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I know getting in your greens is very important. And I know you can ingest them in salads and smoothies. But, how much should you be taking in in a day? Is one big salad enough? Or one smoothie? Or should I have both? :confused:
06-27-2005, 04:33 PM
Both is (are?) better. As much as you can ingest in a day. :)
Did the seach cuz I likes ya ~ http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4260&highlight=Boutenko PLUS!!! Don't want the "Do the Search" police after my lil butt. :D
The search police should be after my butt for not doing it first!!!! :D
06-27-2005, 05:24 PM
I don't eat alot of greens, or drink them in smoothies.
I think (once you've gone 100% raw) your body will tell you how much you need by making you want them.
Try listening to your body first, and see what it tells you.
Are you wanting to eat more greens? Or is it just something you "think" you should do, because you read about it or heard it somewhere?
Hope this helps.
Well, right now it's just something I want to do because I know I should. Salads I don't mind, but I haven't really found I smoothie with greens that I truly like. I will drink them, but the little bits of greens that are still in the smoothie are kind of icky. I think I may try straining it, but then I'll lose some of the greens.
I keep on working at it!
06-27-2005, 06:56 PM
I don't care for chunks of green bits in my drinks either. ICK
Do you have a vita mix? I know it will pulverize the little green bits for sure.
you might try blending longer, that might help, straining might help also, also add less greens if you can still find them in there and taste them.
maybe more smoothies, with less greens will work.
I'm trying to help you, becaus I keep hoping I'll find a way to drink these too, and I realy don't care for the green nasty bits in my drinks either.
Anyway, hope you find a perfect answer to your green plight.
I want a Vitamix, but since I just bought an Excalibur I need to wait a couple of months. I think I will strain my smoothies for now.
How much greens do you guys put in your smoothies. I just kind of tossed in a bunch of Kale leaves yesterday. I'm not sure what the measurement would be. I could taste them, but the strawberries and bananas I could taste also.
06-27-2005, 08:02 PM
About the Green Bits of Kale in the smoothie, you might try putting those in first? I had put my frozen bananas in first and the kale didn't get blended up as well as it did when I had put it in first.
06-27-2005, 11:21 PM
i have a live green supliment that i add a table spoon or two to my smoothie every day. it has stuff like wheat grass, spirullina, kale and other green veggies..... suposed to have like 10 servings of em..... dunno bout that but it helps get my daily greens and the spirullina gives me good energy....
06-27-2005, 11:29 PM
Heather Lynn - which green supplement do you use? I keep looking at them in the stores, but my eyes start glazing over by the 3rd or 4th supplement!
06-28-2005, 12:02 AM
Texicalian - I know you didn't ask me this, but I'd like to suggest checking out the green powder that Alissa carries. I'd trust that more than anything since I know she researches and/or uses her own products -- which is more than you can say for something carried in a health food store or at Whole Foods. Besides, I think her green powder is made from dried sprouts -- great live source of green goodies.
Jodi - the link that Ms. Search-It put in her post might be the one where I passed along Victoria Boutenko's ratio. If not: she says work your way up to 60% fruit and 40% green in your green smoothies. Emphasis is on work your way up to it. That way, your taste buds will adapt. This is what I've done. I didn't care for the ones the Boutenkos served when I heard them talk back in February. But, I started using the same combination (apple or pear, mango, greens - spinach or kale or collard or ... ) at home a while back -- just using reduced greens and slowly adding more. Now, except for some yucky experiments, I really enjoy them.
I don't have a Vita-mix. My blender does have a workhorse motor, though, and I just blend the dang thing till there are almost no green bits. It's not as much a problem with spinach as it is with the "harder" kale or collard leaves. It will eventually blend them - sometimes it takes so long that the smoothie is kinda warm. But, that's okay with me.
Have you looked for threads where people discuss their various smoothie combinations? I recall there being at least half a dozen since I joined the forum.
Good luck with those greens. I'm at a point where I crave them, myself -- salads that is. And I can't bear romaine anymore except for baby romaine; it seems as tasteless as iceberg. I need the darkest green possible. See, there IS hope. :D
p.s. I'm pretty much convinced that we're frugivores, so mostly fruit, some greens, very few nuts/seeds. You might want to visit Nora Lenz's site if you haven't already: www.rawschool.com and explore the different pages she's uploaded. Very informative ... and backed up by someone who's been raw for over 5 years, unlike most of us who post here who are under a year 100% raw.
06-28-2005, 09:34 AM
My tastebuds have definitely changed from eating more greens on a regular basis. When I first started making green smoothies in February, I had to add dates to it bc the greens tasted too bitter to me. Now I like it just fine without the dates, and I'm adding more greens than ever. But it was a gradual thing.
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