear, sliced, peel still on
frozen strawberries
frozen blueberries
two large handfuls of kale
1/4 lemon, peel still on

I usually have to blend the unfrozen stuff first (minus the kale) then blend in the strawberries, then the kale, then the blueberries. The blueberries are mainly to hide the color from my kids. lol

YUM!

BlackCats
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:21 PM
:eek: I have to ask can you taste the kale/lettuce in these smoothies? (honestly)

Also is it smoothie makers or juicers you use? Juicers are supposed to extract the nutrients more effectively aren't they?

I just cannot imagine drinking veggie juice cold! (okay - sipping hot veggie juice in a mug because that would be like soup) but not cold!

cedarblue
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:00 PM
i guess you could literally just warm slightly though as with any raw uncooking, heat at a certain temp will start to affect the nutrients in the raw stuffs.

i tend to juice the kale if i use it, in with maybe 2 green apples, a stick of celery or some cue and some root ginger - i find the apples and ginger mask up the strong taste of the kale - i don't taste the lettuce in juices. spinach is good in them too and herbs especially parsley.

with smoothies, i tend not to use kale or spinach as i don't have a vitamix which is the superduper whizzer/blender, i use a hand blender and it doesn't break the kale down enough for me. i use lettuce in the fruit smoothies.

yes, juicers do break the items right down so it is instantly absorbed. maybe it is just a matter of getting the combination of items right aphrodite for your cold juice? i think they're so refreshing with a lovely green colour (or brown if you start adding carrots to it)

some of my tips;

- just start with a leaf or two of kale or a small handful of spinach so the juice is not too strong (using the apples and ginger or lemon will take away the strong green taste) and build up slowly or it can taste really strong or upset your tummy.

- dark green romaine lettuce leaves have more nutrients in them than other lettuce so use those preferably

- i dont use more than 3 or 4 items in a juice or smoothie

- dilute the made juice down a little with water

my fav green juice is; spinach, green apples, ginger & celery

fave smoothie; banana, mango/nectarine/apricot, handful of frozen red fruits, romain lettuce leaves (is a lovely ruby/purple colour), with a dash of oil (flax/hemp or olive) and dash of agave nectar

vegantreat
Jul 29th, 2007, 11:06 PM
I thought you couldn't taste the kale at all until I ran out and made just plain fruit smoothies for my kids and they asked me what was wrong with it. LOL

I also use spinach, collard greens, romaine lettuce or bok choy depending on what I have handy.

cedarblue
Aug 7th, 2007, 10:48 AM
i always have green smoothie for breakfast;

yesterday: 2 bananas, 2 slices fresh pineapple, 4 romaine leaves

today: 2 bananas, 1 orange, handful baby spinach

cedarblue
Aug 9th, 2007, 10:53 AM
today; 2 bananas, thick slice fresh pineapple, handful spinach

cedarblue
Aug 16th, 2007, 03:02 PM
breakfast; 1 banana, 1 orange, handful strawberries, some romaine leaves

lunch; 2 bananas, some young lettuce greens from the garden and some parsley and water.

fatfree
Aug 17th, 2007, 07:09 PM
I make a quart of smoothie at least 1 out 2 days. I always feel better on the days I have my smoothie. Whenever I feel low on energy I just go the fridge and have a small cup.

Today:
2 apples, 1/2 c. blueberries, some collard greens and kale. I added a tsp of spirulina and a Tbsp of ground flax seeds.

Best Wishes,

Robert

Kristen's Raw
Aug 20th, 2007, 10:15 PM
I love green smoothies and fresh Raw smoothies in general!

Today I had Romaine, Basil, Cilantro, Spinach and Mango. YUM!!!!! Energy and digestion are simply at peak performance with fresh smoothies. I drink them all the time. I even take them in a mason jar to the movie theater so I have something super tasty during the movie :) ssshhh...don't tell the movie police ;)

cedarblue
Aug 24th, 2007, 01:06 PM
not so green, more ruby, but still good;

2 bananas
cup frozen red mixed berries
1/2 head romaine lettuce

cedarblue
Aug 24th, 2007, 01:08 PM
I make a quart of smoothie at least 1 out 2 days. I always feel better on the days I have my smoothie. Whenever I feel low on energy I just go the fridge and have a small cup.

