Ninja RobynTue, 26 Jul 2016 11:09am0 Comments

The surprisingly potent

If there's one thing I've learned from making smoothies, it's how surprisingly potent certain fruits and vegetables are. Case in point: the most potent fruit I've used is watermelon and the most potent veggie is celery. What do these two have in common? Water! How can two things that are known for being full of water completely take over the taste of a smoothie?

Watermelon

Two other potent fruits I've found are raspberries and bananas. Now, I knew that bananas were potent enough to hijack the taste of a smoothie - which is why I never use them - but I didn't expect raspberries to do the same thing. Boy, a few raspberries goes a loooong way! I guess this is a good thing since when I use raspberries, I put them in the juice by themselves and attempt to pulverize the shit out of them before adding everything else. The fewer raspberries needed, the easier to get rid of those pesky seeds.

On the other hand, strawberries are surprisingly not potent. Despite their strong taste and smell, when you add them to a smoothie they seem to disappear. I add them to every smoothie I make mostly for bulk because they honestly don't add much flavor (which makes me sad). I suspect the fact that they are one of the fruits that doesn't have much sugar may play a role in their lack of flavor, but I'm not really sure.

Finally, as I've mentioned before, I found quite a difference in taste when you add spinach vs. kale. Unlike what I had heard, spinach really added quite a bit of flavor, whereas kale did not. However, I have found a workaround for spinach - cooking it. More specifically, I steam the spinach and then freeze it. For whatever reason, it doesn't add much flavor cooked. Go figure!

Ninja RobynWed, 3 Feb 2016 8:57pm0 Comments

CHERRY LIME DISASTER

Through my many trials and tirbulations of smoothie making I have been pretty lucky with only a few failures. So far, I have only not finished and poured out two and this is one of them:

- Aloe
- Apple Juice
- Watermelon Juice
- Cherries
- Lime Juice

I started it off with apple and watermelon juice because I had fresh apple-watermelon juice at this tiny little juice stand in Kathmandu, Nepal last year and it was so good! But then, I made the mistake of adding cherries to it. And then, I made the even bigger mistake of adding what turned out to be more than a little lime.

After that the apple-watermelon-cherry (the aloe really doesn't add any taste, so I don't count that) wasn't very good, I was thinking that I'd try lime since cherry-lime is a thing. Well, it didn't go as well as I'd hoped. It was so bad, I have since not made anything else with cherry or lime. Seriously, don't try this one!