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#1 Old 05-02-2019, 05:05 AM
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Can anybody advise with this?
My problem is about smoothies. I shall be 80 sometime this year and I want to continue in good health. So far so good. To this end I should like to prepare a daily smoothie which contains a range of raw vegetables and fruit. But I don't want to have to do this every morning if I can avoid it. I should like to prepare enough for a week, and freeze it in daily containers.Then defrost one container either overnight or in the microwave each morning.
Two questions emerge from this. The first is, does the freezing and defrosting affect the quality of the fresh fruit and vegetables? The second is, which commonly available [ I live in the UK ] fruit and vegetables will, between them, cover the full range of vitamins etc. without too much unnecessary overlapping?
I should like to include nuts but a blender may have to be of industrial strength to deal with them. I should also like to enjoy the final result and so what should I add to make it more than just palatable? How big would the daily smoothie be?
I have one remaining tooth plus an upper and lower denture. And so you can see how essential a smoothie can become.
I already take four supplements each morning - these were primarily to stave off any potential flu attacks this winter;
1. one garlic capsule 1000mg,
2. one cod-liver oil capsule 1000mg, also containing vit A 800mg and vit D 5mg,
3. one calcium tablet 1000mg,
4. one vit D3 tablet 25mg.

Many thanks for any advice that can be offered.

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#2 Old 05-02-2019, 08:28 PM
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Can anybody advise with this?
My problem is about smoothies. I shall be 80 sometime this year and I want to continue in good health. So far so good. To this end I should like to prepare a daily smoothie which contains a range of raw vegetables and fruit. But I don't want to have to do this every morning if I can avoid it. I should like to prepare enough for a week, and freeze it in daily containers.Then defrost one container either overnight or in the microwave each morning.
Two questions emerge from this. The first is, does the freezing and defrosting affect the quality of the fresh fruit and vegetables? The second is, which commonly available [ I live in the UK ] fruit and vegetables will, between them, cover the full range of vitamins etc. without too much unnecessary overlapping?
I should like to include nuts but a blender may have to be of industrial strength to deal with them. I should also like to enjoy the final result and so what should I add to make it more than just palatable? How big would the daily smoothie be?
I have one remaining tooth plus an upper and lower denture. And so you can see how essential a smoothie can become.
I already take four supplements each morning - these were primarily to stave off any potential flu attacks this winter;
1. one garlic capsule 1000mg,
2. one cod-liver oil capsule 1000mg, also containing vit A 800mg and vit D 5mg,
3. one calcium tablet 1000mg,
4. one vit D3 tablet 25mg.

Many thanks for any advice that can be offered.

Itanhaem


Hello, and welcome to the forum!

The Vegan Society UK recommends that people eat pulses (beans, lentils), whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts/seeds: https://www.vegansociety.com/resourc...ition-overview . It's hard to think of a good-tasting smoothie that would contain all of these items. Can you also eat cooked soft foods, like refried beans, tofu, peanut butter, and/or grain porridge?


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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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Vegetables are generally blanched before being frozen: this involves plunging them into boiling water for a specified time, and then quickly chilling them so they don't get cooked any further. Finally, they are put in the container they will be frozen in. Different vegetables have different recommended blanching times; some take longer than others. I forget whether fruits need to be blanched before freezing.

I don't know if you will have to blanch your vegetable/fruit smoothies before blending them. Blanching prevents vegetables from spoiling while they are frozen- but you'll only be keeping your smoothies frozen for a week at most, and I don't know if unblanched frozen vegetables would spoil in such a short time.

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