Overview

This is a practical raw green smoothie recipe that does not use berries to keep the costs down for you budget-conscious folk. It's very filling too.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    1 serving
  • Yield

    1 large smoothie
  • Shelf Life

    Consume immediately
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Add all ingredients to blender. Place soft ingredients like bananas in first, because that's what I was taught!
  • 2. Blend in your high-speed blender until nicely smooth.
  • 3. Your green smoothie is ready! Pour green smoothie into cup(s) or a large mason jar for on-the-go goodness.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

I have been a raw vegan for over two four years. And for breakfast almost every single day I have a green smoothie. And I am still not sick of them yet, if you can believe that! I can make them super quickly, and I always keep the main ingredients on hand.

If you have any trust in me believe me when I tell you that in order to make a tasty green smoothie you absolutely must have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Otherwise it'll be chunky and grainy and downright disgusting and you'll have to pinch your nose to get it down. When it comes to green smoothies texture is everything and high-speed blenders are going to take a slightly disgusting chunky mixture and turn it into a silky smoothie like the one in this photo that actually tastes delicious--like a treat. Texture is everything when it comes to this green smoothie recipe.

This may not be the most exciting green smoothie recipe in the world, but it's what I have for breakfast almost every morning so I figured that you'd like to know what I have for breaky! What I like about it as well is that it's not too expensive, since bananas are inexpensive here in Canada.

To clean your blender: Add 1-2 cups of water into your blender immediately and blend again to aid in cleaning process. Take carafe to sink and finish rinsing/cleaning blender right away. I am not a good housekeeper but the one rule in my house is to NEVER let the Vitamix carafe sit uncleaned. NEVER! Why? Because then if I'm lazy later on and it's not clean then I won't use it, then I won't know what to make, and I'll just eat nuts for dinner because I'm too lazy to clean the blender.  NEVER store recipes in your blender for this reason. :)

This recipe makes quite a large green smoothie, it's a perfect breakfast for 1 person. This is my go-to breakfast.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Fat, and Sodium.
  • This recipe provides you with 100% of your daily Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin K.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, and Vitamin A.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Calcium, and Iron.

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Hi Liz, definitely adding cinnamon for flavor!

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Hi I have a 1000w home use breville blender (New Zealand) it was about $250nz Would this do the trick for this recipe? would like to try these for breaky.

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Used a mango instead of bananas and the result is just as awesome!!!Simply heavenly!

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Hi Sam, green smoothies are the best. Glad you liked!

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This is a great tasting smoothie.

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Thanks, Worden! :)

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So, we don't usually have oranges, but we usually have orange juice. What would be the equivalent amount?
Thanks!

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Hi! I love the simplicity of this recipe. Alas since last sync I cannot see any images, none for any recipe. Is anyone else having same problem?

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Thanks so much for using the app and also for letting me know that there is an issue with the images. We have a fix on the way, but it hasn’t been approved by Apple yet.
You’re right – the iOS version of the app has been giving some users trouble and not displaying the images. iPhone/iPad users who recently upgraded to the new iOS 8 (just released a week or two ago) are the only ones affected.
We have submitted a new version of both the Recipes and the Meal Plan app to Apple, which will fix the problem. You will be able to update (at no additional cost) with the new version once Apple approves the new versions. It will hopefully be within the next week or two. (We are waiting on Apple to “approve” our new versions.)
Once the new version has been approved, you should be able to force an update from inside the app by clicking on the upper right-hand corner of the app and then looking for the button that says “Force Update.” (I don’t expect that to do anything until early October though, because Apple is slow!)
I am sorry for the trouble, but we are definitely working to resolve. :)
Thanks for your patience!”

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the app isn't loading images on my iPhone 6 .. :-( just purchased it. Is it compatible???

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Hi Lorraine! We are working to resolve this issue. (It just happened due to the new iOS upgrade to iOS 8.) Give it a week or so and resync (at no extra cost) and everything should be back to normal. I'm sorry for the trouble! We are working on it though :)

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That's great to hear, Romy! :)

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Hi, i was wondering if this makes enough for one or two smoothies?:)

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Hi Katelin!

This makes 1 big one or two small ones :)

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Wow! This is good. My first real green smoothie. The subtle taste of cinnamon really makes it...like something from a fancy restaurant. I'm impressed.

