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In praise of green smoothies

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Brunneria, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Hi,

    Some of us have been chuntering about green smoothies quite a lot, lately.
    So I thought I would start a thread about them, to avoid derailing others. :D

    Green smoothies are endlessly variable, but they are basically a fruit smoothie combined with mild tasting green leaves and veg. Normally the fruit would spike a type 2s blood glucose, but Many ppl have found that by combining with the veg, it keeps BG nicely low (your mileage may of course vary).
    Test your own BG reaction to any green smoothie before deciding it is appropriate for you!
    It may be necessary to avoid the sweeter tropical fruit (I usually use berries).

    Please post any green smoothie related recipes, idea, experiences and BG levels... :happy:

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    http://delishknowledge.com/mix-match-green-smoothie/

    http://www.greenthickies.com/how-to-freeze-spinach-for-your-green-smoothie/

    http://tabletonic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/how-to-make-perfect-green-juicesmoothie.html

    http://www.oatmealinmybowl.com/the-kitchen/30-delicious-green-smoothie-recipes/

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  2. pavlovsdog

    pavlovsdog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is one of @Rose28's:

    Here's one of many variations of my delicious green smoothie.

    Anti inflammatory Pineapple, Almond, Green Smoothie

    1 cup of almond milk or coconut water
    1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
    Handful of spinach
    Handful of kale, stalks removed as they can be bitter
    1/2 courgette
    1/2 dessert spoon each of chia seeds, flaxseeds and coconut oil
    1 inch piece of ginger
    Pinch of cinnamon

    Add liquid to blender, top up with rest of ingredients and blend for about 45 seconds or until smooth. Timing will depend on your type of blender.
    I love cold smoothies so I usually add a few ice cubes into the glass

    Enjoy
     
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  3. pavlovsdog

    pavlovsdog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And another from @Rose28 :)

    Here's some ideas to make green smoothies, I thought I'd start off by posting a few ingredient ideas that I've tried. I'm no expert and I'm learning all the time  So please feel free to add whatever takes your fancy and agrees with your blood sugars. I try and stick to 80% vegetables & 20% fruit ratio, and find this does keep blood sugars within range. However, I have experimented with 60:40 ratio and it all depends on choice of ingredients as to whether this causes a spike or not... So please test test test.
    Eg 1 orange in a green smoothie spikes me but might not effect someone else's blood sugars! Yet I'm ok with banana, pineapple and coconut!
    I know it's weird!!! 

    Green Smoothie Ideas

    Liquid
    1 cup or 250ml of unsweetened almond milk or water or coconut water
    Adjust liquid amount to your desired consistency.

    Choose a minimum of 3 from this list
    Handful spinach
    Handful kale... remove stalk they can be bitter
    1/2 courgette
    1/2 cucumber
    Few romaine lettuce leaves
    1 peeled carrot, chopped up
    1/2 pepper
    1 celery stalk
    1/2 avocado
    Tomato

    Choose maximum of 2
    1 pear
    1 Apple
    1 peach
    1 nectarine
    1 cup of any berries, fresh or frozen eg, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries
    1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
    1/2 banana fresh or frozen
    1 cup any melon

    Next some Optional extras.

    1 teaspoon Chia seeds
    1 teaspoon Flaxseeds
    1 teaspoon Coconut oil
    1 teaspoon Fresh ginger
    Small piece of lemon
    Small piece of fresh aloe vera gel
    Few Mint leaves
    Few parsley leaves
    Few coriander leaves
    Few ice cubes

    Then Sprinkle on some optional spices

    Turmeric
    Cinnamon
    Nutmeg
    Mixed spice

    Add liquid to blender, top up with your chosen ingredients and blend till smooth.
    Times will depend on your blender but about 45 - 60 seconds, should be suffice.

    I'd love to hear about your green smoothie combinations, what ingredients work in our favour and which don't.

    Enjoy

    Thanks Rose!
     
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  4. Rose28

    Rose28 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What a fantastic idea! I'd better get typing up some recipes then! :D
     
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  5. Rose28

    Rose28 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @pavlovsdog Thank you for searching for the recipes and posting them here... You're a star! xx
     
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  6. pavlovsdog

    pavlovsdog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No probs, I kept them so I could try them out. Hope you don't mind me reposting your posts
     
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  7. Rose28

    Rose28 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lol... No of course I don't mind ... You did me a favour ... Saved me searching for them! :happy:

    I made two different smoothies today and blood sugars behaved very well.... 6.7 this evening :happy::joyful:
     
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  8. pavlovsdog

    pavlovsdog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Excellent! We need more recipes!
     
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  9. dawnmc

    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine every morning is a variation of:
    Kale
    Spinach
    Cucumber
    Celery
    Half an avocado
    Blueberries
    Chia seeds
    Hemp seed
    Cacoa powder
    Goji berries
    Walnuts
    Whizz in my Nutribullet, and slug back.
     
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    Susikav Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Excellent idea! Today:

    Kale, from my garden so tender, stalks perfect...
    Romain, from my garden...
    4 large strawberries...
    Small handful blueberries
    1/2 stick celery...
    Small baby marrow, peeled...
    Chia seed...
    Flax seed milled...
    Cinnamon..
    Super Greens...
    Turmeric (for the immune system)...
    Coconut milk and water...
    ...and it might need sweetener for some people...
    Whiz in the Bullet...
     
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  11. Arab Horse

    Arab Horse Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for this thread. My daughter-in-law has a juicer ((Cookworks) which she bought and has only used a couple of times, for the last three years it has just sat in the cupboard, so she is giving it to me; I just have to find the time to go and get it when they are at home. She doesn't usually keep the instructions so won't have any recipes with it but now I can rely on you lot!
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Please can you let us know which smoothie machines you
    all use and prefer ?
    I am looking at acquiring one .
    Want an easy to clean one and not a bulky one .
    As limited kitchen surface space .

    Would appreciate all your tips/advice on this .
     
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  13. Susikav

    Susikav Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nutri Bullet - brilliant - you get a milling blade too, for your chia and flax seed, or almond flour production... Happy smoothie making... :)
     
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  14. dawnmc

    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have the Nutribullet, got it off ebay for £59, its just a quick sluice under the tap to clean it.
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Cool idea using ebay to find one cheaper :cool::woot:
    Never thought of this .
    Thanks for both of your replies @dawnmc and @Susikav

    I will look at the Nutribullet - it can blend as well as make the smoothies ?
     
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  16. Rose28

    Rose28 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I bought a Blendtec, gets used daily for smoothies, making almond milk, butters, dips, sauces ... List goes on...
    Washes out easily but the only disadvantage I've found is that ... It is very loud
     
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  17. Brunneria

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    I use a Vitamix.
    Not cheap understatement of the year!
    But it is fantastic - see this thread

    But I've heard that the Nutribullet is an excellent option, and takes up less counter top...

    Basically you are looking for a blender powerful enough that it pulverises the fruit and veg.
    Vitamix make a big thing about their uber horsepower motor and blunt blades, which smash the cell wall to release every last bit of nutrition. No idea if that is a valid claim, but a proper green smoothie should be velvety smooth and have a bit of froth on top. Floaty bits, whole seeds and lumps mean your blender just doesn't cut it.
     
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  18. Susikav

    Susikav Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It is very powerful and can do most things... crush ice etc... :)
     
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    Susikav Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You make almond milk? Wow, how? They're all loud... :)
     
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    Really crush ice too ? :wideyed:
    Ooh I must get one for sure now .
    Love drinks with crushed ice in them plus lemon slices in . :)
     
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