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It is DAY 8 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month, and we continue our celebration of all things Vitamix.

This is a very short post today, as this is my last day with my parents before they fly back to Australia! BOO! But, the good news is that they will be back in 7 weeks! Yipppeeee! So, I will try and refrain from blubbering all the way home from the airport. I promised to post my mum's favourite green smoothie before she left, so here it is!

Vitamix Recipe #8: Raw Vegan Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie. 

I was overwhelmed by emails and messages from green smoothie skeptics after the Vitamix giveaway started and I posted my Vitamix Recipe #1: Raw Vegan  Spicy Vegetable Green Smoothie. Some green smoothie newbies were surprised by it's delightful flavour. But there were some people who still expressed their fear of green smoothies. It reminded me that there is always somebody starting with their green smoothie journey! 

It is very easy to start with fruit green smoothies using mild tasting greens like spinach and romaine lettuce that are easily masked with sweet fruits. These fruity sweet green smoothies taste just like conventional fruit smoothies plus the green colour and added nutritional goodness. Another wonderful idea is to try a chocolate spinach shake that tastes just like a delicious chocolate milkshake. I swear you would never know there was spinach in it! 

Romaine lettuce is a wonderful base green for beginner green smoothies because it has a mild colour and flavour that blends up really well with a variety of soft and hard fruits. The sky's the limit with flavour combinations. As your taste buds warm up to green smoothies, you can gradually reduce the amount of fruit and include more vegetables.

This pineapple ginger smoothie is a fantastic recipe to start with, because it has a delicious sweet tropical flavour with just a few basic ingredients. You can use filtered water instead of coconut water, but I like the sweetness and energy boost of the coconut water. Add ginger to taste. I have left ginger quantities as a guide only. This is the blend that works for my mum and me. But let your taste buds be your guide.

Pineapple Ginger Greeny

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  • 3 - 4 cups Romaine lettuce (8 large leaves)
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut water or filtered water
  • 1 tsp finely minced ginger
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your Vitamix and blend until smooth. YUMMO!
  2. Serves 2.

Tip: How To Select and Store the Best Romaine Lettuce

Romaine or Cos Lettuce has deep green, long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste. The best Romaine lettuce should have compact heads with crisp looking, unwilted leaves that are free of dark or slimy spots, and the leaves' edges should be free of brown or yellow discolouration. Romaine lettuce should be washed and dried (a salad spinner is great) before storing in the refrigerator to remove any excess moisture. Store it in the crisper wrapped in a damp cloth or in a plastic bag. It should keep like this for about 5 - 7 days. 

I was laying in bed this morning and thinking about making a smoothie (pineapple, ginger and pear).  Great minds think alike :).  will be having this one today.  Thanks!

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Hey Kibby!
LOVE your blend too! YUMMO!
Yes…great piggy minds :)

Hi I think this is something to look forward to try. thanks

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Love to know what you think Raquel :)

oh my goodness, this green smoothie was so good!  I am new to this type of eating but Have tried several of your very delicious items!  When you say “green” , do you mean in color or alkaline, as we are trying to leave a healthy   lifestyle.  Also what does piggy stand for, I don’t mean to sound iggorant?  Again I love your recipes and they are so beautifuly photographed

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Hey Miss Piggy,
LOVE the name!!!
Thankyou for your lovely words of encouargement.
I really appreciate it. It is lovely to have you here!
Sorry for any confusion…
When I say “green” I mean in colour.
If the recipe is alkaline I will sat that either in the title or in the post.
The piggy theme is just a fun branding bit of fun for the website.
The idea that you can “pig out” and enjoy whole foods!
To read more about the piggyiness head to:
http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/pigs/piggy_glossary/

I have two words to describe this smoothie…Fresh and Spritzy. What a way to start my morning. Thanks for sharing. Loved it

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Hey Terri
So glad you enjoyed it!
I LOVE the “Spritzy” quality too!

Another yummie creation, refreshing and energetic. I didnt have romaine, so I used spinach instead.  I love this, I will be living on this in the summer months, it truly reminds of summer. Another job well done. : )

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Yes! Spinach is FABULOUS in this smoothie.
So glad you enjoyed it.
Great to be connected :)

This smoothie was SOO good! I’m also doing the blood type diet (which has really been working for me) and everything in this is “highly beneficial” for my type—BONUS! :)

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Yipppeeee!
I am so pleased this is good for your blood AND your taste buds! ENJOY!
Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

I’ve never tried to blend lettuce or to juice it, but it does sound like it would be good with ginger and pineapple. What a cool and different idea.  Thanks so much.

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It is DELICIOUS.
Romaine lettuce is one of the best mild-tasting greens to start with if you are new to green smoothies. It is easily masked with sweet fruits.

This was really delicious and please understand this is barely my 2nd raw smoothie.

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OH, I LOVE that! Keep going and try more green smoothies! They are SO good for us and I have tons more delicious recipes coming to keep you blending!

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