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02-02-2006, 07:45 AM
can it be done? I am totally new to this, but loving it so far. I have seen a lot of you start your day with green smoothies...searched for recipes on this site, etc. Seem very easy. yay! do you have to use a juicer? Cannot afford one right now...but have an awesome blender....thank you!
02-02-2006, 07:51 AM
Smoothies are made "only" with a blender so you are good to go.
02-02-2006, 07:59 AM
I do it everyday! :p
I grind flax seeds in a dry blender bowl (if it's damp, the seeds fly to the sides and stick. Has to be completely dry. Use a blow drier if necessary.)
Then I toss in kale leaves that have been stripped from the stem/vein, a small handful of parsley, a few stalks of celery broken into smaller bits, a bit of seaweed - like wakame, and whatever fruit I want that day. It's usually a combination of several. Blueberries do a good job of "disguising" the greens, (if you don't like greens, but I do.) If you plan on using something sweet, like agave nectar or raw honey, now's the time to add that, too.
Occassionally, if I have it on hand, I'll grind up some goji berries or raw cacao nibs in with the flax seeds. Actually, that's a good time to grind up any dry ingredients all at the same time, so you can add seaweed toward the beginning, too.
One caveat: I tend to be generous with my handfuls of this and that, thus overfilling my blender. :o Err on the side of underfilling at first, just to be safe.
Okay, after all that is said and done, add a cup or two of water (since you don't have a juicer,) enough to get the blades to turn, and whir away!
Hope you enjoy your green smoothies, the blender way!
02-02-2006, 08:35 AM
I make my green smothie with kale or spinach or collardscut into small pieces then I add 1/2-1 apple+ginger root slices approx 1tsp. 2cups filtered water also pinapple if I have it. I taste and if it is not sweet enough I add agave nectar to taste. 1 pinch of celtic sea salt. blend until smooth.+(1 frozen bananna optional I add it when I feel like I want something creamy otherwise I leave it out)
Monidew - Will the blender blend the vegetable well enough to drink as a liquid? Are these smoothies like the ones you purchase in the grocery stores? I want to try one of these smoothies but keep having bad dreams of tasting kales between my teeth and gums.
03-20-2006, 03:23 PM
it will be fine, even when i was using my cheapo blender, it blended perfectly--trust me, I was sceptical at firsat but turned into a believer QUICKLY
03-20-2006, 03:37 PM
Keep the ratio of fruit to greens high on the fruit side when you start or you will taste greens. Slowly increase the greens and decrease the fruit and you will find that you will aquire a taste for it, at least most folks do anyway! Several of my favorites are.
Apple, lemon, parsley, dab of honey/date/agave for sweet, water
Mango, frozen bananas and/or frozen strawberries, oranges, water
Red pears, frozen rasberries, green stuff, water
03-20-2006, 05:24 PM
Free, when I do mine, I put a couple of bananas, then a slice of pineapple, then some berries and coconut water in the blender. Then I fill it up loosely with kale greens. When it blends, the greens just blend all up. It's great! You really can't taste the greens at all in mine!
03-20-2006, 05:33 PM
My standard green smoothie starts with one or two oranges, then the greens, typically lots of kale stripped from the vine, an apple and then maybe a frozen banana. Sometimes I add coconut oil to it or hemp seeds. I find that if I don't get enough juice from the oranges, I need to add some filtered water. I don't have a vitamix or ktec. I just use my old krups and the greens get pulverized as long as I put it in with enough liquid from the oranges/filtered water. Occasionally, I toss in some berries, fresh or frozen. I end up with maybe 40 ounces of green smoothie loveliness and I'm set for the day.
03-20-2006, 05:56 PM
one banana, 3-5 slices of pineapple, handful of parsley or lettuce or celery tops (or any other green) and water (or coconut water) in the food processor is my favourite at present
i notice that some of you strip the leaves off the vine.. is there a reason for this? I don't mind the vines in mine.. sometimes i chop off the stalks beneath the leaves if there is a lot..
I'm sooooooo happy........... I finally tried using my blender last night to make the infamous green smoothie. To my surprise my blender has a liquify setting on it. I added some mixed collards,spinach, banana, mango, squeezed lemon and a cup water. It was amazing and tasted sooooo good I couldn't believe it. I shared with my sister and she enjoyed it as well. Thank you so much yall for the receipes and inspiration in helping me conquer my fears.
03-21-2006, 10:35 AM
I know the OP said she only had a blender, but my FAVORITE green smoothie is 3 apples juiced in my champion juicer, a handful of green grapes and a bunch of spinach! It almost tastes just like the Odwalla SuperFood!
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