Dr. Greger in the Kitchen: My New Favorite Beverage

Dr. Greger in the Kitchen: My New Favorite Beverage
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Dr. Greger blends up a vegetable smoothie inspired by a recipe in his How Not to Die Cookbook.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

This is “Dr. Greger in the Kitchen,” where I take the science, and put it into practice. Today, I’m going to share with you my new favorite beverage: a vegetable smoothie. I know it sounds kind of gross, but bear with me. 

The idea for this came out of my research into nitrate-rich vegetables, like beetroot and spinach— shown to improve both oxygen delivery to our tissues (by opening our blood vessels), and, amazingly, oxygen efficiency, boosting the amount of power we can extract from each breath. That leads to all sorts of athletic performance-enhancing benefits, but, most importantly, improves lung function in emphysema, brings down high blood pressure, improves peripheral artery disease, boosts cognitive function, and may even enhance longevity by slowing our basal metabolic rate.

But, something like beet juice is perishable, hard-to-find. I was thinking maybe something like V8 would work, which lists both beet and spinach in the ingredient list—but evidently, so little that you’d have to drink 19 quarts a day to get the daily nitrate target dose that I recommend. So, I figured I’ll just make my own.

In my new cookbook, it’s called my V-12 vegetable blast, which is more involved, starts completely from scratch from fresh tomatoes, and is tweaked to fit more of a beginner’s palate. I want to show this version that I’ve actually been using whenever I happen to be in my favorite exotic locale—home, and not stuck in some airport food court somewhere.

It starts with five reusable bags, and a stalk of celery goes into each. All these vegetables are pre-washed. Then, one carrot in each bag. No need to peel them. You can just use kind of the back of a knife, and just scrape off some of the outermost bitter layer. Then a half of a red, orange, or yellow bell pepper in each. What do you do with the half you have left over? Dip it in some hummus, of course. Mmm!

Next, one scallion in each, with the frilly little tips cut off. Then, one-fifth of a small beet in each (any more and it tastes really beety). Then, a fifth of a raw jalapeño pepper (which is totally optional, but, you know, I love things spicy). A quarter-inch of fresh turmeric root in each. If you can’t find it fresh locally, get it on eBay. Seriously. It kind of looks like a little turd, but then you snap it open, and the color inside is just gorgeous. 

Then, saving the best for last, the healthiest food on the planet? Greens. Now, as you probably guessed, what I’m doing is pre-prepping five days of smoothies here to make it as convenient as possible to eat as healthfully as possible. And so, even though something like arugula has even more nitrates—in fact, I think, the most nitrate-packed food there is—and I think is even tastier, there’s no way it’s going to last five days. It starts to turn yellow and get slimy. So, what I’ve been using is really hardy greens, like kale and curly parsley. Plus, kale has something spinach doesn’t have: it’s cruciferocious.

So, I’m going to put a cup of each one in each bag. Then, the bags all go into the fridge and wait their turn. Then, when you’re ready to rock and roll, here’s what you do:

In a high-speed blender, pour one cup of a no-salt-added vegetable juice blend, or no-salt-added tomato juice. Then, one cup of ice cubes, an eighth-teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Then, a half-teaspoon of horseradish. Now, I’m actually using prepared horseradish here. But, you know, I’m realizing, you could probably grate it yourself, actually get horseradish root. I’ve never tried fresh. Or, you could actually chop up little pieces and put them in all the bags. So, if anyone tries that, let me know how it comes out. And then finally, the juice from a half of a lemon. For a bonus, you can actually zest that lemon. Then, cut and juice that half, and save the other half for tomorrow.

And, that’s all you have to do, day-to-day, right? So, just a couple minutes, and this last step is to just throw in, you know, one of your bags of veggies. Now, to save even more time, what you can actually do is kind of pre-prepare all those wet ingredients. So, this is about four cups. So, you could juice two lemons into here, two teaspoons of the horseradish, add enough of the black pepper. So then, there’s really only three things; three steps every day: a cup of the juice mixture, add the juice mixture, a cup of ice, and one of the bags of veggies, and then you’re all set for the day.

Okay; final step is to just blend, for ten burpees.

It fits into about one perfect Mason jar. Yeah, look at that. Then, you pop in a reusable straw and… cold, refreshing, zesty, whoo zesty!.

And, think what’s in this thing. It’s just all vegetables. It’s like a mountain of nutrition, right? It’s hard to imagine a healthier beverage.

Ideally, drink it with, while munching on some walnuts, pumpkin seeds, maybe a little avocado in there or something; some form of fat to help you maximize the absorption of all those fat-soluble carotenoid nutrients in there, as well.

If you want more recipes like this, incorporating some of the healthiest foods on the planet, check out my new cookbook, the How Not to Die Cookbook, now available for pre-order. It’ll be out this December, right in time for the holidays. I would say it’s a good stocking stuffer, but it’s actually kind of big. So, your friends and family have to have really big feet, but it makes a great New Year/new you-type gift. All the proceeds I receive from all my books, DVDs, and speaking engagements all go to charity. I just want you to be healthier!

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

This is “Dr. Greger in the Kitchen,” where I take the science, and put it into practice. Today, I’m going to share with you my new favorite beverage: a vegetable smoothie. I know it sounds kind of gross, but bear with me. 

The idea for this came out of my research into nitrate-rich vegetables, like beetroot and spinach— shown to improve both oxygen delivery to our tissues (by opening our blood vessels), and, amazingly, oxygen efficiency, boosting the amount of power we can extract from each breath. That leads to all sorts of athletic performance-enhancing benefits, but, most importantly, improves lung function in emphysema, brings down high blood pressure, improves peripheral artery disease, boosts cognitive function, and may even enhance longevity by slowing our basal metabolic rate.

But, something like beet juice is perishable, hard-to-find. I was thinking maybe something like V8 would work, which lists both beet and spinach in the ingredient list—but evidently, so little that you’d have to drink 19 quarts a day to get the daily nitrate target dose that I recommend. So, I figured I’ll just make my own.

In my new cookbook, it’s called my V-12 vegetable blast, which is more involved, starts completely from scratch from fresh tomatoes, and is tweaked to fit more of a beginner’s palate. I want to show this version that I’ve actually been using whenever I happen to be in my favorite exotic locale—home, and not stuck in some airport food court somewhere.

It starts with five reusable bags, and a stalk of celery goes into each. All these vegetables are pre-washed. Then, one carrot in each bag. No need to peel them. You can just use kind of the back of a knife, and just scrape off some of the outermost bitter layer. Then a half of a red, orange, or yellow bell pepper in each. What do you do with the half you have left over? Dip it in some hummus, of course. Mmm!

Next, one scallion in each, with the frilly little tips cut off. Then, one-fifth of a small beet in each (any more and it tastes really beety). Then, a fifth of a raw jalapeño pepper (which is totally optional, but, you know, I love things spicy). A quarter-inch of fresh turmeric root in each. If you can’t find it fresh locally, get it on eBay. Seriously. It kind of looks like a little turd, but then you snap it open, and the color inside is just gorgeous. 

Then, saving the best for last, the healthiest food on the planet? Greens. Now, as you probably guessed, what I’m doing is pre-prepping five days of smoothies here to make it as convenient as possible to eat as healthfully as possible. And so, even though something like arugula has even more nitrates—in fact, I think, the most nitrate-packed food there is—and I think is even tastier, there’s no way it’s going to last five days. It starts to turn yellow and get slimy. So, what I’ve been using is really hardy greens, like kale and curly parsley. Plus, kale has something spinach doesn’t have: it’s cruciferocious.

So, I’m going to put a cup of each one in each bag. Then, the bags all go into the fridge and wait their turn. Then, when you’re ready to rock and roll, here’s what you do:

In a high-speed blender, pour one cup of a no-salt-added vegetable juice blend, or no-salt-added tomato juice. Then, one cup of ice cubes, an eighth-teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Then, a half-teaspoon of horseradish. Now, I’m actually using prepared horseradish here. But, you know, I’m realizing, you could probably grate it yourself, actually get horseradish root. I’ve never tried fresh. Or, you could actually chop up little pieces and put them in all the bags. So, if anyone tries that, let me know how it comes out. And then finally, the juice from a half of a lemon. For a bonus, you can actually zest that lemon. Then, cut and juice that half, and save the other half for tomorrow.

