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Green Smoothies FAQs Part II

Question:

I had tried 2 types of smoothies on my own using your formula. It was delicious but the texture is not as good as what we drank during the workshop – is this due to the blender quality.

Answer:
“Yes you are right on that – the Blender makes a whole world of difference. If you are serious about transitioning onto blended smoothies and foods for the long term, it is definitely more economical and efficient to invest in a quality one.”

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Question:
What can I do with the vegetable stalks, which we do not use in blending?

Answer:
“The best way to use them is to use them in dehydrated recipes like cakes, breads, pies or crackers. We can process these stalks in the food processor in recipes, and they form the base/texture to make raw gourmet snacks ‘chewy’. If you don’t have time or don’t own a dehydrator yet, you can use the stalks to make juice for facial masks, ferment them with fruit peels to make enzymes, compost for your garden, or simply feed them to pet turtles or rabbits! “

Click on the link to see more questions answered on Green Smoothies: Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

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Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

1) How can I make Avocados Smoothies tasty, they usually taste bland; can I blend the pit?

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These questions are increasing because more people are becoming aware of the goodness in Avocados. I was jokingly telling my friend that the price of Avocados may increase pretty soon, at the rate which we are training Singaporeans to incorporate living foods into their diet

The thing when using Avocados is to know that these are not sweet, therefore we cannot rely on them to give a sweet taste to our end-smoothie. If we wish to use them to make good smoothies, we can put in more sweet fruits like red Melons, Grapes & Chinese Shui Jing Pears.

If you have a powerful blender like ours, you can also blend the pit in for extra nutritional boost. Just be aware that the smoothie will taste slightly bitter. We don’t encourage you to blend the pit with a commercial blender, unless you are planning to break the blades. Which may be a blessing because then you’ll have an excuse to finally invest in a good blender!

2) Will blending smoothies destroy the enzymes in fruits & greens?

Any form of processing takes away nutrition from fresh living foods; the best way is of course to consume organic crops freshly harvested from the soil. However, in our busy conventional lives today, we don’t have time to sit down and chew greens whole day, so we use the blender to ‘pre-digest’ the foods.

And yes of course the heat from blades will remove some nutrients but the resulting smoothie will still be much more nutrient dense than a standard cooked store bought meal.

Click on the link to get to Green Smoothies FAQs Part II.

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5 Tips to ‘Upgrade’ yourself as a Smoothie Guru!

For all of you Smoothie Gurus who are making Smoothies regularly – Cheers!

Here are 5 Tips to ‘upgrade’ yourself to Smoothie Guru:

1) Stick to the protocol you learnt with us on keeping it simple, unless you are at the *Smoothie Commando or *Smoothie Queen level.

If you wish to add in new items into your Smoothie, do so one at a time.

(*Which means you can mix more than 6 types of fruits and greens together and still make it taste heavenly)

First of all, thank you for loving our In-House Smoothies, we read that you wished you can make smoothies which taste exactly like ours. Please be gentle on yourselves and remember that we have been on the path for more than 4 years, we make smoothies everyday(still doing that now) & we made so many mistakes!

You are already doing an amazing job with just less than a year of practice.

Whenever you try new experiments, and find that your smoothie taste yucky, go back one or two steps to the basics and start simple again. Use only a max of 2 fruits, under the Conceptual Format that you learnt with us. You won’t go wrong that way.

Whatever you do, never give up! Keep trying till you get it ☺; and you will.

2) Rotation is Key – Rotate with Intelligence to save time

Many of us are lazy to shop for a large variety of fruits; we sometimes only stick to Bananas, Oranges, Apples and Papayas because they are easier to cut.

If we only stick to the same fruits, we are going to become bored and sick of them, not to mention mal-nutrition. (Yes it is POSSIBLE to eat Living Foods and be malnourished.)

Some big fruits like Coconut, Watermelon (yellow, red), Rock Melons are nutritious and tasty to use in Smoothies. But people find them too heavy and bulky, and a hassle to prepare.

One trick is this – buy the big fruits once a week, say over the weekend, chop them up into blend-able sizes, freeze them immediately, and use over the week.

For Coconuts, you can use the water over the 2 days after you open them, and the meat you can freeze in individual containers, and bring them out one at a time as you use each portion.

3) Amen to Avocado!

Please, folks, don’t forget our best friend – the Amazing Avocado. This fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients, anti-oxidants, and minerals & is so affordable. Use half or a whole Avocado in the smoothies. This increases the satiation factor and makes the Smoothie last longer.

Gals, remember how we shared a secret about beauty & drooled at the Avocado during the Intro Workshop? We hope you have been using them regularly; if not, go out and grab a couple today!

4) Use Toppings

By now, you would already have become Intermediate Smoothie Gurus, if not Veterans!

You can now start to experiment with toppings – add some of the favorite Singaporean/Malaysian local fruits like Durians, Mang Ka/Chempedek (Jackfruit), Longans, Rambutans (we got really hooked onto Rambutans lately!), Lychee, Ba Duku, Duku Langsat, Longkang etc into the Smoothies and eat the entire thing with a spoon!

