The Happy Foody Green Smoothie Challenge!

February 13, 2008 at 4:41 am 175 comments

Yay! A Challenge! Aren’t you excited? I can just feel your excitement through the screen :) Here it is:

For 30 days beginning on February 25, you will commit to this ONE THING:

  • Drink a 16 oz. of green smoothie each day…preferably for breakfast. I HIGHLY recommend getting the book “Green For Life” by Victoria Boutenko. It’s a quick read and it has lots of yummy smoothie recipes in it. Check out her website too!

That’s it! You don’t even need to commit to changing anything else. Just ADD the smoothie. But, for an added bonus, you could add one or more of the following:

  • Do some sort of activity every day. This could be an intense workout, or just dancing with your kids around the living room. It could be a 15 minute yoga session or a walk around the block.
  • Add a green leafy salad to your lunch or supper.
  • Stop drinking pop.
  • Cut out all white sugar.

All you need is a blender. Add the ingredients, and add water to the thickness you want (usually about 2 cups)….and blend until REALLY smooth. I know you’ll be amazed at how yummy these are…but if you need it sweeter, just up the quantity of fruit.

Here are a few smoothie recipes to get you started:

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
1/2 bunch romaine
Water

Apple-kale-lemon
4 apples
1/2 lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

Kiwi-banana-celery
4 very ripe kiwis
1 ripe banana
3 stalks of celery
Water

Pear-kale-mint
4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 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

I KNOW that if you stick with this challenge, you will see a difference in your eating habits and any other issues you might be having right now with your body.

If you are going to commit to this challenge…just leave a comment below. On March 25, I’ll post again and everyone can leave their follow up post as to how it went. Of course, feel free to tell everyone about it…blog about it…spread the green smoothie LOVE! On February 25, I will write a post to launch the Challenge and maybe have a cool prize drawing or something. :)

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  • 1. Lori  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:12 am

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I LOVE it! I’m a fan of green smoothies (preferring to use baby spinach and kale), and both my kids love them (3 YO boy & 1 YO girl). I LOVE raw recipes because I’m not fond of cooking. I can prepare lots of yummy food without having to turn on the oven or the stove. Woo Hoo! My friend Serene Allison has written a raw recipe book and created a DVD as well. For years, she followed a 100% raw diet. Recently, however, she began incorporating some cooked foods and some organic meats because her adopted daughters from Liberia prepared a turkey for her (!) and she started experiencing some health problems i.e. her teeth began falling out (her sister’s did the same thing on an all-raw diet). They now eat more of an 80/20 ratio (raw to cooked). I’m gaining inspiration from your blog to up the raw food amounts in my meals, as well. Thank you for reminding us of the benefits of eating LIVING, CLEAN, RAW foods!

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  • 2. Katherine Miller  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Count me in 110%!

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  • 3. livelightly  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Katherine…yay!

    Lori…thanks for sharing your love of live foods! :) As for the person with their teeth falling out…that’s interesting! I’ve only heard wonderful things about teeth and raw food (i.e. re-mineralization, etc). Every body is different though…and you have to listen to your OWN body and what it’s telling you. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • 4. julie  |  October 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      You can’t go too extreme on anything. It’s best to have everything in moderation. 100% raw is just too extreme!

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  • 5. Rachel  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Oh YES! My DD & I will most definitely be consuming green smoothies. I’m so hooked on them at the moment but we haven’t been doing it daily. Now I will!! :)

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  • 6. bleachusd  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I just might have to commit to this, I keep getting green smoothies from every directions and I do love my greens… the only thing holding me back is, do I have the discipline??? I’ll let you know.

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  • 7. Jen.  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Sad to say I don’t think I’ve ever tried a green smoothie. I’ll try one today, though & THEN see if I can do the challenge . I’m such a texture wimp, but I’ll give it a go! Thanks for all the great combo ideas!

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  • 8. Aimee  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Count me in, girl. I already bought a bunch more bananas, apples, and greens yesterday afternoon and wanted to give myself this “challenge” anyway! I think a good mental note to give people is “start with a banana as your base”…that’s what I kept hearing and it helps me remember easily how to get these going….then add any other fruits (apples, pears, mangos, frozen strawberries) and then add greens last with a 60-40 fruit to veggie ratio. This “formula” helps me remember combinations for smoothies. I am so excited to start this and can already see health effects!

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  • 9. Aimee  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Oh yeah and then add water to help get the consistency the way you like it. I was planning to blog about green smoothies today so I link to this!!!

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  • 10. Lori  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Here’s the link to an article I found through Wikipedia regarding dental erosion and an all-raw diet: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9831783

    Of course, no one wants to look at the possible negative impacts regarding anything they’re passionate about, but I think it’s wise to consider all the implications an all raw diet may introduce.

    At the same time . . . we have friends who have recovered from cancer and other debilitating diseases by juicing like crazy and eliminating all processed foods.

    When I cut out “partially hydrogenated oil” from my diet, I started incorporating a lot more raw foods and lost 30 lbs without even trying.

    I haven’t been to a traditional doctor (outside my OB/GYN and eye doctor) for approx. 7 years. No antibiotics, no prescriptions, no drugs for my kids’ births (second one at home).

    I am ALL FOR RAW FOODS! At the same time, I think we should consume some cooked foods and perhaps some local, organic meats–just not in the quantities that our culture pushes.

    Read FOOD POLITICS by Marion Nestle. What an eye-opener! And check out the Weston A. Price foundation at http://www.westonaprice.org/ for more incentive and motivation.

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  • 11. livelightly  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Lori…thanks for the link to the study. While it’s interesting, I did find it to be a bit vague. It does not tell what type of raw food diet the subjects were on, but if I had to guess, it was probably one higher in fat which causes problems. Also, it said that 37% had ONE tooth erosion and 60% had ONE severe tooth erosion. I guess I just don’t see how it’s that much different than the general public who are losing their teeth right and left…having bridges, crowns, dentures, cavities, etc. I will look into it more though. Thanks for bringing it up!
    I’m not “against” cooked foods…I just believe that raw foods are BETTER than cooked foods if you have a choice. Thanks for the links!

