View Full Version : Help with Green Smoothies
01-31-2007, 10:43 PM
I have tried to get into green smoothies, but they taste nasty to me. They are not sweet and taste "green". I have a magic bullet and when it comes to making the smoothies, it's too chunky. When I make fruit smoothies, the consistency is fine. I have made the banana, oj, berry, green leaf, etc... smoothie. I have used romaine, spinach, and collards in my smoothies(not all at once!!!) Also, what greens can I use that will keep my smoothies from tasting "green"? Any sugggestions? Thanks!!?
01-31-2007, 11:56 PM
Well, what I do is technically a blended juice but I'm new to being 100% raw (two weeks!), and my taste buds are still adjusting. I juice maybe three carrots, two apples and half-inch of ginger, then use that juice in the blender with my greens and the fruit. I really like my carrot juice and find I don't get around to making it any other time of the day except for breakfast, so I work it into my smoothie, and it just tastes so good!
Also, how about a good squirt of agave in your smoothie? And the only thing I think I'm using that's not technically raw is some good quality mint-flavoring from the health food store in my smoothies sometimes. Good luck though, it's SO worth experimenting until you find your own magical combination with the green smoothie revolution.
02-01-2007, 12:15 AM
I'm new to this and I have only done green smoothies. I tried only putting in a handfull of the greens and plenty of fruit until my taste buds are well adjusted, and then I will add more greens. But I use collards and spinach, sometimes together, sometimes alone. I always put raw honey in it to sweeten it some. I never taste the greens. Try a little more fruit, a little less greens for a week and slowly add more greens.
02-01-2007, 12:29 AM
I struggled with green smoothies for awhile too until someone gave me the best advice - -make your favorite smoothie, then add some greens (I usually use spinach or kale). I usually add a few handfuls and never taste them, but can tell there is that texture (which doesn't bother me) . I usually use a few cups of fresh apple juice (sometimes just blended grapes) or whatever I've juiced that morning, then add some frozen berries, peaches, kiwi, whatever I have, then add the greens at the end. Always yummy! (and I usually don't like greens :rolleyes: )
02-01-2007, 12:32 AM
I am new to raw too.
thanks for your replies, can't wait to try the suggestions!!
02-01-2007, 06:46 AM
Try using parsley as a green. I find that it has a very pleasant taste. You will taste it, but with fruits like pear or pineapple, it's a wonderful, refreshing taste.
Also, starting slowly with the amount of greens really helped me. Another idea is to let your smoothie sit just a bit so the flavors have time to mellow. I make huge smoothies that can take me hours to drink (stop and start), and I've found that some that are VERY green tasting at first often mellow to be more fruity tasting later.
02-01-2007, 07:33 AM
You've got choices here: Either use fewer greens, let the blender blend longer or get a better blender such as the Vita-Mix.
I have a magic bullet and when it comes to making the smoothies, it's too chunky.
02-01-2007, 02:16 PM
I have yet to taste spinach in a smoothie, ever. Spinach is very mild and if you make a smoothie with powerful fruit flavors (orange, pineapple, strawberries, etc), I can't imagine you'd taste spinach over all that.
Now kale, I would taste that every time. ;) That's why I usually use spinach.
02-01-2007, 02:22 PM
I only like 1 green smoothie.
200g kale with 4 bananas = 4 glasses.
02-01-2007, 03:40 PM
Everyone knows we are supposed to rotate our greens periodically, right? You can have some weird side effects if you don't. The Boutenkos talk about this.
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