Yes, we really are going green…not turning green, but going green!

I can just hear it:

“Oh, brother!”

Does this mean we are going to start walking to the grocery store instead of driving (wow, that would be a long walk!), carry our fabric bags to put our groceries in instead of the plastic bags and buy food that only comes in 95% recycled containers?

Nope! It means that we are going to drive to the store (a little more often), leave those “green” fabric bags at home and go to the produce section to buy lettuce, red leafย lettuce, chard, spinach, collard greens, bok choy, and a few bunches of bananas! (yellow bananas…don’t eat green bananas! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) And then we walk out to the garden and get some pumpkin, squash and strawberry leaves and a few cucumbers, then to the lawn to get the dandelion and plantain, out the back door to grab some lemon basil, and last of all, to the weed patch to get the lambs quarters….um…yes. That would be in our garden! :/

Green Smoothies are what I am talking about. They taste a whole lot better than they look or smell. (Note to self: don’t ever drink them while warm again. yuck.)

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A green smoothie with just green stuff in it...no fruit added yet

There are a lot of health benefits to drinking these (read THIS book and find out what).ย  We’re not drinking only green smoothies, or going raw.ย ย But we are drinking about a quart a day each. At least I am…and everyone else should be.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย A few nights agoย we were at a seminar and part way through I was wanting something to drink. Water was sitting right there on the table, but it didn’t sound “good” (strange because goat’s milk and water are the only two things I was drinking before green smoothies). I thought, a green smoothie sounds good!!ย  I didn’t think I would actually crave them! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  So the next day I took my own cup…of green smoothie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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After adding the fruit and such...not such a pretty green anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

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ย ย A few books with lots of recipes: (there are more books, just look on Amazon ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Green Smoothie Revolution ~Victoria Boutenko

Green Smoothies Diet ~Robyn Openshaw

Victoria Boutenko has a few books on green smoothies. She tells of a lot of the health benefits to drinking green smoothies. But (the not-so-good part of the book), she also compares human’s dietsย to wild chimpanzee’s diets because “she discovered that the animal genetically close to human beings were chimpanzees”.ย  Sure, maybe chimpanzees and humans both eat greens, blossoms and fruit, but is sure doesn’t mean we are related to chimpanzees…and neither was my parents, or my great grand parents, nor my great great great great great great great grand parents. She obviously has a evolution view on things. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not only do we like Green Smoothies, but Fred does too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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ย I’ve found out that if there is too much fruit in it, he doesn’t like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Green Smoothies have health benefits for pets too….they won’t stink (or as bad), makes their hair shine, prolongs theirย life, will boost their immune system and protect them against cancer (isn’t this cheaper than a lot of vetย visits?). ย Dogs can eat the same smoothies you make for yourself, but aย cat’s smoothie has to have no fruit because they don’t like it and don’t digest it as well. And nether of them should have large quantities.ย  In Victoria Boutenko’s book “Green Smoothie Revolution” she gives recipes and safe quantities for your pets.

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This is our current favorite recipe…I’m sure we’ll try many other mixtures!

Green Smoothie

1-1/4ย  C. water

2 big handfuls of greens of your choice

1 T. coconut oil

Blend well, while blending, add 1 C. ice

Add:

3 peaches (take pits out of course!)

1/3 peeled cucumber

1 banana

squirt agave or a little honey

1 C. frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries etc.)

opt. 1/2 t. flax meal

anything else you think would taste good in there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Blend! Makes 3 servings

You can add any fruit you want, melons, apples, kewi…whatever you want.

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Fruit and cucumbers waiting to go in...

Try going green…you’ll like it! (They reallyย do taste good, but don’t expect it to taste like your favorite Starbucks drink ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  • August 21, 2010 at 9:04 am
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    LOL! I loved reading your post Susannah! You are so funny!

    And to everyone else, I can attest that green smoothies really are pretty good! I am not so fond of the cucumbers, but a few of my favorite combinations are the two handfuls of greens, a peach, and strawberries OR greens, cantalope, and mango ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve just started doing this, so maybe I’ll find some more favorites soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

    We have been attending a Basic Seminar (through ATI) this past week, and the past few days we’ve been bringing our green smoothies in reused/recycled Dunkin’ Donuts cups ๐Ÿ˜€ See, we really are going green!!!

