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Green Smoothie Tips – Avoiding Diasters

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After twelve years of making green smoothies I have a few tips to share to help you avoid disgusting tasting smoothies. Hope you enjoy these green smoothie tips and I hope they encourage you to make more delicious and nutritious green smoothies in the near future!

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Green Smoothie Tip#1 Avoid or Minimize Strong Tasting Greens

We’ve all had this experience where we enthusiastically make a green smoothie only to taste it and be let down because of its pungent flavor. Here are some tips on how you can keep your green smoothies tasting divine!

The type of greens you are using can affect the taste of your smoothie. I personally love: parsley, spinach, romaine, lettuce, kale, collards, mache, lamb’s quarters, nettles, miners lettuce, purslane and or chard in my green smoothies.

Cilantro, dandelion greens, mustard greens, arugula, cabbage, and bok choy I only use in small quantities because of their strong flavor. However, sometimes you might need to adjust the fruit to greens ration. Which leads us to tip #2.

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Green Smoothie Tip#2 Find the Right Balance

The recommended ratio of fruits to greens in a green smoothie is about 60% fruit to 40% greens by volume. It usually works out perfectly, but sometimes the greens you are using might be especially strong tasting and you might need to adjust the ratio of fruits to greens.

If your green smoothie tastes too “green” (bitter) simply add a bit more sweet fruit such as a banana, a cup of chopped mango, or a handful of ripe figs.

Or if you don’t want to add more fruit, you can add a bit of white stevia powder which is a non-caloric sweetener made from the stevia herb. One to two pinches should do the trick to make your smoothie palatable again.

If your green smoothie is too sweet, simply add the juice of a lime or lemon. You can even peel the lime or lemon and use the whole fruit. A cup of sour berries such as raspberries might also do the trick.

Green Smoothie Tip#3 Add Some Spice

You can try adding spices or fresh herbs to your smoothies such as basil, mint, lemon balm, lemon verbana, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, carob, and or vanilla to add flavor. You don’t need much spice for a big impact; a little will go along way.

Green Smoothie Tip#4 Boost the Nutrition

Some people enjoy just the simple combination of fruits and greens in a green smoothie, but you might want to boost the calories and nutrition of your smoothie creations. If you are looking to add calories and extra nutrition here are some smoothie boosters you can add to any type of smoothie:

young coconut meat, avocado, coconut milk, coconut kefir or yogurt, flax seeds, spirulina powder, e-3 live blue-green algae, uncooked oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, tahini butter, dried goji berries, cooked quinoa, cooked rice, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts to name a few.

Green Smoothie Tip#5 Use the Right Equipment

If you really want a smooth and creamy green smoothie you really need the right equipment. Although you can still make a smoothie in a regular blender, you won’t get the same velvety consistency from a high-speed blender such as the Vitamix. The Vitamix blender is my absolutely favorite blender to reach green smoothie heaven! For more info on the Vitamix blender you can click here.

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♥,
C

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March 3, 2015   No Comments

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

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Variety is the spice of life or so they say. Variety can also make a huge difference when you’re attempting to eat healthy. The same green smoothie every morning can get monotonous if you don’t mix it up once in awhile.

Have you tried using figs in your smoothies lately? Figs can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of foods including a green smoothie. Not only are figs delicious, but they are good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.

I know what you are thinking, how can you find fresh figs in the middle of winter? Well lucky for me, my local Trader Joe’s grocery store now carries frozen figs in the frozen fruit section.

For those of you that don’t live near a Trader Joe’s you can easily use dried figs. Just remove the stems and put them in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix with your other smoothie ingredients.

If you don’t have a high speed blender you can soak them for at least an hour beforehand to make them soft. You can also use the fig soak water which will be nice and sweet. Just make sure your dried figs are organic with no preservatives!

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Mangos are another fruit I encourage you to eat more of! Mangos, either fresh or frozen are great in green smoothie recipes as they add a creamy consistency when blended much like a banana, and they add a sweet and tangy flavor. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.

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For this green smoothie recipe I used frozen mango, figs, and romaine lettuce. Hope you enjoy!

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

5 organic figs (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1 banana
1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup coconut water
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
pinch white stevia powder or to taste
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 32 ounces. Serves 1-2.

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C

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January 15, 2015   No Comments

Pineapple Juicing Recipes – Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

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Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid. Also, pineapple contains a special enzyme called bromelain that is only found in pineapples and papayas. Bromelain can be extracted from both the stem and core of the pineapple.

Bromelain is known to reduce excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and even certain types of tumor growth! And the reason that pineapple is so good for people who are fighting off a cold or flu is because the bromelain in pineapple juice helps to thin mucus and congestion so your body can expel it easier!

Next time you are under the weather forget about drinking orange juice only, and try these nourishing anti-inflammatory pineapple juicing recipes instead!

Put all ingredients through a juicer and each recipe makes about 24 ounces of juice. I used my favorite omega vrt350 juicer to make these recipes, but you can use whatever juicer you own.