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Wonderful to hear, Dana! Here's to many more green smoothies!!! :)

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:)

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It turned out perfect ! Awesome recipe , trying to go raw !! Thank you for the recipe :)

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Glad you like the green smoothie, Kai! Good luck with your raw journey! :)

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Hi laura! Can I make this sans the lemon?

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Riley, yes for sure. The lemon is not mandatory, although it does add a nice acidic twist to balance out the sweetness. (It's fine without it though)

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My smoothie always turns out like green applesauce. What am I doing wrong? Its not smooth and silky at all.

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Hi Kim!

It's your blender... You might need a better one :) What kind of blender do you have?

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heya, i'm new to this & was just wondering wat i can replace bananas with? thanks debs :)

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Hi Debs!

Bananas provide much needed sweetness and creaminess to this recipe. Do not substitute. Instead, look for another green smoothie recipe that doesn't contain bananas :)

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Bex, if you are serious about going raw, the Vitamix is one of the vital tools to being successful. Happy smoothies!

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Totally agree with Kat!

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Hi there, I've just found a Vitamix 5000 for a decent price, but just want to check that would be good enough before I buy it.. what do you think?

Thank you, your recipes are incredible! x

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Go for it Bex!

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I love this smoothie. I don't even have to think about the recipe anymore, I make it so often! I love this as a breakfast and as a lunch smoothie at work! It provides me with sustained energy throughout the day and I don't get that afternoon slump anymore.

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Hi Zettie! I'm glad to hear the smoothie is getting you through the dreaded slump! :)

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Hi,

The smoothie sounds great! I'm just wondering if this recipe is 1 serving or 2?

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One generous serving!

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Hi Laura-Jane, I was wondering if you have a recommendation for someone who can not have bananas? I see so many beautiful recipes, like this one, and just thought with your experience you might know a trick for replacing them? Thank you!

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Hi Amy!

I don't have an overall recommendation that works in any recipe, but here's what you need to know:

In most recipes, bananas are used for (A) creaminess and (B) sweetness.

So when replacing, generally, you need to think of both. For creaminess, avocado or cashews are often used. For sweetness, there are tons of options, like dates or agave nectar or other fruits etc.

But for this recipe in particular, you could use strawberries instead of bananas - it will just be a different smoothie :)

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My girlfriend and I are really excited about your app. We read in one of the comments sections where you recommended that a family of 3-4 just double the recipes. Does that mean all these recipes would be good for 2 people or should we double them as well?

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Hi Jeremiah,

The servings, in general, are for 1 person. However, the plan is constructed so that there will be plenty of leftovers to allow the meals to spill over as snacks, meals the next day, etc. Better too little than too much as we don't want you to go hungry :) Also, the first page of each plan explains what recipes should be used over multiple meals

Hope this helps!

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I didn't have oranges but I did have Orange Juice, so I added that...Oh MY GOSH, so delicious! Great smoothie! Thanks, Ann

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Orange smoothies really are the best! :)

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Excellent!!!

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Hey Tressa!

So glad you enjoyed :)

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How much does this make?? I was thinking about making it for St.Patricks day.

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Enough for 1 big serving or two small servings

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It's my fault for not researching further, but before I went grocery shopping I saw I only needed a blender and food processor. Unfortunately I don't have a fancy blender nor its it in the budget to purchase one now. I'm going to do my best with what I have, but I wish that were specified before the recipe itself.

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Hi Rachel,

How did it turn out?

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I used kale + a 3/4 inch piece of raw peeled ginger root (I wanted something to help me cover up the kale taste). Then I did computer work while drinking it, so I consumed it slowly over about 30 min. to an hour.

WOW! It tasted like Ginger Ale! It got progressively better tasting. Letting it sit or just drinking it slowly lets the Ginger flavor achieve its full flower. GREAT!

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Good to know, MaryAnne, and I'm glad you like it!

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This smoothie is great! very tasty & definitely smooth in my vitamix! Skyla loves the flavor & the color, esp when garnished with a dark slice of orange or some red berries

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It's always better to share one's smoothies... :)

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Love the flavors of this smoothie!

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Glad you like it, Evelyne. Thanks for sharing!

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I've added brocolli and cucumber - keeps me full for ages

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Good idea, Shannon. It's important not to feel hungry.

