View Full Version : Green smoothies are big here...question?
08-13-2007, 09:59 AM
I have been making my smoothie's with Mango, banana, spinach kale and raw hemp hearts. I see now that alot of people are using spirulina and other foods in their smoothies. are the ingredients I use(and there is some variation) considered a green smoothie? It is certainly green but I have not read victorias book so I do not know what she puts in her recipes. I am trying to make my smoothies taste good and make sure that they are nutritional as well. So I guess my question is what makes a green smoothie green....is it the vegetables you add or the various powders people add?
thanks for any help....and sorry if this is a silly question as I am just starting out and some of the simple questions arent as ...well simple.
08-13-2007, 10:05 AM
Yours is definitely a green smoothie...as long as there are greens in it and I'm guessing, more than a leaf but not exactly sure on that! LOL!
But some of us add stuff like spirulina and green powders, etc. just for an "added boost" of nutrition but Victoria's book doesn't mention using anything but fresh greens (along with any fruit) and she is VERY partial to weeds such as purslane, dandelion greens, stinging nettles, lambsquarters, etc. But yeah, spinach and kale are great and you can try other greens as well...I love parsley in mine.
Victoria recommends (at least initially) 60% fruit and 40% greens. I do think she advocates going to 40% fruit and 60% greens at some point. I don't have her book but have read her other book and I think that is what it said.
Here's some suggestions from Victoria on her Ode to Green Smoothie article which is posted on rawfamily.com:
2 large mangos
1 bunch parsley
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
1 handful of lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc.
lemon from 1/2 lemon
4-5 leaves of kale
08-13-2007, 12:34 PM
Interestingly, I was just listening to Revvell's interview with Victoria from a couple months ago and she asked her about supplements. Victoria said that she preferred nutrients from their natural source, rather than in the form of a supplement. That is not to say there is anything bad with supplements, just to validate that, yes, you are indeed having green smoothies a la Victoria Boutenko.
There are a couple of great green smoothie threads in the archives with LOTS of recipes. You will see that some people make very simple ones, others are more complicated.
One other thing that Victoria stressed was to ensure that you use a variety of different greens (i.e. not the same ones every day).
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