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#1 Old 03-23-2009, 10:36 PM
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So, I'm going to try to incorporate green smoothies into my diet, and all the recipes I've found include bananas. I absolutely HATE bananas, and refuse to eat them. If I follow the recipe and omit the banana, will it still taste good?



Also, how much green to put in the smoothie before it takes the taste of the green I put in there?

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#2 Old 03-24-2009, 03:29 AM
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Yes, you can absolutely make them without the banana. Experiment with different combinations until you find what you like best. I really like fresh pineapple in mine, it makes it tangy.



I would just start by throwing a couple leaves in (if you're using a large leaf like kale or chard) or a couple handfuls (of a small leaf like spinach). Then once you get used to it you can add more. The best thing to do is just play around with the amounts until you find one that works for you.



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I will never understand green smoothies. They taste nasty. I've tried every combination people can come up with. I much prefer to eat my greens the old-fashioned way.
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#4 Old 03-24-2009, 04:28 AM
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If you use juice as your base vs. water the green smoothies will taste a LOT better. I usually use OJ or a OJ / grape juice mix.

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What about soy milk? Does that make it worse or better?

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mmmmm, i love green smoothies. I usually make mine with 1/2 serving of vega, lots of yummy fruit, kale & spinach
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I use the banana to thicken mine. Without it, it will be more liquidy.



I never taste the green part of my smoothies unless I don't blend it well enough. I put all my other ingredients in and then fill the blender the rest of the way up with greens (usually spinach).
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I put a handful of spinach in mine, half an avocado and lots of strawberries (because that's all I have on me right now in the way of fruit). It's good! Sometimes it tastes like avocado (which is good, I like avocado) and sometimes it tastes like strawberries.

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Yeah I think the banana is just used for texture not really for taste. I use bananas and water in mine. Also, I add a BUNCH of stuff so mine would probably taste worse than the ones others make but I like them (probably because I got used to them). Mine look kinda like puke though but they're great!

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I will never understand green smoothies. They taste nasty. I've tried every combination people can come up with. I much prefer to eat my greens the old-fashioned way.



Soooo agree with ya....My Fiancee the Omni...he loves them...LOL...me not sooo much and I dont know why except that they taste wierd to me...and I have tried every combo people have suggested with no good result.



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Yeah, you gotta use juice if you're putting greens in. I never taste spinach when I put it in a smoothie.
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I thought the purpose was to get more less-tasty and "bitter" greens like kale into your system... what's the point of spinach - isn't spinach pretty low on the anti-oxidant-whatever-list? I mean, it's good for you, but not in the same capacity that kale and such are, right?
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I don't know if that's directed towards me or everybody, but it's just what I have on me at the moment.

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I hardly ever buy kale because it's not common around here. Usually pretty hard to find. I like putting spinach in though, for the iron and calcium. And since I use juice for green smoothies there's vitamin c for the iron.
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No, I was just curious in general. Since spinich has so much less of the antioxidants than kale, etc., it didn't seem worth it. But it's certainly good for you, so not a bad thing either...
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Yeah, I wish stores would stock kale more often. But I usually have spinach on hand anyways cause I love it!
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No, I was just curious in general. Since spinich has so much less of the antioxidants than kale, etc., it didn't seem worth it. But it's certainly good for you, so not a bad thing either...

It's not just the antioxidants because those are mainly found in the fruit. It's the other things like lutein and zeaxanthin, iron, calcium...etc. Yes, other vegetables have them too but in different amounts and there are things in spinach that some other vegetables have and vice versa. That's why it's a good idea to mix it up and not just use spinach every time.

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