I made one this morning with ice, strawberries, bananas, and diet tonic water. I hate the taste of tonic water plain- but I needed something to make all my bruises go away.. (Did I mention I hate my job- I get attacked by boxes alot...) My legs look like a little kid took a green marker and drew all over them- so I decided to drink some tonic, because it reduced my bruises.
I think smoothies are fine- and I agree Fayettesidra- the ingredients just need to be paleo/primal.
I know tonic water isnt paleo/primal- but I dont drink it very often. Just when my body needs a little healing!
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There's nothing wrong with having a smoothie, if you choose the correct ingredients. I'm surprised to read that people are anti-smoothies.
I definitely think you need to make them every day. I've tried to make a big batch and it doesn't hold up well.
As for ingredients, make sure they're Paleo/Primal (depending on which lifestyle you have chosen for yourself). I recommend coconut milk and frozen berries. Berries pack the most nutrition for the least amount of carbs. Like others have said, it's really easy to accidentally overdo the fruit in your smoothies, and you can easily down TONS of carbs if you're not wary.
Personally, I'm hesitant about protein powders because I have never been able to find a truly Paleo one. I'm by no means saying you can't use them...it's your life and you get to decide what foods you want to include and what foods you want to exclude. If a protein smoothie in the AM will satisfy you and make you happy, by all means have one! Bacon and eggs are not for everybody!
Try experimenting with different things and see what works best for you. Personally, i've decided that smoothies are not a good choice for me. They just don't keep me satisfied. Others have smoothies every day. Everyone is different!
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My experience with smoothies is they usually don't keep really well because all that blending makes the fruit and veggies turn brown if they are allowed to rest for any length of time. I'm sure the addition of citrus juice might help and probably someone with more experience in this area will have something helpful to say. I've had too many lose texture and turn icky looking so I don't bother trying to store them. I make them up and drink them right away.
And no, Grok Did not have a blender, but he had sharp teeth to chew up the food just like my blender does so I don't really see an issue here.
I make my smoothies with 1/3 cup of coconut milk, plus whatever whole fruits and veggies sound good and enough additional water to make it smooth. A little vanilla extract, cinnamin, or nutmeg are often a nice touch. A banana or a portion of mango either one lend sweetness and a good texture. With the exception of lemons and limes, I don't use juice, I use whole fruits and if I want a green smoothie, I find spinach to be the mildest option.
A lot of what you do with this will depend on your blender. I don't have a high powered one so I avoid anything difficult to process and I'm lazy so I make use of frozen berries quite often.
Bear in mind that while a good smoothie can really satisfy the sweet tooth, you''ll want to keep tabs on how much fruit you put in there and not get carried away. I've seen my mom chuck a half dozen fruit in her high powered blender at breakfast and wonder why she wasn't losing any weight. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Moderation is important.
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OK, let me get my rant out of the right up front- GROK DID NOT HAVE A BLENDER!!!! If you want to eat primal/paleo then plan your menu, go shopping and then get cooking with pots, pans and dutch ovens- pieces of real meat, green veggies and no pseudo whatever. Don't forget the real fat. I apologize to all I have offended but please just cook up some eggs and bacon for breakfast and then get on for the rest of your day ( and it had better be paleo).
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The previous discussion on protein powders got me thinking....I would like to do a breakfast smoothie every morning but I'm completely smoothie stupid. I've never had one that didn't come out of a can and I've never made one myself. So my question is....how do they keep? Can you make a blender full and keep it in the fridge for a week? Do they keep in the freezer? Do I need to make them every morning? Any suggestions would be appreciated for this smoothie rookie!
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