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  • 12. Deanna Riccardelli  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Lori: I heard Victoria Boutenko speak with her daughter Valya in December and they too had a lot of trouble with their teeth after being raw for many years. This was one of the things that prompted her to write “Green for Life.” They found that incorporating greens in large amounts (via green smoothies), that some of their trouble was actually reversed. I am not sure if she mentions that in the book or not.

    Sara: Yay – Count me in for Green Smoothie Challenge!

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    • 13. *allie... random girl surfing the web*  |  May 27, 2009 at 4:24 am

      *random girl surfing web*

      i love her book green for life!! I believe she talked about how since she was drinking green smoothies all the time that she wasnt chewing so it made her jaw weak. she talks about a jaw exerciser you can buy on the internet. a lot of her studies were on moneys and basically our teeth have become weak from eating so many cooked foods that our teeth cant chew the dark leafy greens long or well enough to be able to break it down properly to absorb all of the ingredients. Thats why it is so good in smoothie form, especially the vitamix. maybe if we are able to strengthen our teeth enough we wont need blenders?

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  • 14. Michele  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I am so in and have been since you posted about the greens a bit ago. I found a great family’s blog I thought you might be interested in http://www.thegardendiet.com….a completely raw family. They have some great recipes also. Thanks again for you inspiring posts

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  • 15. carrie  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I’m in.

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  • 16. Michele  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    OOPS…just finished reading more blog and noticed you have them on list….BUT are they not fantastic!!!!

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  • 17. Alicia  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Sara I’m in. Quick question. What if you’re gone from home for a day or so? Is Odwalla or Naked a good option?

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  • 18. Dawn  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I’m in! I just read your post on Walk Slowly….I really needed to hear that. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  • 19. livelightly  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Yay for all those who are “in”! :)

    Alicia…the bottled juices/smoothies are not actually “raw” but have been heated/pasteurized in bottling, and don’t have the enzymes still in tact. A better choice would be to grab some fresh fruit from the grocery store. It’s not quite the same, but you can also grab a raw bar, such as the Lara Bar for a quick snack on the road.

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  • 20. Sara  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Sara! This is exactly what I need right now. I’ve become very interested in the raw lifestyle over the past couple of months and have been incorporating more fresh fruit and veggies in my diet. I am so ready to make a comittment like this! Yay!

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  • 21. Stef  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I’m in, too! Great idea, Sara. Thanks for the encouragement!! Hugs.

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  • 22. Kelly  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I’m in girl!! And I am SURE it will make a difference!!

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  • 23. Anna  |  February 13, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I’m in! I’m going on vacation for a few days, but maybe I’ll just bring the blender to the hotel room. Thanks for the inspiration, Sara!

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  • 24. Jen S  |  February 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Do all the recipes you have listed make a 16oz. smoothie? Or more? I may need to see if I can fit that into my budget…I’m sure I can figure it out!

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  • 25. angela  |  February 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I’m in!!!

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  • 26. Rebecca  |  February 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    We had never tried smoothies over here and I had the ingredients for the apple,kale,lemon one. I whipped it up in a blender and gave it to my two year old, who took one sip, looked at it and proclaimed “it’s hot” which translates to I don’t like it. I “fixed” it for her by throwing in a banana like Aimee sugested and she drank it all and asked for more. We are in for the challange. :)

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  • 27. flipflopmamma  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    ok, I’m joining the challenge!! Maybe I can get my hubz to join too!

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  • 28. Lindsay  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    After a long winter of hibernating and eating crap this is just what I need right now. Thanks

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  • 29. Erikka  |  February 13, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I am going to try this with you!

    Good luck to everyone also doing this challenge.

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  • 30. monica  |  February 13, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I’m in:)

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  • 31. Hannah Kopkie  |  February 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I am going to do this with you and try to get my 2 1/2 year old and 10 mo. old to drink it too.

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  • 32. christie  |  February 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    This comment on the raw food diet is from Dr. Andrew Weil (www.drweil.com), Harvard MD, founder of the Program for Integrative Health at the University of Arizona, and author of Eating Well for Optimum Health plus many others.

    I am not a proponent of the raw foods diet. Many of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables are less bioavailable when you eat these foods raw than when they’re cooked. For example, you can get lycopene, the carotenoid pigment that protects against prostate cancer, only from cooked tomatoes, not from raw ones. The carotenoids in carrots are more bioavailable from cooked carrots than they are from raw ones.

    Another disadvantage stems from the fact that many of the natural toxins in edible roots, seeds, stems and leaves are destroyed by cooking. Alfalfa sprouts contain canavanine, a natural toxin that can harm the immune system; button mushrooms contain natural carcinogens, and celery produces psoralens, compounds that sensitize the skin to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. All of these are broken down by simple cooking. Although our bodies have natural defenses against these toxins, a raw food diet can add to the toxic load we’re already dealing with.

    The latest word on raw food diets comes from a new study, published in the March 2005 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, which shows that vegetarians who eat only raw foods have abnormally low bone mass, a sign that they may be vulnerable to osteoporosis.

    This recent study adds new information to the risks a raw foods diet presents. If a vegetarian diet appeals to you, I think you’ll do better if you follow the Mediterranean diet but eliminate meat, poultry and fish.

    By the way, I’ve gone to a few upscale raw food restaurants on the east and west coasts. The food was tasty but seemed to me very labor-intensive to prepare and contained way too many nuts.

    Andrew Weil, M.D.

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    • 33. *allie... random girl surfing the web*  |  May 27, 2009 at 4:30 am

      I think that if we are eating enough of the dark leafy greens which a completely PACKED with nutrients, that our bodies will be able to fight the toxins properly. And there are a few veggies that are helped by being cooked but that is a very very small percentage of the amount of edible plants there are on the planet

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  • 34. anon  |  February 13, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Christie,

    Thanks for posting this information. I, too, believe a completely raw food diet is not a good idea health wise, nor an environmentally sustainable one (hard to grow all that fresh, tropical food in the North, especially in February!). There also a righteous, purists component to the movement that bugs me.

    That said, we can all use more fruits and veggies in our diet, so I think something like one raw meal or smoothie a day sounds like a great idea to try. And I do admire you, Sara, for the food choices you’ve made and are promoting.

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  • 35. Kristen  |  February 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I’m in! I am about to have our 4th baby any day and have been feeling really yucky towards the end of this pregnancy. I have been thinking about drinking green smoothies for a while now so doing this challenge was perfect timing for me. And the time it will save in the mornings when I’m trying to get my two older kids out the door for school will be great! Thanks Sara! And good luck everyone!

