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#3399299 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 06 December 2013 - 03:45 PM

Zavvi,

Sorry for this very late reply!  I mostly do blending rather than juicing (though I should do more juicing!). I haven't seen any scars just disappear on myself but in regards to the video, I have heard stories of people who have had scars disappear after changing their diets.  I think there is a lot to the alkalinity argument.




#3340295 Best Vitamin B Complex?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 12 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

It's best to always avoid synthetic vitamins, so I would go with Vitamin Code's B-Complex.  That's the one I take!  :)




#3328075 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

I want to share a recipe that I don't think I've shared yet!  It's low-glycemin, which we all know is best for acne sufferers!!  It might sound odd, but I promise, it's really good.  :)

 

1 big handful of spinach

1/4 large avocado

1/4 cup frozen berries

2-3 spoonfulls cocoa powder

1 squirt of honey

1 1/2 cups water

 

Enjoy!!  :)




#3319674 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 18 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

^ That is a good question, but juicing gives an even higher concentration of veggies/fruits, and it's very healing for many people.  Our soils are so deplete in nutrients these days that I think it's good to get all we can get! :)


#3245456 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 16 May 2012 - 11:58 PM

Prettywords,
Great question!  It's because the cell walls are so thoroughly broken down when blended (much more so than with chewing alone), and therefore, more nutrition is released.  It's estimated at about 4 times as much nutrition.  Yay!  Posted Image

Edit:  Here is more info!!

Blended Salads or Green Smoothies
Eating raw greens and fruits blended together to make a smooth, creamy treat is quick and convenient. The greatest benefit of blending is the increased absorption of important nutrients. All plants cells are surrounded by a cell wall that must be broken open to release the nutrients inside. As a result, most of the valuable nutrients contained within these cells never enter our bloodstream. Blending raw, leafy greens guarantees a higher percentage of nutrients absorbed into your bloodstream. By just chewing your food you absorb about 15 - 25% of the nutrients, but blending makes your body able to absorb up to 95%!

To learn more about the amazing benefits of blending, read Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletter Issue No. 8.

Source: http://www.drfuhrman...Newsletter.html




#3244694 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 14 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

Prettywords,
I think you'll find that with time you can do more and more greens and will not mind the taste.  Remember too that you're getting about 4 times the amount of nutrition since it's all blended!  Yay! :)


#3242887 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 09 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

Prettywords,
Yay!!!  Glad you're going to give them a try!!!  I hope they work out for you!  :)


#3220880 Examples Of Just How Incredibly Bad The Average Diet Is These Days.

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 28 February 2012 - 07:06 PM

Alternativista,
I hate hearing that your mother eats poorly--that must be frustrating for you.  Posted Image  She has the best person to learn from!  My mom and I have been into nutrition for years, but my dad didn't get excited about it until a few years ago when he dropped over 30 lbs.  When I got into Dr. Fuhrman's plant-based diet and starting making foods for my parents, before we knew it, they had both slimmed way down. My mom had already starting making green smoothies for she and my dad about a year prior and were eating relatively healthful and mostly non-processed foods, but they were still doing too many animal products and dining out.  When I was working on my certificate in plant-based nutrition, I was sharing a lot of what I was learning with my parents, which made an impact on my dad.  What then really sealed it for my dad was when he decided to read Dr. Fuhrman's book, "Eat for Health."  He's a science/logic type of guy, and the book really made sense to him.  When he slimmed down even more and started exercising, he loved how he felt so much that he has stayed motivated to eat well.  He just loved it when he got into a pair of jeans he wore over 20 years ago!  ha!  He was definitely a work in progress though--it did take a while.  

My brother, on the other hand, seems to be a bit of a lost cause for now.  I drop little seeds here and there though, and he jokingly pokes fun at my diet.  He seems to think his body can take whatever he throws at it, and he loves to cook, which means lots of meat, butter and whatever else he thinks will taste great.  What's even sadder is seeing the way he and his wife feed my precious nephew.  :(  He has definitely seen the change in my dad though, and I'm sure that has made an impact on him in some way....at least I hope.  But anyhow, I do know what it's like to have family members that just won't listen.... Posted Image


#3217500 Doctors And Others Admitting The Diet And Acne Connection

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 18 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

Wow - the above article by Dr. Mark Hymen is the best article on acne by an M.D. I have ever read.  Not only does he mention avoiding dairy and eating a low-glycemic diet, but he mentions other key factors as well.  Below is a summary taken from his article of the main key points -- just in case this link or article ever gets moved one day -- too great a summary to not have.  I disagree with the Vitamin A suggestion though - I would suggest lots of blended greens instead, which contain beta-carotene that the body will then safely convert into the amount of Vitamin A needed.

