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How to make your vegetable juices or smoothies taste a bit prettier

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If you are fond of staying fit by making fruit/vegetable juices or smoothies, you have probably stumbled across this predicament at least once in your fitness adventures: adding greens to your concoction without making your beverage taste like a salad. It is tough stuff, but by mixing the correct ingredients together the sensation of drinking grass clippings can be avoided. Try adding some of these tasty morsels to your blend of vegetable greens:

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Apples - Whichever kind you enjoy eating, throw them into your juicer/blender with veggie ingredients to make your mixture more palatable. Apples are higher in sugar than most other fruits (honey crisp and Fuji apples being some of the sweetest on the market in the United States). The sugar from apples will make the bitter taste of greens, such as the different varieties of kale, more subtle. Do not let the mentioning of 'sugar' deter you from eating fruit, however. The sugars that naturally occur in apples are of the 'simple' variety, and will not cause unnecessary spikes in insulin production.

Ginger - Start small with this root and work your way up until you find an ingredient balance that is to your liking. Ginger will not completely mask the flavor of greens, however, but blending it with fruits such as pineapples, lemons, limes, and oranges will create a very warm mixture that has a bit of a 'zing' to it.

Good Belly - If you like to add pre-packaged juice to your veggie juice/smoothie mixture, try out Good Belly. Opt for the 'no sugar added' products to avoid overloading your juice or smoothie with carbs. As an added bonus, Good Belly is also a probiotic drink, which aids in keeping your gut abundant in 'good' flora.

Cucumber - Cucumber are alkaline vegetables, and will mellow out the bitterness of darker veggies. However, cucumbers will not add an abundance of flavor, so throwing fruits (such as the aforementioned types of apples) into the mix will brighten the smoothie or juice up quite nicely.



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