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One of the best smoothies yet!!! Lots of ingredients and taste wonderful!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ingredients today:

Kelp, 1/2 tsp
Kale, 1 cup (spines removed)
Avocado, 1/2 of small one
Banana, 1 medium
Apple, small Pink Lady (cored)
Brocolli, 1 cup (cooked)
Goji berry juice, 2 tbs
Low fat unflavored yogurt, 1 cup
Olive oil, 2 tsp
Orange rind powder, 1 tbs
Lime unsweetened drink mix, 1 pkt

I was a little leery as to the flavor, but did need to add at least 1 cup of water and it tastes very good!!! I realized after I mixed it that I left out the protein so will add 1 scoop of powdered egg whites to the second half before I drink it.

Shopped till I dropped yesterday as there were sales and I seem to be having problems with so many of my clothes either being too big or too small.

Catherine's big sale was 40% off everything in the store(including clearance) and I might go back today.. I was able to score 3 pairs of my favorite pants in different colors for $10 a pair, plus tops and nightwear, including a beautiful off-white zip up robe which I needed at ridiculously low prices.

Most of my clothes are black pants with various colored tops and I am rather tired of the monochromatic theme.

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MCGS62 2/27/2012 8:43AM

    That's better for the smoothie -- what ingredient do you think made the kelp more palatable?

congrats on expanding the color pallet on your wardrobe too!

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MSLZZY 2/26/2012 12:38PM

    Great for you! New clothes are always a way to pick up
your spirits in the dreary winter. Your smoothie sounds
interesting. One of these days, I have to give these a try.

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JENNNY135 2/26/2012 11:37AM

    Looks like an interesting combination but will give it a try. Congrats on the cloth shopping.

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1 tsp of kelp overpowered 1 qt of smoothie!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Today I used about 1/2 tsp and could not taste it but used goji berry concentrate (found hiding in my fridge on the bottom shelf). I also found 2 cups of small yellow tomatoes, 1 banana, 1 scoop of soy protein isolate, 3 pkg of stevia, and 2 cups of kale with stem and spine removed. This drink is quite good. Also added a pkt of pineapple flavored unsweetened drink mix which helped alot as I am low on fruit.

I gladly drank this entire quart smoothie (yesterday had to throw out part of my smoothie as the kelp overpowered the other flavors). I recall saying to myself, "What is this? Swamp water?"


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MCGS62 2/27/2012 8:39AM

    Oh I hate when that happens.. We have an india grocery new to my area and I am kind of a flavor explorer
I have found out the hard way that some flavors have to be used sparingly--- I have a really funny story about this but not for public view -late when I have some time.

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MFTAGGFREEZE 2/26/2012 6:06AM

    Good to know.

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KNEYRUS 2/25/2012 10:53AM

    awee, this happens! I try to add kelp only to vegetable/green soup smoothies, this way it usually just adds salty flavor and goes very well with avocado and veggies. I like my fruit smoothies with just greens though. Keep on trying!

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MSLZZY 2/25/2012 10:16AM

    Dosn't sound tasty but glad you found a way to make
it better today. HUGS!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/25/2012 9:35AM

    We all go through green smoothie failure. It's part and parcel of the journey. Live and learn.

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Green smoothie..new ingredients today, kelp, etc.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Believe it or not I found 2 1-lb pkg of powdered kelp in my cupboards I had forgotten about. I am starting adding this to my smoothies and have put only 1 tsp in my 1 qt smoothie today. The other ingredients are 1 tsp of orange peel (also found in the back of my upboards), 2 cups of kale, 1 banana, 1 small pink lady apple, 1 cup natural soy milk, 2 pkts of stevia. It probably could have used some other fruit but don't have others on hand. Another addition was some spearmint.

Anyone know about eating nettles? I read if you dry them they are edible.

If I clean out my cupboards this weekend it should be interesting what else I find in there. I did find something that I didn't know what it was cause the label was unreadable so I threw that away!!!

Happy Friday everyone!

P.S. Had blood draw for 25 most common food allergens yesterday. They took 3 vials of blood. They said it would probably be back in a week.

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DARA52 2/24/2012 11:45PM

    Hi! Just realized we are on 2 teams together. 50+ Fit and Fab and the Green Smoothie team. Spark is a small world. I tried grapefruit today with kale, lemon juice, coconut water and a date. It was pretty refreshing. The coconut water made it not so tart. I also had a carrot juice smoothie at Jamba Juice this morning on the way to work. I really liked it. More carrots please!

Thanks for sharing!