And, that’s all you have to do, day-to-day, right? So, just a couple minutes, and this last step is to just throw in, you know, one of your bags of veggies. Now, to save even more time, what you can actually do is kind of pre-prepare all those wet ingredients. So, this is about four cups. So, you could juice two lemons into here, two teaspoons of the horseradish, add enough of the black pepper. So then, there’s really only three things; three steps every day: a cup of the juice mixture, add the juice mixture, a cup of ice, and one of the bags of veggies, and then you’re all set for the day.

Okay; final step is to just blend, for ten burpees.

It fits into about one perfect Mason jar. Yeah, look at that. Then, you pop in a reusable straw and… cold, refreshing, zesty, whoo zesty!.

And, think what’s in this thing. It’s just all vegetables. It’s like a mountain of nutrition, right? It’s hard to imagine a healthier beverage.

Ideally, drink it with, while munching on some walnuts, pumpkin seeds, maybe a little avocado in there or something; some form of fat to help you maximize the absorption of all those fat-soluble carotenoid nutrients in there, as well.

If you want more recipes like this, incorporating some of the healthiest foods on the planet, check out my new cookbook, the How Not to Die Cookbook, now available for pre-order. It’ll be out this December, right in time for the holidays. I would say it’s a good stocking stuffer, but it’s actually kind of big. So, your friends and family have to have really big feet, but it makes a great New Year/new you-type gift. All the proceeds I receive from all my books, DVDs, and speaking engagements all go to charity. I just want you to be healthier!

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Videography by Grant Peacock

Doctor's Note

I’m so excited about my new all-whole-foods How Not to Die Cookbook. You can order it here. As with all my books, DVDs, and speaking engagements, all proceeds I receive go to charity.

This is quite a departure from the typical NutritionFacts.org video that focuses exclusively on the science, but as long-time fans will know by now, I like mixing it up from time to time. Let me know if you appreciated this video. If folks really like it, I’ll do more!

Ready to make a version of this smoothie for yourself? Get the recipe right here.

If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

PS: Special thanks to Grant Peacock for his mad videography skills!

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      1. Loved seeing Dr.G in the Kitchen!!!!
        Want more if this!!! A great way to start the week!!!
        I don’t do spicy. I hope there is a large section on other than spicy
        Thanks for all you do!!!!




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      2. Ironically the first recipe out of the “cook” book is not cooked , did anyone else notice that too?
        It is however a recipe and a good one too.




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      3. I am jealous with Dr G.

        He got some fans that are very easy to please and get impressed. With a recipe so simple and basic like in this video, he got everybody worked out and so excited and there are close to 200 posts. What do I need to do to be famous like him? I want to write a book on how not to die and enjoy your life.




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        1. Just dig up and present a lifetime’s worth of solid unpolluted science in appealing accessible real-life ways, be a winsome and loveable guy who lives what he says, have a huge and growing crowd of fans (who know when to yell ‘Until…NOW!) who have applied what he’s presented and obtained health transformation that gets them out from under the death sentence of the SAD, including me, and put every penny to charity while leading a team of unpaid volunteers….that sound like a plan to ya?




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      4. I’ve done much of my Dr. G daily checklist eating via all vegetable smoothies, or all vegetable with a cup of berries.. I like to add two oz of chilled cider vinegar, to help minimize oxidation. I also minimize oxidation by keeping the temperature LOW with ice and frozen ingredients (greens, cranberry, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, etc). A LARGE DIAMETER stainless steel straw is a great help. It lets me leave the smoothie CHUNKIER, again to minimize oxidation, and to more closely mimic eating the same quantity of vegetables. I don’t care what it tastes like. Witn the large-bore straw, my breath held, and my eyeballs trained on something other than the smoothie, I can down everything but the grains on the Greger daily checklist in two big green smoothies per day. (Atomizing grains raises their glycemic index, per a Greger post.)




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        1. I use a piece of food-grade tubing, flexible, and of course I bought a brush to clean inside the straw with. I like to say, if I like the taste, I’ll drink it fast, and if I don’t like the taste, I’ll drink it faster! Nice idea to not be trying to sweeten it, just to make it an unapologetic veg drink.




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      5. Love it! great recipe. add garlic too. I love having fresh greens in my back yard like arugula Makes this even better. a pinch of hymilayan sea salt helps bring it all together and is good fir you




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    1. Looking forward to getting the book!!!
      Here is a recipe from my own kitchen that we Love!

      Fresh Yams
      Oregano
      Turmeric
      And a little oil
      Parchment paper
      Sheet pan

      Preheat oven to 350
      line sheet tray with parchment paper
      Slice yams in the shape of French fries, a family favorite!
      Line sheet pan with the yummy yams
      Spray yams with organic sunflower seed oil, just enough so spices will stick.
      Sprinkle oregano, and turmeric on the yams and put sheet tray in oven for 1 hour. Depending on how many yams you cook off. I usually cook off ten pounds. My family loves them so much I can not kept them in the house. While We are waiting for the yams to cook I ride my exercise bike for an hour while my family works out using a Wee program!
      There you have it a tasty snack and exercise completed for the day!
      Enjoy




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      1. Thanks for an interesting recipe. I’ve become an enormous fan of yams since turning vegan, and look forward to trying your 10 lbs of yam recipe. I may turn orange.

        Can I assume that, while your family are enjoying their work out, they might all say Wii! or is the program truly either so tiny or urine specific?




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      2. Holly – I do something similar but instead of oil, I parboil the sweet potatoes after they’re cut, just for a couple of minutes. It softens and moistens the outsides and then the spices stick just fine. I use turmeric, cumin, black pepper and if everyone eating them is agreeable I use cayenne but they’re fine without (I add it to mine later). Then just roast them on a silicone mat like usual.




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        1. Hi Julie!

          Thanks for your prompt reply. I think that would be great to have the aprons out for sale again. It’s a great way to “advertise” for Nutritionfacts.org and for a healthier lifestyle.

          Take care!
          Dinorah




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        2. Scrolled through all these comments just to find where to buy the apron and they are not available. Thought it would be so cool for myself and my smalls. Please bring them back Nutritionfacts.org




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    2. Kate! What a big surprise to see you here! I just checked in to the NF page to see EXACTLY what Dr. Greger was adding to his Veg Heavy Green Smoothie (my fave kind) so I could try out his super easy prepare ahead system–TODAY. Brilliant time saver. So excited to see you as the Program Director! How had I missed that? Big congrats. PS: Debby, aka The Healthy Librarian aka Jamie S’s aunt.




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      1. Loved the video especially the exercise segment. Make more of them. You inspired me to order your cook book, a valuable addition to your book How Not To Die.




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    3. That Vitamix 5200 blender though also make life eating healthy a breeze. Yeah they are $400+/- but they last forever and the tolerance level is zero…i.e., you will love your Vitamix 5200, not tolerate it.




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  1. So cool! Actually, I’ve been making a vegetable smoothie like this for several years now, mainly because I don’t like to chew all those veggies, especially things like celery and carrots. It’s much easier to release all their nutrients by blending. I then usually use the blended mix for a soup base and add in some cooked beans and/or whole cooked grains and of course a mix of spices. It’s very filling and makes a nutritious quick meal.




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      1. Dr Greger, Thanks for your compliment. Yes, the addition of beans give the soup a very nice taste as well as adding the special nutrients in the beans. I have now watched just about all of your videos! I use the information to create many variations of healthy blended concoctions. I’m looking forward to getting the cookbook to fine tune the variations. Thanks for producing such a valuable website. I’m sure it’s helping millions around the world now!




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        1. Pretty sure Dr. Greger’s blender it’s a Vitamix. Looks like my Vitamix 5200, but it could be a different model. We saw a demo of the 5200 at a home show and you can throw just about anything into it and it will handle it. You can chop food without water and also make hot soup. The manual says that most liquids will boil in 5 to 8 minutes at high speed. I like mine and don’t have any complaints but they are rather expensive. There may be other brands which are as good.




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    1. The idea of a soup base would work for me too, I don’t like smoothies but love soup. No need for adding ice then and I wonder if you could just add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the blender along with the veggies. I think I’ll try it.




