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Green smoothies?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I typically put in spinach, berries, banana and Laban but currently all the grocery stores are out of spinach. Are there there any other greens that would work just as well. What else do you put in your smoothies.
post #2 of 23
Spiralina( sp is wrong) you can buy it in powder form. I put it in my smoothies all the time!
post #3 of 23
Hi,

I've always drank green smoothies, and this may sound obvious, but if it green put it in your smoothie (cucumber, broccoli, celery, kiwi etc). But Kaley (curly cabbage) is about the best ingredient for a green smoothie, its a good replacement for spinach and i would say better vitamin wise.

Hope you find Kaley a good replace or the shops have spinach back in stock soon.
post #4 of 23

I always used a mixed organic green when I couldn't get spinach :) From what I understand, uncooked spinach isn't absorbed well in the body, so I perfer to eat my spinach cooked!

post #5 of 23
I use kale in my green smoothies and I sometimes use spinach. Sometimes I throw in other veggies such as carrots or cucumbers. Avocados are yummy in smoothies, too. I add spirulina when I have it and I always use flax seed meal.
post #6 of 23

Mmmmmm.  I just made such a delicious smoothie:  1.5 cups packed baby kale, cashew/oat mixture soaked for a few hours, mango, and berries with rice milk.  Yum, yum, yum. I try to get kale in a smoothie everyday.  I've heard romaine for the folate.  Haven't tried that one yet.  I'll check back in when I do :)

post #7 of 23

Can you share your kale smoothie recipes? I've wanted to make them but I'm afraid of the bitterness in kale

post #8 of 23

So the best way I've found is to make a kale milk first- blend your kale and milk of choosing to smithereenes, with a touch of honey to cut the bitterness.  Then add your froz fruit, veggies, or any other additions, adding more liquid as necessary!  I don't measure anything, just add and blend.  If I make too much I just keep it in a jar for later.

post #9 of 23

It's a good idea to mix up the greens you use as they all have different micronutrients.  You shouldn't put anything high in calcium (animal milks, fortified plant milks) in your green smoothies because calcium inhibits iron absorption.  It's good to combine your greens with fruits that are high in vitamin C to aid iron absorption.  This morning mine was spinach, banana, mango, pomelo and water.  Yum!

post #10 of 23
I usually make mine with kale, frozen berries, half a banana, ground chia, yogurt (yummy probiotics), and a scoop of almond butter. Sometimes I add honey. Can't remember if honey is preggo friendly. I think so?
post #11 of 23

There's a small chance of botulism for children under 1 year consuming honey. But I think during pregnancy I'm the one fighting it off, so I'd call it pregnancy safe.  =) I'll definitely try some green smoothie recipes this week. 

post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by blacklotus View Post
 

It's a good idea to mix up the greens you use as they all have different micronutrients.  You shouldn't put anything high in calcium (animal milks, fortified plant milks) in your green smoothies because calcium inhibits iron absorption.  It's good to combine your greens with fruits that are high in vitamin C to aid iron absorption.  This morning mine was spinach, banana, mango, pomelo and water.  Yum!

Any suggestions for adding creamyness without using milk or yogurt? Iron is so important during pregnancy and I'm trying to avoid vitamins (I hate taking pills and never remember anyways)

post #13 of 23

Sorry to say, most of the fake creams/dairy alternatives have calcium added. But there's no need to eat the greens in a smoothie if you don't care for the taste, since the iron in them will come through as well, or perhaps better, cooked in a nice slow-simmered soup or stew. Minerals are released best from well-cooked rather than raw, greens. Vitamins are often destroyed by heat, but minerals are not. So the iron content will be fine if you eat greens cooked well. Hope that helps!

 

Also, if you want a very good iron source, organic blackstrap molasses packs a lot of iron. Regular molasses is mostly sugar, but blackstrap is a very good source of iron despite its smaller calcium content. My sister used a tablespoon of blackstrap a day to overcome anemia when she was a young woman. With ginger and a bit of allspice, it makes great gingerbread flavor in whatever you add it to.

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post

Any suggestions for adding creamyness without using milk or yogurt? Iron is so important during pregnancy and I'm trying to avoid vitamins (I hate taking pills and never remember anyways)
I haven't done much for smoothies in a while, but if I remember correctly, cashews (with rice milk maybe?) can be made into a "cream". Might be something to look into.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post
 

Any suggestions for adding creamyness without using milk or yogurt? Iron is so important during pregnancy and I'm trying to avoid vitamins (I hate taking pills and never remember anyways)

 

I add half an avocado to create a more creamy consistency.  With all the other stuff I throw in, I usually can't even taste the avocado flavor.

post #16 of 23

How about canned coconut cream? That stuff is super creamy and thick.

post #17 of 23

Oh yes! Good idea! The Thai Kitchen full fat (red label) coconut milk, if you warm it to separate it, then chill it without shaking, you can open it up and there's this 2 inch plug of really good solid coconut "whipped cream" on top. I have actually whipped that stuff and used it in place of whipped cream, back in the days before I had a child who then became allergic to coconut as well.

It is canned, but it's nothing but coconut milk. The other brands all seem to have guar gum or other junk in them.

In some places you can even get fresh frozen coconut milk.

But beware products called "coconut cream" because they are not this; they are a drink mixer usually chock full of sugar and stabilizers.

post #18 of 23

FYI, The Thai Kitchen coconut milk proudly lines their cans with BPA.  If that is a concern for you there are others who don't.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Island Momma View Post
 

FYI, The Thai Kitchen coconut milk proudly lines their cans with BPA.  If that is a concern for you there are others who don't.

Wow I thought it was a pretty widely spread practice NOT to anymore. Do you happen to know which don't? 

post #20 of 23

I've read several sources that say Native Forest doesn't but I noticed that the inside of the can is white which I thought meant it did have bpa.

 

Here is one blog post about which ones don't. 

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-your-canned-foods-safe-to-eat-a-bpa-free-buying-guide/#axzz2rpy9uFNt

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