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SMOOTH SMOOTHIES

Posted by gottadime

Smoothies are perfect for pre-op and post-op, pre-colonoscopy and post-colonoscopy (DRINKING THE COLONOSCOPY OR OPERATION PREP blog coming soon).  Smoothies are especially good on days that end with the letter “y”.

After having a semi-colon removed last summer I had no choice but to drink smoothies, and after a couple weeks I became a smoothyholic, drinking them daily.

I bought a Ninja blender/food processor and I like it a lot.  It’s not quiet like you would expect something called Ninja to be, but it chops things up fast like you expect a ninja to, and while using it I make sounds like Bruce Lee does in his movies.  There’s a lot of choices out there: blenders, juicers, food processors…mine has two separate chambers, one for chopping food only, the other for blending food and liquid. 

I recommend taking a nap and eating a light meal (better yet, a smoothie) before shopping for a blender/juicer/processor/paper shredder (kidding about the paper shredder), because there’s many options.  I also recommend paying a little more to get better quality, and something that handles ice and tough vegetables and fruit. 

Pre-mixed smoothies I found have ingredients I avoid (corn syrup, aspartame, etc), so I created my own recipes.  There’s eleventy-million smoothie recipes out there in cyberspace, so I’m going to save you the trouble of checking the interweb for ideas.  Below are some ideas to get you started.  I don’t use exact measurements, I just get creative and make it happen.  Ninja-style.

SWEET TATER SMOOTHIE (my all-time favorite)

Boil some sweet potatoes (I have used as few as six, as many as 17) until you can easily poke a fork into them.  Rinse potatoes with cool water before skinning---they will be hot!  Pull the skin from the eye and the entire skin should come off easily.  Save the skin, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals if organic (“organic food” is what people called “food” 100 years ago…don’t get me started).  I put the skins in a plastic container in the refrigerator to use in wraps, salads, smoothies, etc.) Mash the ‘taters.  Mash some more.  Mix with vanilla-flavored almond milk, maybe even a little vanilla flavoring.  You might like it thick like yogurt or thin like milk.  Just do it.

BANANA SMOOTHIE

Three bananas, three tablespoons coconut oil, three tablespoons peanut butter (wow, actual measurements he uses on this one), chocolate soy milk. Wow. Make it a double.

PURPLE SMOOTHIE

Radishes, apple juice; chunky but good for you.

GREEN SMOOTHIE

Kale.  More kale.  Water and protein powder.  Looks like something you shouldn’t drink, so you won’t have to worry about somebody drinking it while you’re away from the fridge.  Kale is awesome.  Kale chips are good, too (olive oil on kale leaves, sprinkle sea salt, cook at 350 for 15 minutes but watch close so they don't burn.  And now back to smoothying.)

You get the idea.  Any number of vegetables and fruits (2 veg to 1 fruit is my favorite ratio) combined with either milk, juice or water will work.  You can’t go wrong. I can’t imagine any combination not working.  Just don’t add liver, unless you like liver.  I don’t like liver.   Vegetables and fruit are the healthiest things to eat on the planet, right?  Pretty much.  You can also add things like coconut oil, chia seeds, turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar, etc to enhance a smoothie’s taste and/or it’s healthiness.

Please add your own recipes, blender/juicer/processor critiques, etc.

Happy smoothying!   