Today:
2 apples, 1/2 c. blueberries, some collard greens and kale. I added a tsp of spirulina and a Tbsp of ground flax seeds.

Best Wishes,

Robert


robert, do you use a vitamix or counter blender? i was just thinking about the apples, my blender wouldn't mix them up smooth. or do you mean juicing?

Kristen's Raw
Aug 24th, 2007, 07:16 PM
Ohhh....I love raspberries, bananas and romaine. So refreshing!

fatfree
Aug 24th, 2007, 09:28 PM
robert, do you use a vitamix or counter blender? i was just thinking about the apples, my blender wouldn't mix them up smooth. or do you mean juicing?

Hi Cedarblue,

I use a high end Kitchenaide blender and though it's no vitamix or k-tec it does a good job. I do dice the apples into 1/2 inch cubes and I run the blender on liquefy for about 2-3 minutes. I had more trouble with the kale in the beginning until I learned to put it and the collards in with cold water and run it for a few minutes before I adding fruit.

I was reading a comparison between high end blenders such as the vitamix and k-tec because I am thinking about buying one of them. The new k-tec 3+ horsepower runs at an amazing 45,000 rpm. I think vitamix runs at about 28,000. The reviewer commented on the sharpness of the blades. The person doing the comparison talked about blades not being sharp and just beating the ingredients. The blades are not sharp at all on my blender so I am thinking about sharpening them. I don't know if there is any reason why I shouldn't do this.

Best Wishes,

Robert

cedarblue
Aug 25th, 2007, 03:54 PM
hmmmm. i use either a juicer for my juices, or a hand blender or food processor type blender with s-blade for smoothies - this one is fairly basic.

dicing into small cubes is a good idea - why didn't i think of that - so simple.

today i had a lime green smoothie - handful spinach, 2 bananas, 1 orange, water.

fatfree
Aug 26th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Hi Cedarblue,

Lime green smoothie. Sounds delicious. I have to try one. I did use my food processor once to make a smoothie and it worked very well. I don't know why I don't use it more.

Best Wishes,

Robert

cedarblue
Aug 26th, 2007, 03:34 PM
use that processor robert!

for breakfast;
handful spinach, 2 bananas, orange, water

lunchtime;
handful spinach, few leaves chard from garden, 2 bananas, kiwi fruit, water.

hmm lime green - might try a squeeze of lime in to zing it up a bit!

cedarblue
Aug 27th, 2007, 05:08 PM
breakfast; little leftover spinach, 5 romaine leaves, nectarine, 2 bananas

Kristen's Raw
Aug 30th, 2007, 02:25 AM
Great tip about the fp for smoothies :)

fatfree
Aug 30th, 2007, 03:13 PM
use that processor robert!


Hi Cedarblue,
OK. I'm going to get it out and use it more. Thanks for the push :)

Best Wishes,

Robert

cedarblue
Sep 3rd, 2007, 07:46 PM
well it wasn't green but it was good;

handful of frozen mixed red berries
handful of chard & spinach leaves from the garden :)
2 bananas
1 orange

- the chard taste kicked in but in a nice way - ruby/purple colour too!

nervine
Sep 3rd, 2007, 10:51 PM
i chuck in half a cucumber, lettuce and frozen zuchinni half the time

Mystic
Sep 5th, 2007, 07:50 AM
Ok no offence to anyone, but :eek:

I can't imagine putting vegetables into a smoothie. I am very traditional - Banana, berries, citrus juices etc...

cedarblue
Sep 5th, 2007, 10:15 PM
if you want to get some intravenous green stuff, stuff them in there - or just add 3 or 4 small laves of romaine lettuce as a try?? go on stickydate - try it! :)

nervine
Sep 6th, 2007, 12:58 AM
Ok no offence to anyone, but :eek:

I can't imagine putting vegetables into a smoothie. I am very traditional - Banana, berries, citrus juices etc...

jeez, open your mind, just do it, you dont taste the veggies anyway half the time, i used to chuck in a handful of parsley..