How To Prevent and Treat Acne
Eight simple steps will help most overcome their acne problems.
1. Stay away from milk. It is nature's perfect food--but only if you are a calf.
2. Eat a low glycemic load, low sugar diet. Sugar, liquid calories, and flour products all drive up insulin and cause pimples.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who eat more veggies (containing more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds) have less acne. Make sure you get your 5-9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.
4. Get more healthy anti-inflammatory fats. Make sure to get omega-3 fats (fish oil) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats (evening primrose oil). You will need supplements to get adequate amounts (more on that in a moment).
5. Include foods that correct acne problems. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne and can help correct it. These include fish oil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.
6. Take acne-fighting supplements. Some supplements are critical for skin health. Antioxidant levels have been shown to be low in acne sufferers. And healthy fats can make a big difference. Here are the supplements I recommend:
  • Evening primrose oil: Take 1000 to 1500mg twice a day.
  • Zinc citrate: Take 30 mg a day.
  • Vitamin A: Take 25000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
  • Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.
7. Try probiotics. Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.
8. Avoid foods you are sensitive to. Delayed food allergies are among the most common causes of acne--foods like gluten, dairy, yeast, and eggs are common culprits and can be a problem if you have a leaky gut.

Following these simple tips will help you eliminate acne and have that glowing skin you have always dreamed of. And it's much cheaper (and safer) than expensive medications and dermatologist visits. Improve your diet and take acne-fighting supplements and you will watch your pimples disappear.


#3194325 Does Anyone Have Any Advice For Me?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 December 2011 - 09:40 PM

Well, I would blend up whatever greens you can find.  They are major super foods for your skin.  My skin didn't clear until I started blended greens.  If you for some reason don't have greens, you might consider the supplement DIM (which is naturally contained in cruciferous vegetables), which can absorb excess estrogen.  There is a thread all about it here.  It's "great" that you're juicing.  Try to make each drink at least half leafy greens.  You should see improvement soon if you really focus on the greens.

Does vit. E not clog your skin?

Have you supplemented with acidophilus?  It's really important, especially after taking antibiotics which kills it (good bacteria).


#3194288 Does Anyone Have Any Advice For Me?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 December 2011 - 08:45 PM

Acne around your chin can definitely be correlated to hormones.  How is your diet?  If you're not getting in blended greens everyday, especially the cruciferous ones like kale, collards, etc. that's the first thing I'd recommend you do.  That will help greatly with normalizing your hormones.  Your acne doesn't sound severe, so I'm guessing within 4-6 weeks you could see a real change if this is what you're needing.

How is your digestion?  It's important to get enough fiber in your diet.  Green smoothies can help with this.  Check out my signature for some tips, and my green smoothie post has additional tips as well.

Hang in there... you're on the right path!  :)


#3021911 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 21 January 2011 - 10:13 PM

SMT12483,
I'm glad you want to try a green smoothie!  The main thing when starting is to have a greater ratio of fruit to greens so that the fruit masks the taste of the greens.  I always recommend starting with spinach, as it's mildest in flavor.  

A super easy recipe would be one (or two) banana, a small handful of spinach (can do more greens as you get used to them), enough water to blend (about 1 1/2 cups) and some honey to sweeten.  This has a milkshake flavor - one of my favorite green smoothie recipes!  You could blend in some frozen mango or berries as well.

Below are some more easy recipes - you do not have to follow these exact - you can substitute different greens, fruits, or leave out an ingredient (except for greens of course!  hehe).  

