• Susie

    posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I assume you make it fresh daily? Your photo shows a double dose – does it keep, or does it lose by being held over a day?
    Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Susie, I drink all of it in one day. Sometimes at breakfast, other times I put it in the fridge for later on around lunch or with my afternoon snack. The end result depends on how strong your blender is and how much water and greens you use.

    When I first started making green smoothies, I had a regular blender and it required additional water to get it nice and smooth. I recently bought a Vita-Mix (love it!!) and it’ll blend the same amount of greens into a quarter of the volume.

    Ali at Whole Life Nutrition says that she freezes her leftovers for popsicles – I’ve never had any leftovers to speak of, so I’ve not tried this but I bet it’s fabulous.

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  • Lauren

    posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    These sound great! I haven’t gotten to green smoothies yet – just haven’t really crossed my mind. I’m glad you enjoy them so much =D.

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  • cecedon

    posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    can you juice all that stuff with the same results? I was juicing for a bit, usually spinach, apple and a bit of ginger. Is there a major difference?

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    Amy Reply:

    @cecedon, I don’t know the answer to that. My guess would be that it would depend on the quality of your juicer. I have a cheap juicer that leaves all of the pulp behind, which is really one important part of what your body needs – the natural fiber. If your juicer processed all the pulp the way a blender would I would think it would work. But then again, I’m just speculating. Maybe someone else has some input here.

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  • Iris

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I have a green smoothie every day too, and it’s worked wonders for my digestion!

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  • Sandy Gillett

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I totally agree! Whatever it takes to avoid medication is what I do! I don’t want to just get rid of the symptoms I want to get rid of the problem! I drink BarleyMax everyday and have in the past juiced carrots adding spinach. I have been considering green smoothies because they would be a quick very nutritous breakfast/snack. You’re right the greener the better! I appreciate your thoroughness regarding pesticides and buying organic. Congratulations on the VitaMix! I’ve heard they’re awesome! Blessings!

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  • Kelly

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Wow! That is awesome! Go you!

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  • Alta

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I don’t know why I don’t make smoothies more often – I like them, and something like this is good for you too! I too have had lots of “issues”, most of which have lessened since the removal of gluten in my diet, but I’m still working on normalizing myself. Prescription drugs just never seemed to work, or if they did, they’d just cause another problem. I recently found that apple cider vinegar does a better job (with fewer side effects) than prilosec, and have FINALLY gone off it it! hooray! I love when we listen to our bodies and find that balance that works for us, naturally. Wonderful.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, I get that. I actually hesitated to write this post because, gosh, it’s not easy to discuss digestion issues in public. But, I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this. I thought maybe this might help someone else.

    I am thrilled that you’re off of the prilosec – I used to have horrible stomach acid and couldn’t even sleep at night but it was due to stress, not food. I made some changes and it resolved completely. I agree – it’s fabulous to find a natural solution that creates balance and no harm.

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    Alta Reply:

    @Amy, So I was looking at leftover veggies this weekend, and I’m thinking I’m going to mix up a smoothie using your ideas. Need a bit more kale and spinach, but I have these leftover roasted beets and a bunch of pom juice, maybe that’ll all taste pretty good together! I’ll let you know how it turns out. :)

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    Alta Reply:

    @Alta, So verdict on my smoothie? Fabulous! I made it using 2 small beets (roasted w/o oil, peels on), 1 apple, about 2 cups spinach, 10-12 mint leaves, and 1/2 c of POM juice and about 1/4 c plain yogurt (just because). Wonderful! Revisiting your recipe makes me wish I threw parsley in there – I have so much of it I’m going crazy – but I love the flavor of the beets. It’s bright purple, one wouldn’t even know there was spinach in there! I’ll have to try your version too, much lower in calories, but thanks for giving me the idea to blend my veggies into something breakfast-ready!

