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ideas from readers, part 1 of 3

Robyn Openshaw - Jun 27, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

GSG reader Brynna came up to me at the gym yesterday. She said a friend of hers doesn’t want to lose the benefits of green smoothies while they go camping, so she made LEATHER out of her GS in the dehydrator. It worked great! (Be sure to chase it with a big glass of water! All dehydrated foods need their water back, and they’ll take it from your stomach in the form of digestive juices if you don’t supply that water.) This is also a great idea when you are flying (rather than driving).

I always take a cooler of frozen pints of GS with me on road trips, but that works only when you’re in a hotel. Keep them covered in ice if there’s no fridge. Take straws, thaw a few hours before using, and shake well before drinking.

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15 thoughts on “ideas from readers, part 1 of 3”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Grace, I have had a similar experience…my TSH shot up to 12.7. It’s disappointing, because I LOVE spinach, and kale too, in my daily GS. I am trying to substitute non-brassica greens now (chard, beet tops, romaine and other lettuces, and all the wild edibles like purslane and lambs quarters) and limiting raw spinach and kale to 4 cups/week. I also blanch or very briefly steam kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage before consuming. and, of course, increase iodine consumption with sea veggies

  2. Anonymous says:

    For the Green Chia pudding… are you sure it’s 1 Tbsp. chia seeds that makes 1 cp chia pudding? Seems like it’s too small an amount.


  3. Anonymous says:


    what info can you provide regarding use of goitren containing foods in hypothyroidism? From the little I’ve read they recommend cooking food and eat in moderation which is contrary to GS. I frequently use large quanities of these in my GS. I’ve been doing GS since Feb and my thyroid was off a month ago when it was checked. Any suggestions?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amanda, Do you know any thing about MILA a chia seed blend. It is being promoted by LIFEMAX , A MULTI LEVEL MARKETING CO. .I have been using it for about three months, have lost some weight, and seem to have more energy. I started making fruit smoothies at the same time I started using MELA. So, I don’t know whether the results I have experienced are from the MILA or the smoothies. Is MILA another high priced hype or is it any better than the plane old chia seeds you can buy in a health food store for one fourth the price.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hannah, I have a 3 month old and haven’t had any problem with blender noise bothering my little one. But I also have 2 other little ones so noise is something he’s had to get used too!

  6. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for the great info on MonaVie – I was going to say ‘forget it’ also – it’s pastuerized. LOVE the cute pic of the chef on your website – looks like an awesome site!


  7. Anonymous says:

    @ Hannah, I recommend carrying on like normal, blend away, if you start the twins out with noise, vaccum cleaning, blending, then they will be able to sleep anywhere, and you can get your work done. Less stress. If you keep a totally quiet house when the twins sleep, then every little thing will wake them up. And life will never be normal, and your life will be stressful.

    Hope this helps

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am also curious about the thyroid issue. Since I’ve begun GS’s, my dr. has increased my thyroid meds twice, and we will test next month to see if it’s enough. I’m using quite a bit of spinach, hopefully that is not the culprit (that would make me very sad).

    I also have a WBC deficiency which is quite serious. I have to take an injection once a week of some REALLY nasty medication; I’ve been told likely for the rest of my life (on rare occasions, the condition is a pre-cursor to Leukemia). My goal is to correct my WBC so I don’t have to take that medication any longer, fix my body – not to mention the medication is super expensive. I would love a WBC boosting veggie cocktail, and am still researching which foods will help increase my counts. At this point I don’t even care what it tastes like, I would “slam it” as Robyn says. Any suggestions are welcome!!

    As for the good news, my cholesterol has improved!

    …some day… i will be so healthy that i will not need any medications… that is my ultimate goal

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m visiting my 79 year old mom next week in Seattle and contemplated taking a blender on the plane. Instead I ordered the “Ninja” blender on Amazon to ship to her (about $40) as a gift and we will be making green smoothies once I get there. I think a few members of my family may be open to GS. We will see…. Any words of advice on how a good beginner recipe?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes, please more information on the hypothyroidism and which veggies/fruits to consume! I have GS’s every day with plenty of spinach, cabbage, kale, etc. and sometimes strawberries!

  11. Anonymous says:

    just searched goitrens on wikipedia and it couldn’t find it…

  12. We are heading out for our camping trip today, with Green Smoothie Leather all ready to go! When we get back on Monday, I will post how it went 🙂

  13. Just FYI, in Grace’s post, the word is “goitrogen” not “goitren.” It will be easier to look up when spelled correctly 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:


    On Wikipedia it says those “have been identified as lightly goitrogenic.” Are you sure that is what caused it?

  15. Anonymous says:

    You probably already know this, but many of the veggies and fruits at Costco are GENETICALLY MODIFIED! They are identified by their product number: five digits beginning with an 8; such as 80345, etc.


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