Vegetables In Smoothies

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  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭
    edited April 2014


    Holy shit, I love you. I walked into Costco yesterday and left with a 4-pound bag of organic, frozen wild blueberries. Used them in my smoothie today and they were boss. A whole cup of them has about as much sugar as a serving of Lindt! I'm floored! And they're so tasty. Many thanks for the suggestion!




     


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    Well shit. At least I pointed out the wild aspect, but I feel like a dbag because I've been buying tiny bags at overpriced Whole Foods and thinking I was so smart. 


     


    Also, on the ginger strands: I've never had strands in my smoothies with my blendtec, but I do end up with strands of something wound around the spindle that holds the blades, and it really sucks to get in there and remove them. I'd assumed they were from the celery I add, and I've been dicing it for this reason. But perhaps it's the ginger and I've been dicing the wrong ingredient... hmm... anyone get strands from celery?


  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    I just placed an order for some high quality Spirulina and Chlorella. Going to incorporate both in my daily smoothies. Hope they don't taste too funky lol. I'm only now getting used to the spinach/avocado taste.


     


    ACH85, Is celery a good choice? Do you notice it in the smoothie?  I'm not fond of eating the stuff, so if it imparts a strong celery flavor I'll probably sit that one out lol. I was thinking of adding cucumber, too.


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  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭
    edited April 2014


    I just placed an order for some high quality Spirulina and Chlorella. Going to incorporate both in my daily smoothies. Hope they don't taste too funky lol. I'm only now getting used to the spinach/avocado taste.


     


    ACH85, Is celery a good choice? Do you notice it in the smoothie?  I'm not fond of eating the stuff, so if it imparts a strong celery flavor I'll probably sit that one out lol. I was thinking of adding cucumber, too.




     


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    Might the spirulina and chlorella bind to some good stuff from the other veggies? I'm out of my depth there. 


     


    I don't like the celery smell/flavor on it's own, and while it does impart a bit of that to the smoothie, it's not much at all. Probably more just the smell. I only use 2-3 stalks depending on size. Cucumbers are great. Both cucumbers and celery I use mainly because they are watery, so I figure I can use less water and have more nutrients, and overall more servings of veggies in the smoothie without it getting too thick. Surprisingly, the only thing my blendtec doesn't handle perfectly is the cucumber skin, but the biggest pieces are only maybe a millimeter square. 


     


    Then again I'm still digging steamed white chard and 3 chopped brussels sprouts in my smoothies, so maybe I'm not the right guy to ask about flavor. I even choked down steamed collards in a smoothie. That was definitely pretty bitter. I can absolutely vouch for cucumbers though. 


  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Hmm, good question about the spirulina and chlorella. Never crossed my mind. Anyone else add that stuff to their smoothies? Any issues with it? For that matter, should I take spirulina and chlorella away from other supplements? Are they OK to take together?


     


    Next time I'm at the store I'm going to pick up an organic cucumber and see how that goes. I might even try the celery, if I'm feeling adventurous.


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  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭


    I might even try the celery, if I'm feeling adventurous.




     


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    Again, Whole Foods, but I've seen individual stalks of celery for sale. That's just craziness. 


     


    Unrelated, first I "vouch for cucumber," now you "feel adventurous and try celery." Anyone remember food innuendo guy?

  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    But will they wreck the taste of my smoothie? Lol


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Haha, well I'll start off with a lower dose of each and see if I can't get used to the taste. Or maybe I'll add in a few more blueberries to help mask it.


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  • Yeah, no problem about the blueberries! I was shocked how much sugar the things didn't have. Now I just need to find blackberries in a package like that...

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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Bought a cucumber today and it's pretty good in the smoothie. I think I'll make it a regular addition. I have some celery, too. Might wait a bit to try that one lol. I'll start slow with it, else it becomes a celery bomb.


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    How does this look as a daily supplement? Seems like it would add some extra nutrition to my smoothie. Any opinions on it?


     


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038B3AAK


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭
    edited April 2014

    What... what did I do? D:


     


    Mark Sisson said he'd heard good things about it, and it looks decent. Unless I'm just an idiot, which is entirely possible, I guess. What's wrong with it?


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭


    I guess you haven't seen my many rants on green powder blends, I swear you guys are trying to get me amped haha. Look at the ingredients, first pick out all the ones you think are useless fillers ie "why am I paying for carrot powder and apple fibre", if that exercise didn't do it for you, divide the number of ingredients in one of the "blends" by the amount in the blend, you will see a very small number aka "pixie dust". Now you could just take 4-5 servings as one serving but then the true cost of the product is revealed and will make you angry.