I hope this helps.  If you have any questions or get discouraged, please post again!  smile.gif

Examples of other fruit-based smoothies:

Peach-Pear Delight
 1 pear
 1 cup frozen peaches
 1 handful baby spinach
 2-3 cups water
 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pineapple-Raspberry Paradise
 1 apple
 ¾ cup frozen pineapple
 ½ cup frozen raspberries
 3-4 flat kale leaves (de-stemmed)
 2-3 cups water
 ¼ tsp cinnamon

Heavenly Chocolate Smoothie:
 1 banana
 1 cup frozen mango
 ½ cup frozen raspberries
 1 handful spring mix
 2-3 cups water
 2 tbs cocoa powder

Fresher than Fresh Green Smoothie:
 1 bunch parsley
 ½ cucumber
 2 pears
 1 lemon (Peel away skin and remove large seeds before adding)
 3 cups of water




#2655946 Doctors And Others Admitting The Diet And Acne Connection

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 05 July 2009 - 03:39 PM

Great thread idea!!  smile.gif

Dermatologists, Dr William Danby and Dr. Valori Treloar are mentioned in the articles below, which advocate no dairy and a low-glycemic diet.  One article states, "Treloar and Danby say they can count on both hands the number of US dermatologists and researchers who lend their voices and efforts to helping prove a food-acne connection."  That statement alone shows that the diet-acne connection isn't being taken seriously.  Until that changes, when it comes to diet, people are better off listening to the experiences of other acne sufferers and their conclusions... or to the few derms that believe in the diet-acne connection!

A Clear Connection?Most dermatologists tell their patients diet plays no role in acne. New research suggests that's wrong.

How a pint of milk a day can give you acne

Now.... if only the derms would investigate the role of cruciferous veggies and their powerful ability to help clear skin!!  Dr. Joel Fuhrman is one doctor who admits to cruciferous vegetables being crucial in the recovery of his patients with acne.  Below is an article with an example.

Acne: Diet a Major Determining Factor...


#1265693 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 05 August 2006 - 08:33 PM

QUOTE(Marrakech @ Aug 5 2006, 08:01 PM) View Post
What? are you 100% clear? I cant have this, I have "damp heat" in my body sad.gif

I have a LOT of respect for Chinese Medicine, but I wouldn't let anyone tell me I couldn't have fruits and vegetables.  They are our number one source for nutrition and antioxidants - our best bet against cancer!  Maybe if you did some fats with your smoothies, like sunflower seeds, it would be better?  If not, I'd try to find cooked foods that are high in Vitamin A.  Check www.whfoods.com to see what foods are high in vitamin A.  You could cook foods like spinach, kale, carrots, sweet pototoes, etc.  Just don't start taking "synthetic" vitamin A, as it can be very harmful.  You definitely want to stick to food sources.

I wouldn't say I'm "100%" clear all the time, but any blemishes that come up are much smaller and go away quicker.  For the most part though, my skin is clear, and it looks really healthy too.  For a while I was getting blemishes that were leaving behind mild scars - thank goodness a friend told me about green smoothies before I got more scars.  I had mild acne on my forehead too, and that cleared up as well.  If I get lazy and go a few days without the smoothies, I'll start to slowly break out again.  However, as long as I do the smoothies, my skin stays clear most of the time!  smile.gif


#1264753 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 05 August 2006 - 12:56 PM

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America's Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz,
shares a green drink with Oprah on The Oprah Show.

~**`*GREEN SMOOTHIES*`**~

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An EASY, TASTY way to eat your greens! smile.gif
~ Leafy greens combined with fruit might become your new best friends!~

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., one of the country's top experts on natural healing and nutrition, and who has appeared on shows including CNN, Today, ABC and many more, is a big promoter of green smoothies, as they are packed with nutrition, and he advises lots of leafy greens for those prone to acne! Click here: Food For Thought: Green Smoothies

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. WHAT ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES?
II. WHY ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES FABULOUS?
III. TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
IV. DIET TIPS FOR ACNE
V. GREEN SMOOTHIE VIDEOS
VI. GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
VII. VEGETABLE-BASED GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
VIII. GREEN BASED SOUP RECIPES

 

 


I. WHAT ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES?
Green smoothies are basically leafy greens mixed with fruit smoothies, and the great part is that because you'll be mixing the greens with fruit, the fruit covers up the taste of the greens! (If you don't like fruit, please see the recipes for the veggie based smoothies and soups below). This is one of the quickest, easiest, tastiest, most nutritious ways out there to get in your daily leafy greens and fruits!