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  • 36. Jo  |  February 13, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Count me in too! I just had a go at making one. It was delicious.
    2 royal gala apples, 1 carrot, 2 handfuls baby spinach.

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  • 37. Sarah  |  February 13, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I just recently found your blog; keep up the good work. :) I might give this a go…

    I’d love to give white sugar the final boot, too…but what do I put in my coffee?? :P I have a hard time drinking it black…

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  • 38. Jess H  |  February 14, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Question… how many servings do these recipes make? They seem like they would be for 2-4 people? Just trying to figure it out. Perhaps, I’ll give it a try, let me taste one first…

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  • 39. livelightly  |  February 14, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Sarah…about the coffee, you could use stevia, agave nectar, or Silk Soy Vanilla or Hazelnut creamer. It has evaporated cane juice…still sugar, but not as processed.

    Jess…these will make ONE serving. It should be 1 Quart of smoothie per person. 2 cups of water will usually be the right amount of water for this.

    christie and anon…here is an article where Dr. Graham responds to Dr. Weil. My opinion is….that everyone has an opinion :) And there are more diets and more opinions on diet to last us until the end of the world. However, in my own research and in my own experience with my body and how it works…a raw diet is amazingly clean and healthful and I love it.

    Regarding the “elitist” feel of the raw food movement. It definitely exists within certain circles. However, you have to realize that the very same “elitist” feel is present in the cooked food movement as well. Each group of “followers” (ie. Atkins, vegans, weight watchers, etc) feels as their idea is the best and everyone else is mistaken. There are certain Icons within the raw world (ie. David Wolfe can seem like a cult leader at times but I still love him)…but think about the Rachel Ray worshippers, the Emeril people…same thing. Then you have the people who worship McDonald’s, and how dare you even think of telling them it might be bad for them.

    SOOOO…my point is, I could put any type of diet out there and someone would find something wrong with it. I do appreciate your support of a few raw fruits and veggies :) Peace!

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    • 40. *allie... random girl surfing the web*  |  May 27, 2009 at 4:32 am

      true this!! and i just realized that I am commenting on this a year after is was created! lol

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  • 41. Elizabeth  |  February 14, 2008 at 3:06 am

    I’m in. It might be perfect for lunch at work, if I can find a container that works for it.

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  • 42. Sarah  |  February 14, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Would spirulina count? I have been making green drinks with spirulina in it for awhile now. LOVE THEM!

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  • 43. livelightly  |  February 14, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Elizabeth…you could easily put it in a Sigg container or a Klean Kanteen. Do you have either one of those? Even a travel coffee mug would work fine. I would just make sure that you keep it as air tight as possible to keep the oxygen out while it sits. Victoria Boutenko says they will last up to 3 days as long as it’s chilled…but the sooner you can drink them the better.

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  • 44. livelightly  |  February 14, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Sarah…when I have a choice, I will always choose whole, raw foods over any powdered form, no matter how superfood-like it may be. I always try to choose the highest water and oxygen content version in any given food. So my choice would be fresh greens over powdered greens just as I would choose a fresh apple over a dried apple.

    However…spirulina is a great thing overall, and I’m not saying it’s a bad thing by any means. It’s just ‘2nd best” to the real thing.

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  • 45. jessica  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:07 am

    my thought regarding whether or not a raw food diet is a good or bad thing is that ultimately, i believe that our bodies need periodic cleansing physically. a raw food diet will do what no other method of eating (or drinking) will do when it comes to cleansing and detoxing your body, just like doing something like the master cleanse will cleanse and detox in it’s own special way. everybody is set up differently and we all change constantly. by learning to listen to our bodies, we will notice when we should eat raw, cooked, more carbs, less carbs, blueberries, spinach, etc. that’s one of the beauties to eating and living and developing!

    as for joining the challenge, i need to see if my finances will allow for it… i plan to at least hit up a green smoothie every few days which is better than what i do right now :)

    ooh. and an idea if it isn’t too labor intensive… maybe set up a message board for those who join the challenge to chat about how it’s going for them while it’s happening? and to encourage each other to stick with it? it might be kind of fun!

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  • 46. Andrea  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Sara,
    I’m in. I might start earlier though.
    30 days is my goal.
    great challenge!

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  • 47. Elizabeth  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:33 am

    I do have SIGGs, thanks for the idea. I got away from putting anything but water in my water bottles when I was using other types because they were so hard to clean, but I forget how much easier these ones are.

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  • 48. Tara  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I’m so in, mama!!!

    My smoothie today was several big handfuls of romaine, 2 frozen bananas, 2 chopped apples, and water. Very simple but yummy and filling.

    Thanks so much for this challenge. I loved your temple post too.

    You are such a blessing.

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  • 49. HippieMommy  |  February 14, 2008 at 4:36 am

    I’m in! I’ve already been doing this, and this a great incentive to keep up the good work :) I love green smoothies. They are so yummy, and a great way to “sneak” greens into my kids, lol.

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  • 50. Jessica  |  February 14, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Sara, Hello from your salem virginia friend. I would love to join you in this challenge! Sounds great. I need to start eating better. I already have cut out soda but white sugar gets me. I love SWEETS!

    I hope your travels will go well and thanks for the idea!

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  • 51. Nicole  |  February 15, 2008 at 2:52 am

    We have a lot of smoothies around here, but I don’t always do the greens with them. I’m in to try and can’t wait to see how I feel at the end of the challenge. I’ll likely start early though, because who wants to wait to feel even better? :)

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  • 52. Carole  |  February 15, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I’ll be joining you come the 25th! (and until then I think I’ll start experimenting with the smoothie recipes) This is an area that I have always known I should change, but have struggled to get the courage up to really try it. Do you have suggestions for drastically reducing white sugar in one’s diet? :) I seem at a loss to know what to eat instead.

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  • 53. Amber  |  February 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Woohooo I’m excited! Can’t wait.

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  • 54. Kristy  |  February 15, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’m in! It will give me a good boost for the last trimester!

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  • 55. Claire  |  February 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Sarah…A friend of mine recently emailed me your walkslowly blog and I’ve been LOVING reading all your articles and checking out your blogs. I’m in for the smoothie challenge and I’m going to bring another friend along for the ride. Thanks for the great idea and the encouraging posts!