  • Sandy Gillett

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I made this and drank it for breakfast this morning Amy. It is delicious! I had all the ingredients except the mint. The mint would really set it off. Next time I will half the recipe because keeping it for a couple of hours is probably ok but any longer and it looses vital enzymes. Yes, discussing digestive issues in public is embrassing. But thank you because the digestive system really is the core and base for good health.

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  • Jennie

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I love green smoothies as well. I often freeze several days worth in jars and thaw them overnight and then on busy mornings I don’t have to pull out the blender.

    In answer to the juicer question, smoothies and juices are not the same. Both are healthy and beneficial but for different reasons. Juicing allows the vitamins and minerals to bypass the digestive cycle and go straight to the blood stream. So they are great for times when you want to give your digestive system a rest and feel really energized and fast! Smoothies however do contain the very benenficial fiber from the fruits and veggies. So they are the better choice when trying to improve digestive health over all.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jennie, Thanks for great info on the difference between juicing and blending.

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  • Debbie

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Amy, I am very glad that you have found a healthy remedy for your digestive issues. A few years ago, I had gallbladder and digestive problems and my ND suggested juicing. I bought a juicer and began using it everyday and I healed my body. I love dandelion greens for healing the liver. Isn’t it wonderful that food can be our medicine! I can’t wait to try your smoothie recipe in my new vitamix. It will be much easier clean up and prep than in my juicer. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Healthy wishes! Debbie

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    Amy Reply:

    @Debbie, I love my Vitamix, too. I am going to have to find some dandelion greens and add those to my smoothies. :) So glad you shared your story of healing!

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I often crave green smoothies…perhaps my body is trying to tell me something. Especially now, looking at that photo, I could really go for one right now.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen, I know what you mean…it’s the strangest thing but I love that I crave them. I think it’s my body’s way of telling me that it wants all of the healthy benefits.

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  • stephanie

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Amy – this sounds wonderful – what an interesting post. I love smoothies and make them often for my children. I have yet to make green ones, however – but I’m definitely going to give it a try. You’ve inspired me – thank you!

    so happy to hear that these helped you so much – that’s fantastic.
    Stephanie

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    Amy Reply:

    @stephanie, If you do make a green smoothie, I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can really mask the flavor of the greens with fruit if you are not quite fond of them – I love greens so I just use a little fruit.

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  • Jen

    posted on November 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I love this idea, I usually do green lemonade see here, http://thetoddlercafe.blogspot.com/2008/09/getting-into-green-sorry-its-not-about.html
    I will try this one though, better fiber than juice.

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  • Jennifer

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Amy,

    We do green smoothies a lot in our house! For fun w/ the kiddos, I call them Shamrock smoothies….hmmmm….maybe for this time of year a Christmas tree smoothie? Well, it’s one way to get lots of fresh spinach in a little one’s belly. I’ve also tried kale too. But I have never combined them. I will have to give it a try. You are so dedicated to your health. Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Amy, I’m so glad you did this post! I posted on them a while back, but I don’t think anyone believes how wonderful they are so we just have to keep sharing. LOL I absolutely love them and I was so shocked at first by how great they taste and how good they make you feel. :-) I make mine with lemon juice and cabbage in addition to the ingredients you us. The lemon juice acts as an antioxidant and keeps them from spoiling if you want to save part of the batch for a day or two. That doesn’t happen often for me though. I drink part in the morning and part in the afternoon. Your photos is great. They are the most vibrant green, aren’t they? And, they taste vibrant and make you feel vibrant. Sounds like an ad, but it’s true. :-)

    Shirley

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    Amy Reply:

    @gfe–gluten free easily, I love cabbage in mine, too. In fact, I just bought one yesterday so today I’ll clean, chop, and bag it so it’s ready to use. Big time saver.

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Typo there … your photo is great. LOL

    Shirley

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  • Faith

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Preach it, sister! I’m a firm believer that green smoothies are the key to whole nutrition. Thank you for posting and getting the word out!