    Jessica

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    • August 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm
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      WOW!!! that’s so funny because we are going through the Basic too with 3 other families!!!! what session are you on? we are ready for #6. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • August 21, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    Hehe, that did scare me a bit at the beginning of the post!:D The smoothie sounds good (maybe perhaps does not look amazing:)); I love smoothies, and what a great way to incorporate the greens that can be masked by the yummy taste of fruit!
    Thanks for sharing!
    A sister in Christ,
    ~Grace~

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  • August 21, 2010 at 11:41 am
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    I love the color green, but green smoothies? I’ll take you’re word on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ How’s the basic seminar going? I’ve alsways wanted to go to one.

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  • August 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm
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    I agree–they are *good*! You can start with more fruit, or even just adding baby spinach or baby romaine to a regular milk based smoothie (add some blueberries and you won’t notice the brown color! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    And if we took fabric bags to get our groceries in, we’d have to take a BUNCH! ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus we wouldn’t be able to recycle plastic bags as bathroom trash bags….

    Glad my family is with me on “Going Green”!

    Lovey you!

    Mommy~Dear

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  • August 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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    How timely! We just got our juicer out again yesterday! I’m ‘into’ health food, so this will have to come up with kefir! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • August 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm
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    oh my…that looks Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I don’t know if you’d get me to try one of those. :p PEE-PEW!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • August 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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    sorry the —— were suppose to be under the disgusting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • August 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm
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    Very funny! lol Those look GREAT! lol Awesome post yet again gals. ๐Ÿ˜€
    -Rose

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  • August 22, 2010 at 8:30 am
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    Enjoyed this post!@ You are a great writer like your Mommy Dear! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree that Green Smoothies don’t sound or look so good at first — but they really are good! I’ve gotten out of the habit though and need to get back into it!

    I wondered if you all drink these as meal replacements, with a meal, or just any time?

    IN the mood for a green smoothie now thanks to you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Elizabeth

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    • August 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm
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      Thank you! Mommy taught me well ๐Ÿ™‚

      We drink them any time…I think I replaced a meal with it once because I couldn’t find anything else to eat ๐Ÿ˜€

      ~Susannah

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  • August 23, 2010 at 8:13 am
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    We’ve tried these before-and they ARE good! Even my brothers are ok with drinking them!

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  • August 23, 2010 at 10:39 am
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    OH BROTHER YOUR GOING GREEN!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› haha..those shakes look quite interesting :D… well i guess i would just have to try them to know :).

    have a good week!!

    love,
    mary

    P.S. why weren’t you at church? we were all wondering ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • August 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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      Yes, you certainly should try one!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ask Kelsey why we weren’t at church, I think Jessica told her ๐Ÿ™‚

      See you Saturday!..right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • August 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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    Ok i’ll ask kelsey… ๐Ÿ™‚ oh haha yes saturday…i read your comment back to mine and i was like mom whats saturday :P…so yup we will see you saturday!!!

    mary

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  • August 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm
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    Congrats Girls!
    Glad to here about the Good Green choices. Keep researching you may want to give-up the processed foods, white flour & sugar…
    Keep your raw goats milk, though. You may also want to make kefir.
    For more encourgement read Sally Fallons book…

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  • August 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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    We make green fruit smoothies all the time. We also put greens in sauces, and in like straganoffs. No one can taste the pureed lettuce and zuquini! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love green smoothies. You should try mango and papaya in one sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚ With oranges too. Avocados are REALLY good in smoothies if you really want a green one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I put one in the kids and they couldn’t tell it was there!

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  • August 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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    Oh and we have a banana plant, and an avocado tree, along with a mango and orange tree. ๐Ÿ™‚ we’ve enjoyed those. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • August 28, 2010 at 2:40 am
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    OOOh cool! My Mum and I love green smoothies! I’ll have to ask her if she’s heard about this book.

    Our favourite:
    A few leaves of Aisian greens (or bok choy, spinach leaves, etc)
    3 oranges
    the equivilent of 2 mangoes (we have them frozen)
    Cup water

    blend it together and wam! Yum yum yum!
    I don’t know if you can get mangoes where you live, but we have lots of mango trees around our house, so that makes it easy.

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  • March 3, 2011 at 10:46 am
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    WOW!!!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD???? Our family has been eating a 100% raw food diet for just about 7 years!! And we LOVE green smoothies… My parents put on raw food classes often and we have have Victoria Boutenko personally as our guest before. Has anyone read her book, “Green For Life”? There are some amazing testamonies…. This is so neat to find out there are other people who don’t think we are “cuckoo” for the way we eat. God Bless You All! ๐Ÿ™‚

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