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      1. Nancy and Jan, I, too, don’t like to drink the veggie blend straight, so I came up with the idea of using it as a soup base. I don’t mind drinking a fruit smoothie straight so I make a fruit smoothie in the morning with a variety of berries, a small slice of grapefruit, with pom juice for enough liquid to blend. That I drink on throughout the day. The vegetable blend I use for the soup, which I usually have for lunch and dinner. Since I don’t like to chew, I also grind up pumpkin seeds and flax seed and even most nuts, and take a spoonful of these throughout the day as a snack or put a spoonful into the soup blend. Needless to say, my blender gets a lot of use :-) (I’ve tried different blenders throughout the years and so far, the Vitamix seems to be the most versatile and reliable, but I guess others will work well, too)




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        1. My original Vitamix, circa 1972, is still working after my husband replaced a part. It’s a noisy monster, with a stainless steel container, and not as powerful as they are now, but it’s still got plenty of juice.

          I have another one that’s only five or six years old and I use it several times most days. It’s pretty noisy, too. but quieter than the old one.

          My cousin just bought a new one and she says it’s QUIET!




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        2. I use a NutriBullet – a Vitamix is a bit pricey for me as I’m the only one who drinks smoothies! It works but I’m going to try this vege mix in it today.




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          1. Maureen – I use both a bullet blender and a vitamix, and even in my tiny kitchen they earn their space. The bullet blender is essential for smaller amounts like a sauce or a dressing (which is basically a smoothie) that would be lost in the bottom of the vitamix. But a vitamix (or a blendtec) does a whole world more stuff. I got a refurbished one on Amazon really reasonably, so you might just keep an eye out if you run across a refurb or a sale. Soooooo worth it.




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    1. 10 burpees!!! a new unit of measure.. I’m now on burpee time!!!
      I wonder how it would taste with Wasabi in stead of horse radish.. Then again most wasabi here in the states is just green tinted horseradish..
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    2. Benjamin Franklin is in the swimming hall of fame but his favorite exercise was leaping. I always pictured him doing jumping jacks but burpees are even funnier to imagine. He was actually physically fit as a young man and was a vegetarian partly so that he could afford to buy more books. Later, when he was sent to France as the American ambassador, he sacrificed his healthy lifestyle for political reasons. Apparently it was not good etiquette to refuse the rich food as a guest at all those diplomatic dinners.




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  2. Just love anything from Dr. Greger, and this is a wonderful addition to all he shares with us! Going to make those smoothies and wait for his next uniquely Dr. Greger presentation!




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  3. Love this video & Dr Greger!

    Please could you tell me the name of the blender – is it a Vitamix? I’m looking for one to purchase in the U.K.

    I am interested in information regarding post-cholecystectomy diet (mine was removed over 16 years ago). I don’t see any videos regarding this. I wonder about the efficacy of beta-HCl supplements, digestive enzymes etc.

    Also I would be interested in information regarding people who tend to have cysts – liver cysts, ovarian cysts (not necessarily PCOS) and epidermal cysts/comedo).

    Best regards




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    1. Hi there, yes, I believe that is a Vitamix. Personally, that is what I have and recommend it. I’ll also pass on your topic requests!




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      1. We use a Blendtech for our family the Vitamix did not have enough power.
        My daughter cannot absorb solid foid nutrients in her G.I. tract so along with her prescription drink, I add other organic flavors to get Blendtech smoothies twice a day just for flavor. She us the smoothie queen, lol.




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          1. Blendtec is so much better than Vitamix, I blend that much vegetables and ice in about 3, 4 pulses. I don’t even let the blender blends continuously. And cleaning is so much easier with Blendtec.




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          2. Vitamix has my loyalty after they replaced my pusher no charge. I had intelligently used my pusher without the lid and the blades chewed it up after several years of ownership. Then, several years later I needed a new container and when I explained why, “Oh! That is product failure and you are still under warranty.” Really? It must have been “barely” under warranty! They have been very good to me.




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        1. Hi Lee, sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I honestly can’t even remember which model I have. I think they are all top-notch, and I know that I bought one on the lower end of the price range. Good luck!




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    2. I just purchased the Ninja Chef. It is the newest model. I paid $159 US at Bed Bath and Beyond with coupon. About a third if the price of Vitamix. I couldn’t be happier with the purchase. I think Vitamix is way overpriced. The Ninja blends just as well. Maybe not as sturdy, but I can buy another one in 10 years for even less than the Vitamix.




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      1. Jan
        Totally agree , Ninja has very sharp blades and cuts the produce , doesn’t pulverize like the vitmix , and still makes a very good smoothie , ours is almost 3 years old now and still going. we had a old vitamix years ago and never really liked it , seemed like a pain to clean . We also have had two nutra bullets but they burn out fairly fast and they really pulverize like vitamix .




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    3. Sea View
      I think Dr. Greger said this blend was for beginners , I would up it , reduce the onions and include a clove of fresh garlic , garlic is always the number one vege and I think the reason he did not include it a lot of people would not be able to handle it socially . Yes it makes your breath stink . However , if you and your partner got together on this and have a garlic smoothie at the same time , it would not offend either one of you as strange as that seems . If you time it right say in the evening when you are not going out and you have no one visiting in the evening have it then , by morning the smell is greatly diminished , after your breakfast almost completely gone . The garlic will do more for your health than all the other veges combined in my opinion . you just have to try it to believe it.




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    1. Once Dr. Greger started cooking and talking to us as if we were friends in his kitchen, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The burpees had me laughing to the end of the video. I like natural, and frankly winced in the beginning when he lectured on the benefits of nitric oxide rich veggies.




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  4. I sure hope the drink tastes better than it looks!

    Meanwhile, we store greens in the fridge for long periods of time: We cut off the stalks, put them in a dishpan of cold water with a plate on top till they crisp up (if needed), then shake them out, put them on a long piece of paper towels. roll them up, put them in a plastic bag, twist tie it closed, and into the fridge they go. My husband is very creative with tags: he puts the name and date of each bag of greens on a little piece of masking tape, which he then attaches to the end of one twist tie, like a flag. I just stick mine on the bag. They stay crisp and green for quite a while — more than a week, in some cases.




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  5. Blend for 10 burpees.
    That is going to be my new thing in the kitchen. Lab coat, apron, and burpees.
    His kids must think he is a total DORK, but he is touching millions with his message, so what do they know!?




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    1. Too long blending, not good because your vegetables will be oxygenated and lost their nutrients. Nobody says that you can do 10 burpees after stopping the blending in 5-10 seconds.




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  6. I feel compelled to offer some comments here:

    1. Dr. G. mentioned that arugula doesn’t last long in the fridge – gets slimy and yellow, etc. That’s true. Here’s a tip for all of you. You know how the grocers wet down all their produce in those refrigerated bins? We all think they do that so the veggies will last longer? No, they won’t. They last LESS long when you bring them home wet. So… Whenever I buy ANY produce I bring it home and dry it out completely on my counter top. Bone dry. Then I wrap it in paper towels and stick it back in the bag. Then in the fridge. What’s the difference? Right now I have a bunch of cilantro in my veggie drawer that I bought about 4 weeks ago. Anybody else have that kind of longevity with cilantro? My asparagus lasts until I use it all up; I never throw any away. When asparagus goes into the fridge wet, the tips get slimy and foul after a week or so. Fresh parsley lasts for 4-6 weeks in the fridge when it’s dry.

    If any of you think the grocers wet down produce with a sneaky motive of making you come back to buy it more often… well, you just have a suspicious nature.

    2. I too enjoyed watching the burpees, but was a bit chagrined to see Dr. G. was so out of breath after just ten. Hmmm. IMHO treadmill exercise does not cut it if you want to really get in shape. The best aerobic exercises are running and swimming. Hard bicycling might be a fair substitute, but it’s no comparison to running/swimming. I suspect that if Dr. G. trained in a pool, swam laps for a half hour a couple times a week, he’d get up after ten burpees without even a hint of being out of breath.

    I came to this realization a few years ago. When I was Dr. G.’s age I ran 3 miles a day, 6 days a week. After my knees gave me signs of rebelling against the abuse I switched to a Schwinn exercise bicycle, 3x a week, thinking that was sufficient exercise to keep me in top shape. Then one day years later an urgency come up where I needed to run a city block to my car… the experience was shocking and disappointing, a real wake up call for me. It was like my legs were made of lead; they wouldn’t run! I found I was in terrible shape comparatively, even though I worked out regularly on a bicycle.

    At my age I still can’t run like I did in my 30s. So I bought a Cannondale bicycle and ride a hard 4-5 miles in an aerobic workout several times a week. You really have to push yourself.

