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    I dehydrate kale vs. blending it into juice. We love the kale chips!
    Turnips, I have only creamed. They were better the second day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post
    Please share your experiments with kale and turnip.

    What fruit or vegetable can be added to it to make a good looking juice or smoothie.

    Good looking to me means dark or light green with a purpleish hue but not anything in the mustard to brownish hue.
    I think dinosaur (aka lacinato) kale is the best variety for smoothies. Try kale, romaine lettuce, banana or pineapple, apple, and lime (unless you find lime adds bitterness). The romaine lettuce and lime cut the "grassy" taste. Go lighter on the kale until you develop a taste for it.

    As for turnips... for me, starchy vegetables make the most sense cooked or roasted. dorayme's creamed turnips sound really good!
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    Thanks both for your great ideas, much appreciated!

    What I am not fond of in kale is the texture, it very much feel like eating roughage, not much strong crunch like brocoli nor light and watery crunch like carrots or romaine lettuce.

    Thanks to both of your inpiration, we run out of greens quickly and there is a fierce competition between my husband and I about who will eat the most.

    Who would have thought?


    Dorayme, is it possible to make dry chips in the oven with a regular pan? I do hope I don't have to buy a dehydrator.

    Darcy, what color does the kale, banana and romaine lettuce end up looking like?


    bltkmt smoothie's picture is about right, green and fresh.

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    You can make chips in the oven, but I have only used a dehydrator. I can make a significantly higher quantity at once in the dehydrator than what would fit on my oven racks. That saves me time. From online reading, dehydrators preserve the color better and have a less baked taste. I think this is because most ovens are still hotter on their lowest setting than dehydrators.

    I also use our dehydrator for making fruit chips and leathers. I intend to also use it to aid in food preservation once I return to gardening, along with my MIL teaching me canning. FWIW, IMHO needing to buy a dehydrator isn't a bad thing. My inexpensive vintage round one died last time I made chips, so I'm getting an Excalibur as a Valentines day/early birthday present. It's on tomorrow's truck!
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    When using Kale, I always add pineapple to combat the slightly bitter taste. I've found that adding a combination of strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries gives you the darker green with a purple hue.
    This morning's smoothie was fresh squeezed orange juice, ground flax seeds, ground chia seeds, vegan protein powder, a banana, fresh pineapple, handful of kale, frozen mango, and frozen peaches. It turns out a fairly bright green color and we call it the Incredible Hulk smoothie at our house. That bright green color always makes me feel like it is super healthy and it tastes yummy!

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    Just got my new Vitamix last week!! This weekend I was knitting and stopped to make a green smoothie (romaine lettuce, frozen peaches, bananas) which turned out the same color as my wasabi stuff sack

    Good thing it tasted nothing like wasabi

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post
    Darcy, what color does the kale, banana and romaine lettuce end up looking like?
    Here's a photo of my kale, banana, apple, and romaine smoothie!

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    Sounds delicious...but looks like ecto-plasma...

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    Quote Originally Posted by julawils View Post
    Sounds delicious...but looks like ecto-plasma...
    Haha, it does. I made a smoothie today using mostly collard greens -- if ecto-plasma, it was definitely from a malevolent entity... :/
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    My local store has two kind of Vitamix: Vitamix® TurboBlend 4500 Blender and Vitamix® 1709 CIA Professional Series Blender.

    Which one did our forum members get? And would it be fine to use the non professional one just for one or two people?

    Any help is appreciated as this is the way I would have to get my vegetables from now on.

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    Keeping up with the Bihnses.....

    Got a Vitamix for our solar-powered company. (Ok, we're self-employed, and I work from home.) Should have gotten one years ago. Smoothie for lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TavaPeak View Post
    Keeping up with the Bihnses.....

    Got a Vitamix for our solar-powered company. (Ok, we're self-employed, and I work from home.) Should have gotten one years ago. Smoothie for lunch!
    Yeah!! Nice. What kind of smoothie are you making?