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  • Karen K

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Great post, I too found the green smoothie form Ali & Tom’s site. Decided to start making them work days for my boyfriend and I. Its been a couple of months now with having them 5 times a week and I have not only felt better digestive wise but our ammune system is up. We had someone in our house we think had H1N1 and neither of us got sick. If you want to make your smoothie the night before add a lemon, it keeps it oxygenized and green for the next day. (Tip from Ali). I add the lemon and ginger to mine but no mint or parsley may have to start experimenting again.
    Oh and I have a Vita Mix and love it too.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Karen K, I love lemon in mine – just bought a bunch and will add them in tomorrow morning. :) I bet ginger is fabulous, too. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Alta Reply:

    @Amy, I love the ginger idea too! Ginger is so beneficial for a touchy digestive system.

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  • Michelle

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hi Amy, I follow your blog and LOVE it! I too love green smoothies but have been scared off recently by a lot of reading regarding thyroid depressing effects of raw veggies, like kale and chard, which were my favorite go-to for my smoothie. I was also reading about something in spinach that was bad raw, I can’t remember now. I have severe adrenal issues and was a bit scared off. Have you read anything about this?

    I did start cooking a whole batch of greens, I mean a huge batch and then freeze them in smaller pieces. I thought the taste would be off, but it wasn’t. I guess that would still be an option for me. Have you tried making one with young coconut water and the meat from a young coconut? Delicious! And very good for your digestion and good fats.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for your wonderful blog and for all the work you do for the rest of us!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Michelle, I haven’t heard anything about problems with raw veggies. I’m not an expert at all so if you have health concerns I’d ask a doctor. On Wikipedia it does say that large amounts of kale can cause problems if you have a certain blood diseases.

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  • Cara

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Amy! I’m new here (found you through Kitchen Stewardship). I have the same questions about the safety of too much cruciferous veggies and how much can kids tolerate. Haven’t found my answers yet. Something about the raw form creating oxilates (sp)and goiters. I am embarking on a “healthy” cooking/food preparation journey. Already using raw milk and organics but for my autistic daughter I use almond (trying to figure out if I can give her “some” raw milk). Glad I found your site. It will be fun looking around here ;)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, I’d love to know about your answers when you find them!

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  • Cara

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Hi Amy! Well, I spent a large part of my afternoon and evening reading about the cruciferous veggie and hypothyroid connection (www.renegadehealth.com) and came to the conclusion that if you are having hypothyroid symptoms (thinning hair, uncomfortable dry skin, low energy, unable to drop weight, sleep disturbance, memory fog, tiredness, coldness) then stop the daily green smoothies and get yourself tested. If the test is fine or borderline you can experiment with adding sea veggies or kelp into your diet to add in some iodine. Moderation is key. Include cruciferous veggies 1 to 2 times a week and you should be fine. It was interesting to learn that strawberries, peaches and soy products can also affect your thyroid. I give my autistic daughter organic strawberries everyday (uh oh … maybe I shouldn’t do that). You can test your iodine levels by putting a bit on your skin (don’t do it too often because it is radioactive) … if it absorbs in a few hours then you should probably either get tested or add kelp to your diet. I agree with you, a doctor (naturopath) is your best bet to do it right. I hope this helps others. I have always wondered if I have a hypothyroid problem (I’m sitting here freezing as I type this. lol). I’ll have to get this checked out before I go head over heals crazy with the green smoothies.
    All this said, I am still excited at having found your site. Thank you for providing it!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, I think it’s fabulous that you take such care in finding out what works for you – I do the same thing. I don’t like to go for the latest fad – instead I do some research first and then make educated choices. I think moderation is the key for everything.

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    Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet Reply:

    @Cara, My conclusions have been similar to yours regarding the thyroid and raw greens. I recently got my thyroid checked and it was fine, so I feel a little more comfortable using raw green sometimes. If you do have raw crucifers (I often eat raw sauerkraut), then eating thyroid supporting foods is helpful to offsetting any effects it could have.