    Yes, I can do ten burpees without being out of breath, and I’m past the half-century mark in age. Take it for what it’s worth.




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    1. Update:

      I tried doing ten burpees just now and then tried to recite a passage from a book (to simulate talking while doing the video), and I’ll have to admit it was a bit more challenging.

      I’m not going to retract what I said about running/swimming being in a class by themselves in terms of aerobic workouts, but I’m willing to concede that Dr. G. might be in better shape than I thought. =]

      p




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    2. dr cobalt –

      While I agree that running and swimming are excellent forms of exercise, I think you were quick to judge Dr. G’s level of fitness based on this video. How can you be certain that this video was done in 1 take? Perhaps it was 5 takes, and that was him after not 10, but 50 burpees. Or, perhaps his huffing and puffing was exagerated to make the videos more entertaining and engaging…




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      1. Hi, Amy. Yes, I partially retracted my remarks in a followup post. Did you see that? Didn’t think about multiple “takes.” Yes that could be quite aerobic. If you try to speak after doing burpees it forces you to hold your breath just when your body is screaming for more O2. Makes it hard to not huff and puff.

        I also needed to share my story about getting lethargic with my own fitness discipline. That was the main point of item 2. I went from running 3 miles every day to riding an exercise bicycle 3x a week – and thought I was keeping my high level of fitness. But I was not. I was deceiving myself while riding the Schwinn, and it didn’t become apparent until I tried to sprint to my car during a minor emergency. It was a wake-up call for me.

        All in all it was an entertaining video as well as informative. I do appreciate that Dr. G. shared this recipe in an interesting new format.




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    3. Try doing 100 burpees straight then tell me that running or swimming is better lol. Unless your sprinting or sprint swimming your wasting your time. I was in the marine core I am now 59 and still doing them. There is no other exercise that will get you more muscular and fit than burpees bar none!




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    4. All of the grocery stores in our area have switched to the constant drizzling of water over the produce, and it’s terrible! So often the greens are already old and yellowing right there in the store. Anyone who has ever raised their own food or has a farmer in the family knows you don’t get the vegetables wet before refrigerating them. When I mentioned this to a manager in a store, she looked at me like I was crazy and then said it was a corporate decision. It’s so frustrating!




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    5. I find arugula from TJs lasts the week I might need it.

      The worst culprit, I find, is bagged mixed greens. There’s always one variety in the bag that was harvested a week earlier, or just has a shorter shelf-life, and ruins the rest.




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    1. dr. cobalt, we store our greens damp, wrapped in paper towels and stored in plastic bags in the fridge — and they last a long time (longer than a week, but I was too embarrassed to admit to that). All other produce is stored dry. Though I wouldn’t know about asparagus: we eat ours locally and seasonally, when it’s ready to harvest from our backyard. Then we wait till the next year for more.




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  7. De ist der Doktor. Knot me. But I thinkk slow juicing is da better way dan da blending. Yez indeeed. Y. Cause blending introduces oxygen witch degrades da nutrients. Yez indeeed. U tink I iz joking. But, I iz not. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3892506/

    Da stuff ya said ’bout da fiber adhering nutrients may be true butt dere is both soluble and insoluble fiber in da juice. Plus ya make da flax-pulp crackers to get da rest. ;)

    Nowww wear doez I get da NF apron????????

    just teasing Doc. Great video. Slow juicing does do a better job of preserving nutrients than blending. Moreover, not just preserving nutrients but inhibiting cancer cell growth in vitro. See above.

    Paul




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    1. Paul – if you read the link you shared re: “juicing versus blending” you’ll see that they did not study blending at all. The comparison was between three different juicing methods. To quote from the research paper you posted:

      “The objectives of this study were to investigate changes in quality and functionality on the same batch of broccoli due to differences in juice extraction methods. Broccoli juice was extracted using three different juicing machines and then analyzed for quality properties and functionality (antioxidative, anticancer, and anti-hyperglycemic effects).”




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  8. Love this! Thanks for the best way to start my Monday! You made me laugh out loud with the burpees! Could not help but think that you need to be part of the Jeff Novick/Rip Esselstyn fitness competitions and add burpees to the rotation!




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        1. I always put about 1Tbs ground flax seed in my smoothies. My smoothies are very flavorful, so I don’t even taste the flax. I’d think with the horseradish and the jalepeno in Dr Greger’s smoothie you wouldn’t notice the flavor.




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        2. I use whole flax seeds in my morning smoothy (shredded by my Vita-mix). The only concern is if you put in too much, it makes the drink too thick. The other tastes are strong enough to mask any flax taste.




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        3. You should consider actually trying something before saying that it would probably not be very good in a drink. Ground flaxseed is an excellent addition to a smoothie, adding to the nutrition by providing oil for the nutrients that absorb better with oil, as well as being good sources of omega 3’s, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. They also add a nice smoothness, a creaminess, to the drink. Try it; you just might like it.




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  9. Going to Natural Grocers in a few minutes to buy all the ingredients and have this with my dinner. Thank you Dr. Gregor! Please make more of videos showing recipes. : )




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  10. Dr. Greger asked for comments today concerning home made horseradish verses commercially prepared horseradish. I make my own and it’s very easy. First peel a horseradish root with a potato peeler. Be in a well ventilated room. Cut up the root into manageable sized pieces for your food processor. Process the roots until they are of the consistency you like horseradish, fine to course. Add white vinegar. That’s all there is to it. Horseradish does not need all the added “crap” that the prepared product has in it you get a the store.




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    1. My husband makes his own horseradish, too. It keeps forever in the fridge. There’s no reason why you couldn’t add things like turmeric and ginger. Experiment.

      He had a cut root in a Ziploc in the fridge and it started growing leaves!

      He has a little patch of it growing, and spreading, in our side yard. He’s always giving people roots. It grows easily, and has pretty, shiny leaves, which are also edible, though I don’t know anybody who eats them. The plant is about 3′ high and quite hardy, requiring no care.




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  11. Okay, Dr. Greger in the kitchen is my new favorite thing! And I will definitely be doing this~~so easy to cut everything up at once and have five days worth of nutrition. I love it! My kind of recipe! Thank you~~




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  12. “Blend for 10 burpees.” LMAO

    Great video, Dr. Greger. Keep the kitchen videos coming (as if you’re not busy enough already…).

    How do I order an apron?




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    1. Brian a few times a year Dr. Greger does a fund raiser in which you can order T-shires, apron etc. I have a great “veggies as medicine” T-shirt. The notice comes out as an email.




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  13. Missing is coconut for healthy fat and energy.

    Dr G seems to be out of breath after just ten burpees, at his age?

    And blending for that long is not a good thing since it will oxinate. I blended in less than 15 seconds with my Blendtec, a while ago when I was still drinking this kind of smoothie 3 times a day.




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      1. I am not an athlete either but I can do more than this and I am older than Dr G. This is where lack of protein, fat and collagen will do to you by wearing out your muscle, joint and heart.




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        1. The usual negative, critical, bad-vibe, Jerry Lewis. Nobody I know is more arrogant and critical at the same time than Jerry Lewis. What a poo who likes to dump on other people’s good time.
          All I can say is I am so glad not to have to live with someone who is as much of a downer as Jerry Lewis. Pew!




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    1. Once again, you indulge in your two favourite pastimes of making snide remarks about Dr G and posting false claims about “healthy” fats

      “A recent systematic review found 7 controlled trials, including the 2 just mentioned, that compared coconut oil with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated oils.97 Coconut oil raised LDL cholesterol in all 7 of these trials, significantly in 6 of them. The authors also noted that the 7 trials did not find a difference in raising LDL cholesterol between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat such as butter, beef fat, or palm oil. Clinical trials that compared direct effects on CVD of coconut oil and other dietary oils have not been reported. However, because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD, and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil.”
      http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/06/15/CIR.0000000000000510




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  14. Hahahahahahah Dr Greger apart from the recipies full of nutrients, you give us one extra plus!! Laughing, which is very healthy too :) You are funny like you are a comedian!!! Just seeing you makes my day!!
    While the blender was working and you were excersising I could not stop laughing until I cried :D
    Keep up making us healthy and happy!!!




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    1. I am actually eating more vegetables than this, but by slightly cooking. Of course I cook with bone broth, but you can use tomato juice. You need to cook carrot to make the catenoid bioactive.

      I eat celery stalk raw and not blend like this.