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  • 56. melissa treadwell  |  February 15, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Ok, so I thought about your blog yesterday when I was at the grocery, and bought some kale. I had some bananas in the freezer, so I tried this smoothie today. I was prepared for a healthful tasing drink, if you know what I mean. I was shocked. It was delicious!!! That’s it–I’m hooked. I am so amazed!

    In the past our smoothie has been what we call “banana milk.” I ‘used’ to use tofu, raw egg, pure vanila, cinnamon and milk. Because we don’t eat meat, I wanted to be sure my kids were getting enough protein, so this was my attempt to hide tofu. The bag of clearance bananas fit right into our budget. I can tell you now that I have traded in the milk for the kale.

    Thanks again. I am going to try your challenge.

    Melissa

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  • 57. Lauren  |  February 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I’m in. I just need to see if I can borrow my mom’s blender for the month! I’m pretty sure it would be easy to hook Ella on smoothies…and she’s in a stage where getting greens into her body is a challenge! By the way, Ella is *always* asking when Bella can come back for a visit!!!! She asks in particular anytime she is jumping on her trampoline or PAINTING HER NAILS ;)

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  • 58. Sue  |  February 16, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Mangoes! Gotta try this.
    Love your blog….

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  • 59. Jackie  |  February 16, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I am in too. I saw this challenge on my accountability partner’s facebook. I am up for the challenge.

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  • 60. Carolyn  |  February 16, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I love juicing! I used to make cucumber/grape and carrot apple juice all the time, but my juicer died a long time ago. I’ve been reading about these awesome green smoothies thinking…”poor me…no juicer” When I read the word “Blender”….well, duh…I’m a dork!

    SO, I’m in! I love green stuff! Although, I’m SUPER far from eating well…you guys are such an inspiration!

    I’m putting the Coke Zero down and throwing away my Reeses Valentines Egg….

    My blenders going on the counter….and I’m off to get some Kale!!!

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  • 61. Stacey  |  February 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Ok. I am in. I’m good with the exercise but a total caffeine junkie…oh and diet coke. Yowza.

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  • 62. Lori  |  February 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Drinking my second 16 oz. glass of fresh mango, whole heart of romaine, bunch of mint, frozen strawberry, water smoothie right now. Thank you for the recipes and inspiration!

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  • 63. To Think is to Create  |  February 17, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I’m in lady. :) Thanks for the fire under my butt…

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  • 64. Lori  |  February 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I can’t wait to get started!

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  • 65. Bree  |  February 18, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Today, I had my first green smoothie: spinach, green apple, mango, ginger, and a few blackberries blended with water. Delicious! I’m in for the challenge… shoot, I might even start tomorrow. :D

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  • 66. 4 Little Men  |  February 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Great challenge! I’m in!

    Brittany

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  • 67. Jennifer  |  February 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I’m in! I never get enough greens so this is perfect!

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  • 68. Kristen  |  February 20, 2008 at 5:23 am

    I’ve been a fan of all your blogs for awhile and I’m really excited to join this with you all. I’ve been juicing and taking a barley wheat grass drink daily for awhile now, but I’ve been wanting to add smoothies to the mix! Thanks for getting us all going with this one.

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  • 69. millicent  |  February 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I’m in! I just made my first green smoothie and the kids begged for some–we all enjoyed it!

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  • 70. chrisnjana  |  February 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Sara,
    Jana has me convinced…it’s a big step for us, but we just finished our first apple/banana/orange/kale smoothie! We were pleasantly surprised! We’re going to give it our best and do it for 30 days…hopefully it’ll become a habit! Thanks for the recipes and as always, love your flickr site!!

    –some of your Lincoln friends, the Darst’s

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  • 71. Lorene  |  February 23, 2008 at 4:18 am

    I just found your site- Wow- what a great challenge I am very competitive and this is great!! I’m in:)

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  • 72. Ayana  |  February 24, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I’m in! I’ve tried raw several times, and each time I drift back to cooked foods. My dh and dd1 don’t really get into it so it gets kinda hard making seperate meals- Though I do now feel I could do much better by keeping my raw meals simple. Anyways, just went to the market so should have enough greens to get me through the first week. Looking forward to a permanent change!

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  • 73. Rachel  |  February 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Okay. I’m in. We (dh and I) bought a whole bunch of yummy organic produce yesterday and we’re all set to drink our green smoothies everyday and eat a lot more raw food, though not 100% raw. Also, for me: no soda, no sugar, and I will TRY to do physical activity everyday because I desperately need to (does walking around the house all day long straightening up a 3 year olds play messes count at all? ;)) and want to.

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  • 74. Rachel  |  February 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, and I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for the motivation to eat more raw foods! I somehow missed all your raw food posts so I read them all this weekend – and then re-read them to dh. He’s excited about it, too! Thanks again :)

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  • 75. Joining the Green Smoothie Challenge « Simply Delicious  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    [...] February 25, 2008 Filed under: 1 — Rachel @ 3:09 pm I’ve decided to join the Green Smoothie Challenge that Sara over at Happy Foody thought up. It officially starts today, but Adam and I had our first [...]

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  • 76. This Simple Life » Blog Archive » Salad in a Glass  |  February 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    [...] I said all that to say this:  Happy Foody is hosting a 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge.  I’m in and I think you should be too.  It certainly can’t hurt to get more [...]

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  • 77. Megan  |  February 25, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Waiting until the last minute as always – count me in! I have already noticed a huge spike in my grocery bills since trying to go raw (or at least a ‘little’ raw)…but I know it is worth it. When trying to eat pure and unprocessed foods – fruits & veggies are the purist form of untouched/processed goodness.

    I had my first green smoothie last week, and made another this morning. The do hold for 3 days – I like to make them the night before and have them ready for the next morning. I’ve even convinced my husband to have a few!

    Thanks for creating the challenge! I’m really excited!

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  • 78. Green Smoothie Challenge! « Twist and Shout  |  February 25, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    [...] of today I am on the Green Smoothie Challenge. Thanks to Sara of Happy Foody, Walk Slowly, Live Wildly and The Live Lightly Tour for challenging [...]

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  • 79. Shannon  |  February 26, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I started yesterday. I had no idea there was a challenge, but I’m so glad I found it.