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Hiyaaaa... I'm just getting started trying out recipes...so far doing great..but I get hung up on the calorie count on everything... this seems like a very high Cal drink...how can I believe I'll stay trim eating this everyday! Help me understand..it's a big mental block
Thx..ruby

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Hi Ruby! It's all about balance. This recipe is definitely to be used as a complete meal. In terms of the calories for this recipe, if you only had three green smoothies per day you would still be eating less than 1500 cal, which is not enough calories in a day.

So as a substitute for a meal it's a great option. I know it's hard to change your thinking about food, but calories are only part of the story :)

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I love this smoothie! Even my 7 yr old was shocked by how great it is. She was even more shocked that there was spinach in it! Lol.

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Lol Desiree - Glad it was the good kind of shocking :)

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Wow, tried it this morning and it' so delicious, I want it every morning!

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Hi Shannon,

The good news is you can have it every morning!

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Really nice and not to sweet

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Glad you enjoyed, Sarah!

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Glad you liked, Jackie!

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Can you add any protein powder to the shakes?

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Go for it Ruth!

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Surprising lovely! Mine looks a yucky green colour though, not that lovely fresh green in your picture, how did you get that colour?!

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Hmm! What kind of greens did you use, Claire? I used spinach

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Natasha's Review

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This is one of the more palatable green smoothies I have tried. I could definitely drink this every morning.

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Me too Natasha. And I do!

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Delicious & easy! I will add ginger next time!

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Nice idea Christine

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Is it at all possible making all these smoothies without a blender?

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Nope, sorry, a blender is definitely required. It doesn't have to be a good one though :)

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Jessica's Review

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Can i sub spinach for Kale?

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Hi Jessica, Yes, you can substitute kale instead of spinach. However, kale has a much more "GREEN" taste than spinach does, so you have been warned :) you may want to add less kale.

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Can I refrigerate the green smoothie over night or will it go bad?

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Hi Latiesha, It won't go "bad" but it will separate and be less than ideal for drinking. If you refrigerate overnight, best to blend it up again.

Also, if you want to prep your green smoothie for breakfast the night before, fill the blender up with all your chopped fruit and veg, but don't add the water. Then put the whole blender in the fridge (unblended). In the morning just add the water and blend! Makes for a quick morning

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As oranges are not in season so what should I use in place of them?

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Hi Rakesh,

In this recipe instead of oranges you could use a peach, a banana, or 1 cup of strawberries or blueberries.

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Sooo yum. Great change from juice !! I'm now a greenie addict lol

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Woohoo! Another greenie addict! That's what we like to see, Vicki :) xox

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Do you have the nutritional info for your recipes?

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Hi Kim,

Sorry, no, I do not provide nutritional info at this time.

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47 bananas for a week? Is this a typo? Haha!

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Hi Deeee, nope!! lol

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Hi Renee - glad you liked! Are you doing a smoothie challenge?

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LoneK's Review

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I ran out of bananas but remembered I had frozen ones in the freezer.. so used them instead! Awesome!! Also had to sub strawberries one day for oranges as I was out of oranges.. and that tasted good too.. didn't look too appetizing but that's ok :) I only make 1/2 the recipe as I find it's way to much for me. It keeps me going til lunch just the same :)

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Hi Lone! I love switching it up a bit too. I find that this recipe is pretty versatile - as long as you generally use the same amount of fruit and greens it is pretty forgiving. I agree about the colors changing sometimes though. It's aesthetic appeal can vary ;)

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Really tasty and simple to put together.

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Glad you found it easy to pull together in the morning, Joanne. I love peeling bananas. I am continually reminded that they are the most miraculous little packaged fruits, so easy to open and use :)

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Indeed! xox Sara

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Daughter and I doing smoothies now

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Hi Jen! Great to see your name : )   Glad you girls are doing smoothies. I've been adding fresh mint to mine lately. Gives a nice kick!

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I am new to the raw lifestyle but I have tried green smoothies prior. I never could get it right they were all pretty horriable really.but this smoothie was easy to make with simple ingriedients and it wasn't bad either! It seemed like a lot for one serving so I save the extra for my in between meal snack!

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Hi Michelle - sounds like you've found one that hit your sweet spot! It is a nice and big one.

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I'm diabetic type 2. Im afraid 2 oranges Will spike my blood sugar.

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Feel free to sub with another type of fruit that is less likely to spike

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Does this make 2 serves? I loved it and have been doing variations on your theme since I received a blender for Mother's Day ( May in Australia) loving starting the day fueled with yummy green vitamin minerals and energy!

