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7/10/14 12:42 A

How many cups of smoothie do you get in total from that recipe? Perhaps you are just consuming too much by volume.

I know that if I have a smoothie that is one cup I am entirely full--any more would cause a stomach ache.

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7/9/14 10:49 A

If you get past the color it is probably ok, looks gross!!!!!

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7/9/14 9:59 A

I have heard many people complain about Kale giving them a stomach ache and I am one of might try baby Kale...At Walmart they have a bag of spinach mixed with baby kale.

You might also want to try Kefir...which is a Probiotic....the Original version of Kefir is much like yogurt but more of a liquid...the flavored ones have too much add berries which will sweeten, low in calories and sugar....

I found this online many months might try it....

Green Juice Cocktail ( Cancer's Kryptonite)
1/2 cup of fresh parsley
3 cups of spinach
1/2 lemon peeled
2 medium sized pears, cut into eighths
6 large stalks of celery
According to Ohio State University, new research says the celery and parsley in this juice deliver apigenin, a compound that promotes the death of cancerous cells.

7/8/14 8:05 P

thanks for the advice! Any other great/low calorie sources of protein to throw in the mix?

(my stomach does seem to be doing better on day 4 now)

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7/7/14 9:35 A

If you are looking for a vegitables source of protein consider chia seeds, the following compares the content in protein between the two along many other vital elements:

7/6/14 8:50 P

Thanks for the info! I am allergic to soy milk but I will try the other options!

7/6/14 6:56 P

My calculations indicate the oats would contain 5 grams of protein and the 1 Tablespoon of sunflower seeds would have 1.4 grams. This is only 6.4 grams protein for your smoothie. If you are having this as the meal for breakfast and lunch that is only 12.8 grams protein by noon. Remember the goal is at least 60 grams for the day. You will probably want to be closer to at least 30 grams after your noon meal.

I would encourage yogurt, Greek yogurt, milk, or even soy yogurt or soy milk to be added to boost protein. You may need to rely on a scoop of protein powder.


Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 7/6/2014 (18:58)
7/6/14 4:21 P

My protein source comes from the sunflower seeds and the oats. I've read that sunflower seeds are a complete protein, whereas oats need something with it.
I've considered yogurt and I may give it a go, but I wanted to avoid dairy as much as possible. My stomach tends to react poorly.

7/6/14 3:24 P

Since this is being used as a meal replacement, what is your protein source?
May want to add a flavored, low-fat yogurt??

7/6/14 2:19 P

The kale and spinach are actually compacted.
Yes, it's about a tablespoon.

Thanks for the idea about the oats. I'll leave it at and see if that helps! Thanks!

7/6/14 2:16 P

I am assuming that your kale and spinach amount is just a lightly packed 1/2 cup for each.
Is that spoonful of seeds about 1 Tablespoon?

So, my first suggestion to investigate is the 1/2 cup uncooked oats. That really is a lot of uncooked grain product. Maybe leave this ingredient out for the next 5 days and rate your symptoms. If you are symptom free then add in 1-2 tablespoons; build slowly to see "where" the amount should be for your tolerance. This is just an idea.

your SP Registered Dietitian

7/6/14 1:46 P

Hello all

I (very) recently have started including green smoothies as a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch. An example recipe includes:
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal
1 spoonful of sunflower seeds
Frozen blueberries and strawberries, a banana, a few dates

I have made minor changes to things, like replacing a banana with a peach, or honey for dates, or adding more veggies and less oats, but it's all that basic formula.

So far I'm loving the taste and all that. But I notice that within an hour, I have stomach pains and bloating. How long does this effect last? Has anyone switches to a green smoothie diet and experienced these not-so-fun side effects while their body adjusts? Are there any tips on how to make the transition more gracefully, or is it the kinda thing that usually dissipates in a week or so? For all you green smoothie lovers out there, what's your experience?

(yes, this is a big adjustment to my normal diet. I would typically eat a banana for breakfast, a sandwich and chips and a coke for lunch, popcorn for a snack, and something calorie heavy, like spaghetti and meatballs, tacos/burritos, or fast food for dinner. I am used to getting at most 3 servings of fruits and veggies a day)

Edited by: XTHEJOURNALIST at: 7/6/2014 (13:52)
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