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    Thread: Blending/juicing ingredients

    So in a previous thread, I mentioned what I put in my smoothies; juice, bananas, frozen berries, baby carrots. Someone mentioned bourbon. A guy at work adds powders to his; protein, whey, stuff like that. Any of these necessary?

    What else is good to add to a smoothie? I need ideas. Any veggies that might make the cut?

    I'm using 12oz cans of V8 V-fusion juice that are all veggie/fruit, no sugar added. Luckily, my local dollar store has these, it makes it simple when portioning.
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    It's expensive to juice healthy unfortunately, but my wife and I have made the decision to keep at it because we both feel the benefits will outweigh the expense. The bases for most juices we do are carrots, celery, apples, kale, romaine lettuce, sometimes grapefruit and usually lemons or limes. We will also put in Turmeric root and ginger root every time. Beets are good, cucumbers too. Sheet, we'll juice just about anything... as for powders, not so much, our diet will make up the difference if needed, but in smoothies we may put in stuff like ground flaxseed or Lucuma powder. It depends what we have in the cupboard. We never use those whey proteins and that kind of supplement. Eating healthy does it better.
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    I don't juice since it's a mess and a lot of work to clean up. I have a vitamix and blend a green drink daily. clean up is just a rinse of the blender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I don't juice since it's a mess and a lot of work to clean up. I have a vitamix and blend a green drink daily. clean up is just a rinse of the blender.
    I bought a Ninja for this very reason. However, it's like drinking a glass of chopped salad. I much prefer juicing, but I guess this way I get more of the fiber.

    Finch, high water based veggies and fruits juice the best. Rocker pretty much nailed them all. I usually juice whatever is the best deal at the grocery store and try to mix a little fruit for sweetness with veggies.

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    Ninja does not compare to a vitamix. we toss everything in with some ice and blend. rinse and drink. nice and smooth.

    Juicers are just too much clean up for me. I'm lazy that way.

    Plus, you can't make tortilla soup in a juicer

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    Finch I think this thread is running out of juice already.

    And as far as adding things into a juicer, You are only limited to your imagination and taste buds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Ninja does not compare to a vitamix. we toss everything in with some ice and blend. rinse and drink. nice and smooth.
    I need your job to afford the Vitamix, but I have been wondering how drastic the difference is. I'm going to start adding ice and blending mine for a long time. See if that helps.

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    I need your job to afford the Vitamix, but I have been wondering how drastic the difference is. I'm going to start adding ice and blending mine for a long time. See if that helps.
    yes length of blend is key so let it roll for 1min

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    There are lots of great ideas if you search the Nutrition sub-forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    yes length of blend is key so let it roll for 1min
    Speed as well... If we blend too fast we get heat and green soup

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    I have been drinking a juice every morning made to order from the cafe in my office. Although they are $4 I drink them as breakfast and save myself the time and cleanup of doing it at home.

    My favorite 2 are:

    Carrots, apples, ginger, beets

    Kale, spinach, parsley, apples, ginger, beets

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    Today's Ninja juice/smoothie recipe:

    Handful frozen berries
    1/2 cup yogurt
    2 small tangelos
    1 lemon
    big handful of kale
    3 leafs lettuce
    1/2 cup coconut water
    1/2 cup flax milk
    Blended 1 minute

    Tasty as all get out. However, in the Ninja, the kale and the lettuce still leave you something to chew in every sip. It's not bad, but mildly annoying.

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    I make a green goo regularly. It consists of baby kale, baby spinach, other greens, and blueberries. I toss in some banana or apple to give it flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Today's Ninja juice/smoothie recipe:

    Handful frozen berries
    1/2 cup yogurt
    2 small tangelos
    1 lemon
    big handful of kale
    3 leafs lettuce
    1/2 cup coconut water
    1/2 cup flax milk
    Blended 1 minute

    Tasty as all get out. However, in the Ninja, the kale and the lettuce still leave you something to chew in every sip. It's not bad, but mildly annoying.
    God, if there's stuff in it that I have to chew, hello gag reflex!
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    I substitute flax seed and then just add ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    God, if there's stuff in it that I have to chew, hello gag reflex!
    It's not as bad as it sounds.

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    here's my fav from the juice bar... it's called green candy


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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    here's my fav from the juice bar... it's called green candy


    romaine
    spinach
    cilantro
    mint
    ginger
    apple
    pineapple
    That's the one that most people here have missed. That and some parsley.

    I used to use Kale, but now I use spinach more.

    Juices
    cucumber
    spinach (sometimes kale)
    cilantro
    parsley
    ginger
    for sweetener apple, pineapple, pomegranate, or carrots

    Smoothies
    whole chia seeds
    whole flax seeds
    (blend both dry until powder)
    almond milk, almond coconut milk, or chocolate almond milk
    spinach
    cilantro
    parsley
    cucumber (sometimes not)
    ginger
    frozen wild blueberries, or raspberries
    coconut water
    and water and or ice cubes.

    I'll also add turmeric, cinnamon, and or cocoa nibs

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    love ginger but not in my drink.. makes them hard for me to swallow.

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    The missus whipped me up a ginger/turmeric/lemon/cayenne pepper shot this morning... wowza! good stuff!
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    I see turmeric getting mentioned a lot. What health benefits are you folks using turmeric for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    love ginger but not in my drink..
    Same here.
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    Don't forget a whole jalapeno in your juices. They really give it a good kick.

    And sweet potatoes make a good carrot alternative if you are all "carroted" out.

    Collared greens work better than kale, IMO. Get more juice from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    I see turmeric getting mentioned a lot. What health benefits are you folks using turmeric for?
    turmeric should be used with piperine (gives black pepper it's kick) otherwise it adsorbs poorly. turmeric is an anti inflammatory with a bunch of other benefits (brain, heart, etc). i think the plant is related to ginger (another good plant)
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    turmeric should be used with piperine (gives black pepper it's kick) otherwise it adsorbs poorly. turmeric is an anti inflammatory with a bunch of other benefits (brain, heart, etc). i think the plant is related to ginger (another good plant)
    I'm planning on taking the capsules. I'll check to see if those include piperine. Wondering if you guys are getting turmeric in the root form, or if you guys are using powder.

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