    Amy,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with green smoothies! Very helpful and interesting. I have been wanting a vitamixer and this post made me want one more. :-)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet, What would you classify as thyroid supporting foods? BTW – love my Vitamix. It is a great help in the kitchen. I was a little skeptical that it could do what they said it would, but it absolutely does.

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  • Rachel

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Our whole family has been drinking green smoothies since August- we love it. We started because we needed to get more greens into our diets, but we’ve enjoyed it and all like it. We just do spinach, strawberries (or other fruit) and orange juice, but your post has encouraged me to try different greens. Thanks :-)

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  • Susie

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Okay, I tried to make this recipe and made a beginner’s error: mustard greens in my smoothie, not kale! Wow, was that a taste sensation!
    Yeow! I’m undaunted, but humbled, and will certainly check my produce selection more carefully next time…

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    Amy Reply:

    @Susie, I did that once. I drank it anyway – a little spicy, huh?

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    Susie Reply:

    Yep, definitely had some kick. I drank it too, both portions, on two consecutive days. Felt great! Definitely not my favorite flavors but still great nutrition.
    I’ll be interested to try other variations, but for now am enjoying the spinach-kale-pear-parsley-mintiness.

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  • Jane

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I agree that green smoothies are a great. However, every raw green has some anti nutrient factors. This is why its important to alternate the type of greens being used. One day chard, the next spinach, then kale, bok choy, or romaine lettuce etc. Also, I would recommend brushing your teeth after having a green smoothie since I have heard of people developing tooth pain and cavities after consuming green smoothies throughout the day and leaving the fruit sugars on their teeth.

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  • Ronnie

    posted on December 4, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I love green smoothies, but like others, I’m leery of too much raw spinach. The oxalic acid binds to calcium and other minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. Worse, the oxalates may precipitate out in people prone to kidney stones.

    Foods high in oxalates include spinach, swiss chard (leaves & stalks), beet leaves, purslane leaves, lambsquarters, rhubarb, parsley, amaranth leaves and sorrel. The high oxalic acid content is the reason rhubarb leaves are considered poisonous and what gives sorrel its characteristic “tangy” taste.

    The good news is that not ALL greens are high in oxalic acid. I use some combination of broccoli, dandelion greens, kale, watercress, escarole, turnip greens, kale, cilantro, mint, basil and cabbage as well as lemon or tomatoes for their acidic properties. Mustard greens are low in oxalic acid as well, but use sparingly to spice things up. I also add a teaspoon of flax oil to help with assimilation of the carotenoids and retinoids.

    Evenings before work days, I pre-chill a thermos, fill it to the top with the smoothie, seal it tightly and keep it in the refrigerator over night. I’ll have a glass for breakfast and another as a mid-morning snack.

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    Stephane Reply:

    Digestion of Oxalic is not a problem for most, we have a bacteria in the large intestine (if we did not kill it with too much antibiotics) that breaks down oxalic before it binds with calcium. If we are missing the bacterium it is present on raw leaves of all leaves that contain oxalic…nature is well balanced! So drink up those greens they are some of the healthiest.
    Cheers,
    stef.

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  • Cristina

    posted on December 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I may be a little late to the party regarding green smoothies. I had never heard of them – but having my own issues with digestion and elimination I was thrilled to run across this posting on your blog.
    I love greens anyway and these are really tasty. After just a few days, I have more energy and am really feeling quite good.
    I have been having a green smoothie in the afternoon. Saves me from unhealthy choices and allows me to plan and make a healthy dinner for myself.
    I have been adding the juice of a half of a lemon or a lime to mine. I am going to try adding lime and basil. I have had agua fresca in Mexico with that combination and surprisingly enough, it tastes minty. Thank you for your great blog. There is really so much great info and inspiration for the gluten challenged. Thanks so much!

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  • Amy

    posted on December 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

    @Cristina, So glad to know it helps. I have been adding lemon and ginger and love that combo. The basil and lime sound great, too.

