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Green smoothie tips and tiredness food tips please

Hey please can you tell me what green smoothies I can make and how to make it? Something simple the only pretty much greens I like and eat is cucumber, spinach, lettuce and mixed salad packet you get from asda. I brought celery while ago had a bite didn't like it was afraid to put it in lol. I usually only have strawberries blueberries with almond coconut milk smoothie today instead of blueberries had it with banana.

There is depression and anxiety underlying factor along with IBS I am doing everything I can and eating much healthier now going yoga and swimming class regularly but unfortunately tiredness/fatigue will always be there it's one of those things. Please can you tell me specific food that will give me energy and keep on top of tiredness.

No point seeing doctor because there's no new advice I will get I just have to keep at it but today is a struggle :(

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Hi Hidden

There is a recipe for 'Watercress, Cucumber, Broccoli & Tarragon" smoothie in my book I have at home, which is by Sarah Owen, and the ingredients are:

2 medium broccoli florets, chopped into chunks

Half cucumber, chopped into chunks

1 large bunch watercress

8 fresh tarragon leaves

Press alternate chunks of broccoli and cucumber through a juicer. Combine the watercress, tarragon and juice in a blender and whizz until smooth. Drink immediately.

The notes in the book say "This peppery juice is a great digestive cleanser"

I haven't tried this myself, so I have no idea how it tastes - and to be honest, I don't have smoothies very often myself - but I saw the foods you said you could tolerate, and thought that smoothie might be one you might like?

Zest :-)

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Aww thanks Zest hopefully I will give it a go with green stuff I was a bit afraid because it might taste horrible. Fruits are easier but yes least that was mentioned in the book so I'm ok to try that

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Do you like Kiwi fruit, as she has one that mixes cucumber, celery and kiwi fruit, so that might taste nice...? She said that one is good for all kinds of digestive disruption -- and she combines 1 cucumber, 4 celery sticks and 2 kiwi fruit in that one. :-)

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Nope I don't like the look of kiwi I'm a little picky with food I normally stick to what I know but I am slowly stretching to try new food. But nope not kiwi but I think I'll try at least good thing is I can blend it and drink it. I have difficulty with eating as well my stomach is little

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Fair enough, it is quite a strong tasting fruit. :-)

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Seen another one: Cucumber, Lime and Spirulina

1 cucumber, chopped into chunks

3 limes, peeled and quartered

2 tsp powdered spirulina

Press alternative chunks of cucumber and lime through a juicer. Stir one teaspoonful of spirulina into each glass of juice, stir again and drink immediately.

Sarah Own says "A palate-tingling treat which helps to prevent dehydration - a common cause of fatigue".

I hope that's helpful. Again, I haven't tried it myself, as I prefer to eat the whole fruits and veggies etc, rather than have smoothies, but I know are requesting smoothie ideas specifically.

Zest :-)

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Thanks again Zest any food mentioned to eat to help with energy and tiredness in the book?

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ok, specifically mentioned for mental and physical energy = banana and peanut butter smoothie. :-) 2 ripe bananas, 1 tbsp. peanut butter and 450ml milk.

Carrot, courgette and coriander - 'immunity-boosting combination"

Celery, carrot and lemon "highly effective at fighting infections"

Carrot, cucumber, olive and basil "provides a huge cell-rejuvenating dose of nutrients"

Carrot, celeriac & beetroot "offset the damaging effects stress can have on the immune system"

N.B. I am just quoting from Sarah Owen's book, I have no idea if these claims are correct or not - but I like the sound of the ingredients. :-)

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Yes I know what you mean they're all healthy stuff so at least now I know if these stuff are in the fridge I know what to blend together.

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Good luck, hope you find something you like. :-)

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Zest with the list above you gave me did it say what base to add? Like water, juice, milk anything like that?

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Just saw your reply - basically juicing creates a 'juice' but I think she said that if it's too strong, you can dilute it with water. Except the peanut and banana smoothie, which was diluted with milk. Hope that's helpful. :-)

I know you are seeing a dietician, so I would definitely discuss any of these options with her - as she will know what to advise you to have for your own nutritional needs.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Hidden

Zest :-)

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Thanks Zest yes I will discuss it with my dietician will mention the rest of my issues with her saved it on my phone in case I forget hopefully this time she'll be more helpful. You too :)

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Beetroot, green bean and pumpkin - "This invigorating combination combats tiredness" - 3 small beetroot, 25 green beans and half a pumpkin! Wow, that's a lot of pumpkin!

