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My First Green Smoothie Experience

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Thursday, all! How is everyone doing today?

I got up this morning (after skipping my workout - will do it tonight!) and went to the dentist for a cleaning. Great oral health - woohoo! I got home and had just enough time to experiment with the fruits and spinach we got for green smoothies. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Ingredients: Fresh spinach, frozen mangos and strawberries, canned peaches (couldn't find frozen).

Appearance: ICKY! Brownish/green. Not appealing.

Smell: Sulfur. Gross. Terrible. I don't know why. I don't know if it was the mixture or if I should have tossed that spinich (it looked fine!!).

Spoon dip taste test: Bearable

Poored into cup w/ lid to mask smell. Took a sip. Okay, not too bad. ***lightbulb*** emoticon

Add a packet of the Crystal Light (peach mango) so I can at least suck this thing down. AMAZING! Tasted like a Crystal Light smoothie. Awesome. Still smelled icky.

I managed to suck it all down and I'm still alive to write about it! If anybody has any clue why it might have had such a terrible smell, please enlighten me! Or if anybody has a killer recipe including some/all of these ingredients, please share!!
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    HAH. This was so similar to my green smoothie experience the first time I mad e one -= made me giggle here at work. Thanks for the play by play posting. I actually don't eat them anymore, and just add my spinach to other dishes instead of trying to slurp it up -- although I might have to try that other posted recipe, as I have almond milk and vanilla protein powder at home along with the other ingredients.. Hmmmm. :-)
    1734 days ago
    You crack me up! I love the play by play description! I do one that I really like....chocolate banana smoothie:

    1 banana
    1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    1 serving Vanilla protein powder (gives it a little sweetness)
    1 cup spinach
    2 tsp cocoa (the unsweetened dry kind)

    Sometimes I'll throw in a few strawberries and it's like a banana split :)

    Mr. W likes to use frozen mixed fruit/berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) and a banana. Costco sells a big bag that is very economical compared to regular grocery stores. He uses the almond milk and protein powder too.....but he's naughty and adds a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and there are no greens to be found in his (but you could add them :)
    1734 days ago
    I hate most vegetables so green smoothies help me get them in. I use approximately 1 cup of Spinach, 1 cup of Strawberries, 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I have found that sometimes frozen strawberries have an odd smell, which is similar to what you describe. I bet the fault is with them because the spinach while it does turn everything green, doesn't have any smell in my experience. Strawberries turn everything red, hence your brown color. Maybe try just a mango spinach smoothie instead. I haven't tried using canned fruit so I have no advice for that.
    1736 days ago
    I love to eat spinach but I have never made a smoothie with it.....I'll be giving this a try
    1737 days ago
    Well, all I can say to you is power to you for drinking liquid spinach, something with a funny brownish green color, and finally something with a gross terrible smell. I don't think I could have gotten any farther from my nose, but maybe with a little more tweaking you will figure it out and have something nutritious yet more tasty.... keep experimenting!! emoticon
    1737 days ago
    I usually add everything you added in mine too but I do add orange juice ,that's the only way i'm able to drink it. I think the orange juice masks the taste a bit.
    1738 days ago
    Good thinking on adding the crystal light!

    No clue why it smelled yucky, as the other sparkers mentioned it takes a few tries to find what you like, so don't give up emoticon
    1738 days ago
    MMM. Love our nutribullet, and its taken some tweaking as far as combinations/ratios of green vs. fruits. It takes a bit of getting used at first with the appearance, but if you look passed it they can be quite tastey :) I like using bananas in most of my smoothies, just because it makes them less gritty from the greens, but also makes them much sweeter!
    1738 days ago
    Not everything has to be green! The thought of drinking liquified spinach has always turned me off. I would rather put my spinach in my lunch salad and use yogurt and fruit for my morning smoothie. The smoothie is delicious and so is the salad. emoticon
    1738 days ago
    I've never heard of people using canned fruit in theirs. It's always either fresh or frozen (I do frozen so I don't have to deal with ice). If that didn't cause the smell, then I have no idea.

    My favorite is spinach, frozen strawberries and bananas, and chocolate protein powder with almond milk. Yuuummmy.
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