    I have done some reading about the raw green issue that has been discussed here. I am by no means a medical professional and am not qualified to make recommendations for others. According to The George Metajalin Foundation, The World’s Healthiest Foods I’ve decided that raw greens are absolutely safe for me. There is a lot of good, research based information there that gives information about both sides of the issue.

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  • Elizabeth

    posted on March 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I was skeptical about the taste of the green smoothie, thinking, hmm, everyone says it tastes great, but the combo is, umm unusual, and well, really, spinach and kale in a drink? Out of curiosity and with low expectations, I whipped one up. I used lemon and ginger and subbed cabbage for the kale (couldn’t find it at the local grocery). This might be the most refreshing drink I’ve ever had–so delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, and for your whole blog. After reading through your story last night, I’m so inspired by you and convinced that I really can give up sugar and flour. Thanks for generously sharing your story as well as recipes.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Elizabeth, I use ginger, lemon, and cabbage all of the time. I’ve also used oranges. Another favorite – and I know it sounds weird – is celery. It makes the drink so refreshing. I’m so glad you’ve been able to find some things to help you. Keep me posted. Hugs to you.

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  • Cara

    posted on April 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I just made this smoothie about 10 minutes ago, I am sitting next to it right now. The flavor is good, like wheatgrass, sweet and very “green” tasting, but I have a thick layer of foamy pulp on top that isn’t so easy to choke down. I guess I will add a little juice or water to what is left once I get all the liquid out of the bottom. It was combined when I poured it from the blender, though, I was impressed. I have a 5-speed Kitchenaid and it kicked this smoothie’s butt! LOL I have Crohn’s disease and I am wondering how the bod is going to handle this stuff… going to try it for a few days and see what happens, I would love to be medication-free.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, I’ve noticed that when I let my smoothies sit for a while they separate. If you add a tablespoon of flax seeds (use flax meal if your blender won’t chop them up) they don’t separate. Something in the flax must stabilize the smoothie.

    It took my body about two weeks to normalize after starting with green smoothies. My digestive system was way out of balance. I hope this helps you – it’s done wonders for me.

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  • Carmen

    posted on June 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time.
    I have some digestive issues and started thinking that I might be gluten or dairy intolerant. So, I started a food diary a few day ago. I have had a green smoothie every day and have been pretty bloated. My question is: Did you just add green smoothies to your normal diet, or did you actually do the elimination diet?

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    Carmen Reply:

    I just realized I was reading an old post, so I couldn’t have found it at a better time. Also, when rereading it I saw that you incorporated the smothies into your diet. I guess that means you did not do the elimination diet, did you make any other changes at that time? Also, did you or do you drink them daily?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Carmen, To answer all your questions – which I love!! – it took about two weeks for my body to normalize after adding daily smoothies. I was massively bloated. No, I’ve never done an elimination diet. It’s not the right thing for me. I did make a conscious effort to drink more water, though. My body needs lots of water.

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  • Ange

    posted on June 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for this! I don’t have a digestive issue per se, however I do suffer from psoriasis, which can be linked to digestive issues, food intolerances, etc. I don’t know yet if these are going to help, but I LOVE them nevertheless. They are delicious and filling, and totally addictive. I love that it is one step in the right direction (which I often have difficulty with) that I truly enjoy and have no issue with doing. I made my first one fully expecting to have to gag it down, but was and continue to be so happily surprised by the pleasant taste. I have added and changed things daily for variety, and they are all very drinkable at least, and delicious at best.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ange, I have trouble with that first step, too. But once I get going everything seems to work out. I’ve been adding summer fruit to my smoothies lately – and I’ve even been adding in some frozen fruit to get it extra cold and smooth. I’m liking half of a frozen banana right now with whatever else I have on hand an some chai or flax seeds. Sending hugs.

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  • Jen

    posted on December 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, this sounds delicious. I’ll have to grab some kale during my next visit to the supermarket. Mint is tough, this time of year especially…I wonder how cilantro would do?

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