Smoothy Thursday!

by Susan on August 27, 2009

 

Turn on the TV, pick up a magazine or newspaper and you can’t help but read something about how unhealthy our eating habits have become. More and more people are recognizing that a diet of processed, highly sugared foods are much less than ideal. Adding more veggies and fruits is the number one suggestion for improving our diet!

As we transition to a healthier diet, one of the goals should be to make sure you eat your “good foods” first. The theory being that if you start with the cupcakes, you will fill yourself up and never get around to the healthy foods, depriving your body of the needed nutrients, setting up conditions that can allow weight gain and disease to occur. The easiest way to add those fruits and veggies are green drinks and fruit smoothies.

I drink one for breakfast every morning! I get a great boost with nutrients that energize me. I also get a good start on my servings of fruit or veggies, making sure that those good nutrients are coursing through my blood stream! Recently, I ran out of smoothy ingredients for a couple of days. I noticed a huge difference in energy level, mental clarity and attitude.

Today’s raw food recipe is a great mixture of spinach, carrots, cucumbers and a few more ingredients to make it especially tasty and refreshing!

Good Morning Green Drink

Serves 2

  • 2 C Spinach
  • 1 1/2 C Grapes
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2″ piece of ginger
  • 1 Stalk Celery
  • 2 Dates
  • Handful Ice
  • 1/2 to 1 C Water

Combine all ingredients in blender or Vitamix. Start with 1/2 cup water and add more to desired thickness. Blend until smooth.

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Trevor September 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Looks delicious. Does it matter whether you use red or green grapes?

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Susan September 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

No…you can use either! The red might be a little sweeter than the green.
-Susan

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Beth October 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I struggle with a breakfast choice that I feel good about… How much does this make? Is this just for one person?

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Susan October 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I can drink a whole one but it is a lot. You could easily have breakfast for two with this one.

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Stephanie April 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

How many hours does this drink hold you for?
I need something very filling in the mornings, something that keeps me going 3 hours

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Susan April 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Stephanie, everyone is different. You will need to try it and see how your body responds to it. It keeps me happy until lunch.

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Cari April 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Green smoothies are my new obsession. I was a HUGE oatmeal fan for years. I had finally found something that sustained me for more than 30 mins. I LOVED my oatmeal. Then I found out I was allergic to gluten, had to find gluten free oatmeal. Then found raw. I honestly didn’t know if I could say goodbye to my good friend oatmeal.
But I did it! =) I will try this yummy recipe tomorrow. I love my vitamix!
Just to mention about green smoothies holding you over. For me – I have a big appetite and as I mentioned oatmeal was the only thing that stayed with me long enough.
I’ve switched to green smoothies 3 weeks ago. My stomach, appetite has adjusted. At first I made a huge batch (3 glasses from breakfast until a salad for lunch) and sipped it as the morning went on. Now I’m drinking less (2 glasses). It seemed like so much to me visually but I realized its not a lot of calories. I kind of had to give myself permission to drink as much green smoothie as I wanted.
Now I’m hoping to buy a juicer to give my body the break from digesting all the fiber. =)

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valerie May 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

can you juice this or do you have to blend it? I am dealing with some serious IBS issues so am trying to juice more than blend. Will it still give me the nutrients I want?

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Uschi June 17, 2010 at 3:14 am

I have read that it takes different digestive juices to break down veggies and fruit and is, therefore hard on the digestive system to combine them in the same meal. What have you found out in your research?…..Thanks for the inspiration, I just stayed up way past my bedtime because I couldn’t stop printing off the recipes to start trying them out tomorrow. I guess that’s what afternoon naps are for.

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Susan June 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

Greens are different than veggies. The same rules don’t apply.

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Leslie August 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

Do you find a vitamix essential to green smoothie making? I have been making them in my regular kitchen aid blender. I find the that consistency turns out fine for me. I have read that the vitamix actually breaks down the cell wall of fruits/veggies/greens and makes them more digestable. Not sure if this was just advertizing hype or not? I would love to purchase a vitamix but they are a huge investment. Trying to save up my pennies!

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Susan August 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Personally, I would have a hard time doing what I do with out a high-speed blender. I never had much luck with normal blenders.

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Sheila September 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I LOVE MY VITAMIX! Vitamix is necessesary for the best green smoothies. Especially if you have kids, they don’t like to see chunks of what they are drinking. We love making soups also, no pots to wash. I have had mine for 3 months and use it multiple times daily.