You can even sprinkle 2 Tbs of Cacao Nibs on top for a pre-workout boost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Upgrade the Blender

The best Chef skills can only be showcased through extraordinary equipment. When we were overseas and had to put up with commercial blenders, there was no way we could make divinely smooth Smoothies. It just cannot happen because the blades are weak and lousy.

When you have been drinking Smoothies for 3 months or more, it is time to choose for yourself whether you wish to continue this path. The best way to tell is based on how energetic you feel and how you look.

If you feel great & look fresher than before, you know that what you have done really works for you.

If you decide that – ok this feels right for me, and I wish to carry on incorporating more living foods, particularly Smoothies, because I feel better, look better now; it makes more sense to invest in a good blender.

Get a good affordable blender now to start blending! Email contact@livingfoodslindaloo.com to enquire. More info: The Linda Loo Blender

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Yin Yang Balanced Smoothies

We know that consuming Green Smoothies is an awesome way of getting the best nutrition into the body. They are easy to make, taste delicious, contains first class nutrients, requires little to zero digestion, and produces no by-product toxins.

Now, the key is to balance the nature of the Green Smoothie so that the resulting smoothie is not too cooling, nor too heaty.

In Asia, it is easy to tilt over to the cooling side because firstly, Greens are already alkalizing and most Greens cools the body. Plus the fact that most of our fruit crops are cooling (because we are in tropical climate with warm weathers), it is extremely to feel too cold from consuming Smoothies.

By becoming informed with the nature of fruits and greens, we can plan our Green Smoothies ingredients to make sure we can enjoy the benefits while feeling balanced.

By including a mixture of fruits from both Yin and Yang groups, on rotational basis, we make sure that our Green Smoothies has somewhat a balanced nature, instead of skewing towards either being too cooling or heaty.

To intentionally increase the thermal nature of a Green Smoothie, some easy tips to remember also include throwing in:

1) a 2 inch Fresh Ginger
2) a 2 inch Fresh Tumeric
3) 2-3 Tbs of Raw Cacao
4) Basil, Dill, Oregano
5) a handful of heaty “topping fruits” (fruits which are not suitable for blending but do well as a topping over a Green Smoothie or Green Pudding)
– Longans, Lychees, Rambutans, Duku Langsat,
6) a handful of soaked Goji Berries
7) a handful of soaked walnuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds

Cooling Fruits in Singapore

Bananas
Water Melons – Red, Yellow
Starfruit
Oranges
Grapefruits/Lemons
Kiwi
Strawberries/Blueberries/Cherries
Pears
Coconut Water
Pineapples
Passion Fruits
Most Greens & Herbs are Cooling in nature. Especially cooling Greens are:

Xiao Bai Chye
Sweet Potato Leaves
Water Cress
Cilantro/Parsley

Warming Fruits in Singapore

Durian
Jackfruit/Chempedek
Coconut Meat
Mango
Rock Melon
Sun Melon
Ba Chiku
Red Grapes (with seeds)

Neutral

Papaya
Plum/Peach
Honey Dew
Apples
Avocado
Persimmon
Apricots
Figs

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No Cravings on Green Smoothies! Why?

The top 2 feedback received from participants who started incorporating smoothies into their diet, are a substantial drop in cravings, and subsequently a reduction in junk food consumption

Why do we have cravings all the time?

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Green Smoothies made by The Raw Family at Joy for Life Retreat

Well yes, I used to have humongous cravings for alcohol, tobacco, coffee, donuts, pastries, potato chips, crackers, and any kind of junk food you can name from the snack encyclopedia. If there ever was a ph.D course in Junk Food & Processed Snacks Dictionary, I’d have topped the faculty.

Sometimes as short as just an hour after lunch, I’d catch myself longing for a pastry or fritters. It seems that the more I ate, the more I wanted.

What’s the reason for experiencing all these cravings?

Whatever foods we had been feeding into our bodies, we are programming our cells with them. Our body knows only the foods we eat or had eaten before. And so, when the body needs nourishment, they call out for these foods.

The cells are needing nourishment for our basic survival, proper functioning, healing, recovery and optimal wellness. When these nourishment lacks, our brain receives signals from the body to eat more.

But what’s the real deal here? Are we getting what we require from what we are eating?

From the fact that the more we eat, the more we want, it seems pretty logical to deduce that we are not properly nourished! What’s happening now is that there seems to be global epidemic, somewhat like a never ending slippery slope of obesity, fatigue, pre-mature aging, balding, depression, infertility and degenerative diseases.

Why does it seem so miraculous that cravings can drop substantially after the introduction of Green Smoothies?

You see, when we drink Green Smoothies, we are taking in ALOT of nutrition from Fresh Living Foods. Don’t underestimate that cup of green beverage, because it has everything required by our cells. When blended using proper ingredients, it come complete with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, water and so much more for our complete nourishment!

And the best part is that we don’t even need to change whatever we are eating. Just simply add in the Smoothies.

