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#1 Postby _raVen_ » Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:57 pm

Hi, Everyone :)

I registered on this site a long time ago, posted once and only came back, being reminded by Jay (Hi, Jay ;)) about this site. I forgot what name I had originally registered!

Anyway, good to be here. I'm vegan, high raw; been vegan, I guess 10 + years and high raw over one year -- actually, I've been 100 % raw (food intake) but don't call myself or want to be really identified as a "raw foodist." And at any time I may fall into cooked food debauchery :lol:

My mission is to turn you all into lovers of Green Smoothies :twisted:
If you don't know what they are read HERE
and HERE
these are *the* most nutritious things you can consume. AND what better way to get all those greens you know you're supposed to be consuming daily? Ha? What better way, I ask? :wink:

Nice to meet you All!
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#2 Postby Jay » Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:55 pm

Cool, Raven. :D I'll try to make one of those smoothies tonight.

You're pretty fast on the email there. :)

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#3 Postby robert » Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:30 pm

Hey Raven,

Welcome to the group! Great to have you here. Jay, thanks for bringing another member back to join us :)

Green drinks rule! I am eating a lot more raw foods these days. Ever since I met Tonya Kay and Brendan Brazier I started eating more raw foods and in the past month I've been eating mostly fruit all day at work and cooked foods at night.

But green drinks are for sure being consumed by me a lot now!

Welcome back!

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#4 Postby SeaSiren » Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:23 pm

Welcome! :)

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#5 Postby Richard » Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:25 pm

Welcome (back) dood

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hi there...

#6 Postby Phoenix » Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:30 pm

Hey RaVen,

Nice to meet you.
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#7 Postby flanders77 » Mon Jan 23, 2006 3:06 am

Hey Raven! Welcome aboard!
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#8 Postby Daywalker » Mon Jan 23, 2006 3:21 am

Welcome Raven.

Cool nickname and cool avatar 8)

Maybe i'll try a green smoothie someday ... ;)

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#9 Postby Crash » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:03 am

Welcome Raven! :D
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#10 Postby CrispyQ » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:28 am

Welcome Raven! 8)

Love your avatar! Thanks for the smoothies links. Will check them out. Always on the lookout for better smoothies. :D
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#11 Postby exciton » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:38 am

Hi Raven!
Interesting smoothies.. I'll try them out.
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#12 Postby _raVen_ » Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:28 pm

Thanks so much for the welcomes!

Jay, I'm gonna hold you to that! Try them!
Robert, awesome aren't they?!!! So much better than green juices!
By the way, saw you in Veg News mag this month -- lookin' good!
And Congrats to VeganEssentials (Ryan) for his appearance there as well!
Brendan is great! He's such an inspiration. I love that he's high raw too; he's a credible, respectable source for nutrition and the legitimacy of eating lots of raw.

Seasiren, Phoenix, Richard, Flanders77, thanks, nice to meet you all.

Daywalker, thanks, I fancy meself a raven from time to time :D. Try the green smoothies!

Thank you Crash!

CrispyQ, hi :). Try the smoothies. Make 'em sweet! You'll not be disappointed and you'll feel the energy!

Awesome, exciton, Yay! Lemme know how it comes out and what you think :)

Recognizing lots of names here...

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hey...

#13 Postby Phoenix » Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:58 pm

Hey Raven,
i'm a bit of a newbie to veg lifestyle. How does one make a green smoothie???

thanks.
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#14 Postby _raVen_ » Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:27 pm

Hi, Phoenix! I like newbies :lol:

Green smoothies are smoothies made with whole leaves of greens and fruit.
The original ratio is 60% Fruit: 40% Greens. You can vary this to taste, most beginners use more fruit if needed to suit their taste or you can add stevia to sweeten like I do.

The links I provided above (in my first post-the blue type) tells all about them; give them a read! They aren't long.

Here is an excerpt for some very simple smoothies; try these or use them as a guide. Eventually, you'll be whipping up your own to your own taste:

Mango-parsley

2 large mangos
1 bunch parsley
Water

Peach-spinach

6 peaches
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Mango-weeds

2 mangos
1 handful of lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc
Water

Strawberry-banana-romaine

1-cup strawberries
2 bananas
½ bunch romaine
Water

Apple-kale-lemon

4 apples
½ lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

Kiwi-banana-celery

4 very ripe kiwis
1 ripe banana
3 stalks of celery
Water
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Pear-kale-mint

4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
½ bunch of mint
Water

Finger banana-spinach

10 finger-bananas
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Bosc pear-raspberry-kale

3 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale
Water


In a blender (a good powerful one is best, see note below) add your fruit and water. Then, add the green leaves (trim off the tough stalks)
Blend on "high" till super creamy and smooth. Adjust sweetness, if needed.
Drink immediately. Best to drink right away as nutrients are lost as it sits.

If kale, collards, or other greens taste too strong for you (try not to start out using bitter greens ;D) try lettuces or spinach or other mild green.
My favorites are bok choy, kale, collards, and mache (lamb's lettuce). Also mild and yummy are vegetable tops! The veggies you buy with greens attached can be eaten and are very nutritious; don't throw them away! For example, carrot tops, beet tops, parsnip tops, radish tops, etc. -- all are smoothie-able! See how great green smoothies are? No waste, and you get so much nutrition :)

Notes:
You can use a regular blender, but a powerful one is best. Have you heard of a VitaMix or a K-tec? They are super blenders. There is a European version at
THIS SITE, and they sell a VitaMix too.
A less expensive American source for VitaMix is HERE or you can go to the VITAMIX SITE.
Less expensive, but nice are the TRIBEST PERSONAL BLENDER or the MAGIC BULLET, both of which are smaller, inexpensive, come with accessories and are convenient and a favorite for folks who like to use them at work.
Personally, I think it's worth it to invest in high-powered blender like a VitaMix, K-tec, or the NewGena; you will find you use it a lot.

Otherwise use your regular blender but add the ingredients incrementally to avoid overburdening it. Add fruit and water first, blend; then add the greens a handful at a time; blend. Works just fine :)

these are very nutritious. They should be thick (or if you prefer thin add more water) and creamy.
Try any seasonal or favorite fruit. Summer fruits are yummy. You can add other things to this as well, such as a protein supplement or others.

Whew! Are your eyes rolling back into your head yet?! :lol:
One more thing: here are a few pics. So no one is confused, use the whole leaves in the blender NOT juiced greens, as the last picture shows.

Did I cover everything? Ask away if you have any questions!

Image-Green Smoothie
Image-Another...
Image-kale, collards, bok choy
Image-VitaMix blender full of greens

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#15 Postby Jay » Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:11 pm

I just did 2 pears with three collard green leaves. It was good. :) It looked very green yet just tasted sweet. Next time I'll try 4 leaves. Definitely going to add that to my diet. It's very easy to make.

Thanks very much for bringing it up Raven.


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