** For more information, search "green smoothies," or, click here: Most Popular Green Smoothie Questions Answered by Victoria Boutenko Victoria Boutenko is who came up with the ingenious idea of green smoothies!

II. WHY ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES FABULOUS?
After consuming green smoothies on a daily basis for about 6 weeks, by making quick and easy "green smoothies," I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin doesn't break out like it used to, and it took on a healthier color as well.

If you're suffering with acne, there's a very good chance that the smoothies will greatly help due to their high carotenoid content. You'll be getting tons of nutrition (blended greens give you 4 TIMES the amount of nutrition compared to eating them, because the blender is able to more thoroughly break down the cell walls in order to release nutrients. So, drinking 1 cup of blended greens is like eating "FOUR" cups of greens!!), you may notice your appetite going down (because your body will be getting so much nutrition), you may find that you feel calmer and happier (greens are great for this), have more energy (the most common reaction I hear about) and a host of many more health benefits! Click here: Green Smoothie (Original) by Sergei Boutenko.

III. TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
Frozen fruit is great for a flavor kick - especially frozen pineapple and mango, and often, you can find certain frozen fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, etc., cheaper than fresh. Whole Foods has a wonderful selection. For simplicity, I recommend pre-washed greens. Baby spinach is mild in flavor and great to start with, but be sure to eventually use a variety of greens!. For flavoring, cinnamon, honey, stevia, blueberry concentrate, etc. are all options. Fat can help with nutrient absorption, so you might want to consider adding in a small amount of nuts or seeds, or 1 tbs of ground flax seeds.

You can disguise the green color of your smoothies by using dark colored fruits like blueberries, raspberries, etc.

If you don't like the noise of your blender (or if it's over 90 decibels), you can use earplugs, ear protection from Hope Depot, or just figure out some way to cover your ears. We DO want to protect our hearing!

To jump-start the benefits, I recommend using 2 handfuls of greens a day in your smoothie, until you see improvements. You can then do just one handful a day if you like. Please keep in mind that it's very important to get at least a few servings of your greens every week from hormone balancing cruciferous greens, like kale, collards, bok choy, etc., otherwise, you may not see the results you hope for. If you have a juicer, drinking juiced greens will give you even more nutrients than blended greens, so do those as well, but it's also a good idea to do the smoothies for added fiber.

Please give the smoothies at least a 12 week try. If you are not improving, do see the diet tips below.

Also, make sure you're getting plenty of sleep, sunshine (or supplementing with vitamin D3 - very important), de-stressing, and make sure you're using a well-formulated, non skin-irritating line of skin-care products. Check out your skin care line here: Skin-Care Reviews, and check out the ingredients here: Ingredients. You can also have a look at my basic skin-care thread: Skin-Care Made Simple

IV. DIET TIPS FOR ACNE
For best results, consider eating at least a 90% healthy diet by cutting out things like sugar, hydrogenated oils (trans fats), processed foods, eating less animal products, etc. Focus more on eating vegetables, fruit, leafy greens, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, and whole grains. For those with acne, Dr. Fuhrman recommends doing green smoothies, 2-4 oz. of freshly juiced greens a day mixed with a sweeter juice like carrots, and eating a daily bowl of green based soup (see recipes below). In 2-3 months, your should make great improvements with your hormones. Basically, become obsessed with leafy greens for a while! See Dr. Fuhrman's Library, and his article Preventing Acne with Dietfor advice on a healthy diet. Also, www.goveg.com has lots of good information on vegetarianism/veganism for those interested.