When we take in these super health enhancing nutrients, we are re-programming our cells with Living Foods Language – which is the Mother Tongue of our cells. We are creations of Mother Earth – Mother Nature.

Those super nutrients get delivered to the door-step of every living cell in our body, plumbing our body up with nourishment. The cells are stronger now to embark on the millions of bio-chemical processes to ensure our survival.

When the cells are properly fed, the brain now receives messages of peace, harmony and happiness. Our mind feels balanced, and calm. Thus, we experience a reduction in signals to grab that donut, sugared drink or coffee.

Instead of Cravings, we experience Contentment.
Instead of Reaching for that Soda, we Reach out to people with Smiles.
Instead of Dozing off while Driving, we Dance with Divinity.
And it all boils down to that simple Green Smoothie.

Cheers to your Smoothie and Bottoms up!

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Green Power – 5 Easy Ways to Make Delicious Smoothies

5 Ways to become the Smoothie King/Queen

1) Use only the ripe fruits:

Ripe fruits contain all the enzymes necessary for digestion and assimilation, and Nature “announce” them for eating when we are attracted by the sweet fragrance of ready-to-eat fruits.

When you use the ripe fruits, their sweetness and juicy texture makes Smoothie making so much easier – you don’t need to wash/prepare too many portions nor add too many other items.

2) Keep it simple!

Unless you are already a Smoothie Goddess (you know it when everything you make turns out awesome!), always keep it to as simple as possible.

The best combo is simply 1 type of fruit, and 1 type of green. The more items you add in, the harder it becomes to control the taste.

3) Use your sense of smell.

Don’t know how to choose quality produce?

Use your nose the next time you are clueless. I learned this in Thailand on a farming course – that our sense of smell can be pretty helpful in determining which produce to buy.

Over time, as I cleaned up my diet, my sense of smell sharpened so much that I can literally smell pesticides on some heavily sprayed produce like tomatoes. So many times when I cannot get organic produce, I engage my nose for some indication.

4) Rotate the greens regularly

If you don’t wish to wake up one morning and find the smoothies you make become tasteless, rotate them intelligently!

The body sends signals to avoid that food when you are getting the same of it day after day.

To keep the smoothies delicious and nutritious, change them!

Humans are not meant to eat only one type of food; which probably explains that there are theories discovering small amounts of toxins in every food crop. When we rotate well amongst all the foods and get the full spectrum, these toxins are canceled by one another.

5) Freeze your fruits for convenience and longer-lasting smoothies

In Singapore’s humid weather, it is best to consume your smoothie shortly after its blended; well at least for the most of it, because that is in its FULL GLORY!

If not, fret not, because Green Smoothies do not oxidize as fast as juices – as researched by Victoria Boutenko (inventor of Green Smoothies, bless her!) So, it is still possible to make your smoothie cold, so that you can store it or carry it around for a later part of the day.

It is easy to make a slightly cold smoothie, simply pre-freeze your fruits, throw in some ice cubes OR use chilled water instead of normal temperature water.

Cheers!

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Green Smoothie Sight Effects!!

1) An obvious and sustainable drop in excess weight – beginning with stubborn fats. Subjects have been known to drop cellulite which were stuck on thighs for years.

2) A sudden increase in hair volume – many people noticed their manes getting thicker and thicker each day as they wake up. If you love baldness, stay away!

3) A substantial increase in energy and stamina – not to be trifled with! People have reported being able to perform physical tasks which makes them breathless or tired previously.

4) Various studies conducted on people of different ethnic origins and ages, revealed that healing is intensified and accelerated. Those days of aches and pains suddenly vanished, and subjects were baffled at how amazing they felt.

5) A sudden improvement in elimination and detoxification. 100% of subjects reported increased bowel movements, less gas and less indigestion issues. For those who love to feel constipated, run as far as you can!

6) Substantial rejuvenation and skin tone improvements within days!! Those who are not in favor of looking young, radiant and fresh, do not so much as look at a Green Smoothie!

7) Mental clarity and awareness grew to unprecedented levels. Subjects reported having a deep sense of emotional stability and peace; and that’s not all – these feelings are actually sustainable and do not have any down-kicks. Serious!

8) Subjects became happy cheerful people miraculously. Optimism shows up often! When mingling with a group of people who drank Green Smoothies consistently, smiles and laughter will dominate more than 50% of the interaction!! Do not take this lightly, for it has been tested and proven countless times with people of all ages.

9) It is an extremely addictive substance – because of its tantalizing fragrance, delicious tastes and sensational texture. Known to cause cravings for superior fresh living vegan foods within weeks!!

10) Puts the drinker IMMEDIATELY into a favorable PH state in which real healing and rejuvenation of body cells occur. Experiments have been conducted with litmus paper.

If you are averse, afraid or resistant to any of the effects mentioned, you know what to do.

We are very serious; do not think we are kidding even for a moment. You have been forewarned, so proceed at your own responsibility!

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Feedback from Robin: “LOVE Green Smoothies! I drink them every day sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I know I need new glasses becasue I’ve been reading without them. Maybe it is the smoothies! I have trifocals.”