      I eat also more than a fistful of raw arugula + sprout + microgreen + apple cider vinegar on the side to make sure I have the enzymes to make the surophrane.

      I squeeze a whole lime/lemon everyday into my soup but at the last minute before I eat, again to keep it fresh and not oxygenated.

      There is too much emphasis on raw eating on the Internet and eating raw is not a good way to make the nutrients bioavailable.

      And last, if this is what Dr G is calling Daily Dozen then it’s too easy because I exceed it whether eating raw or slightly cooked. And I prefer to prepare my veggie everyday but tearing the vegetables leaves and put them in a bag is not a good idea because it will lose its nutrients.




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  15. The first rule of a good smoothie: No ice! I usually find that putting ice in any smoothie dilutes the flavor and it’s better to use frozen fruit. Maybe freezing some V8 cubes when you prepare the bags of veggies and then adding frozen V8 would make it better? Unless you need the ice to water down the strength of some of the stronger ingredients like the jalapeño and horseradish.




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  16. Dr. G….you are such a ‘blessing’ to me and so many others!! Thanks so much for all the information…given in such a captivating manner :) … keep the videos coming! Do more of this kind of video…we loved it!! ~ Carol




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  17. I just love this guy. He is such a genuine nerd. Does he use this awesome power to take over the world? Possibly, but he’s saving 10s and hundreds of thousands of lives in the process with that superpower.




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  18. Bless your heart! I like that kitchen. BTW….You’re looking mighty sexy there! Thanks for all you do to help change the trajectory of our eating habits!




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    1. Akua, sexy is not a term I would use to describe him (no offense Dr. G), but a friend of mine, to whom I sent this video, just asked me if he was single. You go Dr. G!




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        1. Gale, I haven’t. I missed him last March when he presented at a local university here. Am hoping to catch him live next year if he comes around again. Will bring my friend, too.




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  19. Dr Greger you are brilliant, I just wish you had a clone to send over to the UK. We are getting fatter and sicker at a an even faster rate to the USA.




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    1. I noticed when I was in Sweden and Norway that there was a lot less fresh unprocessed food in the stores. Even meat products were nearly all pulverized, like sausage or franks, made to be unrecogniseable parts from the animal that no one would otherwise eat (Dr. Greger’s example in one of his vids was anuses of pigs). Almost no meats were ‘cuts’ like chops or steaks. Wish you the best, UK friend.




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      1. Yes, susan, I think this this the one where he says he goes around with baked sweet potatoes in his pockets …

        so tell me, is that a sweet potato in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me.




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  20. Loved this video, and the recipe sounds yummy! But, no garlic?? Mine will have garlic in it, and maybe a bit of red onion. Please do more kitchen videos!




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  21. I could not focus on the video–I was too worried about the poster hanging above the burners of the stove. Not very safe!!
    Nice burpees though! :)




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  22. Great video! I love your forays into the kitchen. I have asked for the cookbook for Christamas and plan to send one to my daughter and son as well.




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  23. Hi Dr. Greger or others

    Would it be possible to get you to take a look at the Boutenko family’s created material about Green smoothies. They are the “original creators” of the green smoothies and one of their ground rules is that you never mix starch with greens / fruits.

    Can you comment on this “rule”, does it have any merit?




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  24. Will try this recipe out. I noticed your voice inflections toned down a bit after the pushups (while juice was blending). Would recommend that before each video. Oh, and no need to wear a tie in the kitchen. Thanks for all the great info you post Dr. Greger!




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  25. Wow, this was great after I made a few adjustments.

    I used milk instead of tomato juice because tomato juice starts an emergency exit of the contents of my stomach.
    I used ice cream since we were out of ice.
    I substituted hershey’s chocolate syrup because my 7-11 didn’t have any of the stuff you used.

    It tasted AWESOME.
    BTW, is the hat necessary when making this? Or is that just for style points?




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  26. Love this idea of the make-ahead smoothie bags. I’m going to do it, but instead of the ziplock bags, I’ll use my reusable Debbie Meyer vegetable green bags, which take up the ethylene gas produced by aging vegetables and keep them much fresher in the refrigerator.




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  27. Hi Dr. Greger,

    You are such a lovable mess! I love you. You and Dr. Barnard are my heroes. I will certainly try this recipe, and plan on purchasing your cookbook to accompany my copy of “How Not To Die”. Thank you for all of the amazing work you and your team do! I have a health coach certification and will be starting a website and blog soon, and I know I will be referencing your work, if that’s okay.

    Geri Teeter




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  28. I am not a smoothie person, but THIS one looks tasty! My hubby runs a PBS station and when we found out that “How Not to Die” was an available program for PBS he made sure it got in the schedule! Love the book, and love Dr. G. !




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        1. Oh, sorry, Nancy, I *just* saw this comment! Actually – the schedule is coming out in the next email blast on Tuesday, the 28th!




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    1. V8 makes a lo sodium version. Also maybe in the “healthy” food isle of your grocer.. I know WholeFoods/Trader Joe’s/Fresh market etc carry them.
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    2. Colleen – also remember that tomato paste is just concentrated tomato juice. One could always just reconstitute some paste and add whatever spicing they would like, . . or not, .. as you desire. You could also use a 32oz can of tomato puree thinned with water to create juice consistency.




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  29. So Loved this Video! Well Done and Thank You for your concern, care and commitment to healthy living, not only for yourself but for all of humanity as well. My sock is not that big but know what I am getting for Christmas!!!




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  30. Hi,
    I was a little surprised there was no amla and flax seeds in the smoothie. I’ve already pre-ordered 6 of the cookbooks to go along with the 6 “How Not To Die” books I had previous purchased, in both English and French. Any idea when the promotional calendars will be sent out? I’m getting overly excited waiting for the books. I’m hoping the calendar will calm me down until the books arrive! A million thanks to the good doctor and all his volunteers!




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  31. I love your humour in this presentation. You added some very easy steps for the novice or for those who say they have to time with the individual bag concept. I love your “How Not To die” book, and I sure look forward to your cookbook. BTW, I also look forward to all your health nuggest in your daily presentations.
    Blessings to you for all your work!




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  32. Dr. Boyardee,

    I am a long time watcher and admirer and THAT was probably the best, most entertaining culinary video I’ve ever seen. Nothing like a Doc cheffing…..I just about fell out of my chair in the burpee and out of breath follow up section. Do It Again sir!!!!!!




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  33. Great video. I find the taste of a morning vegetable smoothy too strong so I add some fruit to sweeten it up. And while the pre-bagging is a good efficiency method, making a week’s worth of the stuff and jarring it is that much more efficient. (Fill the jar the top to remove the air to reduce oxidation.) My recipe includes all whole produce: Fruit includes an orange, grapefruit, cranberries and dates. Veggies include kale, red cabbage, carrots, celery, cilantro, beets avocado and ginger. Plus whole flax seed and cinnamon. Wiz it up with water. Adjust the dates to adjust the sweetness. A full Vitamix pitcher will make seven 13 ounce jars worth of smoothie.
    My goal was a combination of variety, lots of super anti-oxidant-rich foods, and deliciousness. Get creative and make your own recipe.




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  34. Dr Greger has a crowd that is so easy to please. I have read his recipe book of course but if it is as simple as this video then I will be very disappointed.

    For one thing, this veggie smoothie is very simple and basic. Then it’s pretty boring and a lot of people will wear out very quickly, especially kids.

    OK, you start the day with a load of antioxidants and that’s good. But where is your protein and calcium and fats to get you through lunch? Does he wait until lunch to eat bean? When do you eat herbs beside turmeric, onion and garlic?

    The following is just a sample of web sites with delicious recipes for breakfast.

    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17916/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/




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    1. Jerry Lewis – let me quote you:
      “For one thing, this veggie smoothie is very simple and basic. Then it’s pretty boring and a lot of people will wear out very quickly, especially kids.

      OK, you start the day with a load of antioxidants and that’s good. But where is your protein and calcium and fats to get you through lunch? Does he wait until lunch to eat bean? When do you eat herbs beside turmeric, onion and garlic?”