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Comments:
mooza : yummmmmmmm
Mrs.A : A smoothie sounds delicious, and yes, I agree organic or non-gmo is best by far. Healthy, filling and filled with the vitamins and mineral we need naturally.
gottadime : Organic vanilla milk, 3 bananas, 2 lemons, tablespoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons honey.
gottadime : Coconut water, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, turmeric.
Mrs.A : Hi gottadime,I was wondering if you have ever seen or purchased a product from a company called Goya. The label says its nectar, so I picked up two flavors, I should of read the indigence tho as they contain high fructose corn syrup, but if I don't use them it's only less than a two dollar loss. I was thinking about using them for a smoothie, any thoughts? Thanks~
gottadime : Ma'am, step away from the High Fructose Corn Syrup! Just kidding but not really; researching HFCS is like anything else: it depends who the source is, but I cannot find anything redeeming about it. In fact, some of the alleged side effects are alarming. I am no Food Genius but I avoid HFCS like the plague, especially after having colon cancer twice. I haven't found a Goya juice product without HFCS. Finding juices without HFCS can be a real challenge, so I go straight to the health stores for smoothie bases.
Mrs.A : ok, thanks, and yes I do try to stay far away from the HFCS but I was anxious to try the nectar so I got it. Guess I will write goya and let them know how disappointed to find the ingredient.
carolgeb60 : I am having surgery and wanted smoothies to drink when at home. This will help. Does this make you go more? Is the texture thicker or watery as well. Just wondering. Also, should I watch out for high fiber things in my smoothies?
Mrs.A : Hi Carol, I can only speak for myself and it doesn't make me go more. High fiber things seem to thicken output so you would have to think on that since I do not know which surgery you are having. The hospital nutritionist should give you a list of what you can and can not have and the amounts. Best wishes on your surgery. Always research everywhere you can get information so you can make a well informed decision that is right for you.
gottadime : Apple and Beet Groovy SmoothieIngredients: •1 cup coconut water •1 cup almond milk •2 cups water•2 cups spinach, packed•2 red apples, halved, stems removed•1 avocado, pitted •1 beet, roasted and peeled•4 dates, pitted and soaked•1 frozen banana Note: You may find that tossing in a couple of ice cubes is a good way to finish it off Directions: Blend and EnjoyRead more: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/apple-and-beet-smoothie.html#ixzz2aHT3AF8 k
gottadime : Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie1 cup 100 percent apple juice1 container (8 oz.) strawberry nonfat yogurt2 whole kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped1 package (10 oz.) frozen unsweetened strawberries1 tsp. almond extractIn blender, place apple juice, yogurt and kiwi. Blend until smooth. Add strawberries and almond extract. Blend again until smooth and thick. Serve immediately. (Unused portions may be frozen.) Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 111 calories, 1 g. total fat (0 g. saturated fat), 26 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. protein, 3 g. dietary fiber, 32 mg. sodium.
mild_mannered_super_hero : hmmmm..... could you leave out the yogurt and substitute tequila ...!!!
gottadime : mild_mannered_super_hero, go easy! Instead of tequila try ginger water: Boil some ginger root in tea kettle, add to water in a pitcher. Use this ginger water as a base for smoothies or teas, or drink as is. Ginger benefits: Ovarian cancer treatment, colon cancer prevention, morning sickness, motion sickness remedy, reduces pain and inflammation, heartburn relief, cold and flu prevention and treatment, migraine relief, menstrual cramp relief, prevention of diabetic nephropathy.Source: healthdiaries. com
gottadime : APPLE PIE SMOOTHIEApples are a great food to include in your diet, especially when mixed with wonderful spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. This smoothie literally tastes like you are eating an apple pie! It is sweet and tart, and has NO refined sugar or added chemicals which you would normally spot in a store-bought apple pie. The benefits of apples are as below:- Reduce bad cholesterol - Prevent Alzheimers disease- Decrease you risk of diabetes- Increase your body's endurance- Protect against colon cancer- Boosts your immune system- Prevents cataracts- Great for radiant skin- Protect the heart - Reduce your risk of asthma- Make your teeth whiter!Ingredients:- 2 apples - 1 banana- 2 medjool dates, pitted- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice- 1/2 tsp. vanilla- 1 cup young thai coconut water (plus the coconut meat from the young coconut if you are using fresh)- 1 cup spinachPlace all in a high speed blender, blend, and enjoy the benefits of this amazing smoothie!Source: Live Love FruitRead more at http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/08/summer-fresh-apple-pie-smoothie.h tml#5kVKOCE0PIfj2FjB.99
gottadime : Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie3 tbsp water1 green tea bag2 tsp honey1 1/2 C frozen blueberries1/2 med banana3/4 C calcium fortified light vanilla soy milkDIRECTIONSIn small glass measuring cup or bowl, microwave water on high until steaming hot. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.In blender with ice crushing ability, combine berries, banana, and milk.Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serveRecipe TipsIf stored for several hours in a Thermos, shake vigorously before pouring. The smoothie will be tasty but thinner than when freshly made.NUTRITIONAL FACTS PER SERVINGCALORIES 269 CALFAT 2.7 GSATURATED FAT 0.2 GSODIUM 52.3 MGCARBOHYDRATES 63.4 GTOTAL SUGARS 38.5 GDIETARY FIBER 7.8 GPROTEIN 3.7 GGRAM WEIGHT 466.10 GPOTASSIUM 417.10 MGWATER 292.20 GCALORIES 269 CALLUTEIN ZEAXANTHIN 171.10 MCGVITAMIN A 144.70 IUBETA CAROTENE 80.40 MCGCALCIUM 63.70 MGCARBOHYDRATES 63.40 GSODIUM 52.30 MGCAFFEINE 45 MGPHOSPHORUS 39.10 MGTOTAL SUGARS 38.50 GVITAMIN K 38.40 MCGFLUORIDE 38.30 MG
gottadime : ABC SMOOTHIEIngredients:1 apple3 beets3 large carrots1-inch piece fresh gingerHandful of spinach or kale leaves, stemmed (optional)Directions:Wash the ingredients well, juice, serve immediately. This is especially good for giving the liver a detox.
freedancer : I have a Juicelady JL500. It is a centrifuge juicer. Do you think it takes out enough of the pulp that the juice can be digested well without blockage? I double strain it just to be safe. I am just starting to try it. Reading your notes, it appears that you are doing ok with it. I have an ileyostomy and have had it since July 12th of this year. Do you juice spinich and other leaves? How is that working for you? Any info you can add would be great. Thank you. Pamela
kattra : I know a guy who is a fireman who has a colostomy. I know that is not an every day event, but when he has to go out, he's fine.