Thursday, August 23, 2012

SMOTM: Thursday Pick Me Upper.

I was hoping this smoothie would be more fuchsia in color, but the spinach made it mauve.  Oh well.


Still delicious.
xo
kittee

9 comments:

  1. Yum! I always love how bright green my smoothie are...till I throw in strawberries. Pineapple makes a yummy neon green one though! :p

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    1. I do love frozen fresh pineapple in my smoothies!

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  2. Oh, how many beautifully-colored smoothies have been ruined by a handful of greens. I weep for them, I truly do. :)

    This morning's smoothie was soaked almonds blended in water, added banana, frozen pineapple, a splash of soymilk, turmeric and stevia. Dang good! I think the only way it could have been improved is perhaps with a bit of shaved fresh ginger. What say ye?

    adriennefriend at cracktheplates.com

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    1. While I really do love ginger, I'm not a big fan of strong flavors in my smoothie. I love the Vegan powder tho, it has a tiny bit of stevia in it so I don't have to sweeten, but with no stevia aftertaste. Pineapple is a big favorite of mine, I was thinking a green smoothie with pineapple and cherries would be really nice.

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  3. Ooh, cherries. I never have those ... mostly because they don't stay around long enough to go *in* things (I gobble them by the handful)...

    I have found that the strong taste of ginger can be mitigated by mango. I have a mango ginger smoothie most mornings, and definitely after workouts (helps with the inflammation).

    But I hear what you're saying about strong flavors. There's nothing like a shot of extra-bitter kale to muck the whole mess up!

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    1. Can you taste kale in smoothies? I hope you don't ruin this whole kale smoothie thing for me. Shit. Do you actually notice an improvement with inflammation after ginger? I have a ton of inflammation, but never notice anything. Maybe I should buck it up.

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  4. Oh yes, depending on whether or not I get a particularly bitter batch of kale it totally ruins the green smoothie experience for me. But I think I get bitter kale only once in every several batches. And then I just steam that one and toss it with tahini sauce or what have you. I really hope I don't ruin it for you either! Listen, in my experience, it's only been the curly kale that can occasionally be bitter. (Occasionally!) :) Lacinato kale is always fine in my experience, never bitter.

    Honestly I usually do fresh baby spinach as my go-to green, as you did in this recipe. It's just so wonderfully mild and inoffensive.

    I personally DO find that fresh ginger helps a lot with inflammation. I also made my mom take a fresh ginger shot one day after doing eight hours of hard core yardwork (she's a landscaper) and she noted significant relief. (She just hated the burn!) She is in her early fifties and has a lot of joint pain and arthritis. I wish I were close enough to feed her ginger shots all the time. I also take ginger after workouts and notice a significant decrease in recovery/feel-good time!

    Oh, I just remembered - if you do get some bitter kale, blend it with frozen pineapple. Frozen pineapple has taken care of every bitter leaf I've ever encountered. I show no mercy! And sweeten somehow - I like stevia. And I'm southern, so I make everything blindingly sweet all the time. ;-)

    Hope this helps! Blessings in your blending! :)

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  5. that must be it 'cuz i only grow and buy dinosaur kale. i try to stick with kale because it's not high in oxalates the way spinach is.

    i just got a nice juicer, so i should try the ginger thing. thanks for letting me know how helpful you and your mom have found it.

    xo
    kittee

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