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Nope, a big drink for 1 to keep you going until lunch time!

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Great recipe it's awesome, had to use Kale and just one banana. Cinnamon adds a great touch to the smoothie. Muy Rico (Caracas-Venezuela)

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So glad to have you here David! You are a trooper with the kale - I find that kale has the "greenest" (most bitter) taste in a smoothie

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I made this for the first time today. Had to make a slight variation (lettuce for spinach) since the store was out, but it's lovely!!!

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So glad the smoothie worked for you, Vickie!

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I cut out one of the bananas and it was still delicious. I love starting my day with this kind of freshness !

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Me too!  And I find making one every day gets rid of the "what'll I have for breaky" problem - and I just get to it and make my smoothie. I'm in the groove!

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Well I learned that I would rather eat an apple than pulverize it in a smoothie. I do not like that texture at all :( but my kids did, so I gave them the first one and made me a new one. Without apple, chia or additional water. It was absolutely perfect and dreamy creamy! I have also never put cinnamon in a smoothie and that was amazing! I will forever add cinnamon to my green smoothies.

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Hi Amber, Glad you found a way to make it work for you :) I like a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon in smoothies too. Gives a nice little twist! I feel the same way about adding lemon juice to a smoothie too

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Pretty simple can't wait to try it!

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Hi Tria, If you try it I'd love to know what you think :)

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Good thing is that this one is quick to make so you don't have to wait long Giulianna :)

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Hi, I'm not familiar with raw food and I'm surprised that you eat 5 fruits in one meal. I love your internet site...I'm looking forward trying a few of your recipes. Thanks a lot for your generosity.....you always have a kind word for everybody. (from Québec, Canada)

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Merci Marie-Johanne :) Je pratique ma Francais. Mais ce n'est pas tres bon! Lol

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I added fresh mint and it was fantastic!

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Ooh I love fresh mint too. It's sprouting in my garden right now!

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Sandra :)

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I absolutely love this smoothie and my day just isn't as good without it. I add raw vegan protein powder made with sprouted brown rice to mine. I read a comment on this smoothie being high points and I'm assuming it has to do with calorie counting. When you are eating raw the last thing you need to worry is calorie counting because you are eating pure nutrition and your body knows exactly what to do with it. I also read a study where someone found that even if they consumed 500 calories more by having raw food than they usually would they still did not pick up weight. Nutrition is my rule- if contains nutrition eat it, if it doesn't throw it away

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Kaitlyn, you are now a smoothie addict! And that's a good thing :)

totally agree about the calorie counting

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I just started this plan and I enjoyed the moring smoothie. I see why you have it very moring. :) thank you for your apps. They help out a lot .

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So glad to read that you're enjoying them, Ilene :)

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Hi I am experimenting with some raw recipes and will slowly transition. I may not go totally raw but I would like to incorporate more of this into my diet. I have a ninja 1100 will that be okay for the high speed blender? I havent seen you mention it anywhere so was curious. So far it has done a great job on most of my stuff. I would like to get a vitamixer one day - one day ....

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Hi Robin, I haven't used that blender itself, but most people simply use what they have access to :)  I usually suggest to make what you have work :) So go for it!

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First day of my 7 Day raw food challenge!
The smoothie is delicious!! Looking forward to lunch and dinner!

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Awesome Andrea!!

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I have a problem with arugula and spinach do you have any other ideas for a substitute. Thanks

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Hi Dimitrios, you can try parsley or romaine lettuce instead (add a little less than called for because they have a stronger "green" taste than spinach)

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Day 1 of my 7 day Raw food beginnerchallenge :-) loved this smoothie, yummy!! Thank you <3

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Awesome Peta! Keep me posted on how you get along :)

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So glad you enjoyed, Julianne :)

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So... I accidentally bought arugula instead of spinach... Silly me!! I didn't even think to look as I was putting it in. I'll be more careful next time I go grocery shopping I think! :S

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Happens to the best of us! You can still use the arugula, but it will taste a bit "greener" than the spinach - so just cut down a bit on the arugula (ie. use a bit less than called for)

 

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Just made day one breakfast!!! yummy!!! :)

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Used a mango instead of bananas and the result is just as awesome!!!Simply heavenly!

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Yum, Kat!

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Thank you, managed to find it :) online calculater, now I can try some if your wonderful recepies

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Great, Gul!

