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Hey bees! I am getting married in september and would like to be my healthiest. In addition to a fitness routine, I got a ninja blender for christmas, and would like to start making green smoothies as meal replacements/ diet supplements. Many women at my gym participate in this “trend” and have experienced improved skin, hair, mood, and energy.
Anyone have any great recipes or blogs you follow? Or success stories/ tips? I have seen that adding protein/ flaxseed helps?
I am looking to not only do this for appearance purposes, but for overall health.
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@Bridebee13: I have a ninja that i’ve only used once since my bridal shower haha. Eventually i’ll use it more I suppose. I’d like to hear different ideas about using the ninja too!
Post # 4
I’ve made them.
I usually just do one banana, 1/2 c yogurt, some liquid to thin it (some type of milk or fruit juice), and 1/2c-1c frozen fruit. You can do a regular smoothie like that or I add 1 or 2 c of green veggies (I used to do 1 c kale and 1 c spinach). You can’t really taste them. You could also skip the yogurt and do more of the liquid if you want as well.
That’s a pretty good general base to start with and then from there you can try doing other things like adding flaxseed (which I’ve done, but you have to watch how much you add).
FWIW I can use them to replace breakfast but they don’t really work for me as a lunch or dinnertime meal. I don’t know if I had any improved hair or skin (I eat well regularly) but eating healthy and exercising definitely improves overall health and energy levels.
Post # 5
frozen mango, 1-2 large kale leaves, and loads of spinach plus water.
i feel better when I drink this and crave it when I don’t.
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I agree about adding spinach in! I’ve added it into smoothies and baked goods and I don’t feel like it changes the flavors much. Adding protein powder would be a good idea to keep you full (and get you some more protein since most women don’t get enough).
Post # 8
I do a whole banana (unfrozen, but FI prefers it frozen), a cup of frozen strawberries or other berries, and water along with a handful of baby spinach that I tear into smaller pieces. I’m gradually increasing the amount of spinach I can handle. I have thrown ground flaxseed in there but I’m struggling with the texture change.
I love them for breakfast, but I’ve been waking up too late in the mornings to enjoy them – I’m hoping to get back into it after the holidays.
I haven’t seen any major results, but I do think they give me more energy and keep me full in the morning. I haven’t stuck with it consistently enough to see hair/skin changes.
Post # 9
@Bridebee13: yay for green smoothies! check out this website for recipes: http://www.simplegreensmoothies.com
The girls that run this site do a 30 day smoothie challenge and email you recipes and stuff. I love it.
Post # 10
The one I make is too low calorie to be a meal replacement, but it makes a great healthy snack! It’s just kale, ice, lemon juice, a quarter of an apple, and a Splenda packet.
I’d be careful with smoothie recipes for meal replacements, because many of them are high calorie and pure sugar! These can be delicious for a treat, but just because something has fruit and veggies in it doesn’t mean it’s healthy– for potential weight loss or just improved health and nutrient absorption, stay away from recipes with much fruit juice and high-sugar fruits like mango or banana. And if you’re using yogurt, be careful which ones!
A healthy smoothie that I love isnt physically green but does have greens in it– it’s blueberries, almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 1 Splenda, a handful of spinach (you dont taste it), and sometimes a little bit of Greek yogurt for thickness.
Best of luck and enjoy!
Post # 11
We do one banana, about two cups of spincah, one green apple, a cup of blueberries, some strawberries/mango/oranges if we have them and blend it with oatmeal, nut milk, water, and protein powder.
Then we split that in two mason jars and it becomes our breakfast.
Usually we try to make 8 smoothies on Sundays for 1 breakfast per person each weekday (with Fridays off)
I like them for breakfast because my stomach can be iffy in the mornings, the smoothie is really easy to digest.
Post # 12
I just got a Ninja for Christmas (the one with the motor on top) to go along with my smoothie kick that killed our old blender 🙂
I start with a little apple juice or cider (or, some water and a small apple with the stem removed- I don’t bother to take the core/seeds out), a small handful of almonds (helps hold off hunger), kale (I add lots and lots of kale), frozen fruit (I’ve used strawberries, pineapple, and mixed berries, and all work well, and you can make combinations too), and a banana. I like to add some chia seeds, but it does seem to dull the taste a bit, and I don’t mind the texture of drinking chia seeds, so I pour some in and give the blender a quick pulse to mix them more than blend them. I’ve used almond milk, but had to add some agave or honey to sweeten it up. Doesn’t happen with apple juice (or starting with an apple) though. I’m sure it’d be great with orange juice.
We have lots of mangos and I’m looking forward to giving those a whirl 🙂
Post # 13
@Bridebee13: My mom and I juice and we both have had a lot of success. My mom went on a juice kick and had just juice and smoothies and eating raw fruits and vegetables. She lost about 30 pounds in a month. I juice as well, and have lost about 20 pounds over 3 months from just replacing one of my meals with juice (usually breakfast) and having light dinners supplemented with smoothies. Juicing for me makes me have much less cravings and gives me really good boosts of energy. I recommend the book The Juice Bar. It has some really great recepies for amazing juices and smoothies. And juicing really isn’t just about losing weight, you will really feel healthier and your body will respond to all the nutrients your getting! My hair, nails and skin have never looked better. In regards to protein, I use raw protein powder and sometimes mix that in with my juice and smoothies. It’s pricey, but its organic and really fills you up.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@Bridebee13: I just got a Ninja too! I see it has those cool single-serve blender things. I prefer my cuisine hand mixer but maybe I will like the Ninja blender.
run about 15-16 miles, HIIT, spin, swim, weightlift.
DH and I LOVE a good clean shake. Here are our favorites:
- mango, banana, spinach, carrot, creek yogurt, berries, flaxseed BAM0 mango is key for smoothness
- milk, protein powder, banana, ice
- strawberries, cucmbers, spinach, flaxseed
I like vanilla soymilk or almond milk in mine, DH likes milk.
The possibilites are endless. Check out pinterest, though you don’t need a recipe! Just throw it all in there and add some agave nectar:
Post # 15
Oh!! I love my green smoothies 🙂
1ish frozen banana
1 cup of frozen pinapple/papaya/mango mix
1 or 2 dates (depending on how sweet I want it to be)
2 handfulls of greens (I find Kale has the sweetest taste and that spinich tastes more earthy)
1 cup of water
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@lealorali: possibly stupid question, but do you skin the cucumber before placing it in the smoothie? Thanks!