Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Greens

Like many of you, one of my thoughts for the new year (not resolutions, just good deeds and thoughts) is to be healthier, hit the gym and eat in a better way. I love chocolate, pasta and diet cokes way too much to go onto a diet and anyhow I wouldn't especially want to lose weight. So I decided to buy blender (love my Kmix Kenwood blender!) and start slowly juicing. Did you see my pinterest board? Lots of recipes there, with lots of greens and fruits. I'm not a greens fan, much less a spinach lover, but if so many other can do, so can I, or that's what I thought. And here is the first attempt!


unfortunately it didn't look anything like what I expected... and what is thats? Taste wise it was OK. No, it was not yummy, the spinach could be tasted slightly but powerfully (if that's even possible), the texture was all wrong, I think it was the frozen spinach, it was more like a thick cream and less like a juice, and the colour, well you can see it, bleh.
I know there are tons of recipes and it's very much a game of playing around with quantities, fruits, and vegies but please do share. What is your fave recipe? What are your tips for loving this?
Also, I froze the fresh spinach we bought in individuals freezer bags, so I can have it on hand anytime, is this a good idea? Do I need to add more water to break down the creamy consistency? Help friends! How do I make my juices look (and taste) that pretty?




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17 comments:

  1. I've only ever used fresh spinach and I've never had any problems with it, taste or texture wise. I find it to be almost tasteless in my smoothies, unlike kale or other greens. I love using frozen berries in my smoothies, and sometimes bananas. I do find using warm water helps blend frozen things, do maybe that might help frozen spinach?

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  2. ^ I also find that spinach tends to 'disappear' into smoothies. I prefer juicing over blending, but a 'normal' blend for me would be 1 banana, ~1-2 cups almond milk, ice, handful of spinach, drizzle of agave for sweetness. A pinch of sea salt also helps bring out flavors! I found Sarma's blog really inspiring when I first started making green smoothies: http://sarmaraw.oneluckyduck.com/

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    1. Thanks Cecelia, I will try and will check Sarma's blog too!

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  3. I make smoothies every day and use either spinach or kale, unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a splash of OJ, banana, and whatever fruit I have on hand (berries, peaches, mango, pineapple, etc). Smoothies are my favorite! I find that I never taste the kale or spinach....love how I can "sneak" dark leafy greens into my diet this way :).

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    1. Thanks Gina! I will have to try your recipe, I think I didn't use enough liquid hence the texture of mine, 2 cups of almond milk and OJ sounds lots better than 1/2 cup :)

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  4. I've only ever had it with fresh spinach so maybe the frozen spinach is the problem. Try fresh and let us know!

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    1. will definitely do! The only reason I froze the spinach is because I thought it would be more convenient, now it takes up most of my freezer and doesn't taste great!

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  5. I use fresh spinach and frozen bananas in my smoothies and you cant taste the spinach at all

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  6. were you trying to make a juice or a smoothie? smoothie wise- you may just need to let the blender run loner. juice wise- you'll need to buy an actual juicer! i love the breville! :)

    www.confessionsofacleaneater.blogspot.com

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    1. I was trying to make a smoothie, we have a juicer too but with the spinach I thought the smoothie consistency might work better.

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  7. I have yet to give these a try -- I just can't get over the spinach in the smoothie thing.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  8. I'll take mine minus the spinach. Can't have spinach on blood thinners, weird, huh? xo

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  9. Hi Helena! I love juicing and started it last new year. I have a Vitamix and have tried numerous ones. My favorite green one is Kimberley Snyders Glowing Green Smoothiehttp://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/ggs/. The fruit helps sweeten and the lemon balances out the green taste. I drink it almost every morning. I highly recommend it!

    Hope you are having a great start to 2013! xoxo

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  10. A lot of the pictures you have are of juices, not smoothies. You have to have a juicer for that. And honestly? Juicing takes away a lot of the nutritional value (takes away all of the fiber, so you don't feel full when drinking it). Smoothies are definitely not at pretty, but they're better for you!

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  11. Ew, I could not handle the spinach, no way!

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  12. Hello! I put spinach or kale in most of my smoothies. I also put my kale in the freezer only because I never use a whole bag of kale before it goes bad! I cut up bananas into thirds and freeze them in ziploc bags, they're good for making your smoothies nice and cold and thick. Usually I put 2 peices of banana, a small handful of spinach, five berries (I buy berries in the summertime when they're cheaper, and freeze them) then about 150-200ml of milk/almondmilk/soya milk/water/any other liquid. Sometimes I add canned fruit like apricots or pears. I also add baobab powder which is a superfood and super duper antioxidant, and sometimes I add spirulina. Sometimes I also add honey, or peanut butter, or ice, or anything really! From a crazy smoothie lady.

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  13. I also love to use kale and spinach in my smoothies but I NEVER use frozen! Gross. Real Simple.com has many great recipes and one of my favorites is:
    a half cup unsweetened apple juice
    a couple ice cubes
    3/4 cup fresh spinach or kale
    half a banana
    one chopped celery stalk
    1 tablespoon of lemon juice
    Blend until smooth.
    or 1 cup h20
    1 banana
    1 cup frozen berries
    1 cup fresh spinach
    blend until smooth
    Look up the nutritional value of kale- it is amazing!

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