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Hello ,
This app looks amazing cant wait to try them all.
Only problem is how much is 1 cup I am not sure?
Thank you

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Hi Gul,

"Cups" are the American way of measuring ingredients in cooking. You should be able to easily convert cups to your system of measuring using an online calculator. Hope this helps!

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Hi I have a 1000w home use breville blender (New Zealand) it was about $250nz Would this do the trick for this recipe? would like to try these for breaky.

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Hi Kyle, give it a shot! You might want to omit the orange though. Maybe substitute with a peach, it'll be easier for your blender to blend.

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I had this for breakfast today and my $250nz 1000w breville blender made it nice and smooth:) Just made sure I did not blend for more then 1minute at a time to avoid oxidation. Thanks so much for this it's yummy. Just got to get my head around drinking a litre of smoothie at a time. (just starting out with raw food)

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Sounds like success, Kyle!

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Re Anne's comment about the nutribullet - it is amazing! Super easy to clean and easy to travel with, and most importantly, it blends things SMOOTH! It's almost as good as the vitamix in that respect. It's much better at blending kale and parsley than my big blender. It goes on sale at canadian tire for $80 if you watch for it.

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Made something similar to this today - going to try your ratios. Sounds good - cinnamon is an interesting addition. Do you add it for the taste or the health benefits?

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Hi Liz, definitely adding cinnamon for flavor!

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I have been lurking on this site for weeks and this will be my first post. I buy green smoothies all the time so to be able to make one was very gratifying!!! It was delicious and REALLY I will definitely make this again. I did not have chia seeds and used bottled lemon juice and it was still wonderful. My only question is whether or not this can be made ahead and stored for a day or two?

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Please disregard my question! I see its been asked and answered several times :-/ hehehe

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Hi Evita! Great to hear from you :) It's a great question. I am not a huge fan of green smoothies that have been made in advance - they just don't taste the same! It can be a nice idea to get all your ingredients ready the night before (chopped and ready to go inside your blender - but not actually blended yet). Then you could just blend real quick in the morning. :)

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Lynne

It's nice to hear Someone else starting like me! I just decided last weekend to make a green smoothie every morning now I've stumbled across raw receipes. I'm the only one in my house trying this hope I can find things I like.

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Lynne and Barbara, Just wanted to add that when you are starting something new (healthy eating) it is very wise to get into a groove and make the same thing (something that you like) again and again until you are sick of it - and then you can move on to something else. That way you don't feel unsure about what to make, especially in the morning when you are in a rush!

"Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going."

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I have been on green smoothies for just 5 days. I'm completely new at this. Then for lunch I have a completely raw salad, but continue eating with the family at dinner. Can't quite get my head around preparing a whole different meal. Although our dinner always had a big raw salad as part of it. This is my year for taking control back after some very poor eating over a few years. I'm excited by what I'm reading and trying. My raw crackers are in the dehydrator as I write. Thank you so much for your generous sharing. Looking forward to the journey.

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Hi Lynne, sounds like you are on a roll! Glad to have you here :)

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Hi! Just found this recipe and plan to try it for breakfast tomorrow. Was just wondering if there is a big downside to making this the night before? I know that with raw juice, "they" say that it starts to lose nutrients (or something) right away, so best to make it right before you drink it. But, I just can't seem to get it together enough in the morning, to prepare my breakfast and still get to work on time. So, I used to make my raw juice the night before, even though "they" said not to, because I figure it was better than not having it at all! But now I want to replace juicing with smoothies, so I was just wondering, for my own knowledge, if it's okay (or, okay enough) to make it the night before?

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Hi Jennifer, I am not concerned about the nutrient loss, but I do find that it doesn't taste as good the next day.  It might separate and need a quick blend in the blender to get back to normal.  One thing that you could try is one of my breakfast cereals instead - you can lay the dry ingredients out, and then just chop an apple and add milk to it in the morn. Hope this helps!

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Thanks for your speedy reply! I did make it the night before, and in the morning it wasn't so much separated as a little ... congealed. But I just stirred in some water and it was fine. Very tasty! I changed the recipe slightly ... only used one banana, and used a cup and a half of kale instead of spinach. So, maybe the congealing was due to that! But anyway, it was super tasty and I will definitely do it again. Thanks!

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CONGEALED is EXACTLY the way to describe it lol. As soon as I read what you wrote memories came flooding back to me lol! Glad it worked for you.

