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8/5/13 9:47 P

Try using just sweet fruits + spinach or chard. The lemon is probably what made yours taste bad--not the spinach! I've used banana, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, peaches, cherries and blueberries in different combinations and enjoyed all of them (when I didn't use kale). I prefer sticking with lighter colored fruit and almond milk to darker berries and orange juice to keep the color looking appetizing.

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8/5/13 7:18 P

simplelife2 --I eat breakfast. I think we had a miscommunication ; instead of having a smoothie I drink lemon water (I still had the lemons for smoothies so I'm putting them to use). So, first thing in the morning I drink lemon water and then eat breakfast at whatever time i usually would.

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8/5/13 4:49 P

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8/5/13 4:39 P

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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
8/4/13 9:54 P

"Instead of making juices I'm just drinking warm lemon water to start my day."

I'm not sure why you would opt for this. Would you start your car with no fuel in the tank? This sets you up for a slowed metabolism and overeating later in the day. A good breakfast with carbs for energy and protein and good fats for staying power is the way to start your day.

It revs up your metabolism,signaling to the body it will be fed today so it can start releasing calories for energy. Even digesting food, particularly protein, expends calories. Study after study has shown successful and lasting weight loss begins with breakfast.

I'm not a fan of juicing because I think people need the act of chewing and food volume to feel satiated, but that would be preferable to lemon water. Please reconsider.

SUBLUE Posts: 281
8/4/13 6:29 P

I just juiced 2 cucumbers and a bunch of kale- makes a pretty green juice. Then juiced a beet separately and added a bit of that to part of the green juice. Normally I always use carrots, but am trying new varieties.

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8/4/13 6:21 P

Well, I ended up eating my kale that I bought to go into my smoothies and I tossed the wheatgrass because I read that you can't process it when it's not in juice form.

I think I eat more than enough veggies so I'm not sure why I even decided to try this. Instead of making juices I'm just drinking warm lemon water to start my day.

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8/3/13 10:41 P

I have 2 go to green smoothies.

1) PBJ - 3 cups or so spinach, tbsp peanut butter or almond butter, 4 dates, almond milk to taste and one frozen banana. You really have to blend for a while because of the dates.
2) Tropical - 3 cups spinach/kale mix, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple with the juice, occasionally a splash of grapefruit juice.

These are smoothie consistency. I also mix psyllium husk in with most smoothies for added fiber.

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8/1/13 4:17 A

Kale and spinach are both amazing in smoothies, I also like strawberries, kiwis, mangoes and blueberries. The best thing to do IMO, is to start with a few ingredients you know you will like (spinach, almond milk, strawberry), and once you get something that tastes good, just experiment with one ingredient at a time. My favorite is kale, almond or coconut milk, frozen berry mix. I got a Bullet blender, so I just throw ingredients in until 2/3 full, pour milk and blend.

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7/31/13 9:50 P

I just got a new ninja blender with the individual cups for smoothies, so I'm trying to get used to making single servings rather than a small pitcher (which I always ended up drinking too much of). I typically do 1.5 packed cups of spinach, one cup of frozen fruit (I have a berry blend, a tropical blend or any combo I've frozen myself), 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of liquid. I like green tea, but will sometimes use water or 100% juice. If I add banana,I never use more than 1/4 because it over powers the flavor IMO. They usually stay around 150-200 calories, and counts as a small meal.

MKRETIRED Posts: 2,195
7/31/13 9:37 P

1 cup kale or spinach
.5 cup raspberries
.5 cup blackberries
1 cup strawberries
.5 banana

WINDLEG Posts: 556
7/31/13 8:37 P

1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup Vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

I was very hesitant about the spinach the first time I tried this smoothie, however, it was delish!

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7/31/13 7:15 P

I usually do:

few handfuls spinach (2ish cups?)
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/3 frozen banana (i cut a banana into 9 pieces and stick them in a tupperware in the freezer...then take 3 pieces out when I want a smoothie)
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract


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7/31/13 5:28 P

My favorite smoothie recipe, it just happens to be green! :)

Juice of half a lemon
Two handfuls fresh spinach
1 medium celery stalk
half a small granny smith apple
half a kiwi (peeled)
left over parsley stems (if I happen to have some)
some icecubes
enough water to make it blend.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,332
7/31/13 5:08 P

Skip the wheatgrass. Contrary to popular belief, it does not have any magical healthy properties and it tastes like lawn mower clippings. If I were you, I'd throw that stuff as far as I could and let the deer eat it. Also, as previously mentioned, citrus does not play that well with milk.

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7/31/13 3:33 P

Ooh. Just thought I'd share this because I just made it for the first time and it is delicious. A Mango Kiwi green smoothie. I used about a cup and a half of baby spinach, about half a cup of water and half a cup of green juice, one banana, three mango slices and two slices of kiwi, and just a splash of lemon juice. It is SO GOOD.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/31/13 3:23 P

I just make my usual smoothie (1/2 cup fruit + 1 c. milk + 1/2 a scoop protein powder) and add kale or spinach, but only a cup or so. A smoothie shouldn't be more food than you would normally eat. I might also add almond butter for some fat.

I never taste the green in my smoothies so I'm always surprised when people complain about the taste. Now I get it. That's got to be awful.

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7/31/13 2:59 P

I have recently started doing green smoothies, and I am a VERY picky eater, both with texture and flavor. I was surprised at how much I like them! Usually I will include about 2 cups of chopped greens (doesn't matter what kind really, but I usually have spinach, arugula, or Swiss chard, or a mix thereof), a cup of water (every now and then I substitute or mix in orange juice or a green juice I pick up from my local Whole Foods), one banana, and a handful of berries. I also like to throw in a tablespoon or two of chia seeds for added omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants.

A good tip from GreenSmoothieGirl on youtube: use 1/3 greens, 1/3 water or other healthy liquid, and 1/3 fruit

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/31/13 2:29 P

Oh man, that sounds gross! Was there something particular about it you didn't like? Besides everything? LOL

First of all, I would ditch the lemon, and maybe go for sweeter fruits. I just think lemon + almond milk and ugh...

Also, that is a LOT of wheat grass, and normally people only drink the juice, not eat the actual grass. One of those flats of wheat grass makes about 12-16 oz of juice. 1/4 of a flat would make the whole thing taste like lawn.

I don't have exact recipes, but I would go with in season sweet fruits (or what you get frozen is good too), ditch the lemon, ditch the lawn, and with the fruit you can ditch the stevia. Also, if you love veggies, green smoothies may not be ideal for you. A lot of people use green smoothies to "sneak in" greens they otherwise wouldn't eat. If you would eat them anyway, you might prefer another preparation!

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7/31/13 2:13 P

So, today I had my first green smoothie and let me just say that although I got through it....IT.WAS.AWFUL. Not a pleasant experience. I love veggies so it's definitely not that. I'm thinking I need help in the recipe department. This is what I put in mine.

1 cup almond milk
handful of spinach
wheatgrass (1/4 of the square that comes in the container from whole foods)
1 whole lemon
1/3 cup fresh pineapple (for a little sweetness)
2-3 stevia packets (because the pineapple wasn't enough)

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