It's vital to up your carotenoid content if you have acne. Click here: Carotenoids. This can easily be done with green smoothies, green juices, and cruciferous based soups (see recipes below). If you have acne, be sure to keep in mind the following: Be sure to use lots of cruciferous greens (mentioned above), limit fruit to 4-5 pieces a day (don't eat all 4 pieces at once though, and choose (click here-->) low-glycemic foods, so you might want to opt for low-sugar fruits, like green apples, even though the leafy greens do help to balance out the fruit sugar), avoid all dried fruit, fruit juices, and dairy. Limit nuts and seeds to no more than two ounces with one meal, and opt for more seeds over nuts (if you're a plant-based eater and are worried about weight loss from eating less nuts/seeds, add in more beans and starchy (but low-glycemic) vegetables, like yams and squash.). Exercise (enough to sweat), avoid alcohol, don't overeat, and don't smoke. If you would like help incorporating more nutrient-rich plant foods into your diet, please send me a PM.

The following article talks of how many dermatologists have noticed improvements in their patients' skin when dairy is removed and a low-glycemic diet is followed. Perhaps soon they will also add "when green smoothies are added." wink.gif Click here: A Clear Connection? Most dermatologists tell their patients diet plays no role in acne. New research suggests that's wrong.

If after a few months you are not improving, you might consider other factors such as food allergies/sensitivities, liver function, digestion, etc. These topics can get quite complicated, but if you'd like to dive in, Alternativista has put together a helpful compilation of topics at her Good Things For Acne thread. In many cases, the wonderful simplicity a plant-based, nutrient-rich diet alone is enough to clear up health issues, and I advise trying diet first, but we are all different, and it's worth being open-minded to these things.

V. GREEN SMOOTHIE VIDEOS

Green Smoothie (Original) by Sergei Boutenko
This is more of a "grass smoothie," but it's a really cute, fun and happy video.
Jenna's Healthy Kitchen - Green Smoothie Video
GreenSmoothieGirl's Healthy Green Smoothie Demo
Trev4Raw's Blended Greens Raw Soup Video

 


Please post or send me a private message if you have any questions! I am happy to help!

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These lovely green smoothie pictures were photographed by AnswerMe.

Thank You AnswerMe!

 

 


VI. GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Traditional, Fruit-Based Green Smoothie (Makes about 4 cups):

  • Cut up 2 pieces of fruit (apples, pears, bananas, plums, etc) into 8ths
  • Throw in 1 large handful of greens (romaine, spinach, kale, chard, etc.) Note: If using a green like kale, with tough stems, consider de-stemming it, as the stems can be very fibrous and a bit like cardboard!
  • Add about 1/2 a cup of frozen fruit Optional (tropical fruit mix, pineapples, mangoes, peaches, etc., and berries like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • About 2 cups of water (Be sure to add enough so it's drinkable).
  • Fats Optional (Nuts/Seeds, or 1 tbs ground flax seeds)
  • Add flavorings Optional (Cinnamon, honey, stevia, cocoa powder, etc.)
  • Blend ingredients (Use ear protection if blender is loud.)
  • Immediately rinse out the blender with water (or blend with hot, soapy water, then rinse), and let it air dry.
  • You're done! Enjoy your smoothie. eusa_dance.gif

Note: If you're new to smoothies, be sure to use plenty of fruit (sweet tasting fruits like apples, pears, bananas, pineapple, and mango) unless your acne is severe, in which case chose lower sugar (low-glycemic) fruits, like green apples or pears, only 1-2 servings of fruit, and see diet tips section above) and only use a small handful of greens (preferably baby spinach, as it has a mild flavor). If acne is moderate/severe, work your way up to at least 2 large handfuls of greens a day.
If your first smoothie isn't a hit, be sure to experiment with different fruit and leafy green combos until you come up with something you like!! Also, for the most benefit, please be sure to get in several servings a week of blended cruciferous leafy greens like spinach, kale, collards, bok choy, etc, as these will have the most powerful effect for clearing your skin.

Tip: Smoothies can be stored in the fridge for up to 24-48 hrs, allowing you to make your smoothies every other day or third day if this better fits your schedule. Nutrition wise, fresh is always best, but you will still get enough nutrition to reap the benefits... I know this from experience, as for quite a while, I used to make mine every other day.

Be sure to eat a variety of greens!! This is very important, because not all greens are alike, and they must be balanced! Also, some of you were getting confused about leafy greens being vegetables, like broccoli. Basically, if it's not a leaf, then it's not a leafy green.