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I love your writing style. Your advice is so applicable. Great smoothie, I usually have my greens in juices but this is quite nice. I almost omitted the cinnamon but I like it!

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<3 Jennifer

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Why do you say to remove the pith of the oranges? That's the most nutritious part! ;)

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Hi Mike! You are right... It is the most nutritious part... but if your blender is crappy it might have difficulty blending up the pith :) If your blender is strong you're good to go though :)

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I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Do you have any advice for the recipes regarding eating for diabetes?

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I love your smoothie recipes, you have even inspired me to experiment making my own smoothies and I discovered that in green smoothies, cilantro is actually really tasty. makes everything tastes super fresh and clean. have you tried it?

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Mmm! I love cilantro, but I have never used it in a smoothie! Must try this. In fact, next year I really must grow cilantro in my garden, because it seems to be pretty expensive here. Thanks for the inspiration for my garden for 2013! I have done parsley in a green smoothie, I think this would probably be equally as good.

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I sometimes put a teaspoon of bee pollen in green smoothies, for protein. Can you think of any reason not to?

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I don't use it myself, but I don't see why that would be a problem. Some people would say that it is not "vegan" - also, you would want to be careful when serving to others because some people are allergic to it. Other than that sounds good to me!

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I made this for breakfast, and it was very yummy; but it wasn't as creamy as I had imagined. I forgot to add the chia seeds. Is that why it wasn't creamier? It still tasted very good, but I was just curious because I've never used chia seeds before.

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Yes, chia seeds are what make it "silky" (it's not really creamy, but it is smooth.) There is a difference in my mind :)

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I love smoothies, and am going to try this over the weekend. I am the kind of person that finds something I like and have no problem eating it every day. I hope this becomes my new breakfast staple.

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I am the same!

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I am the same! I will have the same thing every day for like a month, and then one day I go - nope, no more! And then I go on to the next thing :) And have that everyday for a long time

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What is your current breakfast staple? Is there another smoothie that you've moved on to for now?

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I am really budget-conscious right now and this is what I have most mornings. It's boring but it is pretty cheap and tastes good in my high-speed blender: 1 banana, 1 orange, 1 apple, romaine lettuce, water + 3 cubes ice. Plus, then I don't have to "think" about it

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That sounds like my kind of recipe... easy and with few ingredients. Thank you!!!

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Are the chia seeds supposed to be soaked first or added dry?

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dry

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I was told by my naturopath that chia seeds are only beneficial if you soak them..

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Hi Kirsten, you can soak them first if you like

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This is high points for one meal. Probably it would be okay if I eat a light dinner, or should I just use half of the recipe for breakfast? Do you recommend three squares a day or more meals?

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Eat when you're hungry. Eat healthy, whole plant foods. Done!

You need to eat this whole recipe for breakfast, otherwise you would be hungry again in 45 minutes!

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Your recipe sounds delish!
I love smoothies. I do, too, start my day with a glass of a green smoothie. Lately, for dinner there is a beet smoothie. It's not completely raw, though, as I steam the beet for a little. that way it's more sweet and very good in smoothies :)

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I am wanting to try to make this tomorrow am but I don't have any chia or hemp seeds, are they necessary or can I omit them ?? Thanks!

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not necessary, you can omit in this recipe

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Lovejuicing, buttime comsuming onmy schedule, will making smoothies cause me to gain weight, wanting to lose 40 lbs, just curious

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yes, sure. just make sure you are getting enough calories because if you don't eat enough it's not sustainable and you will crash.

I actually prefer smoothies over juicing because it's cheaper, quicker (less cleanup) and plus you get all the fibre etc of the fruit and veg

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I know the Vitamix is expensive. I have one but didn't buy it, it's a hand me down from my father in law. He bought it in 1991. Still going strong after 21 years. It is one of the old ones with a stainless steel container (I wonder why they don't make those anymore?).

If you can, it is really worth the investment. I use mine about 9 times a week.

21 years. What can you buy that will last 21 years?

