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Every smoothie I've ever made tasted of banana, I'm off work this week so I'm going to have a go at making smoothies and juices. Also, instead of spinach can kale be used? I'm spinach intolerant (seriously I am).

I don't have a juicer, will my blender do the same job?
Originally Posted by curlylaura

For smoothies, you can use a blender. If you want to get juice from a blender, you will have to strain and squeeze using cheese cloth or a nut milk bag

Yup, I just started using kale. I think it's fine as long as you are using some greens for nutrition. Also, you get more juice from kale than you do from spinach.
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Scrills my mouth is watering. Your combos look so good. Now I'm regretting sending back the juicer I bought on Amazon a few months back.

Every smoothie I've ever made tasted of banana, I'm off work this week so I'm going to have a go at making smoothies and juices. Also, instead of spinach can kale be used? I'm spinach intolerant (seriously I am).

I don't have a juicer, will my blender do the same job?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Yeppers. I love kale in my smoothies! Now, you do have to really blend it good to make sure all the chunks are out if those bother you. I actually don't mind a little chunkiness to mine though.

Another good "creamy" fruit to use is frozen or fresh mango if you don't want banana.


Does anyone have any great spinach combos they would like to share?
I started out just doing frozen strawberries, banana and spinach for my first green smoothie to ease myself in. I also love spinach and frozen pineapple! I need to dig up my "Green for Life" book with all the green smoothie recipes.

Last edited by LAwoman; 04-15-2012 at 02:41 PM.
Scrills my mouth is watering. Your combos look so good. Now I'm regretting sending back the juicer I bought on Amazon a few months back.

Every smoothie I've ever made tasted of banana, I'm off work this week so I'm going to have a go at making smoothies and juices. Also, instead of spinach can kale be used? I'm spinach intolerant (seriously I am).

I don't have a juicer, will my blender do the same job?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Yeppers. I love kale in my smoothies! Now, you do have to really blend it good to make sure all the chunks are out if those bother you. I actually don't mind a little chunkiness to mine though.

Another good "creamy" fruit to use is frozen or fresh mango if you don't want banana.


Does anyone have any great spinach combos they would like to share?
I started out just doing frozen strawberries, banana and spinach for my first green smoothie to ease myself in. I also love spinach and frozen pineapple! I need to dig up my "Green for Life" book with all the green smoothie recipes.
Originally Posted by LAwoman
More recipes please!!!
Why am I chewing this smoothie? It doesn't taste bad, but I guess my blender is not going to work. I'm going back to using the juicer

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Originally Posted by secret_karma
What did you make?

maybe you can try making it in smaller batches or running it thru a strainer.
Originally Posted by scrills
Yeah I have to figure something out. I used spinach, kale, an orange, half an apple, 2 strawberries ginger & some water.

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Unfortunately, today's lunch was not so good. Actually, it tasted liked dirt.

3 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes


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Why am I chewing this smoothie? It doesn't taste bad, but I guess my blender is not going to work. I'm going back to using the juicer

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Originally Posted by secret_karma
What did you make?

maybe you can try making it in smaller batches or running it thru a strainer.
Originally Posted by scrills
Yeah I have to figure something out. I used spinach, kale, an orange, half an apple, 2 strawberries ginger & some water.

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Originally Posted by secret_karma
Did you juice the orange and only use the juice?
Unfortunately, today's lunch was not so good. Actually, it tasted liked dirt.

3 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes
Originally Posted by Springcurl

For me a little beet goes a looooooong way? Do you think it could have been too much beet?
Unfortunately, today's lunch was not so good. Actually, it tasted liked dirt.

3 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Lotta beets and parsley. Radishes, too.
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Unfortunately, today's lunch was not so good. Actually, it tasted liked dirt.

3 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes
Originally Posted by Springcurl

For me a little beet goes a looooooong way? Do you think it could have been too much beet?
Originally Posted by scrills
Unfortunately, today's lunch was not so good. Actually, it tasted liked dirt.

3 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Lotta beets and parsley. Radishes, too.
Originally Posted by Saria
I think it was the parsley and especially the radishes. My sister (acupuncturist and herbalist) said there was too much of the Brassica family in that meal-- whatever that means.

Last night's dinner had beet and it was delicious. Here's last night:

1 large Sweet Potato
1 medium Carrot
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 large Red Beets (Australia beetroot)
2 Golden Delicious Apples
1 Orange, optional

It made a LOT, but it was really good with a nice tang to it.


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What did you make?

maybe you can try making it in smaller batches or running it thru a strainer.
Originally Posted by scrills
Yeah I have to figure something out. I used spinach, kale, an orange, half an apple, 2 strawberries ginger & some water.