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  • 80. spring green, or spring mud « retinal perspectives  |  February 26, 2008 at 3:51 am

    [...] green, or spring mud I’m participating in Happy Foody’s green smoothie challenge because I thought it’d be fun.   The other day, I was telling my little sister about the [...]

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  • 81. Green Smoothie Challenge « That’s Swell  |  February 26, 2008 at 5:28 am

    [...] Smoothie Challenge Originally uploaded by thats swell. I am taking the 30 Day Green Smoothie challenge from Happy Foody. A green smoothie is a smoothie made using fruit and ‘greens’ such as [...]

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  • 82. Jill  |  February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    My friend Dana of Think Pink blog pointed me here. I love your blog and I’m feeling inspired. I was drinking green smoothies every day for lunch and was healthier, had more energy and lost weight. But I got out of it over the winter. I’m ready to start again even if I am a day late!

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  • 83. Day 2:: Green Smoothie Challenge « That’s Swell  |  February 26, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    [...] uploaded by .Delight. Today is the second day in the Green Smoothie Challenge. Ideally I would have a 16 oz. green smoothie for breakfast, maybe a piece of fruit or granola bar [...]

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  • 84. Peggy  |  February 27, 2008 at 12:49 am

    I’d like to join! I just found it today (one day late) but we have a Green Smoothie every day at our house! I’m happy to read how others are doing as well! Thanks.

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  • 85. amanda bel  |  February 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I’d like to join too, this is just what we need right now! Thank you for writing such an inspiring and energizing blog!

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  • 86. Rebecca  |  February 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Hey my friends from xanga are trying this…I know it’s a day late but I think I will try it too!

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  • 87. Nancy  |  February 29, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I’m new to the green smoothie thing – and I have a quick question: do you leave the skin on the apples and pears? I know there is a lot of nutrition there, but I’m not sure my blender can handle those!

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  • 88. livelightly  |  February 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Nancy…I leave my skins on and I have a pretty old blender. You just have to go slow and blend for a LONG time to get it smooth :)

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  • 89. Cara  |  March 1, 2008 at 2:22 am

    I’m loving green smoothies – I’ve been doing these every morning for almost 3 weeks now, and they are AWESOME! Isn’t it cool when something so-o good for you is also yummy! I noticed a difference in only two days of this along with a raw lunch featuring a bunch of greens and other veggies too.

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  • 90. 101 in 1001 « A Life Profound  |  March 3, 2008 at 2:50 am

    [...] 40 days green smoothies [...]

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  • 91. Cynthia  |  March 3, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Hey,
    I love Green smoothies!! I am a bit late to start the challenge with you but I am planning on 40 days of green smoothies, so can I join in? Day one was today, March 2nd.

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  • 92. Michelle  |  March 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Green Smoothies..what a great idea. I’ve had one at breakfast for the past 2 days. So yummy and healthy! Mine’s been spinach/strawberry/blueberry/silkentofu.. wonderful!

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  • 93. Kathleen Marie  |  March 4, 2008 at 4:04 am

    I have never heard of this. Challenging indeed. I think I would have to add more fruit. God Bless!

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  • 94. Lisa  |  March 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    i just posted about green smoothies. My kids all love them and me too. Yummy. Were in.
    Lisa

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  • 95. More green smoothie/juice ideas « Raw World After All  |  March 18, 2008 at 12:31 am

    [...] on March 18, 2008. Happy Foody blog has been such a wealth of information in this [...]

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  • 96. Will It Blend? « hollyannewilliams  |  April 8, 2008 at 2:59 am

    [...] — hollyannewilliams @ 8:59 pm Tags: Smoothie Challenge Last week, Jamin and I started the Green Smoothie Challenge.  By using our blender every day for a week, we have already used it more this week than in the [...]

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  • 97. Jess  |  April 14, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    This idea is so amazing!! I am really excited about embracing the challenge and possibly the raw diet. My main problem is that I am in college and the cafeteria options are not always health friendly, whereas I am living on a college student’s budget and don’t want to spend more than I have to. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can live a little healthier?

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  • 98. Green Smoothie Testamonials « Happy Foody  |  April 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    [...] 16, 2008 The Green Smoothie Challenge results are in…and it was amazing and life changing! Here are some of the testimonials I [...]

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  • [...] Anyway, I read about smoothies, especially green smoothies over here, and she got it from over here.  [...]

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  • 100. Mae  |  April 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Just thought I’d shed a little light on Serene and her sister’s teeth problems. I lived with their mother and with them for two months helping out at their ministry, Above Rubies. Her mother was receiveing a considerable amout of hate mail about being vegan/raw foodists.( I volunteered in the office) Fact is the “bun ladies”( legalistic Christians,strict and against anything they consider new agey) were fat and Seren’s idea’s theatened thier lifestyle. From my observations that strongly infulenced Serene’s new idea on diet- it was’t just the turkey her daughter killed or the teeth. She wanted to save face for her mother. Also the whole family has hereditary teeth problem’s-Serene’s sister told me her self. She also told me that she had lived in a third world country on an extemely poor diet…that would make anybodies teeth fall out.

    I lived on an all raw food diet for a 4 years and my teeth are just fine. You just have to find a balance

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  • 101. Arnetha  |  April 29, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Hi, I just found your web site and just found out about Green Smoothies. When will you have your next 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge?

    Thanks, Arnetha

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  • 102. Super-Junk » Blog Archive » A Fresh Start  |  May 7, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    [...] to fill my empty cupboards. I’m also trying to eat healthier – I’m currently addicted to raw green smoothies (made a big batch of mango parsley this morning – YUM!), and walking or riding my bike places I [...]

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  • 103. shellie  |  May 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I am in with you, since talking to you I have been so excited about learning all I can about healthy eating. I will start this weekend once I go shopping. Wish me luck, Getting started is easy, its staying deicated and focused that is hard for me.

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  • 104. Jennie  |  May 23, 2008 at 3:12 am

    We are big on smoothies but haven’t added the green stuff so I will give it a try. I for sure need some help on losing weight for the swimsuit season. Also who doesn’t need more green in their life! thanks for the info!!!!