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I just bought me some Garden of Life RAW Meal Replacement
Wish I would of bought it at the Garden of Life site instread of going to earth fare, it was almost 60 bucks for the same stuff.. i havnt tried it yet, but there is so many great benifits to it. Sounds so healthy. I think i am going to take your recipe for the green smoothie and add the raw meal replacement to it for breakfast... I am going to be a newbe at this going raw diet/lifestyle. I am so excited about it.. I just dont know what i am doing, lol...
Maybe you could list a couple of samples of what a typical day looks like.. umm an easy starter day for someone who doesnt have any kind of kitchen stuff except a crappy blender, lol.. You had sent me something on FB, but i seem to have lost it, so if you could help me out here, it would be awesome. thanks

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An investment on a Vitamix is so worth it. I bought mine used (it's a commercial style) in 1997 and it still works wonderfully! Save the money and invest in yourself!

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Amen Alexandra! <3

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I thoroughly enjoyed your podcast explaining how to make this smoothie. I don't have a Vitamix YET but I find green smoothies yummy. I like the the thicker texture actually. My teen dd helps me out and is brave with the veggies and adds many but hates the seedy nature of the smoothies when we add raspberries.

Looking forward to your future podcasts.

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Hi Lois, if you try strawberries instead they won't have that seedy texture. Thanks for listening!

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I love smoothies, especially green smoothies! They make me feel so healthy and I don't feel guilty about "snacking" on them. I try to take it a step further on the "greenness" by growing my own organic vegetables for the ingredients. I'm going to try out your recipe within the next week. Yay for new recipes!

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Great! Let me know what you think. :)

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Walked in today and found washed organic baby kale in a large bag @ Costco for 4.49!!! Miracles do happen :)

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Yay for miracles!

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Wonderful Smoothie ideas! and don't forget the protein ! Especially for Breakfast ! I love Dales Raw Protein!

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Never heard of Dale's raw protein - I'll have to look into it

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Costco is a great place to get your organic greens for smoothies if there is one close to you. They don't have kale :( but young mixed greens and baby spinach are very affordable there.

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Thumbs up :)

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Hi!
I have just made your green smoothie, I substituted the chia seeds (I didnt have any) for hemp instead. It is soooo good.
I will make more of your recipes, keep posting.
Heres to our good health!!

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Good substitution :) Hemp seeds would make it nice and creamy, I should think

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I am a very tentative beginner but I do have a vita mix! Where do you get fresh greens in January in Canada? I live in Washington State and it is tough enough here! And the next question is how can one afford it?

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Sigh - I know they are expensive :(

I don't get any local greens in Jan - unfortunately. All my organic produce comes from big grocery stores at this time of year

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Best.Smoothie.Ever.

Wasn't sure about the cinnamon but it rocked my world :) I replaced the water with fresh OJ. Will be writing about it on my blog!

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:)

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So, I'm preparing for my transition to 100% raw in feb. I decided to use this recipe as my first homemade green smoothie. I forgot to add the cinnamon, and dont have chia seeds, and was worried how my blender would handle it...My goodness it is soooo good! super smooth and silky and yummy! Not as pretty as yours but its close! Can't wait to do more of your recipes!

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I like the green smoothies too …and I too don’t have a vita mix yet ! But I found that juicing my greens first and then adding them to my blender with the other ingredients works great!

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That's a great idea as a temporary measure Holli. Thank you for sharing. I don't even have a juicer so I think you're off to a great start :)

However, I do imagine that you'll find it far less time consuming once you can do it all in one step with a high speed blender.

Keep up your enthusiasm! Talk to you soon and bye for now

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I am allergic to bananas and they make me so sick! Any suggestions for alternatives that will give you the same creaminess!

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Try 1 avocado instead of the bananas

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We change the smoothies up depending on what organic foods are available, but mostly it's apple, carrot, celery. Some common vegetable additions could be any of cucumber, kale, chard, collard. Some common fruit additions are cranberries, blueberries, pear.

A really strange combination I discovered out of desperation was celery plus pineapple. Equal amounts of each. So strange! Yet refreshing, and treat-like.

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Celery + pineapple - never tried that one but it sounds like it WOULD be very refreshing!

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My (and my whole family's) fave green smoothie to start the day is in the Vitamix blend together
2 cups of fresh carrot and beet juice (takes extra time but you are worth it)
1 avacado
BIG handfuls of kale, chard, broccoli etc from garden
a couple of dates
some hemp hearts
frozen fruit of choice, for me frozen organic grapes
Sooooooo good.

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Mmmmmmm frozen grapes, I could never put them in a smoothie b/c I love them too much as they are! :)

Sounds yummy Liz, thx for sharing. That fresh carrot/beet jc sounds good too.