      Jerry please go back and listen to the entire video and this time turn both your brain and your ears on. Nowhere in the entire video does he state that this is his breakfast video. Nowhere does he state that he consumes this in the morning or at any specific time of day. He states only that this is a favorite vegetable smoothie of his. That’s all. You have read topics into the video that just simply are not there and do not exist in the video. You are so busy looking to things to attack, critique, demean, and diminish that you are “seeing” and “hearing” things that only you can, apparently, see or hear. You might want to check with your physician for some psychosis or something. There is clearly something wrong with you. Either that or you are just stupid, plain and simple.




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  35. OMG!!!! You made my day when you added the burpees during the blend and enjoy segment!!! HAHAH!!! I love this guy! So refreshing to see even scientists like to laugh too!!! I’ll definitely try this recipe and the burpees too!




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  36. How fantastic to see Dr. Greger in his kitchen. Once the book makes the best seller list (and it will), he’ll need to find the time in his busy lecture schedule to record a cooking program for television.




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  37. Dr. Greger thanks for sharing, love the video. It does help tie together some of the science into practice application. I thought I was the only one who did full vegetable smoothies, but I should have known better. This is reassuring to see what the experts are doing.

    My base had always been broccoli and red cabbage, or kale and what ever else I happen to have in the fridge, but I’ve also been concerned I was getting too much cruciferous veggies and slowing down my thyroid. Ive decided to at least temporarily go to carrot, spinach, squash. Plus whatever else I have available.

    The other thing when I eat that much vitamin c as in lemon and tomato and tomato juice I get massive fever blisters on my lips and inside my nose. . I almost think it’s acid trying to escape my body?

    Thanks again.
    Also nice to see Rachel Ray visiting your site too! Bravo.




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    1. Watch the video again. Dr. Greger specifically mentions that spinach does not have nearly the amount of nitrates that kale or parsley has. Arugula is the highest, and that is what I would use here instead of parsley. Keep in mind that raw spinach is very high in oxalate, which may encourage the formation of kidney stones in predisposed individuals.




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  38. Dr. McGregor,

    Loved the video and look forward to making this vegatable smoothie! That took guts to finish your review right after the 10 burpees. I give your 5 stars for your performance but you need to spend a little more time in the gym! ;-)




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        1. I can’t say enough about my Vitamix, purchased years ago. I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I mistakenly left a spoon in mine once and the support I got over the phone and afterwards was phenomenal. The hard part was parting with it for a few days during its repair.




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    1. Don’t be misled. Buy the Vitamix. Period. It’s the gold standard and I have never met anyone who had one who didn’t LOVE it. Anyone who says otherwise has been taken in with fake marketing. Vitamix’s never quit. It will last you the rest of your life. Something that I’ve never seen advertised is that they have an easily replaced part in the motor that will give out if the blade is jammed, rather than burning out the motor. I know, because I jammed my blade doing something totally stupid (I was distracted with my baby). They sent me the part for free which I was able to replace, easily, myself. The Vitamix continued to work for another 20 years (and we USED it everyday of those 20 years!) until I sold it for as much as I had purchased it for, to buy the new, shorter one for my new kitchen. I tell you, pay the money for the Vitamix and don’t look back. You can get a good deal one at Costco this month – they have a Christmas, one week special. Check with them for the exact dates.
      Best,

      Linda Hart, PhD




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      1. I agree; the stethoscope appears to be missing. Symbolically I mean. I guess everyone is entitled to maker a buck and Dr. G perhaps more than most. Still, I miss the stethoscope.




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  39. Fresh horseradish is easy to prepare. You get a whole root from the grocery, skin and dice. Put in a food processor with a little vinegar and some like a little sugar (optional) blend and scrape down often. It will pulverize and be great in the fridge for at least a week. Freezer longer !




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  40. Thank you for this great information. I have read the first book ,will order the recipe book as well. I have the How not to die on my phone as well. I want you to know I am sharing this life giving information everywhere and I’ve lived a whole food plant based life style since April 2017. My question is about MORINGA. Do have information on this nutrient dense plant?




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  41. Omigosh! Dr. Gregor has never made his own, fresh horseradish??!! He HAS to try this super easy recipe! He’ll never eat the bottled stuff again!:

    Beet Horseradish

    Makes 2 cups

    Start Vitamix on Variable 5.
    Drop in, to grate:
    1 C. horseradish root
    2 C. beets

    Stop machine and scrape down sides of the container.
    Start Vitamix and increase slowly to Variable 8, adding:
    ½ C. apple cider vinegar
    1 T. sugar
    pinch of salt

    Blend for 15 – 20 seconds until well mixed.

    This recipe is mild, but it is so easy that you can modify it to your particular taste easily. TRY IT!!

    Great video!

    Linda Hart, PhD




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    1. Linda – thanks for sharing the horseradish recipe. I LOVE horseradish and was never quite sure how to deal with it. I will copy and put into my WFPB recipe folder. Thank you!!!!




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  42. Dude! You keep getting more enthusiastic as you get older. I love it!

    I have a smoothie everyday after working out!

    Here’s my recipe:

    Dr. Bennie after workout Smoothie:
    Apple Juice unfiltered (1/2 of the container size, or for 16 oz smoothie 8oz)
    1 Tsp to 1 Tbsp Ground flaxseed. Be careful because too much makes the smoothie very thick.
    1/8 to 1 teaspoon AMLA powder. https://www.starwest-botanicals.com One pound of organic Amla powder is $16
    1 to 2 cups any type of Kale (most are pretty mild but the most mild are baby kale and Lacinato kale)
    1/4 to 1 cup frozen/fresh Mixed Berries
    1/4 to 1 cup frozen/fresh Blueberries
    1/4 to 1 whole Banana
    1/2 to 1 whole Orange. and/or
    1/2 to 1 cup frozen/fresh mango

    And as you can see you can do any variation of fruits and vegetables as you like or of what is in-season or as desired.
    Enjoy.




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  43. Haha, Dr. Gregor needs his own cooking show! Anyone else had to rewind because they got distracted looking around his kitchen? Lol. I was like “ooo, he has pineapples, oh he has a squash!”
    This looks/sounds really good, I definitely want to try this!




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  44. My visiting mother-in-law had me return the special-deal $500 Vitamix to Costco.

    My $15-$20 blender from Walmart (Osterizer) works just fine. Works well with everything—apple, celery sticks, ginger, turmeric root, kale leaves with stalk etc.

    Plus the jar is all glass, so no plastic, not even BPA Free. Nothing against Vitamix but they have a BPA-free Plastic jar for top. And it is 25-30 times the cost!!




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  45. I tried something similar a few weeks ago. I used whole tomatoes, watermelon, vegan yogurt, greens from my garden, and an avocado. It was delicious and could be served in the summer as a cold soup.




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  46. “What do you do with the other half? Dip it in some Hummus of course.” LMAO with tears running down my face. OMG that was over the top funny to me.




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  47. This is a little ‘health nut(ty)’ for me. I’m old school: stir-fry those veggies with some good olive oil, fresh garlic, and dices fresh tomatoes, boil some Debole’s pasta, and make a primavera. SO much tastier than drinking a cold juice!




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    1. eeww olive oil! nothing wrong with fresh whole food stir fry, but the oil doesnt help make it healthier ! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OGGQxJLuVjg Dr Klapper explains why in that video, and Dr Greger explains here https://nutritionfacts.org/video/olive-oil-and-artery-function/ The pasta of course is not a whole food item, and may be a bit ‘weighty’ for breakfast.
      The smoothies Dr Greger talks about are blended whole foods, not juices. Here’s what he has to say about them in general https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/smoothies/ and here is one of my favs https://nutritionfacts.org/video/a-better-breakfast/ Enjoy!




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      1. I agree, susan, the added oil is gross. And I don’t understand why some people can’t seem to tell the difference between a juice & a smoothie. Smoothies have fiber, juice does not. It’s pretty simple.




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      2. Susan, I’m going to have to chat with you a little bit. Debole’s makes a number of whole grain pasta’s, . . have you checked ’em out? Whole quinoa and whole rice is one and there are others. All pasta is not necessarily a non-whole-food product. I bring this up so that others who are reading can know about these products.
        I eat pasta and vegetables for breakfast on a regular basis. I have a physical job and need those calories to get me through my day. So what might be “weighty” for you might be perfect for someone else. I like to consider that different people have different needs.
        Also, Dr. Greger did not state that the topic of this video – his vegg smoothie – was a breakfast smoothie. He just stated that this is a favorite vegge smoothie recipe and he was sharing it with us. He might consume this smoothie . . . . who knows when?? He didn’t say.




