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by Liz on 04.09

We made a quick transition from fried eggs and buttered toast to smoothie breakfasts. Not a tough switch for me. When it gets warmer out, I crave fruity, light foods. However, I think Josh fancies himself some sort of lumberjack and doesn’t enjoy breakfast unless it comes with a side of heart failure.

Alas, I’m inexperienced in the smoothie realm. Fruit + pineapple juice + a spoon of Greek yogurt in a blender is the extent of my expertise. I know that means they’re probably not terrific health-wise, but have you ever heard of someone having a heart attack from some fruit and yogurt? Didn’t think so. Which means we’re doing just fine, in my book.

I hear people adding things like wheat germ and kale and spinach (to fruit smoothies? is this really a thing?), but I think maybe that’s just crazy talk. Hippies.

Anyone have any good tips or a fabulous smoothie that I must try RIGHT NOW?

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Lauren says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:04 am

Frozen fruit, orange juice, banana. I don’t like yogurt in them, but that’s just me. Did you know that they don’t seem to have frozen fruit in Scotland?!?! Maybe they think it’s cold enough here already…

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Rachelle says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:33 am

I don’t know how it is in a smoothie, but I have a juicer and I usually do kale or spinach, 1 cucumber or zucchini, 2 carrots and 2 apples. Sometimes I’ll switch out a beet for 1 of the apples or toss in some berries. I think the carrots and apple tend to overpower the taste of the green stuff so it mostly tastes like fruit. My juicer was only $30 so it’s not a huge investment if you’re interested in trying it out.

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Lauren says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:39 am
faith says:
Apr 9, 2012 7:28 am

put that kale in those fruit smoothies with a healthy dose of frozen fruit! you won’t taste it, promise. start with a little and slowly put in more as you get used to greens in your smoothie. also, any greens will work.

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soleil says:
Apr 16, 2012 12:24 pm

Faith is right about the taste. All you taste is fruity goodness.

I tried green smoothies for the first time last year, quite dubiously I might add. But it’s so true. the fruit covers the taste of the veg, and you are packing a ton of energy boosting nutrients in with your healthy dose of fruit.

I like to make mine with kale + frozen mangoes + frozen bananas + frozen pineapples + a little bit of orange juice.

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Tory says:
Apr 9, 2012 7:32 am

I usually add a handful of spinach to my smoothies, and you really can’t taste it, swearsies!

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Kerry says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:46 am

My usual is: yogurt, banana, peanut butter, milk, dash of honey.

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Emily says:
Apr 10, 2012 10:21 am

Mmm, yes, peanut butter in smoothies is my fave. My favorite combination: banana, strawberry, blueberry, milk/yogurt, peanut butter, maybe whey protein powder and honey. This is making me hungry.

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Maggie says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:47 am

I keep feeling like we’re supposed to be eating green smoothies… but the one time I tried, it was a disaster (the kale taste was so strong, I spit it out). We usually eat homemade granola/fruit/yogurt or oatmeal w/fruit/nuts for breakfast, and like you said, maybe not *optimal*, but also not terrible.

I do throw a couple of Tbsp. of wheat germ into my oatmeal (and it’s in the granola, too) and I don’t taste it all.

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Beth says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:58 am

We enjoyed watching the documentary “fat, sick and nearly dead” which prompted me to juice carrots and green apples for awhile.

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Kathleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 9:35 am

Celia posed this question a while back on her blog and there were a lot of great suggestions. (I can’t really remember them all!) Ooh – and check out My New Roots. She has a great recipe or two. And spinach is great – there’s not a taste like there is with kale.

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Amanda May says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:10 am

I usually do yogurt, juice, frozzen fruit and a bit of honey. Sometimes add in some kale if we have it, as long as its not wilted it blends in really well and I don’t even notice the taste. Lately, due to pregnancy, I’ve had to add in whey protein powder, so to overcome the taste of that I use frozen cranberries, greek yogurt, lemon juice, and a bi of orange or cranberry juice. Not too bad really.

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Liz F says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:20 am

I’ve outed myself already as a lover of Joy the Baker. She’s got several yummy smoothies.

http://joythebaker.com/?s=smoothie

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Kathleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 3:22 pm
Maggie says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:08 pm

Btw, have been meaning to try this recipe sometime… http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/13/classic-green-monster/

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nikki says:
Apr 10, 2012 10:55 am

this one is delicious! I make it all the time. and when I don’t have the extra stuff like whey and chia seeds, I just throw whatever fruit I have in the house (fresh or frozen) in the magic bullet with a couple handfuls of spinach and a splash of milk (leaving out the nut butter also takes out a lot of calories)

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Colleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:04 pm

I typically do some fruit (fresh or frozen, depending on what we have around), Greek yogurt, milk & spinach. I swear I can’t taste the spinach. Smoothies are like a miracle-cure for my 19-month old’s sudden-onset aversion to fruit.

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Katie Jane says:
Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

So I am one of those crazy people that puts spinach in my smoothie every morning, and I promise promise promise you won’t taste it. I put handfuls of baby spinach in, and you would never know if not for the green coloring of the smoothie. My usual is baby spinach + banana + frozen mango + frozen peach + vanilla soy milk + tiny tiny tiny splash of OJ for flavor (maybe a tablespoon). It’s sooooo good and it makes me feel good.

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Jenny says:
Apr 12, 2012 7:31 pm

I’m also one of the crazies that puts spinach in fruit smoothies! My favorite is 3 cups spinach + 1 banana + 1 Tbsp. flax seed + 1/2 C. greek yogurt and a splash of whatever juice I have on hand to thin it out. I add other fruit whenever it’s in season (lately strawberries). I promise you won’t taste the spinach!

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