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Lol that's way too much for my small stomach, haha will say no to this

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Hidden - I have to go now, but I hope some of those are helpful, and let us know how you get on. I am sure others will comment - as I said, I very rarely have smoothies or juices. :-)

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No no Zest you'e been more than helpful in fact before I was feeling exhausted and depressed etc but my dietician mentioned this website and I'm glad that you've been posting a lot of things some appealed to me I've saved it in my phone screenshot etc :)

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I'm really glad you like this forum, Hidden - and that you like the look of some of the meals. Hope you feel better in yourself and get more energy - wishing you a lovely weekend. I'm off to watch TV now. :-) Hope to hear which smoothies you end up enjoying. :-)

Zest :-)

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I fancied getting a nutribullet or more likely a cheaper version. I think they would be good for making smoothies. I did have a juicer years ago but I hated the way it wasted so much of the pulp and fibre. I would juice tonnes of fruit/veg and get a half a small glass of juice. Frankly I struggled to afford enough fruits and veg for juicing, too expensive for my budget. I like the idea the nutribullet style machines which whizz up the whole fruit or veg, plus can whizz in other ingredients, and can even whizz ice I believe, but I haven't actually tried it. Still a bit wary of the cost.

With the juicing I used to find adding an apple made veg combinations taste more acceptable.

Zest gave some great suggestions there, I think would do great in the nutribullet. Carrot, cucumber, olive and basil - wow! cucumber, lime and spirulina, I fancy that. As for the half a pumpkin one, that's hysterical! :)

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I agree with you I think for me I have to keep findingthat balance usually I only have smoothies in the morning's because breakfast is difficult with all sorts feeling nauseous etc and eating becomes more difficult so I just stick to eating a toast and juice. But during the day hopefully I am able to eat veg and fruit on its own.

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sunny- I LOVE my Nutribullet! I don't think you'd ever regret getting one. I got the the basic grey model on sale. They are made well, very powerful and tough, easy to clean. I have had all kinds of blenders, also a Breville juicer that I never use. The Nutribullet has been so worth the money, I use it every day for smoothies and green soups.

tah1- I would just add spinach to your fruit smoothie- frozen banana, strawberry, almond milk, blueberries, PLUS spinach or cucumber. It kind of wrecks the color but the taste is still yummy!

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thanks for the info poseymint. It's interesting to hear you are so happy with the basic model, I think I will watch out for one on sale and treat myself. How do you make your green soups?

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green soup- I just make a veggie soup using chicken broth or water, add onions, broccoli, greens kale spinach chard (I buy in a bulk bag). Sometimes carrots, squash or whatever I have. Potatoes would be wonderful in it but they give me inflammatory arthritis. Boil all of it a bit, then puree in the Nutribullet. Its an easy way to eat lots of greens- I drink it in a mug. I wouldn't eat all of that if I had to chew it! hah

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ha ha me neither :)

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I always put half a seedless I waxed lemon (I don’t peel it), celery stick, avocado and romaine lettuce/kale/spinach (I rotate these, kale and spinach are best when steamed otherwise are hard to digest). I also add some collagen, baobab powder, açai berry powder and XCT oil. You can really add what you like but for me the lemon is key as it breaks the taste of greens.

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If you can take blueberries I would add a handful into every smoothie or juice. They have great benefits on blood sugar levels which might help with stability of feelings.

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Thanks andyswarbs yup I usually eat blueberries, trying to think of other combinations because I always have strawberries and blueberries smoothie in the morning.

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Think wider than 'IBS'. Think gut conditions in general and inflammation, so anti-inflammatory diet whether it involves meat or not - your choice. The gut will no doubt be linked to anxiety. There's a ton of stuff on youtube ref IBS, foods o eat and not to eat. You don't say what you eat normally. I see you have toast for brekkie. Grains and dairy - along with processed foods and sugar are the foods to knock on the head. Maybe certain raw foods.

Fatigue - there could be multiple reasons. A common one is a B12 deficiency, especially if vegan. Easy to find out - take B12 for a few weeks. There are to types. if the first one doesn't work, try the next.

goo.gl/AeY9RP

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If you are having IBS type problems, do have a look at a low FODMAP diet developed by the Monash Universty. It has been shown to be very helpful for some people. Your dietician should know about it.

healthline.com/nutrition/lo...

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