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  • #16
    I use green smoothies to get greens into me. I don't put more than three ounces of berries in, some almond milk (1/2 cup) and some sweetener if the berries are too tart.

    I prefer to eat this later in the day. Well, I prefer to eat everything later in the day, but this can be my "midnight" snack as it were.
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    • #17
      Yeah smoothies just aren't right without the sweetness and I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners so I have ditched them like you. You could try a fatty smoothie with coconut milk and or cream in though, that might be tasty!
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      • #18
        I have a smoothie a few times a week- frozen berries, banana, greek yogurt and some nut butter. It's what, 2 serings of fruit and some good fat and protein. Keeps me full half a day.

        I will say, I stopped at a smoothie place assuming I could make one like mine.... yeah, those are sugar and soy bombs.... fat free frozen yogurt and soy, soy, soy.....

        But for me, 4 primal foods whirred in a blender= a primal meal.

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        • #19
          I still do savory smoothies. My favorite right now includes:

          -Tomato (only about 10-15% of the entire smoothie)
          -Onion
          -Garlic
          -Cuke
          -Celery
          -Jalapeno
          -greens of some sort (usually spinach or kale, but whatever is about to bolt in my garden)
          -water (till I'm happy with the consistency)

          I find that chilling this and drinking it in the heat of the summer to be very refreshing. I no longer do the fruit smoothies for the reasons you hint at. SUGAR BOMB OF DOOM!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Supercell View Post
            Yeah smoothies just aren't right without the sweetness and I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners so I have ditched them like you. You could try a fatty smoothie with coconut milk and or cream in though, that might be tasty!
            FOr my birthday last year, my wife made a smoothie "ice cream" for me that was coconut, blueberries, and wild strawberries. Blend the coconut, add in frozen berries. BAM, yummy primal dessert.

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            • #21
              I gave up juicing when I went primal...too many apples and carrots in there!
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              • #22
                Every morning

                Originally posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
                Anyone else reject smoothies when they went primal?

                Jammed with banana, fruit, choco. protein powder
                Massive sugar bomb
                Massive insulin spike
                FAT

                I have one every few months, but strictly treat it as a tasty junk food indulgence.
                Noooope, have one almost every morning for breakfast (complemented with nuts and a boiled egg as later snacks) with usually a combo of some of the following items, mine are no sugar bombs and keep me going for 5 to 6 hours without the mid-morning insulin/sugar crash:

                hemp seeds or hemp protein powder (organic)
                banana (organic)
                dried berries (goji, blueberries, cranberries)
                fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries) all organic and depends of what's available in season, I freeze what I can
                pineapple, apple or other available season fruits (small amounts of these)
                coconut oil or manana (organic)
                raw organic cocoa powder (no sugar added in that stuff)
                whole almonds, cashews or walnuts
                chia seeds
                avocado
                whole milk (organic rBGH and antibios free of course)
                dates

                My pregnant wife needs to check her blood sugar 4X a day, she has the same shakes as me and her sugar is always below 90 after one of these while the other day we had a bowl of vegetables soup that contained potatoes and her blood sugar rose to over 150 (she needs to stay below 140), that says it all.
                Last edited by geotrouvetout; 07-24-2012, 06:34 AM.

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                • #23
                  I don't really like them. Seriously.
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                  • #24
                    Our smoothies are:
                    kefir
                    berries (whatever's in the freezer)
                    1/2 banana

                    My partner will usually add some whey protein since her metabolism is diff than mine.

                    A tiny bit of insulin spike, but I can stay in ketosis most of the time anyway.

                    The savory smoothie sounds good, like a V-8 shushy.
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                    • #25
                      A banana, half an avocado, some baby spinach, unsweetened cocoa, dash of cream, water. Tastes sweet but not to much sugar, for me anyway.
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                      • #26
                        Studies have shown that liquid nutritional formulas like this elicit a higher insulin response because the food requires less digestion and is this absorbed faster. Here's a picture from one such study:


                        NF=Nutritional Formula GT=Glucose Test ST=Standard Test Meal


                        Liquid Nutritional Formula Compared with a Standard Meal
                        Based on the Discussion and Conclusion section:
                        Same GI.
                        Same blood glucose.
                        Different insulin response.

                        Glycemic Index and Insulin Response to a Liquid Nutritional Formula Compared with a Standard Meal[/QUOTE]
                        Last edited by OnlyBodyWeight; 07-24-2012, 04:02 PM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
                          Studies have shown that liquid nutritional formulas like this elicit a higher insulin response because the food requires less digestion and is this absorbed faster. Here's a picture from one such study:


                          NF=Nutritional Formula GT=Glucose Test ST=Standard Test Meal


                          Liquid Nutritional Formula Compared with a Standard Meal
                          Based on the Discussion and Conclusion section:
                          Same GI.
                          Same blood glucose.
                          Different insulin response.

                          Glycemic Index and Insulin Response to a Liquid Nutritional Formula Compared with a Standard Meal
                          OK, but the question is why should I (a healthy individual who is not obese and doesn't have any issues) be concerned about this?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by KathyH View Post
                            OK, but the question is why should I (a healthy individual who is not obese and doesn't have any issues) be concerned about this?
                            Umm, so you don't get fat?

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
                              Umm, so you don't get fat?
                              Who says high insulin on its own every once in a while makes you fat?

                              To answer the original question, I wasn't a huge fan of smoothies, necessarily, but I do love the taste of kale and apple together. I also cannot tolerate too many raw carrots, so I find juiced carrots absolutely delicious.
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