Just wanted to say "what they said."
My FAVS is fresh strawberries, a bit of banana and some yogurt. I'm going to try strawberries, kiwi and yogurt later this week. Not sure about the color it'll make. I'm guessing it won't be a color we'll ever see in a TB bag. I've juiced apples and carrots with a bit of ginger, that was yummy.
I too am having a bit of a hard time imagining what a green "shake" or "smoothie" or "blendie" would taste like; but I'd be willing to try one. Though I can see why a veggie shake would be better made in a VitaMix than a traditional blender. But VitaMixes are expensive: though aren't they made in the USA? In my birthplace of, Cleveland, Ohio (I think).
For a fruit/yogurt smoothie (fresh peaches direct from the orchard, organic nonfat Greek yogurt, and a splash of orange juice), which is how I've starting every morning this summer, I've gone through not one, not two, but three KitchenAid blenders. The second and third were courtesy of warranty replacements, but I finally decided to give up on them. I've tried inexpensive blenders, and they didn't blend well. Finally, I settled on the "beehive"-design Waring blenders, the kind with the heavy ribbed glass container shaped like a cloverleaf. I like them so much that I now have three of them (you know, in case the zombie apocalypse). You can still find them on eBay.
Slightly OT, but may I just say: I love this forum (and all its members)!
My father's 50's vintage Waring was going strong in the early 90's. It went to a friend. I've had mine for 15 years and its still going strong as well. I suspect its got another thirty years in it. They are a bit pricey but well worth it.
Kimberly Snyder's (this is a link!) Glowing Green Smoothie recipe is a good one to start with. It has a refreshing, light taste. If you make too much to drink in one sitting, pour the rest into ice cube trays, freeze, then pop the cubes out and put them in zip-lock baggies back in the freezer. Blendie shake cubes are handy to have for days when you didn't make it to the store but still want a green drink.
All the fruit smoothies you guys make sound so good -- especially with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in season here.
today, i put into my juicer:
* 1 bunch of kale.
* 4 apples.
* 1 beet.
* 8 carrots.
* 1 tomato.
* 2 stalks of celery.
* a piece of ginger root.
besides being good for you and tasting good, the beets provide a lovely color to the juice.
i had a glass of it, and i couldn't believe how incredibly filling it was. i've also been having coconut water in the morning the last few days, followed by a big salad for my lunch as the next meal. so i'm also not used to having so much in the morning. the above made enough to fill the larger life factory bottle, plus probably a 16 oz glass. i know it's better to drink the juice right when you make it, but it's not practical for me to have a juicer at work. so i've made it and am taking it with me for the day.
actually, the best thing to do is to be able to harvest from the field or tree, bring into your home right away, wash, juice and drink right away! definitely something to look forward to if you have a vegetable garden and fruit trees in your yard or farm!
i remember have saag (mustard greens, similar to spinach) in india once. they had been harvested that morning. the preparation was flavorful, the spices weren't overwhelming. you could taste the natural flavor of the saag. i have never had anything quite as amazing as food prepared with freshly harvested ingredients!
I just realized that I never replied back to this thread! Anyway, I have tried the juicer with very good results. The green juice is very veggie and surprisingly good. After using the juicer several times, I decided that I would be better off with a blender because I was bothered by how much pulp was left over with the juicer and felt like I was wasting food.
So I took the leap and bought an Oster blender with a 500-watt motor to make green smoothies! The green smoothie is slightly different from the green juice recipe but still tastes good. I've been drinking these for breakfast for about a week and a half now and am surprised at how much better I feel. Though to be fair, I have been exercising more and am certain that is a contributing factor as well.
Bottom line - I highly recommend trying these green juices or smoothies. :-)
I like the term blendie, but I don't have a problem with the term smoothie, at least I didn't until I started to say it over and over pondering why it may not be a great word. Now I less than enjoy it..
I don't have a high powered blender. My blender is an attachment for my Bosch Kitchen Machine. It blends well enough for what I put into it. It handles ice nicely. I really love juice from my Breville Juice Fountain. When the fruit is ripe and full of flavor my taste buds are zinging from the notes in my fresh juice.
My favorites, grapefruit/orange and apple/carrot/celery/peach
My favorite greens to put in a smoothie right now: red romaine lettuce and radish greens
In case you're looking for more blender recipes.. this recipe for raw hummus from Kimberly Snyder is really good. I'm sure there's other great raw food/smoothie/juice recipes out there, but Snyder's are so simple and tasty I'm kinda sticking with them for now.
The title of this post should be "passionate about smoothies." Since when did "smoothies" become food? It's a drink.
Now, For us carnivores, let's talk about true food passions: a perfect Cassoulet or Bouillabaise from Southern France, BBQ in North Carolina, Prime Rib in Wyoming, Grilled Salmon in the Pacific Northwest, Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, Prosciutto di Parma, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Clotted Cream from England, New Zealand Lamb, Peking Duck, .....I could go on and on.
Anyone else want to contribute?
Any Vegans upset by my post have my humblest of apologies and are free to go back to their smoothies..... :)