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02-18-2010, 12:15 PM
Ok, how do you make a GOOD green smoothie? I keep trying, and they always just taste like blended kale or whatever I put in there. Also very fibrous...I have to choke them down, so I gave up. Everyone here seems to love them though...am I missing something? :confused:
02-18-2010, 12:20 PM
Try using a milder green like baby spinach to start with.
2-3 Cups Water
4-6+ Bananas (refrigerated ones work best)
1-2 cups Greens
Optional: other fruit
You can try kale in a more savory smoothie for better results while getting use to greens. Try with celery or cucumber with avocado or olive oil and any spices such as garlic, cilantro and/or parsley.
02-18-2010, 12:32 PM
Make sure you put your greens & liquids in first. For awhile I was putting them in the blender last & my smoothies never came out smooth. You may also want to try less greens & more fruit or different fruit combinations. Today I had a smoothie made of 5 kale leaves, 5 clementines, 1/2 pineapple, 2 cups water. It was really good.
I like to use the water from a Young Thai coconut as my base. I love them! I buy them at a local Asian market for about $11.50 for a case of 9. I have a standing order for 1 case per week. Some times I'll add the meat, but most of the time I won't.
I pull the kale off the stem (can save stem for juicing). I typically will use 1/2 bunch of the darker greens. But Dimond's suggestion of starting with spinach is a great one. I find it to be very mild. I mix spinach in with mine too. I run my BlendTec through a smoothie cycle just to smooth out the greens, then I'll add my fruit.
Then I'll add a frozen (I thaw it though first) smoothie fruit blend that I buy at Costco. Then typically a banana and frozen blueberries and blend it well. I taste it now to see if it needs more fruit. *Ü*
02-19-2010, 12:53 PM
Baby spinach is definitely the way to go if you are just starting. Also, if your blender isn't very good. I love one in the morning with 2 bananas, a few big handfuls of baby spinach, a mango and some pineapple (fresh or frozen). So tasty and you don't even taste or feel the spinach.
02-19-2010, 01:45 PM
Mango and pineapple are really great in smoothies.
02-19-2010, 07:23 PM
A good blender is esential. I used a Jack LaLanne Healthmaster one for the last 3 years and now today finally have a BlendTec. While at the demo at Costco today, I requested a green smoothie demo so we could try it. So creamy and tasty. My old blender would NEVER make it creamy. My green smoothies always came out lumpy and swampy. But they tasted good! ;)
02-19-2010, 09:32 PM
ooo oooo Try my little trick! Press fresh orange juice and use that as the base for your green smoothies. It's heavenly:p
02-20-2010, 07:18 AM
This is my favorite:
giant handful of spinach
1 whole lemon (rind included)
2 T of soaked Chia seeds
1 big squirt of liquid chlorophyll
1 T Greens First
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