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Offline trish1128

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Newbie!
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:31:29 PM »
Hello all!  Just got a vitamix for Christmas and have been blending green smoothies for a little over a week now.  Decided to do this for health reasons and with the hopes that my hubby and son would join in!  Well, as of last weekend they have both been drinking 1 to 2 green smoothies a day, right along with me!  :)

Anyone know of a good recipe to add mustard greens to?  I've only read that using these greens are not for the faint of heart and are on the bitter side.  I'm starting to get used to the mixed "spring" greens and dandelion, but they are both bitter to me even with fruit mixed in.  HELP!!!

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Re: Newbie!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 08:25:35 AM »
Hello trish!

Great for you for starting on your green smoothies and what a fantastic influence you are for your hubby and son!

It's true that most mustard greens are strong and complex in flavor - usually with a little spicy bite. Dandelion is strong as well. Watch what is in the spring mix as some things like escarole and endive and radicchio can be very bitter.

I really love mustard greens as they are so complex and full of flavor. But not all mustard greens are created equal - they vary greatly with regard to how strong they are but unfortunately are almost always labeled the same as just "mustard greens".

Banana is a good flavor neutralizer as is orange.

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Re: Newbie!
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 03:40:56 PM »
Welcome trish,

How has your Vitamix been treating you the rest of January? Keep spreading the word - everyone can benefit from adding green smoothies.

As already mentioned, some mustard greens are very strong while others are not.

I've added a recipe for mustard greens for you in the recipes section:
>> Mustard Greens Smoothie
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Re: Newbie!
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2011, 11:45:09 AM »
Things are going well.  We love our green smoothies and our vitamix blender!!  Thanks for the recipe.  I'll have to give it a try soon and let you know what I think of it.  I guess I never thought to add spinach with the mustard greens.  Spinach is much sweeter and not as bitter as some of the greens I've tried.  I'll keep you posted!

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Re: Newbie!
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 08:06:44 AM »
Great to hear things are going so well. The sweetness of spinach is what makes it a great addition to strong flavored greens like mustard.

Can't wait to hear what you think!
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Re: Newbie!
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 11:20:02 AM »
trish - spinach is my favorite green in my smoothie. It is mild and does mellow out some of the other stronger greens.