I like to use sweet bell peppers (red/yellow/orange, not green) in my smoothies. Fennel is also excellent, it will impart a slight anise (licorice) flavor, and you can use the stalks and fronds as well as the bulb. Cucumber makes it refreshing, I like to use the seedless variety. Zucchini will actually make it a little creamy in texture. With all the fruit you have in there I wouldn't add the beets, since they're high in sugar.
[QUOTE=joelwlcx;1012972]You know, if I was a vegan, I'd be eating plenty of vegetables (including mushrooms, regardless of botanical designation), starchy roots and tubers, olive and coconut oils and the (healthy) like, and rice and beans for protein. That sounds much better that rancid flour and soy Franken-foods.
And why is tea "invalid"?[/QUOTE]
Tea doesn't count as you brew it. If you eat tealeaves or drink several litres a day, then you might be able to argue that it makes a significant dent in your nutrient intake, but, otherwise, it's just a nice-tasting brew with few benefits that can't be got from eating fresh herbs and leafy greens. I drink TONS of tea, but the extra fluid seems to be making more of a difference than "antioxidants" ever will.
I'd consider eating tealeaves, though... Or using them in a vegetable stock... yum! :D
[QUOTE=kot;1013194]When I started Primal/paleo I was all about the MEAT. Now I better understand the gatherer part of hunter gatherer. Especially after watching [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs7jqqdv5eg"]Dr. Terry Wahls TED talk on youtube [/URL].
She says 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies a day. I donít like to cook, nor am I good at it. So Iíve been putting my vitamix to work. I make a green smoothie 4-5 times a week with these ingredients. It fills about 2x32 oz mason jars. I drink one right away, put the other in the fridge. Then eat a protein heavy meal midday and the other smoothie for my third meal. This works well for my shift work schedule, and I notice a difference in brain fog and general wellbeing if I skip a couple of days.
[U]Fruit and vegies [/U]
3-5 stalks of kale stem and leaves
1 large carrot
1 large stalk celery
2 leaves of napa cabbage
1-2 Handfuls of spinach or 3-4 chard stem and leaves
Small bunch of parsley or cilantro
1/ 3 frozen banana
3-5 frozen strawberries
5-8 frozen raspberries
5-8 frozen blackberries
Ĺ-1 cup blueberries
Sometimes 5-10 cranberries
Sometimes 2-4 chunks of frozen mango
[U]NON fruit/veg adds[/U]
1 cup plain coconut milk
1/2 cup plain coconut kefir, or coconut yogurt
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. cacao nibs (any more and I canít sleep)
1-2scoops GNC amp strawberry whey (20-40mg protein)
4 brazil nuts
8 macadamia nuts
1 oz. homemade spirulina(10g), chlorella (5g), berry, mushroom, root, and herb powder mix
Stevia to taste 0-3 packets
I have been trying to expand/exchange/rotate in some new greens and vegies. Any suggestions? Beets?[/QUOTE]
Look up a chart of seasonal veg. Not the ones that list 10-20 vegetables, one of the complete ones. And, when you want to spice your smoothies up, pick something that's in season and that sounds/looks interesting.
You discover a lot of new and interesting flavours when you go boldly... forth. Nope... That wasn't about to become a Star Trek joke... Not at all. :p
1. Buy bag of frozen vegetables
3. Saute in a bit of coconut oil
750g of veggies, guaranteed, every day.
So far today:
-2 leaves cabbage
A banana and some more veg due later with dinner!
Mmgh, I spotted alfalfala sprouts yesterday, so I have had that with my salmon... Today I am thinking
-a few radishes
I am not feeling like cabbages today, but I might change my mind yet! Gotta buy red cabbage one of this days :)
-2 cabbage leaves
Had a banana earlier, too. :)
The meals I eat that'd count as vegetarian: [url]http://onepoundmeals.blog.com/category/meals/vegetarian-meals/[/url]
My veg for the day:
5 leaves lettuce
1 stick celery
100g mixed veg
Fiance had about the same, with no beetroot, but more cucumber.
I have a salad each day for lunch at work. I make five on a Sunday evening and take them on a Monday so I'm not trying to put them together first thing in the mornings.
The contents, mixed and split equally between five boxes are:
1 bagged watercress, spinach and rocket salad
1 bagged lamb's lettuce and ruby chard salad
6 sweet red, yellow & orange peppers
1 red cabbage
1 1/2 endive shallots
7 spring onions
Dressing is EV olive oil, sometimes the basil-infused variety. I'm going to be trying more vinegar-based dressings this year, especially when I hit the gym and want to cut back on the fat for gym days.
Dinner often includes a mixed side of red cabbage, kale and garlic along with broccoli and cauliflower. Good potatoes now and again - when I start hitting the gym, I'm going to be having potatoes for dinner and taking cooked and sliced new potatoes in my salads for those days and cutting back the fat.