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04-20-2009, 05:54 PM
I've been reading some of the threads on the green smoothies. I don't know what I was doing wrong, if anything, but I tried making some "smoothies" and I felt like I was turning green after a few of them. I was mixing celery/carrot and sometimes apple that I had *juiced* into some spinach that I had *blended* with some filtered water. What I'm wondering is if I need to blend the spinach too? Maybe the grittiness of the spinach was what was bothering me so much. Any suggestions? I want to jump start my weight loss (with lower BP as my goal). So far I'm more of an 80 percent raw - I drink a cup of decaf in the morning with non-dairy creamer (I know I know, kick the coffee), salads and veggies during the day - and only sometimes I might have an egg fried in olive oil if I really feel I need some meat protein - but that hasn't been often because I really don't crave it much - so outside of the coffee I've primarily eaten raw. The problem I'm finding is that I've never been a big eater - I have to force myself to eat because I know it will aid in weight loss - so I have the same issues with drinking any smoothies....I think to myself "ugh, i have to eat/drink AGAIN?". so far I've lost 7 lbs 8 oz and I've been steadily at this for 3 weeks - not the weight loss I was hoping for but certainly better than zero, yk?
04-20-2009, 06:03 PM
You will definitely use a blender far more than a juicer.
I use my vitamix several times a day, especially for smoothies or fruity salad dressings.
Also do you want sweet or savory green smoothies. Most people make a regular fruit smoothie and just add some greens to it, so it still tastes like fruit.
Like 2 bananas, mango/pineapple/pear/apple, romaine/spinach/kale, ice or frozen fruit to thicken. tastes great
or you could do savory smoothies, like tomatoes, celery, greens, seasonings.
I like my smoothies sweet and tropical.
Also what makes you feel you "need" meat protein? none of us crave protein specifically... maybe the seasonings or full feeling. Cooking denatures protein and renders it almost unusable to the body. It creates free radicals and is treated like a toxin by our body. After going raw I wouldn't want to introduce any more meat toxins into my clean body and "gum up" the works and feel sick.
04-20-2009, 08:53 PM
good question, actually, about the meat protein - I really dont' know the answer other than it may be a hormonal thing? that's why I say have only eaten infrequently. The only other time I feel like I "caved" was when I hadn't had the opportunity to eat at all that day - school in the morning, then babysitting in the afternoon/evening, so I had half a grilled cheese sandwich after having cooked for the kids - which I felt horribly guilty about - but I was so hungry and it was sitting there staring at me! :rolleyes:
04-20-2009, 11:52 PM
your smoothies sound 'not-so-yummy' how about trying this instead:
a couple handfuls of spinach and a cup of water. blend.
add in 3 bananas, blend.
now add in a cup of frozen blueberries. blend.
now that's a yummy green smoothie!!!
04-21-2009, 09:47 AM
Make sure you wash your spinach. That could make your smoothie gritty. I thought i was using prewashed spinach in a salad, but wasn't and it was very sandy tasting.
Banana, clementine, spinach
parsely and 2 mangos
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