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I started this thread on other forums, and people responded with their favorite smoothies: milk, peanut butter, etc. OR they told me about Naked juice or different powders and vitamin supplements...<br>
Not quite what I was looking for!<br>
I figured you all would understand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I want to start drinking green smoothies regularly, preferably to start my day off. I know I need more greens in my diet, and I've read about the health benefits.<br>
Today I made a smoothie with spinach, strawberries, and banana (all organic.)<br>
I have a huge bundle of organic chard in my fridge that I'm going to experiment with tomorrow...<br><br>
What are your favorite recipes? Any comments or tips?
 

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No favorite recipes really I just use whatever fruit and veggies I have on hand. I also sometimes add powders or chia seeds or something. The only tip I'd have is drink a least a quart a day and mix your greens up, don't keep using the same ones over and over.
 
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Thanks for the tips! I do have some chia seeds I will throw in there. I've also thought about adding coconut oil.<br>
I just made a chard/apple/banana smoothie with a bit of lemon for breakfast tomorrow, so I can grab it and go.<br><br>
My mother is complaining that it is going to be very expensive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> (I still live at home, killmenow)<br><br>
For lunch I threw several handfuls of spinach into a blender with half a banana and a few strawberries...expensive? Um, no. (Not to mention I purchased all the produce myself and have shared with them...)
 

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I like mango, pineapple, orange, strawberry, chia, flax and spinach, with a little water as needed. Sometimes I put hemp seed or raw hemp protein powder in too.
 
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1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of kale, 1 cup of rice milk (or other non dairy milk, though rice milk doesn't froth so much, which I like), 1 packet of sweetener (Stevia, is what I use) and one cored pear.<br><br>
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.<br><br>
Some variations, I will add an extra fruit I have on hand, some soy protein for protein or ground flax seed.
 
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1 hand full of spinach, 1/4 cucumber diced, 1 hand full of kale, 1 banana, 1 avocado, 1 kiwi, 1 hand full of berries<br><br>
its not raw but I also add soy yogurt, 1 1/2 cups chocolate almond milk, and 2 tbls of coconut milk (the canned kind)<br><br>
Green smoothies are awesome cause you can just add whatever fruit you like to cover the stronger tastes of the veggies.
 
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I like spinach best for green smoothies because I don't really taste it. I've used kale before too because I love kale and usually have it around, but I'd prefer to eat it another way.<br><br>
The fruits I find really work well are citrusy/tropical type fruits, like banana, mango, pineapple, orange.<br><br>
Here's what I did yesterday, but it's just one variation: 1 c. spinach, 1/2 c. each mango and pineapple, 1 c. orange juice, flax oil.
 

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I enjoy an orange, strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana, and spinach smoothie. I usually add a bit of water as needed and use frozen bananas.
 

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I want to start getting into these regularly again. A couple of months ago I was drinking about a quart a day and I stopped because I didn't feel any different than before I was. But I'd like to be getting as many greens as possible into my diet so I'll probably start again soon!
 

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I had a swiss chard/apple/banana/lemon smoothie for breakfast, and a kale/pineapple/strawberry one for a snack later...love the amount of greens and fruit I'm getting into my diet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
I want to continue this regularly too.
 

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What are your thoughts on refrigerating smoothies? I know it's best to drink them right away...<br>
But for my breakfast smoothie I like to make it the night before. I keep it in a tightly sealed container, but I'm sure it still loses vitamins/nutrients <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br>
If I could get myself to wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning, this wouldn't be a problem. But I can never freaking get out of bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I press snooze three times and then have to rush out the door.
 

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as long as theres no dairy in the smoothie (which if its raw vegan there wont be) add lemon juice to the smoothie (like squeeze half a lemon into the blender with the fruits/veggies) this will keep the smoothie from turning that disgusting brown colour if you've used apples or bananas in your smoothie.<br>
Edit: this is for keeping it in the fridge overnight, I should have specified, sorry its been a long week
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vegansarawr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2858565"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
as long as theres no dairy in the smoothie (which if its raw vegan there wont be) add lemon juice to the smoothie (like squeeze half a lemon into the blender with the fruits/veggies) this will keep the smoothie from turning that disgusting brown colour if you've used apples or bananas in your smoothie.<br>
Edit: this is for keeping it in the fridge overnight, I should have specified, sorry its been a long week</div>
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Great advice, thanks! The first smoothie I stored over night was still bright green the next morning...the one I drank this morning was slightly brown (but still tasted amazing!) I just realized I added lemon juice to the first one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
I had a swiss chard, pear, banana smoothie today. Freaking delicious.
 

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I love banana, frozen kale, cocoa powder, maca powder and some soy protein. Sometimes I add a bit of roasted pumpkin oil or flax seeds. (Though I'm not sure if it counts as a real green smoothie if you add a protein powder.)
 

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A smoothie I like to have is: spinach, banana, strawberries, water, and chia seeds. So easy and delicious, keeps me full for awhile too!
 

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I love banana, frozen kale, cocoa powder, maca powder and some soy protein. Sometimes I add a bit of roasted pumpkin oil or flax seeds. (Though I'm not sure if it counts as a real green smoothie if you add a protein powder.)</div>
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I'm sure it does, as long as the powder is vegan. I always thought a green smoothie could be anything as long as there was greens in there.<br><br>
Over my exam week I started adding granola and cereal to my smoothies cause I had no time to eat lol<br><br>
I made one today with strawberries, mushrooms, almonds, cucumber, avacado, spinach, kale, red mango, chocolate almond milk and a bit of coconut milk<br>
first time I made a smoothie without using a banana and it was good
 

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I need a better blender!! It took several minutes of me cramming the fruits/greens toward the tiny blades before it finally started blending <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br>
I made a delicious kale, banana, pear, strawberry smoothie today. My friend was asking me about green smoothies the other day, and I told him what I make, etc. He texted me yesterday and said he made one with yogurt, a banana, an orange, a ton of strawberries and like 3 handfuls of grapes...good effort ?? haha
 

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Good effort but he forgot the greens its just a smoothie without those lol
 

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I bought kale this week instead of spinach for a change but I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it in a smoothie.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 
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