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  • 105. Desiree  |  May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Hi, I am from the Netherlands and writing a book on feeling good and eating delicious. In this book I will include a part about rawfood, not very known yet overhere. Your site is very informative, with great recipes, links and beautifull photos. I will never go completly raw, I would miss pasta and risotto too much. But I shall go for the 30 days challenge. Keep on with your fantastic site. Are you a recipe writer? You should publice your own book! This summer we are going to the States, Eastcoast. Any good green restaurants, shops etc. in NY?!

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  • 107. peggy  |  May 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I’m in. A few days late for the May challenge (is this a rotating challenge?) BUT I’ve had a green smoothie for the past two days so I’m not as behind as it might seem. :)

    Question about the badge in your sidebar. Is that once I’ve completed the 30 days or can I snag it now (saving it to my own server, of course) and put it in my own sidebar with a link to this post?

    Love your blog! First found you on MDC with all those colourful pics of your adorable apartment.

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  • 108. mer  |  May 31, 2008 at 1:40 am

    i hesitate to admit: i have never heard of an all-raw diet (and i’ve only read this one post as i just linked from another blog). my family much prefers our veggies raw – and we do love our veggies. we cook our meals, but we have a lot of raw veggies and salads, etc.

    aaaaaanyway, i have a question about the smoothies. how much do these recipes make? does each make one 16oz smoothie? not sure if my little guy would drink them, but it’s worth a try.

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  • 109. Alicia  |  May 31, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    We’re in! I made my first green smoothie this morning. Baby spinach, mango, banana, frozen strawberries, and two cups water, oh and a splash of honey. My two year old drank 8oz and loved it. Oh, and I found your blog through Emily Falconbridges. I’m excited to go back and read previous posts.

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  • 110. green smoothie  |  June 3, 2008 at 11:09 am

    [...] for breakfast. I HIGHLY recommend getting the book ???Green For Life??? by Victoria Boutenko. …http://happyfoody.com/2008/02/13/the-happy-foody-green-smoothie-challenge/How to Make a Green SmoothieDr. Ben Kim gives you a recipe to make a green smoothie from [...]

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  • 111. kent  |  June 3, 2008 at 11:36 am

    there is much wisdom around to not mix fruit and vegetables…especially in the same glass…different digestive enzzymes…not such a good thing to do…nice idea perhaps refine it

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  • 112. Danielle  |  June 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I found your blog from Emily Falconbridge’s blog. I immediately started doing green smoothies, and my picky 22 month old LOVES them. We have been doing them for about 2 weeks, so I am happy to be in on the challenge!

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  • 113. amy lapain  |  June 4, 2008 at 12:56 am

    what are the health benefits from a raw green smoothie vs. green juice? i know there is the fiber difference. i recently bought a breville juicer and we do really like it but curious what other benes there are for a green smoothie. btw..loving your blogs. just found them via org junkie.

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  • 114. Drink Green « Conserve, Give, Love  |  June 4, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    [...] from “green smoothie girl” helps to explain how to make them. You can find some recipes here. So, drink up! The health benefits are [...]

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  • 115. Drink Green « Conserve, Give, Love  |  June 6, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    [...] from “green smoothie girl” helps to explain how to make them. You can find some recipes here.  So, drink up!  The health benefits are [...]

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  • 116. April  |  June 13, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Do you think it would be alright to add a little coconut milk to the smoothie to make it a little creamy?

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  • 117. Julie  |  June 14, 2008 at 5:15 am

    Better late than never? We’re starting on Monday. Just shelled out *cough*waytoomuch*cough* for a Vitamix.

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  • 118. livelightly  |  June 16, 2008 at 6:26 am

    April…personally, I would just add frozen banana to make it creamy. As long as you’re not adding too much water, it should be thick and creamy just with the banana. I don’t like to eat a lot of fats in the morning either…and coconut milk is pretty heavy. If you’re looking for something “milk like”, you could always add fresh almond milk. :)

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  • 119. rachel  |  June 23, 2008 at 5:57 am

    my friends and i are doing this challenge and reporting on it at our blog, linked above. delish!

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  • 120. Hamachibelly  |  June 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been on a raw food detox for 2 months now where I’m eating all raw veggies, fruits, roots, seeds and tons of sprouts! – no nuts whatsoever as it’s too oily and slows down digestion which doesn’t allow the body to repair itself as quickly. I’ve been drinking blended watermelon in the morning (add cinnamon to boost the taste into high gear and it’s good for insulin control and cholesterol). At lunch and whenever, I have green smoothies which is better than a salad cuz you don’t desire to add in oil or vinegar which as i said before, slows down digestion and makes the body have to work a little harder!!!

    In addition to eating raw foods, i’ve been drinking 4 oz. wheatgrass a day.

    It’s been the hardest thing and yet, it’s been the simplest thing as well. It’s simple because it doesn’t take a lot of time (especially to blend) and because of the positive feedback. I’ve gotten soooooo many benefits in such a short time. Firstly, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds in less than 2 months. I have energy that’s out-of-control. My skin is unbelievable. I don’t wear makeup, but i have such a glow that it looks like i do. My hair is super shiny now. My nails are much, much stronger and healthier.
    The list is unlimited. When the detox is over, I’m definitely, keeping my program a part of my life….forever!

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  • 121. MissRachel  |  June 30, 2008 at 3:22 am

    i found your blog on a random green smoothie search and am very excited to get started. just one question, im very new to this and wondered how much water to include in my smoothie, any thought??

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  • 122. livelightly  |  July 1, 2008 at 1:02 am

    MissRachel…just add enough water so it’s the consistency that you enjoy. I like mine not too thick, not to watery. I would start with 2 cups and work around that. It usually takes a few “practice” smoothies to find your perfect recipe.

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  • 123. w  |  July 2, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I’ve come across this post a little late but was wondering if you are supposed to peel the fruit before you blend it?

    Thank you so much for providing so much good info and recipes. I tried the sweet and sour coleslaw recipe and it was so good!!

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  • 124. Ruth  |  August 18, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I just found this site and I see that most of these posts are from a few months ago I have been doing the green smoothies for a couple of months off and on and reading thes posts is so encouraging!! By the way you dont have to peel the fruit if you have a good blender although I haven’t done mango and I know that citrus fruit you should peel I still feel that juicing is a good option or addition as well but the green smoothies are so easy and quick and you can really incorporate some good green stuff without getting much resistance from anyone!!I usually use kae,collards ,spinach and parsley along with frozen blueberries ,bananas,and if I have it a little healthy shake powder (low glycemic) for a little extra flavor Some of my older kids also like a little peanut butter in theirs.How did the challenge work out for you that were doing it??Love to hear some stories!!!