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Pineapple Juicing Recipes

Pineapple Orange Carrot Juice

2 cups chopped pineapple
2 peeled oranges
10 medium sized carrots

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes around 24 ounces of juice.

Apple Pineapple Collard Ginger Juice

3 Medium Fuji Apples
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 Large Collard Leaves
2 inch knob of ginger

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

Carrot Pineapple Romaine Mint

10 medium sized carrots
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 large romaine leaves
1 medium sized Fuji Apple
Handful of fresh mint

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

These are just a handful of my favorite pineapple juicing recipes, please share your own in the comment’s section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season.

♥,
C

If you don’t have a juicer I recommend the Omega Vert 350 HD

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(FYI: New isn’t always better, I much prefer the 350 model for the value to the newer 400 model.)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.

December 10, 2014   No Comments

Watermelon Juice Recipes – Joyfully Quench Your Thirst!

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It’s summertime, it’s watermelon season and I am over the moon happy happy happy! I love watermelon, but eating it whole sometimes upsets my stomach, so I prefer to juice watermelon to quench my summertime thirst.

Watermelon juice is full of electrolytes and perfect after a good workout or day at the beach. All my watermelon juice recipes are best served over ice with friends and a big smile!

Some of the nutritional benefits of watermelon include: vitamin A, C, vitamin B1, and B6, thiamin, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon is also a good source of beta carotene and red watermelon is a great source of the antioxidant, Lycopene. The rind also contains the amino acid known as citrulline which can aid in helping cells to divide, wounds to heal, and relax blood vessels among other important functions in our bodies.

For these watermelon juice recipes you will need a juicer or a blender with a strainer. I recommend the Omega Vert 350 HD for juicing and the Vitamix for blending. Straining is optional, but I prefer it. The best type of strainer you can use is a sprout bag that you can get here.

*Special note, if you are going to juice the watermelon rind, which is perfectly fine by the way, make sure that you use an organic watermelon (which you want to do anyways!). You also will want to wash the surface of the watermelon to remove any dirt or debris.

watermelon juice recipes

Watermelon Lime Cooler

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon (or 1 cup watermelon and 1 cup another type of melon)
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon lime juice or to taste
2-4 pinches white stevia powder or to taste

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and strain through a sprout bag or a fine metal mesh strainer. Serve over ice. Enjoy! Makes about 24 ounces.

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Watermelon parsley juice is once of my favorite juice combinations, and it doesn’t matter if you use flat leaf or curly. Parsley contains vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron.

If you don’t like parsley you can substitute it with baby spinach which has a more mild flavor. Spinach contains vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, pantothenic acid, and selenium. Phew!

Watermelon Parsley (or Spinach) Juice

1/2 a small watermelon with the rind
1 small bunch parsley (or 2-4 cups baby spinach)
pinch white stevia powder or to taste (optional)

Juice all ingredients (except the stevia) in a juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and strain through a mesh strainer or sprout bag. (You can also blend all the ingredients in a blender and strain.) Add a pinch of white stevia powder or more for extra sweetness and stir well. Makes about 32-48 ounces depending on the size of the watermelon.

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Celery and watermelon juice might seem like an unlikely combo, but the celery gives the watermelon juice an earthy quality that I really enjoy. Plus, celery is a rich source of phenolic phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Celery also contains vitamin K, molybdenum, folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).

Watermelon Celery Juice

1/2 a small watermelon with the rind
2 cups celery chopped
pinch white stevia powder or to taste (optional)

Juice all ingredients (except the stevia) in a juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and strain through a mesh strainer or sprout bag. (You can also blend all the ingredients in a blender and strain.) Add a pinch of white stevia powder or more for extra sweetness and stir well. Makes about 48+ ounces depending on the size of the watermelon.

These are just a handful of my favorite watermelon juice recipes, please share your own in the comments section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by!

♥,
C

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August 7, 2014   No Comments

Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe – Our Family’s Favorite

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Hope you enjoy this delicious green smoothie recipe. My husband thinks this green smoothie recipe is the best!

I’ll never forget my first date with my husband. I brought him a mango kombucha and told him not to shake it. He shook it anyways and within the first five minutes of meeting him for the first time he had managed to get exploding mango kombucha all over the front of his pants. True story.

2nd date we went to Whole Foods to buy ingredients for a salad and when we got back to his place I made us a salad with a lot of cilantro. My husband, who didn’t like cilantro at the time, choked down the salad and pretended to like it for my sake.

I am sure that after our first few dates my (meat-and-potatoes-loving-midwestern) husband probably wondered what he had gotten into by dating such a California health nut!

Luckily he didn’t get scared away and to his credit he tries all my healthy creations at least once. And over the years he has actually even grown to love some my recipes. The green smoothie is one of them.

Although I make a different delicious green smoothie for my husband every single morning, this is the recipe he thinks is the best of them all!

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Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4-6 cups baby spinach
1 cup coconut water (or plain water)
2 pinches white stevia powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 32 ounces. Enjoy!

If you want to see how I make the green smoothie and learn a cool tip about how I prepare the smoothie the night before, check out this video below:

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♥,
C

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February 26, 2014   2 Comments