By Marimara via the other older thread:
"So I have another question for the experienced raw foodies out there:
I've been reading more and more about the possible calcium blocking effects of the oxalic acid in raw spinach and about the thyroid suppressing qualities of the raw crucifers (broccoli, cabbage, and kale). I'm worried because I eat raw spinach or kale in a green smoothie 7 days a week. I have a goiter and nodules on my thyroid but my levels have always been normal. I haven't had my thryoid levels checked recently but I feel so tired and I'm wondering if it's the cruciferous veggies.
And any other ideas for good tasting green smoothies that don't have oxalic acid or thyroid suppressing qualities?
I've tried parsley and it was nasty. I've tried collards and it was nasty (I like collards cooked but it was gross in my raw smoothie). So far the only ones I like are kale and spinach. I still plan on adding them about 2x a week but I really like my smoothies in the morning. Maybe I'll just go all fruit in my smoothies 5 days a week.
I guess, bottom line is, I need to get more creative overall in my raw foods. I'm getting a new blender and food processor soon so maybe that will help things a bit. I'll admit, I've been relying on my green smoothie in the morning to "cover" my bases for green veggies."
I honestly don't know a lot about the thyroid issue, but I think cutting back on cruciferous veg a little couldn't hurt, and might lead to a little more variety in the veg department.
As far as the oxalic acid...do you have Victoria Boutenko's books, either Green for Life or Green Smoothie Revolution? If not, maybe the library has one. I've found them helpful for such questions. I believe she does stress the importance of rotating greens, at least one different one for every day of the week or something like that. I personally wouldn't do spinach and kale more than once a week each. I think if you like the taste of kale smoothies, you should like some other greens, too...cause Kale is strong tasting if you ask me!
Have you tried swiss chard? You could throw in a few mint leaves with it if you like. I can't believe you hated the parsley! that's like my all time favorite! haha Or maybe try the tender lettuces? I also like mache if you can get your hands on that.
How do you do with high fruit?
I could live on green smoothies. I even like spicy watercress in there. yum!