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    1. Dear erikaf,

      you are reffering to something that’s called a goitrogens. They are fine as long as your thyroid is healthy. If it’s not, you maybe better go for a cooked one and always make sure you get enough iodine, that will negate the potential negative effects.

      Moderator Adam P.




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  48. My new & favorite smoothie meal:

    2 Cups Tomatos
    2 Cups Cooked broccoi
    2 Cups Baby Spinach
    1 Cup Chopped Kale
    1 Red Bell Pepper
    1/3 Jalopeno Pepper
    1 Cup Chopped Mushrooms
    1/4 Cup Cooked Black Beans
    1/2 Vidalia Onion
    Juice of 1/2 Lemon
    1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Tumeric Powder
    2 Cloves Garlic
    1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

    1 ounce English Walnuts

    Mangia….




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      1. Hey Scott

        I didn’t mention it but I put all in the Nutribullet Rx Soupmaker that cooks all the ingredients. I drink it hot or cold. Thx for the comment.




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      1. Hi Nancy…. yes a soup if hot, I make this in the Nutribullet Rx Soupmaker to get the benefits of the cooked tomatos & broccoli. If I chill it I drink it as a smoothie. May need to add water to a desired consistency….. Cheers




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  49. How do you reconcile the “smoothie” with the “Whole Food” part of Whole food plant based that is gaining acceptance by so many nutrition doctors? The chewing of the vegetables helps improve digestion by using the saliva from chewing. WFPB is the way to go. Love the smoothies though.




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    1. Blending possibly improves the availability of nutrients. I make my smoothies such that I have a little lemon peel in them that I have to chew as I drink them. So I get some saliva action–and drink them slowly–don’t guzzle! :D




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    2. Brian – The Whole Food concept in a WFPB diet refers to consuming the entire whole food (as grown).” The chewing of the vegetables helps improve digestion by using the saliva from chewing.” You don’t have to chew to release the salivary amylase produced by your salivary glands. You can produce salivary amylase right now by just thinking about the cutting and chewing of a whole fresh lemon. Feel your saliva glands activating saliva just by thinking about it? The smoothie in the mouth will activate salivary glands by virtue of an object in the mouth, . . not because one “has to” chew their food. Amylase will mix with your food regardless. You will also produce saliva (which has amylase in it) in your dentists office. Chewing not required.
      Amylase is also produced by the pancreas which it deposits into the small intestine for further digestion.

      One can also “chew” their smoothie if they like as well. I know many who like to swish-chew their smoothies because they like the taste. Amylase mixes there as well. Here’s more info about amylase:

      https://www.britannica.com/science/amylase
      Of all the things to be concerned about in life, amylase isn’t one of them.




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    1. Hi, rkokish. Juicing and smoothies are not the same thing. Juicing is extracting liquid from fruits and vegetables, discarding the pulp, which is mostly fiber. Smoothies should be made from whole fruits and vegetables. Although blending breaks down some of the fiber, it is still consumed. I hope that helps!




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  50. since as dr. greger states “As with all my books, DVDs, and speaking engagements, all proceeds I receive go to charity.”, what does he do
    for livelyhood? is he just independently wealthy?
    please don’t look for any negative conotations in my question. just curiosity.




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  51. Here is the smoothie recipe shown in this NutritionFacts video. I just made it with the optional jalapeno pepper and horseradish and it is fairly spicy but very tasty.

    Savory Green Smoothie

    1 cup low sodium tomato juice (or vegetable blend juice)
    1 cup ice cubes
    1 celery stalk
    1 whole carrot
    1/5 whole beet
    1/2 whole organic red pepper
    1 scallion – bottom tip trimmed off
    1/5 jalapeno pepper (optional for spicy version)
    1/4 organic lemon with rind
    1/4 inch turmeric root (or some powdered turmeric)
    1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon horseradish (optional for spicy version)
    2 cups organic leafy greens – kale, collards, arugula, parsley, spinach, etc.

    add a slice of avocado for better fat soluble vitamin absorption, or eat some walnuts or pumpkin seeds along with the smoothie

    the lemon peel is full of nutrients so it is good to include it, the vitamin C in the lemon assists with the absorption of iron from the leafy greens

    the black pepper makes the anti-inflammatory effect of the turmeric much more powerful

    the blending of the carrots makes the carotenoids much more absorbable, precooking the carrots would further enhance this effect according to a prior NF video about green smoothies




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  52. Very nice video, but what about all the sugar in the tomatoes , carrots & the beets, etc? Sugar is bad, especially for those who had cancer. And hummus that wasn’t homemade? That surprised me; don’t you care about the citric acid in it? I’m not being critical; you are absolutely fab! And burpees…I’d better start practicing; those are very difficult to do.




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      1. You’re worried about the sugar in…a tomato? There’s an old truth in the medical biz: ‘The dose makes the poison.’ Find out how many grams of sugar there are in a tomato, carrot, etc. Those are good garden foods. What dose threshold are you needing for a sugar limit to fight cancer?




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    1. For all you Sugar nay-sayers, yes sugar is bad for cancer and other things, but when it is consumed as a part of the whole fruit with the fibre of the plant itself; The Fibre helps turn it into a gelatinous consistency and slows down the GI (Glycimic Index), you might not want it on top of Cancer in the early stages, but it is certainly a part of a healthy, sensible regimen for someone without cancer and as a maintenance juice for someone who has gone through much of their recovery.




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    2. Hi, Reesa B Schachter. While sugar, in isolation, has negative health effects, the sugars in whole foods, such as tomatoes, carrots, beets, etc. do not, when the whole food is consumed. Please feel free to eat whole fruits and vegetables without worrying about the sugars in them. It is a misconception that these sugars and their effects are the same as consuming sugar-sweetened foods and beverages. With regard to citric acid, you might be interested in this video. I hope that helps!




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  53. Dr. Gregor
    You are a spectacular human being. Thank you so much for your light hearted and fun approach to health and wellness. You seriously crack me up and keep me inspired. A million upon million thanks!!!




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  54. Doc! I have been following you for years, I love your sense of humor, you are a funny bastard (that’s the scientific term) and I have already tried your V12 Vegie Juice and it is Yuuummmmm !

    I love your work, I have ordered your books (both of them) and I will be disseminating your information and recipes as a recomendation to my audience to buy both. I am currently working on a program to help people with Cancer and your work is invaluable

    Thank you so much

    Cheers

    Paul
    Sydney – Australia




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  55. Absolutely love Dr.G’s video! Very much looking forward to his cookbook, our girls are getting it for the holidays! Thank you Dr.Gregor for all hard work!




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  56. Good video. The parsley seems like an odd inclusion to a raw smoothie but after seeing a comment here about using the smoothie as a soup base i figure the ingredients are better suited for a bean/grain soup. But bell peppers are better raw so, i don’t know. Can you eat parsley raw? I want to pose a what if. What if the world as we know it changed for the worse and we didn’t have the luxuries of modern technology. Say for instance an EMP knocked out all electronics, gas and electric power was scarce and we basically went back to the stone age. Unlikely, but it’s a hypothetical. How would you maintain a vegan lifestyle in these circumstances? How could you follow a nutritarian diet or wfpb diet in this scenario? Seriously. What would it entail? How would you get b12 (unwashed vegies, coprophagy)? Long chain omega-3s (eating algae, can you grow algae in your gut and eat your poop to get it)? Trace minerals like iodine (seaweed)? How could you do it sustainably? Which habitat would be most favourable for maximising your chances of survival? Forest, savannah, shrubland, grassland, wetlands (inland), rocky areas, caves, desert, coast?




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    1. After armaggedon you could eat dirt for the B12. Gorilla’s do this to. But seriously, just eat whole plant foods if you can’t max things out. The basics still are the basics and offer the bulk of the health benefits.

      Me personaly, I also do the bonus stuff. Nature has build us for procreation and not for longetivity. When you say passing on my genes is not enough, I want to live long and healthy too. Great, but maybe now you should take care to ingest a little bit more antioxidants and fytochemicals to make that possible.




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    2. Of course you can eat parsley raw. Its actually pretty good. I grow it in a pot during the summer alongside my cherry tomatoes right in my driveway so when I come home from work I can snack on the parsley and ripe tomatoes. there was a time when any good meal in a restaurant was served garnished with a sprig of parsley. Probably the only healthy thing on the whole plate.