    Favorite current smoothie: parsley, cucumber, apple, bee pollen
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    Last week's lunch green smoothie combo was spinach or kale (I had both, so kept swapping out), cucumber, avocado, strawberries, pineapple, and mango. Absolutely delicious! My husband isn't so keen on the green part, so this week was peach, pineapple and mango for breakfast, with either plain Greek yogurt or strawberry flavored whey protein powder. YUM.

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    I keep a bag of kale in the freezer, and add frozen kale to my smoothies. No crunch at all that way! My favourite smoothie recipe is 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, 1 cup frozen berries, handful of kale, 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (or chia seeds or flax seeds), and water or juice. Planning on buying a Vitamix or Blentec blender soon but for now I'm just using a regular blender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nli View Post
    Hoping to bump this thread up to capture some more Vitamix tips, tricks and recipes anyone (esp the TB crew) might be kind enough to share! My daughter just bought one, loves it and I suspect one may be coming my way for a big birthday coming up soon. Thank you to all!
    Vitamix is totally worth every penny
    I sold some of my offhand designs bags for gift certificates to sur la table
    and hubs contributed a visa he got at work for working so hard then we contributed actual cash . He surprised me when I sent him out to get it and
    Got the stainless model with preset buttons as he knows I am mechanically worthless
    We love it and have taken it on two vacations to the beach
    Hubs and daughter prefer Fruit smoothies but since I was raised by a family cluster that had three gardens growing up - mine were all about veggies
    I grew up w 3 veggies at lunch and dinner They did what their grandparents did and each could drink 1/2 gal of milk a day - they lived to 88-100 - no broken bones for anyone in any of the families-
    Working in the garden kept them healthy
    I now sadly have lactose issues when I went 6 weeks without milk at hubs insistence I can still eat most white cheeses yogurt and cream cheese sour cream so that allows a lot
    The ratio of 60% fruit / 40% veggie seems to work
    You can reduce the fruit by adding real yogurt that has been frozen
    or sour cream
    Soak chia seeds until they swell up overnight so they don't take your hydration out as they go - good for endurance for long days
    Flax seeds get ground up and add pretty flecs and are good for so much
    For fun I make one with 3 bananas almond butter nice quality cocoa powder and lactose whole milk w honey dates and ice
    Like a Reece's peanut butter cup
    I save my fat cal for the real thing
    I can eat almost any lactose item if its paired w a starch
    Thx to my RD who tipped me off so I can avoid the three days of misery
    Peel your bananas and freeze so you don't have to use ice
    For storing we use 22oz Milk bottles from a local cupcake place
    That fit nicely in a yarn stuff sack w flex ice
    The life factory bottles. Hold a days worth on the go
    I gave my daughter and SIL a personal size one and they are looking for baby food recipes for next yr
    Great investment in your health
    Things we add
    Raw veggies and fruit
    Nuts and seeds
    Yogurt milk and coconut water almond milk and somedays lemonade
    Cocoa powder oats cooked and uncooked
    And bits of leftover cooked veggies
    Leftover spoonfuls of oatmeal quinoa brown rice
    Pineapple and citrus can take the bitter out of most greens but
    Nothing stops the peppery bitterness of mustard greens
    It is one of a small handful of foods that I have not learned to like
    Yes I have well passed the 60 x to trial it
    My mom and grandmother served greens 4/7 days yr round
    ( much to our dismay ) I came back to greens when oregnant when to my horror I actually craved them (iron Issue) hubs happily ate them as his granny had served them too but neither of us could get past the bitter peppery mustard green distinct taste
    That was long before the Vitamix
    I don't care for bitter but kale taste disappears w citrus
    The Vitamix has helped me get back to my veggie quota a day
    A true investment in your health
    Last edited by gulfcoastgal; 12-16-2014 at 07:43 AM.

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