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  • 125. Ruth  |  August 18, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I meant kale

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  • 126. tobymine  |  September 2, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    So I tried the celery/kiwi/banana one and it’s pretty gross. I even added some grapes and grapefruit juice to see if that would help, but the celery is overpowering. Now I’m scared to try it again :( Waah.

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  • 127. livelightly  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    tobymine…don’t be scared, green smoothies are friendly and don’t bite :) That combo is pretty yucky in my opinion. Try doing a banana/orange/pineapple/spinach…it will be much better. It’s going to take you several attempts before you find your perfect blend…have fun!

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  • 128. hamachibelly  |  October 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Tobymine…
    just try doing fruit smoothies at first…..
    when you feel comfortable with those and are liking those a lot, then slowly start adding some small amount of veggies like spinach or lettuce.
    if it tastes “too green” (bitter), add lemons to cut the bitterness.
    I personally like fuji apples to sweeten it up.
    definitely it’s a trial and error sort of thing. :)
    good luck.

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  • 129. rosie  |  October 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Not even sure how I stumbled onto the green smoothie idea, but I’ve been eating them for 4 dys and giving them to my kids and we are all HOOKED! I’m worried I’ll GAIN weight with these because I love them and crave them all the time! lol! I’ve been having like, 3 quarts a day! I omit bananas & stick to very low calorie fruits & veges. Talk about a satiated appetite.
    Went grocery shopping yesterday and for the first time ever, I didn’t have a single craving for junk food. Wow! Hoping I can lose the last 10 baby pounds…

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  • 130. Kathy  |  November 8, 2008 at 1:26 am

    For the last week all my daughter and I have heard is the word green. I am battling type II diabetes at 300 lbs and go to bed every night with my body throbbing. I am so tired of it. My daughter is 15 yrs old with a beautiful face and voice but struggles with over 300 lbs of weight. She is tired of it too! I have not felt healthy since about 100 lbs and 8 years ago. We are very excited about this challenge and plan to start tomorrow having smoothies for breakfast and lunch, Then eating a light healthy early dinner. Adding a little exercise I am sure that within a couple months we will feel 100% better and have a great start for the new years. Thanks for sharing this and we will let you know how we do at the first of the year. Sincerely Kathy

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  • 131. Shannon  |  November 18, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Working with raw foods to heal breast cancer. Many little ailments and extra pounds have gone away – now for the big one. I’ve read Green for Life, very inspirational, and been doing green smoothies every morning. My standby is kale or collards or spinach or lettuce with banana, frozen berries, almond or sesame milk or water from a green coconut, and cardamom. I do love it. I’ve stopped using a date for sweetness and don’t miss it too much. Now I’m trying to cut out the other sugary fruits. Any tips appreciated.

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  • 132. Greenie  |  December 3, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Challanges are a fantasitc way to get started in your green smoothie journey. Been having them everyday for over 2 years.

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  • 133. Judy-Straw Cottage  |  February 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’m just exploring raw foods, after really being introduced in the LiveLightly Tour blog. This is a good way to start. I’m in!

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  • 134. Candy  |  February 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I’m in, I love green smoothies. I’m also giving up sugar.

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  • 135. GREEN88  |  March 2, 2009 at 5:04 am

    omg i just found this today, and i am very excited, even though i’m a few days late, i’m counting myself in.
    Height 5″5
    CW:130lbs
    GW: Hopefully by March 28 ….120 lbs.

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  • 136. Denise  |  April 12, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Well, a tad under 14 months late, but better late than never, right? I am in an exercise training class through my massage school right now, which involves two 30 minute cardio and weight training sessions a week. And a full gym membership during the six week class. While I can’t completely do the gym all the time, I’ve netflixed some workout DVDs and am looking forward to getting out in the warmer spring weather. I challenged myself to do 30 workouts in 30 days. This challenge fits perfectly with that one! I’ve made green smoothies in the past, and am looking forward to finally reaping the long term benefits of them. My 3 year old will be happy to have lots of her favorite “green spinach juice” too!

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  • 137. Michelle  |  April 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Hi – I am 6′ tall and weigh 330 lbs which means I need to lose another 150 lbs. I have been incorporating green smoothies for the past 2 months and have lost a few lbs. On average I am drinking about 64 oz of smoothies daily which include 2 bananas, 1 cup pineapple or green grapes or 2 apples and greens. My question is, can I increase and make 3 quarts for the day if I get hungry at night or does that defeat the weight loss goal? I am also going to the dr to check my thyroid.
    Thanks.

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  • 138. Kimberly Kinrade  |  July 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I realize I’m behind the game on this, but I’ve been adding green smoothies to my diet over the last 2 months. I started with 16 ounces a day, then 16 ounces before each meal, and now on good days I drink 2 litres. I got off track the last few weeks to do some personal court issues with custody of my babies, (It all worked out for their best safety and protection) and am now committing to do 5 days of ONLY green smoothies as a cleanse. I’ve done other cleanses before, so I’m not saying this is for everyone, and maybe no one will even read this given it’s now July. But I wanted to write my commitment somewhere. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28 I will drink 2-8 litres a day, however much I need with a minimum of 2 litres, for 5 days, with nothing else but my supplements and water. I can feel that this is what my body needs. I’ll keep everyone posted on my blog!

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  • 139. bettyboop  |  September 12, 2009 at 9:13 am

    has anyone done this for any length of time? i met a lady yesterday who said she’d been drinking a kale/banana smoothie every morning for a week so far and had lost 6 pounds. she was doing nothing else, said the smoothie obliterated all of her cravings and kept her from being hungry for hours.

    i started this morning with kale/banana/water. it wasn’t that great but it wasn’t bad either. i could get it down without gagging. that was a 9:20 am this morning.. almost an hour has gone by and i could certainly eat something right now. i am not starving but i am by no means close to full either.

    i will wait til lunch. maybe i need to add more kale, i added about 3 big leaves and two bananas.

    thanx

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  • 140. bettyboop  |  September 13, 2009 at 7:03 am

    day 2
    yesterday i was starving all day.. one of those days where you can’t get enough to eat. so even tho i had the kale/banana smoothie in the morning.. i pretty much ate every hour after that.

    woke up really hungry this morning and feeling a bit of a flu coming on so i juiced carrtos/apples and a ton of garlic…

    now i am drinking a kale/banana/pineapple smoothie… we’ll see how i do today. :)

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  • 141. grace  |  January 2, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Thanks so much for the recipes! I don’t like salads and often don’t have time to cook. I’m looking forward to trying your smoothies.