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    Sorry, haha. I guess I hadn't seen your previous rants. That's a good point, though.

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  • Also, isn't goji a nightshade?

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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭
    edited April 2014


    Also, isn't goji a nightshade?




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    Yep, it is. If I were to use such a blend, I'd have to find one without it. I'll be sticking to the spirulina and chlorella rather than powders like these.


     


    My chlorella came in. I've been using a teaspoon and haven't noticed much of a taste, so that's good. I might up the dosage a little more. My spirulina should be in any day now. Looking forward to trying it. Tried the celery and it was all right, but I much prefer the cucumber. Today I ran out of avocado, so I made a smoothie with:


     


    Big handful of spinach


    Half a cucumber


    A cup of blueberries


    Half a banana


    Can of coconut milk


    MCT oil


    Organic ginger powder


    Chlorella


    A bit of Gerolsteiner mineral water


     


     


    It tastes like dessert to me, waaaay too sweet lol. The banana is great, but I don't think I needed it on top of the berries. From here on out I think I'll stick to a single fruit. Loving these smoothies, though. Great way to pack a lot of nutrition into my morning. And, uh, they sure do keep me regular. Lol.


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Hey, how bad are bananas? I've looked at the infographic, and I see that they're kind of in the yellow/orange area, but based on what I've been reading, they're relatively low in fructose and rather nutritious. I had to add one to my smoothie today to mask the flavor of the spirulina. I'm sure I'll be able to wean down to less than a whole banana a day, but honestly, how bad are they? Compared to a lot of other fruits I might eat, they seem like a smart choice and I've read that their glucose to fructose ratio is one of the best. Thoughts?


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Even if I only eat one meal a day? Usually I just drink my smoothie while my meal cooks, about an hour after I get up. I guess I could do the smoothie later in the day, though.


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Thinking I might pick up some bitter melon to throw in my smoothie after reading Mark Sisson's write-up today. Hopefully it won't make my smoothie taste like crap; the spirulina was only doable today because of the banana I added lol. Also toying with the idea of picking up some Lion's Mane mushroom powder to add in there. Found a source for it that looks good. I know mushrooms are generally not BP, but what do you guys think about something like this?


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  • As far as mushroom powder goes, I think you need to test your own body to see how sensitive it is to mushrooms. I know we stay away from most kind other than the occasional shitake or portabello...maybe once every two months just for a change of flavors. 


     


    I wonder what bitter melon tastes like and if you need to cook it to get the benefits? Let us know...the Asian market always has them and I would love a new flavor and cooking tool!


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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭


    I wonder what bitter melon tastes like and if you need to cook it to get the benefits? Let us know...the Asian market always has them and I would love a new flavor and cooking tool!





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    I hear it's really, really bitter, haha. I found an Asian grocery not too far from me, so I might pick some up today. Will report back! Everything I've read seems to indicate that it has to be eaten raw to get the benefits. Throwing it in a smoothie seems like the easiest way to do that.

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  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭
    edited April 2014

    UPDATE: Just visited two Asian markets in my area. Neither of them had it :(


     


    I guess the Asian markets around here just suck. They had lots of expired snacks, though. And one of the markets reeked profoundly of urine. So that's something.


     


    Alas. I'll have to search for it elsewhere.


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  • i know juicing pretty much extracts the fiber from fruits/vegetables but does anyone know what something like a nutribullet would do? If no nutritional value is lost then there's pretty much no downside but it seems too good to be true..


  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Isn't a nutribullet just a blender? I imagine all of the fiber and nutrition would remain in blending fruits and veggies-- only certain fats are damaged by blending at high speed, no?


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  • and whey too with denaturing but you're probably right. just feels like drinking vegetables would have a different effect in the body cause your stomach doesn't have to do as much work to digest it, so maybe it breaks it down less so the vitamins/fiber etc are less potent. or I'm overthinking and green smoothies are actually a delicious, easy way to get in half a days veggies in a pretty filling drink. coconut milk, spinach, celery, green/red peppers, cucumbers, mct, and stevia- breakfast heaven


  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭

    I think you're overthinking it, so long as you're careful with proteins (long strands of amino acids that you can break) a blender is just like chewing really, really well. Even if I'm wrong and it is damaging something, I know that personally I simply wouldn't eat the same amount of veggies without a blender, so I have to think it's a net positive. Maybe it's better to leave the fiber in longer strands?


     


    BTW if you're thinking of buying a blender, I don't think anyone has regretted spending the extra for a Blendtec or Vitamix. I spent $100 on a blender only to realize it wasn't really going to do everything I wanted it to, and now use my Blendtec 3x a day on average. 