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Originally Posted by secret_karma
Did you juice the orange and only use the juice?
Originally Posted by scrills
No, I just threw everything in the blender, do you need to use oj instead?

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yes, I would just use the juice (or use pre-made oj)

With the strawberries, i think you were ok with the blender but some of the others are hard to get smooth (kale, spinach). At least for me, I expect some chunk with my spinach. Even my friend who has a vitamix runs that combo thru a nutmilk bag (I think you can also use cheese cloth).

and fyi, blending loner might just turn your smoothie into soup (it can heat up)
I use whole oranges in smoothies. It's the kale that will tax your blender. That's a lot of fiber.
Oh, and you put in apple. Apples don't blend smoothly raw.

Springcurl, beets are delicious, but too much will overpower everything with their earthiness and three beets is a lot. Brassica is mustard and cabbage family, basically, so from broccoli, to Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, etc.
I'd be hesitant to put in even half the amount of radishes in that mix.
Good point Saria, a blender and an apple will more likely make apple sauce and not apple juice
I have the jack lalane juicer as well. I've only juiced carrots and Fuji apples with it. I just purchased the vitamix blender. I have yet to use it though. I haven't gone shopping. I'm such a pj.


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Ah I see, no kale and no apples in the blender, got it. I'm gonna try again minus those.

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Springcurl, beets are delicious, but too much will overpower everything with their earthiness and three beets is a lot. Brassica is mustard and cabbage family, basically, so from broccoli, to Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, etc.
I'd be hesitant to put in even half the amount of radishes in that mix.
Originally Posted by Saria
Never. Again. .



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Ah I see, no kale and no apples in the blender, got it. I'm gonna try again minus those.

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Originally Posted by secret_karma
No, kale is fine in the blender, it's just that it does take some work and if your blender isn't that strong, you'll get some bits in there.
You guys inspired me to go out and buy a juicer this wknd.

I wasn't sure if I would lose interest in this, so I bought a cheaper one (like $70). But the directions caution against the use of fibrous fruits/vegetables. And I like using ginger in these drinks to give them some zing.

Already I see some stuff wadded into the mesh screen, and I assume it was the ginger (I used kale, celery, apples, cucumber and ginger).

It appears I will need a toothbrush to clean it out.

If I get a more expensive machine or a different brand, will I still have this problem? Do you guys with the Jack LaLanne or better machines ever notice junk all wadded up on the parts that doesn't rinse off?
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I haven't had the motivation yet to make my own but just started drinking them from this store that's on my way to work -

Arden's Garden | Fruit Juices and Smoothies

Prices are not bad either, usually 3 bucks for a drink.
You guys inspired me to go out and buy a juicer this wknd.

I wasn't sure if I would lose interest in this, so I bought a cheaper one (like $70). But the directions caution against the use of fibrous fruits/vegetables. And I like using ginger in these drinks to give them some zing.

Already I see some stuff wadded into the mesh screen, and I assume it was the ginger (I used kale, celery, apples, cucumber and ginger).

It appears I will need a toothbrush to clean it out.

If I get a more expensive machine or a different brand, will I still have this problem? Do you guys with the Jack LaLanne or better machines ever notice junk all wadded up on the parts that doesn't rinse off?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I have been worried about that. So far I have been able to get the stuff out, but I just found some instructions online about what to do that I'm going to print out just in case:

Empty the Screen
Disassemble your juicer as soon as you finish juicing to prevent the fruit or vegetable pulp from drying on the screen. Once the pulp dries, it will become more difficult to remove. While the pulp is still wet, you can empty it into a trash can or save it for cooking and baking purposes. Use a paper towel or a dish rag to wipe out as much of the pulp as possible before you begin cleaning.

Soak the Screen
The Oster company recommends soaking your juicer screen in a solution of 9 parts water and 1 part lemon juice. The lemon juice and hot water will help soften and break down excess fiber trapped in the screen. This fiber comes from the fruit and vegetables juiced in your juicer. If you allow the fiber to build up, it could clog the screen and prevent juice from flowing through the filter. According to Oster, a company that makes juicers, extremely ripe fruit produces more pulp and may clog up your screen faster than regular ripe fruit. You probably won't need to soak your juicer screen after every use, but if the pulp stubbornly clings to the screen or you notice a residue buildup, this can help get rid of it.

Scrub the Screen
Use a nylon brush to scrub your juicer screen until all visible fiber or pulp is removed. The Jack Lalanne juicer manual recommends scrubbing the screen under warm running water to help remove the pulp and any residue. When the screen is completely clean, water should flow smoothly through all of the tiny holes. If the screen is still clogged after scrubbing and soaking in lemon juice and hot water, you can use hot, soapy water to clean it. Rinse away all of the soap when you finish cleaning to prevent the soap from contaminating your juice the next time you use your juicer.


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