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  • 142. tanya.am  |  March 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

    hi everyone! i am new to all this greens stuff myself. but so far i love it! all your info helps me alot and keeps me going on my green smoothie kick! thanks so much for your blog..i will check it out whenever i need a new recipe! I also just found this free site on how to make green smoothies…try it out if you want fresh new ideas:)http://www.greensmoothiequeen.com/gogreen/0310ripplemaker

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  • 144. Bettlin  |  March 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I hope this thread is still alive and well, in addition to everything mentioned in this post and the replies i found a bunch of info at http://greensmoothiesblog.com i love to see all this buzz about smoothies!

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  • 146. COREKA  |  August 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    i STARTED A MONTH AGO AND WEIGHT 229. WELL i DOWN TO 213 AND i FEEL GOOD AND A PANT SIZE SMALLER. i LIVE WITH MULTIPLE SCERLOSIS EVERY DAY AND I FEELING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW. i LOOK AMAZING, HAIR, NAILS, SKIN. NOT GOING TO GIVE IT UP. OH BY THE WAY, I BECAME A VEGETARIAN AND IT THE BEST i COULD HAVE DONE FOR ME. STICK WITH IT AND YOU WILL BE AMAZE.

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  • 147. Susan  |  September 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I picked up the Green Smoothie book at the library last week. I am an irregluar juicer – I juice carrots for the familty about once a week, but the clean-up is an issue, so I was really intruiged by the green smoothies. I made my first one yesterday and did not have the wonderful results everyone raves about. I used about 2 cups of kale, 1/2 avocado and 1 banana for my 1st smoothie. I could hardly choke it down!!! My co-worker said that it stunk and asked me to remove it from my cubicle. I eat a lot of raw food, so I was really surprised I could not do this! I guess I better start over using spinach this time! Has this happened to anyone else?

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    • 148. Lisa  |  October 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Susan, you need to add more fruit to your smoothie to make it palatable. Next time, try adding 2 bananas and maybe less kale, which is especially “green” tasting. I like to add half a lemon (peel and all!) when I use kale or parsley to cut that green taste. Stick with it and find some combos you like. I love adding apples and frozen berries to our smoothies and sometimes I add a couple of drops of liquid stevia if my ratio of greens is higher than it should be. I think 50/50 is good. Any more greens than that and it can be hard to drink because of the taste. :)

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  • 149. anna nicole meyers  |  September 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Yummy

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  • 150. Lisa  |  October 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I have mild psoriasis and psoriatic nails that are clearing up because of the green smoothies!! This is really exciting to me because I’ve tried so many things and nothing else works like the smoothies. It’s my personal opinion that psoriasis is linked to liver congestion/toxicity and so I’ve been adding half a beet plus the leaves to most of smoothies since beet is supposed to help cleanse the liver. Some other beneficial side-effects are that the quality of my sleep is much improved, I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, my skin is literally GLOWING, irritability and anxiety both much reduced, and my cravings for junk food are all but gone! I also feel like my thinking is clearer and I have less fatigue and “brain fog.”

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  • 151. Rick|Vince|Walter|Todd|Amanda|Susan  |  December 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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  • 152. Local Spinach From Cleburne, TX « Urban Acres  |  February 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

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  • 153. Joanna Le  |  February 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I will gladly try this challenge. I’ve been having green smoothies for breakfast for at at least 4 times a week. Now, I want to keep doing so for 7 days straight. I also want to supplement some of my dinner meals with them. I find the recipe from the Glowing Skin Green Smoothie to be refreshing and tasty. Look it up on youtube and you will know what I’m talking about. I’ve been blending and pureeing water, lettuce, spinach, kale and/or chard, celery, an apple, a banana, a pear, a quarter size ginger piece, and half a lemon. Combination of all this would yield me about 2 and a half glasses-which I’d drink one in the morning and the save the other glass for an afternoon snack and the last half is left in the fridge for a nlater evening snack.

    Tips for those who just started

    1) It is time consuming. So wake up early to prepare and clean your fruits and leafy greens. Also, it’s a messy business so be prepare to spend time cleaning your chopping board, your knife, your blender and left over cuts from your fruits and veggies.

    2) Drink plenty of water. Even though this smoothie is a fibrous drink, you still need water to flush it out. I was dumbfounded as to why I was constipated even though I was drinking this smoothie every morning. I spoke with a colleague on this matter and she told me I need water to help my digestive system flush out. Ha. Make sure you plenty of water.

    3) Go for organic. Sad to say, our foods are ridden with pesticides and often the pesticides even get into the farming soil and into our fruits and veggies through the root. A banana has tough skin, so you don’t have to worry about that. Yet, our leafy greens, apples, pears have very thin skin and will absorb pesticide.

    A trick I heard is to rinse them with apple cider. I’ve never tried this but it’ll supposedly help rid some of the pesticides off your food. I still vouch for organic though. I do understand that organic food is expensive…but it is the surest way to get all your nutrients from your fruits and leafy greens without ingesting pesticides. If you can’t afford it, I would recommend going to your local farmer market. They offer great deals there and often they will be willing to bargain with you. I suck at bargaining, so I don’t even bother with it. My sister can do so much better. I’d let her do the talking. I’ve been encountering deals on me on like last week, I brought a bunch of organic kale,a bunch of swiss chard and a bunch of carrots for 5 bucks!

    Hopefully, you will benefit from these tips.Take care!

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  • 154. Joanna Le  |  February 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    P.S I will also try the recipe on this website because frankly, I would be bored out of my mind if I drink only one type of smoothie for breakfast. Thank you for sharing your recipes! :D

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  • 156. Spring Produce In Full Swing! « Urban Acres  |  April 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

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  • 157. Rich Ferguson  |  April 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    You’ll love this entertaining video called Green Drink Magic! Enjoy and share the recipe as you wish! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvV7jcJyWcA

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