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^ Sounds like a great smoothie, and I like your philosophy of using what you have lying around! haha Flax is great to add in - I like using ground flax seeds so that I get the lignans and all the other great stuff that comes with the whole seed. Bananas are great for giving a creamy flavor without having to use dairy for anyone looking for a dairy alternative, as dairy can be a big contributer to acne. So glad you're on board with the smoothies, and thanks for posting! :)

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Paul and Mars,

Sorry I'm just now responding!!! I've never done a smoothie only cleanse, but I think it's a great idea! Dr. Fuhrman, mentioned in my first post, recommends a 5 day detox diet to people. I just looked it over, and it consists of greens, veggies and fruit.... which would be like a smoothie cleanse. He also has people include 4 tbs of seeds everyday (like flax, sesame and sunflower), so I would do that as well for extra fat/protein. So anyway, I'm sure a smoothie cleanse would be fine!! Before going forward with this, please read Dr. Fuhrman's short article about his cleanse, and you can also see the recipes he recommends during this cleanse: http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/weigh...-challenge.html

Let us know how it goes! I'm proud of you two for wanting to take such initiatives towards improving your health. :)

Thanks for the link, i shall certainly aim to use many of those ingredients in my cleanse. I always use seeds in my smoothies so thats not a problem, i usually use flax.

Im thinking of starting it on Thursday as i think that will be a good time to begin for me. Im not planning on going out this weekend so im going to try and last as many days as i possibly can with this cleanse. Im really hoping i get some good results from it, am hoping it gives me alot more energy as well as im feeling quite tired alot recently. It will certainly give my insides a rest from having to digest lots of foods each day.

I shall defiently keep you updated :) Would be nice if theres anyone else willing to do this to start at the same time.

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Paul,

That's awesome! :) I'm excited to see how it goes for you, and I really hope you get great results from it! I'd consider joining, but it won't be possible for me to do over the weekend.

I've gotten into juicing again lately. I juice collards, kale, spinach, cabbage, etc and mix half and half with carrot or apple juice (usually carrot). I then pour the juice into glass canning jars and seal them up with a Food Saver (which sucks out the remaining air in the jar) so that they'll last about 4 days in my fridge. I'm still doing smoothies too - the juicing is just a means to get even more nutrition into my diet.

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Paul,

That's awesome! :) I'm excited to see how it goes for you, and I really hope you get great results from it! I'd consider joining, but it won't be possible for me to do over the weekend.

I've gotten into juicing again lately. I juice collards, kale, spinach, cabbage, etc and mix half and half with carrot or apple juice (usually carrot). I then pour the juice into glass canning jars and seal them up with a Food Saver (which sucks out the remaining air in the jar) so that they'll last about 4 days in my fridge. I'm still doing smoothies too - the juicing is just a means to get even more nutrition into my diet.

I would like to start juicing again too. I just got abit lazy as they always seemed to take much longer to wash up than blenders. Maybe during the cleanse would be a good time to give it ago again. I would be interested in juicing cucumber as it supposed to be good for your complexion, and i would also like to include carrots as that is what i used to juice. Have you ever juiced beetroots before? I was just reading about one juice drink that you can make is carrots, cucumber and beetroot so i am intrigued to give that one a go.

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Paul,

I agree that juicers can be a pain to clean! It's helps to juice for a few days worth so that cleaning the juicer isn't an everyday thing. I have juiced beets before, and they're delicious! I heard once that you shouldn't consume more than half a beet a day though, as they are very detoxifying, and you don't want to overdue it. I used to juice them with carrots, cucumber, celery, etc. Of course, these days, when I juice, I do at least half cruciferous vegetables, since those are the most healing. :)

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Paul,

I agree that juicers can be a pain to clean! It's helps to juice for a few days worth so that cleaning the juicer isn't an everyday thing. I have juiced beets before, and they're delicious! I heard once that you shouldn't consume more than half a beet a day though, as they are very detoxifying, and you don't want to overdue it. I used to juice them with carrots, cucumber, celery, etc. Of course, these days, when I juice, I do at least half cruciferous vegetables, since those are the most healing. :)

It defiently sounds alot better when you are able to make them last for up to 4 days than having to mess about making them everyday. I was just wondering about the food saver that you mentioned, are they actual food saver containers or is it just a food saver roll? Ive been having a search and found several different things.

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Does anyone find that when they use an avacado in there smoothie it always makes them so thick and quite undrinkable? It also leaves it so thick that when i pour it into the cup alot stays in the blender.

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Whilst doing the green smoothie cleanse will it be okay to take supplements like zinc still?

I have began the cleanse today, just had my second smoothie. I have felt abit hungry through the day, unfortunately i get make my first smoothie at 8.30am and dont get to have another one till just gone 5. I think im going to get used to it though and not find it too bad after a couple of days. Going to be testing my juicer to see if it works, not sure if it will though.

