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Apr 28, 2012, 2:53pm   #1
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So this is a thread for talking about juicing and making smoothies.

Who makes their own juices? What do you use to do it?

I've been really into these juices and smoothies made from a variety of greens like kale or spinach, mixed with fruit. They're a really healthy snack, and an easy way to get my dose of greens.

I'm tired of going to juice cafes to buy one and I'm thinking about buying myself either a juicer or a blender. Juicers make juices. Blenders make smoothies.

Ideally I'd like to blend most low fiber fruits and juice most high fiber vegetables and fruits, and then mix them.

I owned a juicer once a few years ago and I ended up giving it away because it was impossible to clean and took up space on my kitchen counter. Ideally the blender and juicer would be combined, but I can't find anything like that anywhere. I wish juicers were easier to clean.
Apr 28, 2012, 3:14pm   #2
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My Mom has those time consuming to clean juicers. I love it when she whips me up a drink. We put all sorts of stuff in there from apples, oranges, pineapples, beets, celery, kale, ginger, garlic, onions, spinach, carrots, and some other green leafy things. Sometimes she gets really adventurous and they aren't as tasty, but that's when my drinking (alcohol) skills come into play and I just chug, chug, chug a lug!! Haha!!

I make smoothies in a blender. Add a bunch of fruit and some fresh juice-- Yummers!!
Apr 28, 2012, 3:36pm   #3
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OK. I just found out that the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Attachment for the kitchen aid mixer can be used to make juices. I'm going to give it a try!
May 27, 2012, 9:25am   #4
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I was just doing some clean-up on my blog and totally forgot that I did a Smoothie Making 101 post last year. I thought it might be helpful to some of you.

http://thegrassskirtblog.com/2011/05...ie-making-101/
Jun 27, 2012, 6:01pm   #5
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Ooh la la!
A couple of my favorite smoothies!

Mango pineapple recipe:

1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
A little water if needed throughout to get desired consistency
Big handful of raw baby spinach (optional, but can't taste it) for added health


Chocolate peanut butter banana recipe:

1 cup almond or coconut milk
Ice (optional if you want it frozen)
1 banana cut into chunks
1 heaping tablespoon peanut other or other nut butter
1 heaping teaspoon plain, unsweetened dark cocoa powder
Big handful raw baby spinach (optional)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Jun 27, 2012, 7:48pm   #6
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This is my go-to smoothie:

3/4 cup water
3 ice cubes
1/4-1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 cup quick oats
1 tb peanut butter

Puree in a blender. Delicious!
Jun 28, 2012, 9:46pm   #7
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Originally Posted by cosmogrl5
I was just doing some clean-up on my blog and totally forgot that I did a Smoothie Making 101 post last year. I thought it might be helpful to some of you.

http://thegrassskirtblog.com/2011/05...ie-making-101/
Love it!
Jun 29, 2012, 3:03pm   #8
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Originally Posted by exotikittenx
Love it!
Thanks! I'm glad that you do.
Jun 29, 2012, 3:46pm   #9
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My breakfast smoothie

1tbsp flaxseed
1 banana
handfull frozen berries
fresh strawberries if I have them to hand
big handful fresh spinach
soy milk to liquify it

mmmm can't wait for the morning now ha
Jul 6, 2012, 8:10am   #10
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I make my own smoothies all the time. I don't have an exact recipe but I use:

Organic apple juice
Strawberry frozen yoghurt
3-4 Strawberries
2 Bananas
Aug 9, 2012, 1:53pm   #11
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I do love smoothies!! I have been doing mostly green smoothies but made this a couple of weeks ago and have it at least once a week!!


Malted banana peanut butter smoothie *I know sounds gross! But so tasty!*

Skim milk 3/4 c
1 banana
1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
1 1/2 teaspoon malt powder
1/2 tablespoon PB2 a peanut butter powder that is low in fat!! http://www.bellplantation.com/4-pack...ut-butter.html
Ice.

I really like the flavor. I maybe the only one but I thought I would share!!
Sep 16, 2012, 2:18am   #12
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Originally Posted by purly
OK. I just found out that the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Attachment for the kitchen aid mixer can be used to make juices. I'm going to give it a try!
Does this work? I am thinking about getting a juicer, but would love to save counter space and just buy an attachment for my mixer instead!
Mar 3, 2013, 4:42pm   #13
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Originally Posted by dreamlet
Does this work? I am thinking about getting a juicer, but would love to save counter space and just buy an attachment for my mixer instead!
Nope! It was better for making baby foods with than juices. I ended up getting a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.
Mar 11, 2013, 11:17am   #14
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This is what I put in mine:
Frozen mixed fruit
Flax or Chia seed
Greek Yogurt
Water
(Fresh banana if I have it)
Mar 24, 2013, 7:03pm   #15
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Has anyone used a food processor to make smoothies?

I don't want to buy a blender solely for smoothie making, so I'd like to try with my food processor instead. I don't intend to use ice anyways, so it shouldn't matter that the food processor won't crush ice as well as a blender does. Wish me luck!
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