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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:18 pm 
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I just got this book yesterday! I feel like I want to try everything in it. I made the frozen raspberry lemonade and the raspberry cheesecake shake and liked them both very much.

I rarely have smoothies for breakfast since I don't dare wake the neighbours early in the morning with the noise, but they make healthy, fun desserts.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I made the Raspberry Cheesecake shake, substituting cherries with great success. It kept me full for ages too.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I made the peanut flax-ination over the weekend. It was pretty good, but very, very thin. I added some lacuma powder and a few tbsps of oats to thicken it, but that didn't work.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I'm back on the Magnesium Magic kick! I just love what the Vitamix does to pumpkin seeds.

I need to branch out and try more smoothies. I'm intrigued by the chamomile ones. I never really looked through the "calming" section because I don't really look to smoothies as a coping mechanism for relaxation!


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Zula wrote:
I made the peanut flax-ination over the weekend. It was pretty good, but very, very thin. I added some lacuma powder and a few tbsps of oats to thicken it, but that didn't work.


Maybe you over blended it? I make that one all the time and it's super thick and creamy, though I always add extra ice to any smoothie because I only like thick, frosty smoothies.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Zula wrote:
I made the peanut flax-ination over the weekend. It was pretty good, but very, very thin. I added some lacuma powder and a few tbsps of oats to thicken it, but that didn't work.


Maybe you over blended it? I make that one all the time and it's super thick and creamy, though I always add extra ice to any smoothie because I only like thick, frosty smoothies.



Thanks for the tip! I usually think extra ice is going to make it watery. I'll definitely try this again.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Raw buckwheat porridge seems to be all the rage right now and I made the OSG one a few times. I saw the buckwheat smoothie in this book and thought it would be a great alternative for a busy morning in the car doing errands. It was pretty good if you can get over the chalky taste of raw buckwheat. It's an acquired taste I'm getting used to. I added cinnamon to the smoothie instead of cayenne. It would be really good with some added chocolate protein powder, but is very filling as is.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I know some people add xanthan gum to smoothies to thicken them.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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The price for the kindle version of 365 Vegan Smoothies has dropped to $7.99 and I'm tempted to purchase. The one thing that makes me hesitate is the division into chapters based on the smoothies' health properties. I'm trying to get away from thinking about food in those terms.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I don't pay a lot of attention to organization except going for the high calorie smoothies when I need something substantial. It's useful to have those in one place.

The nutritional information is good. It's nice to be able to find high iron, for example, when I know I really need it.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Yeah I use the index to find recipes. Like if I have a mango I check out every one with mango & see which ones I have the other ingredients.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Green Island Cooler - cucumber, pineapple, lime, mint, coconut water - not too sweet and very refreshing on a hot day. I already want another one!


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Marzipan wrote:
Green Island Cooler - cucumber, pineapple, lime, mint, coconut water - not too sweet and very refreshing on a hot day. I already want another one!

I like that one, too.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I just made one with 2 cups fresh cantaloupe, a frozen banana, frozen peaches and I added a boatload of ice. It is delicious; perfect on a not day.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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lavawitch wrote:
I don't pay a lot of attention to organization except going for the high calorie smoothies when I need something substantial. It's useful to have those in one place.

The nutritional information is good. It's nice to be able to find high iron, for example, when I know I really need it.


Okay, you talked me into it! I purchased it.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I think you'll love it--so many yummy smoothie recipes I'd never come up with on my own.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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lavawitch wrote:
I think you'll love it--so many yummy smoothie recipes I'd never come up with on my own.


I think I probably will too. The only downside I can think of is that I hate cleaning the Vita-Mix.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Most smoothies cleanup pretty easily. I just run water for ~20 seconds or so. If the recipe had nut butter, I add a squirt of degreasing dish soap. I'm super lazy, but have yet to not make a smoothie because of the cleanup.

I hate trying to get sauces and dressings out of the stupid VM jar. Smoothie mostly tend to slide out (maybe because I make mine extra frosty).

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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In addition to being lazy, I have a repetitive strain injury in both wrists and a vitamix full of water is heavy for me.


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Try just using a cup of water. For most, it doesn't take much since the motor does a good job whizzing it all around.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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lavawitch wrote:
Try just using a cup of water. For most, it doesn't take much since the motor does a good job whizzing it all around.


I typically use water and detergent, then rinse in the sink (while being careful not to get any water on the bottom). I find that lifting the container off the base and taking it to the sink hurts my wrists. My vitamix is 20 years old and heavy. I'll try just a cup of water and see if it makes enough difference but honestly even empty it isn't that light.


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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Sounds the same as ours. Still ticking after all these years!

I don't think the newer ones are much lighter though, unless yours has a glass jar. Maybe one of the little bullet blenders would be a good solution for you.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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lavawitch wrote:
Sounds the same as ours. Still ticking after all these years!

I don't think the newer ones are much lighter though, unless yours has a glass jar. Maybe one of the little bullet blenders would be a good solution for you.


No, the jar is some kind of plastic material. I don't know much about the little bullet blenders but truthfully, the vitamix was so expensive that I don't want to replace it. I got it before my wrist injury though!


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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I'm still loving this recipe book. I just counted and I've made 49 of them, and I plan to keep on blending my way through the rest. This has become far and away my most used "cook"book, and I can't recommend it enough.

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 Post subject: Re: 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky
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I just bought this and I don’t know where to start! Any recommendations for good green smoothies? I want to see if my stick blender can handle it as I don’t have a fancy blender. I am not sure it will be able to handle kale!

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