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Extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 7 of 9]

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Feb 27, 2009

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice is another very hot product because of a few studies linking it to slowing growth of prostate cancer and arthritis, and reducing breast and skin cancer.   It’s been linked to improvement of several cardiovascular measurements, including thinning the blood and improving blood flow, lowering LDS cholesterol, and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

I would prefer to see people use the whole fruit, which is available in the winter.   You peel away the red outer peel and the inner white membranes to harvest the seeds, which look exactly like rubies.

It is labor intensive to take apart a pomegranate!   However, it is fun for children because the fruit is so beautiful and because it’s a bit of a treasure hunt.

All juices are concentrated, with high natural sugar content, and also quite acidic.   The whole fruit achieve the same benefit (while in lower vitamin and mineral concentrations) without the downside of a product with all the enzymes killed and high in sugar benefits.

Yogurt or kefir

Yogurt or kefir, particularly homemade, adds a creamy, smooth texture to smoothies.   You can learn more about this topic in Ch. 9 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, including how to make them at home inexpensively and easily. They are the only animal products I actively promote, as their proteins are predigested and broken down for easy utilization by the body, unlike other animal proteins.  

Even more importantly, they contribute to a healthy gastrointestinal tract by populating it with good micro-organisms that are your main defense against bacterial infections and other harmful micro-organisms.   Most people have 10:1 bad microorganisms to good, and the ratio should be reversed for a healthy colon.   The best way to address this is to eat yogurt or kefir daily and avoid foods (like dairy and meat, and processed foods) that feed the bad bacteria.

If you are going to purchase commercial yogurt or kefir, organic is better, and buy plain flavor rather than the excessively sugar-sweetened vanilla and other flavors.   Goat yogurt is nutritionally superior to dairy (cow milk) products.   It is not mucous forming and easier to digest, due to its smaller fat molecule that permeates human semipermeable membranes without triggering the body’s defense mechanism to flush out with mucous.   People do not experience “lactose intolerance” with goat milk products, and even many who are lactose intolerant with regular milk do not experience those symptoms with dairy yogurt.

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Green Smoothies, Nutrition

11 thoughts on “Extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 7 of 9]”

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  1. Guess I need to start saving for a Vitamix or Blentec!

    I’ve been reading and learning about green smoothies for over a year now. I want make them so much!

    I really enjoy your ideas, Robyn. You are a blessing to me and others! Have a wonderful Friday, Robin

  2. Anonymous says:

    Should you only use goat/cow milk or is coconut kefir just as good?

    I’m vegan, so I’d prefer not to use any animal based products.



  3. Anonymous says:

    Is there a such thing as coconut Kefir & if so how do you make that?

  4. http:// says:

    Go ahead and make coconut kefir! Use the liquid straight from the coconut, put the kefir grains in it, let it ferment on the counter for 1-2 days, remove the grains and put them back in the fridge, and cover the coconut kefir and refrigerate.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I finally bought a Blendtec Blender yesterday! I’ve been making green smoothies in my Bosch blender for about a year now. I thought they were fine until I tasted my smoothie yesterday. It was SO MUCH SMOOTHER!!! I couldn’t believe the difference in texture. Thanks for all the good advice Robyn!

  6. Anonymous says:

    yea I’ve got to learn to make coconut yogurt sometimes- (on my list of things to do this year) since we can’t have diayr from allergies–I’m jelous of those that can have a litte–so much easier!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey, Robyn, it’s not time-consuming or difficult to seed a pomegranate. They’re Ethan’s favorite food of all time, and using the method shown in this link, he can do it in less than a minute. Happy eating! Michelle

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  9. Anonymous says:

    A very easy way to get the fruit out of the pomegranate just cut it in two (cross-ways…like an orange)…put the cut side in your palm…tap it with the handle of a table knife. The fruit will fall into your hand as you tap it…only takes about 10 seconds per side. You should have very little pulp. I learned this from my father who has raised pomegranates for years.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I have been looking for testimonials about persons that have been successful using the Green smoothies to help with cancer. My husband has lost so much weight, infact he has always been more underweight than over weight. I would like to know if we go with the Green Smoothies etc. 12 step program will he be able to not lose anymore weight. I know these things take a little time, but he cannot afford to lose any weight at all. Please any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Mitzi, read Ty Bollinger’s book Cancer: Step Outside the Box and study natural methods to prevent cachexia if he has cancer? Green smoothies are good, but high in natural sugars for a cancer patient. Would love to see you doing green/vegetable juices for your husband? Just propping him up with more calories/fats isn’t the answer, though you can do that too in the interim while you get his underlying issues addressed (hopefully he’s seeing a good holistic practitioner).

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