Examples of other fruit-based smoothies:

Peach-Pear Delight
1 pear
1 cup frozen peaches
1 handful baby spinach
2-3 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Pineapple-Raspberry Paradise
1 apple
¾ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen raspberries
3-4 flat kale leaves (de-stemmed)
2-3 cups water
¼ tsp cinnamon

Heavenly Chocolate Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 handful spring mix
2-3 cups water
2 tbs cocoa powder

Chocolate Milkshake
2 bananas
1 handful spinach
1-2 cups water
Honey to sweeten
1-2 tbs cocoa powder

 

Low-Glycemic Smoothie

1 big handful of spinach

1/4 large avocado

1/4 cup frozen berries

2-3 spoonfulls cocoa powder

1 squirt of honey

1 1/2 cups water



VII. VEGETABLE-BASED GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Vegetable-Based Smoothie (a.k.a. A Blended Salad):

½ bunch parsley (gives a wonderful *fresh* taste to the smoothie!)
1 handful spinach
½ cucumber
2-3 stalks of celery
1 or 2 pieces of fruit (an apple or a pear)
1 lemon (peel, cut in half, discard large seeds, add to blender)
2-3 cups water
Blend
Note: It's important to add at least one fruit and the lemon, otherwise, the smoothie may taste a little bitter. However, with these ingredients added in, it tastes very refreshing! Feel free to experiment with different veggies!

Examples of other Vegetable-Based Smoothies:

Fresher than Fresh Green Smoothie:
1 bunch parsley
½ cucumber
2 pears
1 lemon (Peel away skin and remove large seeds before adding)
3 cups of water

Blended Salad Recipe:
3 stalks of dinosaur kale (flat, dark, kale)
1 cucumber
¼ to ½ cup baby carrots
1 tomato
¼ of an onion
½ avocado (adds a wonderful creamy flavor!)
¼ stalk of parsley
1 lemon (Peel away skin and remove large seeds before adding)
½ apple
3 cups water


VIII. GREEN-BASED SOUPS
Blended Greens Vegetable Soup - Basic Recipe

Although not a smoothie, this is another great way to get "blended greens" into your diet. Simply blend some greens up with water, veggie or chicken broth, a can of diced tomatoes, carrot juice, etc, and pour this into a pot as your soup base. I learned about blended greens in soups from Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book, Eat to Live, my favorite book on nutrition).

1/2 of a 1 lb bag of frozen leafy greens
About 2 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
1/2 of a 1 lb bag of frozen mixed veggies
1 cup beans or brown rice (optional)
Spices, like curry, Italian, Mexican, etc., and a little Vegenaise adds a creamy flavor.

Instructions: Blend the frozen greens and broth until thoroughly pureed (if you do not have a high powered blender, you may need to cook the veggies first in the broth in order to soften them, and then cradle the veggies and broth into the blender). Pour mixture into a big pot. Add frozen mixed veggies to the and any extras. Cook on low heat until everything is cooked. If mixture gets too thick, you might need to add a cup or two of water or broth. You can store this in the fridge and simply re-heat throughout the week (a great *fast* food!). Total Prep Time: Less than 20 minutes.

Note: You can vary up the ingredients in this soup to make all sorts of combinations. For example, instead of the chicken broth, you could use tomato juice, and then add some diced tomatoes, cilantro, pinto beans instead of the lentils, and add seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, onions, garlic and lemon juice for a great chili soup. You could also add things like pumpkin puree or butternut squash puree and use different veggies with the liquid soup base. I like using frozen because it's quick and easy. Nuts, like almonds, can be blended with the soup base. Walnuts pulsed on low will give a meat texture to the soup and is really great in chili type soups.

Enjoy!

Here is another favorite - even among picky eaters!

Creamy Tomato Bean Soup
One can, no-salt, diced tomatoes
About 1 cup frozen broccoli (but 2-3 would be better! You can add some unblended.)
1 can of black or pinto beans
1 cup frozen bell peppers
2 heaping scoops of vegenaise.
Rice, lemon juice, onions, cumin, chili powder (all optional and not necessary!)

Blend the tomatoes and broccoli (add enough broccoli so the mixture is fairly thick) and pour into a medium sized pot. Add the rest of ingredients and let cook on low heat.