Believe it or not I don't have a juicer. I am scared because they seem time consuming to clean

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Green smoothies really rock! I've been drinking one everymorning for more than 5 years and love the way they set me up for a great day. I mix up the greens and fruit with the seasons and never get tired of them. They are so easy and loaded with nutrition. If you're not already enjoying green smoothies I recommend you give them a whirl. Cheers!

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Wow, after 5 years and you're still not sick of them! I think what's great about them is switching up the flavors a bit so it's not the same every time.

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I'm about to transition to a vegan and part-raw lifestyle, but don't have the cash to drop on a high-speed blender right away. Do you think using a food processor to make smoothies would be better than using my regular speed blender?

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A friend of mine gave me a Ninja. My smoothies come out a bit grainy, but my Ninja blends anything from ice cubes to nuts to kale without complaint.

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Awesome Troy! Smooth smoothies are the best :)

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I know I am about two years late, but the nutribullet is great and not too expensive.

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Sarah, fortunately I had a pretty good income tax refund and was able to purchase a vitamix, however, I might suggest that you start off with a nutribullet. I saw it compared against the vitamix and it did a decent job. I think you can purchase one for about $100 and you can probably break up your payments in 3rds.

I can guarantee you that a regular blender will absolutely not work...been there done that. Since the nutribullet is smaller, you will have to either make a smaller batch or blend ingredients separately though.

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I LOVE my Nutribullet@! I have begun walking (tip-toeing) down the path of raw food-dom and my Nurtibullet@ hasn't let me down. I juice two meals daily and it has blended all the greens perfectly! I tend to like the pulp a bit, it makes for a fuller stomach! :)
My only issue, the Nutribullet is small, and it often takes me alittle longer to juice in bulk. I try to juice that night, for breakfast and lunch (mason jars, RULE)!

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I couldn't afford a Vitamix, So I invested in a Ninja 1100 its awesome ans works great!. Im in Canada, but they r much cheaper in the States.

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I always use a cheapo blender for my smoothies as I can't afford to buy a good one, like a vitamix. I blend my smoothie until it is a creamy green using almost the same ingredients as this one. You can use a cheapie blender but it will not last for very long, maybe 3 months. I plan on buying a Ninja. They have 1000 watts of power, and are about a hundred dollars at Target HTH!

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Cheapo blender is certainly better than nothing! I did burn out a few of my cheapos before getting a VM

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Try freecycle or craigs list free, ebay or other auction sites.
I got a champion juicer from freecycle last year, delivered to my kitchen counter. They weigh 45pounds. My motto is: nothing ventured nothing gained. Be patient and repost several times,
have fun playing with raw foods
Becky

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I bought a stainless steel, hand blender by Cuisinart. It does a really good job especially if you blend in a deep container. It allows you to really churn up the stuff so that your smoothie actually comes out smooth. I use the blade attachment - not the whisk. I think they're about $40 and it's also great for blending soups, etc.

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I also have the Cuisinart hand-held immersion blender that I bought to puree soups. It is a treasusre ar that price! But I did not think of using it for smoothies; thanks I will try your suggestion.

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I also have a green smoothie every morning and do not have a high speed blender. It does a decent job on the texture. It doesn't look quite like Laura Jane's, but you're definitely not getting chunks of greens in your mouth. I have had an twice where I used collards or kale as the greens, and the thicker stems got caught and the blender started smoking. Never had an issue with spinach though.

A fav of mine is: 3/4 C each of pineapple and dark cherries (fresh or froz), 1C nut/seed milk (almond, hemp, flax..) 1 C water, cinnamon, splash of vanilla, & 2 handfuls of greens. (optional additions are 1 t spirulina, wheatgrass shot, ground flax, salba seeds, chia seeds, a little stevia to taste...you get the idea. Anything goes!) Enjoy!

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OK, wow that cherry pineapple one sounds to die for. But expensive I bet! But super deelish

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Hi Sarah,

No, do not use a food processor--food processors should be used for dryer stuff. Do try your regular blender. It'll probably be fine, it just won't be as nice and smooth :)

I do understand not being able to afford a high-speed. They are expensive!!

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When I first got my high-speed, I purchased a refurbished one from their website. It even came with a warranty:) I have had it for 7 years and still love it. Sometimes the big warehouse stores will have a great sale for a package deal.

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