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:D Wow!!! I loved it. I made one yesterday afternoon right after I read this thread. It was great. I made both of my usually smoothies and added Romaine Lettuce. I could not even tell in taste. It was green, but great. I felt great today. I always buy Greens and tell myself that I will eat more salad and I never do, but now I am going through that lettuce fast. We are all so lucky to have this place. I wish I would I found it sooner and had it when I was younger. You all are the best!!!!

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hey people,

i was wondering if all of you guys use organic greens for the green smoothie. [or at least labelled no pesticides and herbisides used]

what i use are locally produced hydroponics greens that does not use pesticides and herbicides. but the variety of greens available is rather limiting. only 3 types of greens.

are non-organic greens dangerous for raw consumption?

anybody tried red \ purple cabbage for the green smoothie? i was thinking of using that but its not certified organic. and im worried abt how clean it is. there are lots of 'dirty' looking greens out there, anybody experienced food poisoning from those?

i need more cruciferous greens. but my country doesnt sell collards or kale. only spinach is available. i suppose red cabbage is a good alternative?

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Has anyone added spices to smoothies before? Or is that a bad idea and would it just taste awful? :D

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yeah I put a lot of cinnamon and ginger powder in my smoothies, tastes good.

Does anyone find that when they use an avacado in there smoothie it always makes them so thick and quite undrinkable? It also leaves it so thick that when i pour it into the cup alot stays in the blender.

if your smoothie s thick, than just add more water/milk?

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yeah I put a lot of cinnamon and ginger powder in my smoothies, tastes good.

Does anyone find that when they use an avacado in there smoothie it always makes them so thick and quite undrinkable? It also leaves it so thick that when i pour it into the cup alot stays in the blender.

if your smoothie s thick, than just add more water/milk?

I tried that but unfortunately didnt help. However, just adding half an avacado works perfectly and i no longer a horrible thick smoothie. I shall start giving it a go with the spices in my smoothies :D

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I made my first green smoothie today and it was very delicious! Here's what I used;

One banana

Half an apple

A handful of blueberries

a few strawberries

two handfulls of spring mix/ baby romaine

a cup of water

Tommorow I'm going to cut down the fruit a bit. The only reason I added so much today was because I didn't want the smoothie to taste too green, but the flavour was completey masked! Also, the smoothie has kept me full from breakfast to dinner, and it was delicious.:)

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Hello people!

I've decided to start with green smoothies and want to buy a machine. As far as I know there are two different types of machines: Blenders and juicers.

The result of a blender is a more or less thick food mass (sorry about my English), called a smoothie. There are no left overs.

A juicer on the other hand makes perfectly fluid juice and there will be left overs from your fruits and vegetables that you throw away.

I haven't read the entire thread yet, but it seems like everyone here is using a blender and not a juicer. What's the reason for that? Is there an advantage of blenders over juicers with regard to health. -Or the other way round?

Speaking in favor of blenders, could it be, that the leftovers that would be thrown away in the case of a juicer are actually nutritionally important? Or speaking in favor of juicers, could it be, that the nutrients in juice can be absorbed better than the nutrients in smoothies, because those are thicker?

Ok, since I want to buy a really good machine for around 400$, it would be great, if you could let me know which one (blender or juicer) is better with regard to health and also why that is so.

Thanks for helping!

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Since leafy greens are good for the skin when consumed in green smoothies, I thought they could also be good when applied topically in form of a skin cream. What do you think of a skin cream containing high amounts of leafy greens?

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I'm sorry if this has been asked before but how much greens per day is ideal? On an average day I eat about 200-250gr of bok choy (that's about two cups if I "pack in" the cups real tight), and several leaves of lettuce with my salad.

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Just made my first one!

I used - apples/bananas/kale/spinach/romaine -

Quite bland tasting, i don't think i made it smooth enough though, a fair amount of bits, how smooth should i make it or does that not matter?

I don't really care about the taste, if it helps my skin, just down it like it's alchohal lol

Oh also, i made a pints worth, is this too much or?

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I just made a smoothie i was expecting to be awful but it wasnt all too bad. It contained.....

-Abit of spinach, kale and some other green veg, plus bits of beetroot. It was just a bag of seperate things

-Strawberries

-Blackberries

-Half an avacado

-Flax seeds

-Teaspoon of coconut oil

-Cinnamon

-Cocoa Powder

-Turmeric

-Oregano

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Does the blended fruits and greens still have the full benefit of fibre as do the whole fruits?

Also, I've found the best green for mixing (taste-wise) is baby spinach! I put two cups in and cant even taste it!:)

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Guys, when's the best time to drink these?! First thing in the morning when stomach is empty or?

Trying to work out a best time - i work from 4 in the afternoon, so would like loads of energy as it gets boring quickly.