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GRAMMACATHY 2/24/2012 4:43PM

    Sounds yummy. I am juicing for ten days and then will wean back to healthy foods. Kale and cucumbers and apples are the base for it.

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MCGS62 2/24/2012 10:37AM

    I don't know what a nettle is the smoothie sounds good.

I use a peeler to remove the orange zest and store it in my freezer- it is one of my favorite aromatic ingredients.

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MSLZZY 2/24/2012 9:45AM

    Good luck on the allergy testing. Your smoothies sound so
interesting. Who knows what you will find in those cupboards.
Something good, I hope

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heavy duty blenders: Vitamix vs BlendTec?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I found new BlendTec blenders available at Costco for $400 (plus MN sales tax probably).

All that I have read about heavy duty blenders says HealthMaster is a piece of junk and I assume the same for Ninja blenders.

The only 2 quality machines I have read about are Vitamix ($600 at Costco) and BlendTec ($400 at Costco). There are plenty of refurbished ones on the market but I like the idea of a brand new one with an 8 year warranty (BlendTec) , a DVD and book including how to program it and use it.

Anybody have experience with either of these machines? Thanks... emoticon

I presently have a pretty good KitchenAid blender with a stainless mixing jar but it just cannot make ice cream and my smoothies have a few lumps in them, especially strands of fiber from certain veggies.

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KNEYRUS 2/25/2012 10:54AM

    I love my blendtec and how smooth it makes everything, love making nut paste and hummus in it too. Check out comparing videos on youtube, those help quiet a bit.

Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 10:56:28 AM

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DARA52 2/24/2012 11:47PM

    I hear they rival each other. I get by currently with a Hamilton but know it won't handle carrots! My new favorite so I may have to do some research also. Let us know what you find out.

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/23/2012 11:32PM

    I have a vitamix and I LOVE it! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/23/2012 10:39PM

    Totally clueless-sorry!

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CAROLJ35 2/23/2012 9:25PM

    Have you checked these out on Amazon.com?
I know nothing about those blenders, but do know I am happy with an inexpensive Oster blender, Cuisinart food processor and a Magic Bullet.
Have you checked Consumer Reports on these machines? I swear by their opinions.
Good Luck!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:16PM

    Sorry I don't know anything about either of those blenders. But I too would go with the new one...but that's just me.
Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!!!

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Smoothie with kale & pinapple today...yummy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

About 5 small kale leaves (got 2 big bunches for $5), 1/2 can of pineapple in juice, 1/2 banana and 1 scoop of soy protein isolate, plus, of course, 2 pkts stevia. It is delicious. Drank half for breakfast and had a bowl of organic ginger oatmeal with soy milk. I will drink the other half with my lunch of small turkey meatloaf sandwich (1 piece of bread).

It is hard to believe having a smoothie almost every day for a week has made me feel better...but I do!!! It is not only the good veggies and fruit but also the extra protein (either a scoop of soy protein or a scoop of egg white powder). Plan to continue. Am considering buying a better blender as some of the fiber is not getting ground up well.

Does anybody have any thoughts on the Healthmaster vs the Ninja blenders?


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PATRICIA4472 2/25/2012 8:25AM

    I haven't explored the world of green smoothies yet. Thanks for the reminder that I can add kale and drink it! emoticon

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DARA52 2/24/2012 11:51PM

    I love kale, pineapple, mango and coconut water. Yummm...

I have a friend who loves her Ninja but everyone has different needs.

And welcome to the Green Smoothie team. Yvonne/Travelnista has awesome recipes she shares with us. She does raw food as well and those recipes sound good also!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/23/2012 9:13PM

    I love the Ninja that my DD got me for my birthday last year. Don't know anything about the Healthmaster though. Sorry. Your smoothie sounds yummy. Wish I could have one with the protein but I am still limited on my protein so will hold off on that until I get clearance.

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GRAMMACATHY 2/23/2012 11:34AM

    Your meal sounds healthy and delicious. I have two second hand Vita-mixes. I love them so much, I am afraid to get rid of one in case the other breaks down.

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MCGS62 2/22/2012 9:14AM

    I'm not surprised about feeling better I got away from my grapefruit for a while and picked up eating more bread and eggs --mow That I am back with the grapefruit I feel way better

no preference on blenders though

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MSLZZY 2/22/2012 7:14AM

    Interesting combination for a smoothie. I can't give
you thoughts on blenders as I have a 36 year old
Sunbeam that works just fine. It was a wedding
present and seems to do the trick. HUGS!

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