     


    The nutribullet looks OK, but I just don't know how you could get any real volume in there based on the pictures. I start with a cucumber and generally end up with close to a 48oz smoothie. The nutribullet looks like it could fit maybe one whole cucumber in it if you diced it. Plus, it doesn't have different blend cycles, which are really helpful if you want to make crushed ice, almond butter, soups, or anything else where texture matters. And personally I can't stand their marketing. 


  • definitely a net positive regardless you're right about that. I'll invest in a better blender as soon as I can- I'm 18 and the nutribullet was mothers idea..pretty much for green drinks only and a normal cheap blender for other things. I've never tried making my own almond butter or soup but that certainly makes it worth the investment. Thanks a bunch!!!!


  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    My fucking blender broke this morning. I'd loaded all of my wonderful smoothie goodness into it. Then I hit the button and it pulsed for a split second. And then it never made a sound again.


     


    Please god, kill me. Wish I had the dolla dolla billz for a $500+ Vitamix or something.


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  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭


    Please god, kill me. Wish I had the dolla dolla billz for a $500+ Vitamix or something.




     




     


    I'm so sorry for your loss. I will have a moment of silence. No, seriously, that fucking sucks. 


     


    You can get refurbished high-end ones, check ebay, etc. Keep in mind that when you buy high-end, they'll just ship you a new motor if this happens under the 7 year warranty, so it is an investment that may pay off. 


     


    Aside from that, I've been chopping my veggies first lately so that I can fit more in, but that's a good strategy with an underpowered blender too. It really isn't much more effort if you chop once or twice lengthwise, then many times at a 90 degree angle to the first cuts, and you end up with tiny cubes that are easier on the blender.


     


    But you know, I'm late with advice, sorry. But everyone else - dice your veggies. 

  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭

    Might look into a refurbished one! Thanks for the tip.


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  • edited April 2014


    Kale's great, but according to Dave you should steam or blanch it, drain it, and filter out the oxalic acid with calcium and magnesium.


     


    I'm in the middle of a no kale experiment due to acne, so I switched to collard greens and brussels sprouts last week - both steamed/drained, but no cal/mag. It tasted bitter, but was doable. I went to the grocery store today, and they were out of collards, so I went for green swiss chard. Today was about half a bunch of swiss chard and 3 brussels spouts, steamed/drained, and it was actually pretty tasty. The chard is nice. I broke off the part of the stem below the leaf, but it was tender enough that I don't think I needed to. 


     


    I always use a cucumber for water volume and 2-3 celery stalks depending on their size. Plus a chunk of ginger, which I peel with a knife (though the edge of a spoon works too) because supposedly the peel can have some anti-nutrients. 


     


    I like tossing in an avocado - Hass is optimal - for a little bit of fat and a thicker/smoother feel, though I could see why you might not like it. I try to include some type of fat: avocado, MCT, or the not-so-bulletproof hemp seeds, because fat aids in absorbing all the veggies' nutrients. 


     


    I'll sometimes add protein, and occasionally fruit, but I try to stick to the lowest-sugar berries due to the fact that I make sure there's fat in the shake. 




     


     


     


    I'm pretty well convinced Dave is a rare breed that has highly unusual food sensitivities, especially in regards to oxalic acid/goitegenic compounds.  Studies are mixed on oxalic acid-rich foods and incidents of kidney stones, as well as cruciferous vegetables having a negative impact on thyroid function (some studies show the opposite in fact).  I've also heard cooking has a negligable impact on oxalic acid content, like around a 10% reduction, so I really fail to understand what all the hoopla is about.  He never mentions the oxalic acid content of cacao either, which is pretty high.


     


    Peeling my ginger and steaming my kale is too much time and trouble for me.  I use them both straight and feel great after drinking, and have for well over a year now, nearly every day.  I also include celery, cilantro, lemon (peeled), about a 1/2 serving of frozen pineapple, and ice cubes.  I sometimes add spinnach as well (which is off-the-charts high in oxalic acid, which Dave also never talks about and it's like the #2 ingredient in the Rogan recipe).  


     


    I've played around with beets, but they mostly taste like dirt raw.  Not terrible, but not great imo.  It will turn your poop and pee bright red, which can be alarming if you're not expecting it!


  • ACH85ACH85 ✭✭


    I'm pretty well convinced Dave is a rare breed that has highly unusual food sensitivities, especially in regards to oxalic acid/goitegenic compounds.


     


    Peeling my ginger and steaming my kale is too much time and trouble for me. 




     




     


    Cool. When I eat gluten and pasteurized dairy I feel fine, but large amounts of raw kale give me acne within 48 hours. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But also don't complain if you get a kidney stone. 

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