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YEDDY3 Posts: 92
10/20/13 10:02 A

Love starting my day with a green smoothie. I have heard it was a good idea to mix things up and not always use the same ingredients. Anyone know if this is true or not? I do tend to change things up depending on what I have.

1 C spinach
1 C kale
celery stalk
1/3 cup parsley
hunk of ginger
1/2 C coconut water
1/2 C water
1 tsp coconut oil
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 C frozen strawberries
1./2 banana

SCUBATELLY Posts: 419
9/2/13 1:43 P

I just finished mine.
3 cups kale (other days spinach or both)
1/3 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
10 frozen cherries
2 tbs flax meal
2 tbs chia seeds
Oh, and about a cup of water or cold chaga tea (edit addition)

My kids have some too, my oldest thinks I put ice cream in his, yay, sneaked veggies!
I love the feeling that no matter what else I do in a day, at least I got an early start on my veggies and therefore my good nutrients!

Edited by: SCUBATELLY at: 9/2/2013 (13:44)
WYTCHHAZYL Posts: 360
8/31/13 2:03 A

Has anyone tried using V8 or tomato juice in a green smoothie? I, too, have an issue with bitter taste of kale and sometimes it doesn't quite smooth up like it should. Thanks for the tip of removing the stems, will have to try that. I like using ice in mine also to keep it as cold as possible.

ANYANKAH SparkPoints: (2,338)
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7/14/13 12:01 P

I like to make a Skinny Green Monster smoothie (I found recipe on Yummly.com):

Skinny Green Monster Smoothie
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 Serving Size: about 2 cups
Calories: 253.4 Fat: 4.0 g Carb: 38.6 g Fiber: 5.5 g Protein: 17.5 g Sugar: 18.4 g
Sodium: 236.7 mg


Ingredients:
1 small frozen ripe banana, peeled
2 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp Better n Peanut Butter (I used skippy creamy peanut butter and limit it to 1-2 tsp)
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used skim milk)
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (103,617)
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7/14/13 10:32 A

I wish I could learn to like smoothies, but I really hate them in all forms. I'd rather just eat whole fruits and veggies.

AMEZ74 SparkPoints: (1,109)
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7/14/13 10:29 A

My base smoothie is almond milk, spinach, chia seds ( or ground flax) and frozen banana.

From there I will usually add cocoa powder or pb2, last week I added shredded coconut, t of coconut oil, and pineapple. When I remember I will add a t of any healthy oil to mix in--- image onemostdays, but often forget that step :)

MLAN613 SparkPoints: (163,570)
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7/14/13 9:35 A

Thanks, Dids70, for the suggestion of removing the stem from kale to make it a little less bitter. I'll try that myself next time. Now to get my husband to try them....That's the tougher challenge.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
7/14/13 8:30 A

I did notice a small taste difference in the kale shakes vs the spinach. my trick was to use very fresh kale and remove the stems.

DASHKATH Posts: 861
7/14/13 6:11 A

If you use kale be sure to remove the stem before you blend. I didn't do that the first time and it was awful! The stem makes it bitter. Once I took that out I loved it.

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,370
7/13/13 8:38 P

I love spinach but I can't stand kale, and I haven't yet tried a green smoothie. I think they are going to be an addition to my intake this summer, and I'd love to be able to incorporate kale. I know I don't *have* to eat it and could always just use spinach, but I'd still really like to find a kale recipe or two that I find palatable, just for the fun of it. Does it taste very..."kale-y" in a smoothie? Are there particular fruits that work best with it?

HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/13/13 4:55 P

I tossed a handful of spinach in a chocolate shake for my son and he didn't even realize it was there! That makes me think I can hid it in just about any smoothie or shake. Wonder if I'd notice it in my morning coffee shake?

QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 10,434
7/11/13 10:01 P

I love green smoothies! Today's was almond milk, frozen banana, carob powder and lots of kale and spinach.

I've made a green lemonade lately too---with lemon juice, maple syrup, water and greens all buzzed together in the VitaMix!

MLAN613 SparkPoints: (163,570)
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7/11/13 8:24 P

Oh my! I just started making green smoothies last week and I love them. Tonight I had one with kale, strawberries, a banana, and some OJ. Delicious.

MONKEYMOM999 SparkPoints: (1,498)
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7/11/13 3:35 P

today i made one
kale,cucumber,lime,celery,apple water
it wasnt bad

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
7/11/13 2:28 P

I use any combo of the following on a daily basis
spinach, kale, parsley, broccoli, cilantro, romaine, collards, swiss chard, cucumbers, basil, red, yellow or orange peppers, spirulina, kelp

apples, oranges, berries (all varieties), pineapple, cherries, grapes, mangos, persimmons, raisins, plums, kiwi, banana,

add in at times- honey, nut butters, vanilla beans, vanilla, coffee, or almond extract, protein powder

there is more but this is the main thrust.

now i usually mix it with water, but will also use my homemade fruit juice or almond milk

HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/11/13 1:51 P

Right now I am drinking a cup of spinach, half cup of frozen mango, and half cup of frozen pineapple blended with water. This was my first attempt at a green smoothie yesterday and I really enjoy it! Anyone else drink green smoothies? What is your favorite?

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