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02-16-2008, 03:03 PM
I'm trying to come up with a savory smoothie that uses stronger greens like chard and kale. My most recent effort was to add wakame (it's amazing! I added water to about a tablespoon dried and it miraculously turned into about a cup of seaweed!), lemon juice, miso, nama shoyu... overdid it slightly on the miso and added an apple for a little sweetness... then needed a little more so added about a tsp of agave nectar.
The end result was sort of okay, and drinkable, but not something I'd really want to repeat. Anybody got any tips for me? I really like sweet spinach smoothies, but I'm trying to get a variety of greens, and the stronger ones are hard to cover up with fruit so I'm trying to come up with smoothies that are a bit more like a savory soup or V-8.
02-17-2008, 02:42 AM
Try using Less of the Greens...On making V-8......Use Tomato as a base, Carrots, Cerely etc..............
02-19-2008, 07:55 AM
Can I use it in a smoothie? Also, we just got some rhubarb. What's good in a smoothie with rhubarb? (You won't BELIEVE what I'm getting my kids to eat these days!) We just got a vitamix and we call it "the veginator."
02-19-2008, 09:51 AM
yes i've used bok choy in my smoothies before. i'm going to buying more soon too.:D
02-19-2008, 10:08 AM
I am into the savory smoothies - i like the taste of vegetable soup rather than fruity sweet. I use generous amounts of kale, parsley, spinach for greens. I add some carrots, celery stalks, green onion, clove of garlic (often)
table spoon of seaweed (for smoothie i prefer dulse) and spices - i use salt and dried tarragon, basil, marjoram, oregano., cayenne, .. depends.
I finish with some lemon juice, dash of agave syrop or two dates and half avocado. I end up with full blender and have this soup for two meals.
I add few tomatoes or asparagus, or more celery if i want to change the taste. The color is usually deep green, but flavours vary! Mushroom soup or corn chowder is better without large amount of greens.
02-19-2008, 10:15 AM
I always use 1/2 avocado, a tomato and a handful of carrots in my savory smoothies. Then I add kale, a tbs. of dulse, swiss chard, collards, maybe a bit of onion, cilantro, and plenty of SALT. This is the only way that I like savory smoothies.
I have also found that savory smoothies are a LOT more filling than sweet ones. I can drink a quart of sweet green smoothies, but only about a cup of savory green smoothies before I am full.
02-19-2008, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the ideas! I will keep experimenting. I've found that bok choy is pretty good, and parsley adds a nice taste too.
I'm also probably being a bit too ambitious about how many greens I pack in... I'm trying to get as many greens in there as possible, and sacrificing taste a bit to do it. I've been "enduring" too many smoothies lately! They make me feel great, but I kind of have to coax myself into drinking them.
Sproutygirl, I thought raw rhubarb was really bad for you. Hmmm... oh, here's an article about it:
"Used in small quantities, raw rhubarb is alright for most people, though moderation is the key word. Like spinach and sorrel, rhubarb contains oxalates, which can cause gastric distress in some and, eaten in large quantities, may contribute to the formation of kidney stones. And whether raw or cooked, never consume the plant's truly inedible leaves."
02-23-2008, 05:01 PM
I've been working on this... and I think the savory smoothie idea is a bit too ambitious for me just yet, but I did hit on a low-fruit, max-green smoothie with seaweed that I actually like! I think it's the combination of parsley and bok choy that makes it work.
2 medium apples
About 4 large leaves bok choy
About 3 large leaves red chard
About 1/3 bunch of parsley
2 medium leaves kale
1 tsp (or less) wakame, soaked for a few minutes in water (expands a LOT!)
about 1 cup water or to taste (it's really thick)
This makes two quarts.
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