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shanon November 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

My parents had a vitamix from 35yrs ago that my sister still uses to this day. I have had mine for 10yrs and use it multiple times a day and especially during canning season as you don’t have to sieve your fruits. Love it for making smoothies! I measured the money issue to my friends purchases of blenders. She almost matched 1/2 of my purchase price of $450.00 with the amount of blenders she burned up with in 6yrs of my owning mine. She now owns a vitamix and we joke that if our houses were burning down… we would forget the scrapbooks and take our vitamixers. Anyhow, I believe that it has been my best appliance purchase yet and is used more than my oven. Good luck!

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Erin August 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

My one year old sucked this down! I hardly got to taste it myself. :)

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Corinna January 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

This looks great, but I’d really like to have more protein for breakfast. Can you suggest something to add to this smoothie that’s high in protein? Eggs and my chocolate protein mix might be kinda gross!

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Susan January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

You could try nuts or chia seeds. Cheers!

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Linda Gillette February 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hi Susan. What is classified as greens that can be mixed with fruits for a morning green smoothie. I try to follow the proper food combining program so I have stuck to just fruit in a.m. but find that I tend to forget about making a green smoothie later on.

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Kelly February 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Should the cucumbers be peeled? I know the skins of fruits and vegetables can be the most nutritious, but other times taste horrible.

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Susan February 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Kelly, completely optional. If you do use them make sure you have organic. Cheers!

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Kelly February 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Thanks! It’s completely delicious, I’m drinking it now! It has such a nice light flavor. I mostly taste cucumber and ginger. I hate vegetables and this is delicious. I’m so excited to drink this every morning. I didn’t have dates so I put a few chunks of pineapple to sweeten it instead. There weren’t any green grapes at the store so I got the red grapes which make the smoothie more brown and gross looking, but also makes it less bitter. Thanks for this awesome recipe :]

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Kerstin March 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

Any thoughts on the food combining questions?? I just discovered your website through a friend and can’t wait to give my Vita Mix a good workout tomorrow!! How do you think silken tofu would be for added protein?

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Susan March 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

I don’t worry about food combining when doing raw with greens. Also, I can’t comment on the tofu as this is a raw site and tofu is not raw. I would suggest doing some research on soy and deciding based on that. Cheers!

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Bethany Keenan June 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

How many calories are roughly in these? I read online that some green smoothies are around500 calories, thats not right is it?

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Susan June 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This smoothie has 110 calories per serving. How many calories a smoothie has completely depends on what ingredients are in it. Cheers!

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Sarah July 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I’m allergic to celery :(

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Susan July 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

So, don’t put the celery in! Cheers!

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Becky August 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

Wow! How exciting to find you! I followed a link on Pinterest! I am working on becoming raw again, and can’t wait to try this! I always juiced carrots to start off my morning, but would much rather blend, and have carrot juice only a few days a week!

Can’t wait to browse your blog some more!
Blessings,
Becky

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Dee Batis October 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I use coconut water when making my drinks – tastes so much better than plain filtered water! But I’ve found that I need to use much more water than this (& other) recipes on this site call for. Especially with the large amount of greens. I use a Vitamix – Any comments?

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Susan October 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

If you like your smoothies thinner, or find you need to add more water, please do so! Cheers!

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 1:06 am

If you were to use a different fruit than grapes, what would it be?

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Becky F. November 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

I’d used my Magic Bullet for a LONG time and now using the NutriBullet. Main reason for not juicing is we are travelling in our motor home and just don’t have the space for one. I put a wide variety of greens (or raw beet) and fruits in my morning smoothie/shake. In addition I put chia seeds, flax seed, brewers yeast, turmeric, cinnamon, dash of cayenne pepper and ground citrus peel and/or shaved frozen lemon. I eat my walnuts, etc. thru the day as snacks. I eat the crunchy veggies/fruits, i.e. carrots, celery, apples, as snacks too. Then for evening I have my meat protein, chicken or fish, sweet potato and other veggies, i.e. cabbage, beets, etc. All of this due to finding out I needed to be gluten free, dairy free and soy free. People ask me what’s left to eat? There is plenty of healthy fresh food if you look for it. God only gave us one body and He expected us to take care of it. You are so right that there is more and more every day helping us to be more aware of our health. Thankfully so. Thank you Susan for all your ideas. To all your readers: Be creative; it’s fun!

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Erica January 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

Just started the raw food diet, and had to improvise a little this morning based on the ingredients i have in stock. It turned out great! I used the celery, spinach, an apple instead of the grapes, the carrots, ginger, pure vanilla extract, and raw honey, water and ice.

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