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Sorry for just now responding everyone!

Paul,

You can read about the FoodSaver here: http://www.foodsaver.com/ Here's a link for the glass canning jars (Mason Jars): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_jar. I use the 1/2 cup size for juice. See the metal lids with the rubber rim? You simply put one of those over the jar, then attach one of the FoodSaver attachments on top of it, and it removes the air from the jar. The lid will then be on very tight until you pry it off.

I do like adding spices to my smoothies - cinnamon is awesome! :) You could always test a little too by adding a little to a small portion of smoothie if it's a spice you're not sure about. That smoothie you made with all the spices sounded good!

I would think taking zinc during your cleanse would be fine - just don't take too much zinc. I hear you can overdose on it. How did your cleanse go?

Skvm1974,

Glad you're enjoying the green smoothies, and I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

Bluks,

I would do a little research to see what produce in your area is heavily sprayed with pesticides. Not all produce needs to be organic, as not all of it is heavily sprayed. I don't buy all organic, but I do for produce like strawberries, peaches, etc. that are heavily sprayed. For the U.S., I use this guide: http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php

Cabbage would be great to use if you don't mind the taste - it's very nutritious! I eat raw cabbage all the time, and in the U.S. it's not heavily sprayed. :)

Honnie,

I'm so glad your first smoothie was such a great success!! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us - it sounds delicious! :)

You still get the fiber when you blend the fruits/veggies. I love using baby spinach too! Glad you're still enjoying the smoothies! :)

Find Myself,

Rather than focusing on how many cups you're drinking, just be sure that you're getting one to two large handfuls a day of leafy greens. :)

Healthy,

Your question on whether to get a juicer vs a blender depends on quite a bit. For smoothie purposes, we use blenders. In the case of the green smoothie, I think it's important to get in all the fiber. Plus, with a good quality blender, like a Vita-Mix (I love mine) or a Blendtec, you can make so many great things with them like sorbets, soups, sauces, etc. If you were choosing between a juicer or a blender, I would go with the blender for now. When you get more serious about eating healthfully, you might then consider a juicer.

Juicing is great for healing - people with cancer have attested to getting over it by eating very healthfully and by doing lots of juicing. Juicing is great if you're wanting to fast and heal, because it has a high concentration of nutrients, and since the fiber is removed, your body doesn't have to use energy to digest it, and it can use that energy to heal instead. So, if you were fighting a disease of some kind, or if your acne was severe, I'd recommend a high-end juicer (http://www.discountjuicers.com/) and a cheap blender. :) However, juicing is beneficial for everyone and definitely worth considering.

About the skin cream, since greens are highly perishable, I'm not sure this could be done, but I think I recall green smoothie makers doing leafy green masks though. haha :)

Costello,

If you're doing two packed cups of greens a day, that should definitely be enough to see an improvement in your skin, as long as you eat these "blended." If you're just eating these, then you're only getting a fourth of the benefit. If you blend these greens, it'll be the equivalent of eating "eight" packed cups of leafy greens! This is due to the blender thoroughly breaking down the cell walls. Bok Choy has a very strong flavor in smoothies - you might want to try spinach, collards or kale instead. :)

Belloni,

If you had two large handfuls of greens in your smoothie, then that's good enough. :) Try to focus on 60% fruit/40% greens so it tastes a little better, and maybe throw in some frozen berries, mango, pineapple, peaches, etc. They really can taste great, so you might as well enjoy them. :)

I hate to recommend a best time of day to drink them, because the main thing is just to drink them each day when you can, but I'd say the best time would be first thing in the morning. Fruit is very cleansing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you get hungry, consider adding avocado or nuts/seeds to your smoothie.

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Sorry for just now responding everyone!

Paul,

You can read about the FoodSaver here: http://www.foodsaver.com/ Here's a link for the glass canning jars (Mason Jars): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_jar. I use the 1/2 cup size for juice. See the metal lids with the rubber rim? You simply put one of those over the jar, then attach one of the FoodSaver attachments on top of it, and it removes the air from the jar. The lid will then be on very tight until you pry it off.

I do like adding spices to my smoothies - cinnamon is awesome! :) You could always test a little too by adding a little to a small portion of smoothie if it's a spice you're not sure about. That smoothie you made with all the spices sounded good!

I would think taking zinc during your cleanse would be fine - just don't take too much zinc. I hear you can overdose on it. How did your cleanse go?

Unfortunately i gave up after 48 hours. I was feeling quite down due to going through an outbreak and as i was feeling hungry i decided to start eating properly again. I couldnt not eat the foods i love whilst feeling bad, however when im in a good mood and my skin isnt doing too bad i may give it another try again. I sure it will be very beneficial to my health if i manage to do a cleanse for a few days.

I think i put too many spices in my latest smoothie just then, quite abit of a burning sensation after every sip :D lol.

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