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    3. Of course you can eat parsley raw. Its actually pretty good. I grow it in a pot during the summer alongside my cherry tomatoes right in my driveway so when I come home from work I can snack on the parsley and ripe tomatoes. there was a time when any good meal in a restaurant was served garnished with a sprig of parsley. Probably the only healthy thing on the whole plate




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  57. This is just the best thing ever Dr. Greger! My jaws hurt from laughing. :-) For 10 burpees and then the end result is this weird brown thick sluggish liquid. Love it. Outsiders who see this surely think we are all crazy.

    Please keep up the good work, looking forward to the book and more kitchen videos.

    Also, I’m glad to see that you also optimize nitrites with a shake. I have been making mine with kale, beets or beetjuice, brussel spruits and some vit D drops. Didn’t think about a V8 style beverage yet so mine always contains one fruit to make it drinkable. A ripe banana works or you could use a grapefruit or orange, they taste strong enough to make the vegetables more drinkable.

    I like to add the flax seeds to this shake because they enhance vitamin uptake but also because they need to be broken to release their good stuff.

    Drink it daily but athletes can drink this 1 or 2 hours before training to enhance preformance.




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  58. Hi Dr Greger and ‘family’
    sensational video and ur motives are so pure after nearly every video I just shake my head and am so thankful you are in my families lives. To me u are truly an angel.




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  59. Dear Dr. Greger,

    I am a big fan and proponent of your whole ‘schtick’.
    \
    However, I find the ‘white doctor’s coat’ and ‘stethoscope’ during a cooking demo just a little too much. Reel it in just a little.

    For What it’s Worth




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  60. Dr. Greger, I love you more than ever! This was the best recipe video I have ever seen. I found myself laughing a number of times. Sorry, but the 10 burpees while blending was hilarious. You are the BEST!




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  61. Hey Dr Greger – thank you so so much for the work you do and the way you do it. I would personally LOVE to see one of those “what I eat in a day” videos from you featuring the airport food courts you mentioned, and other on-the-road fare. And more kitchen videos! One of the obstacles I see people face is an idea that eating this way is terribly difficult and time consuming, which is certainly not necessarily true. Even vegans buy into the “convenience” food pit of despair and I’m pretty sure you can save the world, so keep at the kitchen demos!




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  62. My student daughter is trying her best to get on board with my wfpb diet. I recently “complained” to her that she’s eating too many vegetables and fruits and that I have to keep going shopping to keep up with her appetite ….boy, what a great complaint to have!
    She loves fruit smoothies but isn’t so keen on the idea of green smoothies, and wouldn’t think of making one herself. However, if I make one I get her to try it and I don’t put too much green in it, she is nearly always pleasantly surprised and is happy to drink it. But she draws the line at brownish or brownish/purplish smoothies. I’m going to try this recipe out and give her a blind tasting – I think this is the only way I’ll get it past her lips!




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  63. I loved the video! Hilarious, honest and practical.
    Much better than reading a recipe and wondering what you mean.
    So engaging – ten burpees!!!
    It may not be for some who just want the straight scientific evidence but that’s not what these recipes are.
    Keep them coming!




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  64. I just wanted to caution everyone. Many national brands of prepared horseradish use eggs or egg yolks in their product to make it more mayonnaise like, so be sure to check the ingredient list!




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  65. How do you get enough calories on a wfpb diet without exceeding daily limit of manganese? I’ve noticed on Cronometer that a few slice of whole wheat bread, two servings of brown rice, some lentils and a serving or two of nuts and seeds and i’ve reached 11mg for the day, and i’m only getting just enough calories for a sedentary lifestyle. Basically limit whole grains, limit the bread and eat more beans? Eat way more fruit? Which grains are lowest in manganese?




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    1. Hi Arthur. The ADH limit for manganese is an arbitrary number that was established from pooling the “average” amounts eaten in the population’s diet. It has nothing to do with a tollerable safe upper intake level. So, you should not bother nor try to lower it, just keep eating like you do.

      (I see lots of people who keep eating rice despite the arsenic levels, why not try some other grains, they are all tasty : wheat, barley, freekeh, quinoa,…)




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    2. Hi, Arthur. Generally speaking, when manganese intake is increased, absorption decreases. Tolerable upper limits tend to be based on levels at which adverse effects have been noted with supplementation, rather than whole foods. Information on the manganese content of cereal grains and pasta may be found here. While it is possible that the grains, lentils and nuts you are eating could be adjusted to decrease manganese content, I advise letting overall nutrient value guide your choices, rather than just manganese. I hope that helps!




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  66. Inspired by Dr Greger’s ‘How Not to Die’, for the last few months I have been starting my day with a veggie smoothie of beet (we call it beetroot in Ireland), kale, watermelon (including seeds-full of antioxidants), frozen blueberries, a dessert spoon of flax seeds, and the flesh of an Amla berry (the super-est of super foods, which I can buy in my local Indian supermarket). Add enough water to make it liquid and blast in the Nutribullet till smooth. The fruits make it taste really good, and the flax seeds plump up to make it filling. Perfect before a run.




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  67. Processed tomatoes (per Dr. Greger) is better for lycopeine uptake. But what about some of the other vegetables? Which ones should be cooked to increase health benefits? Is raw better?




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  68. What a great video to start my day! Dr. G in the kitchen! Thank you for the recipe and reminding my to not only eat my vegetables, but to do my burpees too! Loving the apron. I can’t wait for the cookbook! Thank you for all that you do. My boyfriend’s dad has reversed his diabetes thanks to you! xoxo




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  69. I have watched most of Dr Gregger’s video and eating vegetarian diet mostly with beans and greens. Still I got auto-immune disease with a diagnosis of autoimmune pancreatitis. Anything that i should avoid. Most anti-inflammatory diets suggest eating meat, fish and egg (completely the opposite). Any wisdom or advice?




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    1. Hello pd,
      Thank you for your question. I am a family doctor with a private practice in lifestyle medicine, and also a volunteer moderator for this website. I’m sorry to hear about your autoimmune pancreatitis. Congratulations on NOT eating meat, fish, or eggs, which clearly are pro-inflammatory foods. Your main dietary consideration should be to focus on anti-inflammatory foods, since you have an autoimmune disorder.

      I used the Search function of NutritionFacts.org to look for “anti-inflammatory foods”. Here are a few good videos:
      1) https://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-and-osteoarthritis/ — this is a good summary of the value of an anti-inflammatory diet for treating osteo-arthritis, which also talks about the benefits of turmeric.
      2) https://nutritionfacts.org/video/sodium-and-autoimmune-disease-rubbing-salt-in-the-wound/ — this discusses the role that a low-sodium diet plays in treating autoimmune disorders.
      3) https://nutritionfacts.org/video/boosting-immunity-while-reducing-inflammation/ — this discusses the anti-inflammatory properties of mushrooms.

      These should at least get you started. Good luck!
      Dr. Jon
      PhysicianAssistedWellness.com
      Volunteer moderator for NutritionFacts.org




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      1. Hi Dr, Jon,

        Thank you for your detailed reply.

        Since I am not getting any protein from the low fodmap diet that I am currently on (eating very little beans and legumes), thought of adding Wild-caught Salmon. That’s the only non-vegetarian food that i am currently eating otherwise purely on a vegan diet.

        re curcumin we do use a lot in cooking already.
        is there a supplement proven to help in osteoarthritis ?

        will control salts and look at mushrooms (i thought they could be inflammatory and hence avoiding)




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    2. PD – In addition to what Dr. Jon suggested, you might try Dr. Klappers website (Michael Klapper, M.D.) and also try contacting True North health center in Santa Rosa, CA. They will give you a complimentary consult phone call and make suggestions. Review their website first so you know what they do. Also Dr.Klapper will do a video consult with you as a physician if you’d like. So hopefully these resources will help you fine tune some options.
      Best to you –




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    3. Hi, pd. I think that promoting animal products as anti-inflammatory is preposterous. There is a lot of research indicating consistently that diets high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are associated with lower levels of biomarkers for inflammation than diets based on animal products. You might be interested in this study regarding diet and pancreatic cancer. I think that animal products, alcohol, processed foods, added sugar and fat should be avoided, while colorful fruits, especially berries, vegetables, especially greens, whole grains, and legumes should be maximized. Healthy fats may be obtained from moderate intake of nuts and seeds. I hope that helps!




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  70. If you save those “furry little tips” of the scallions & plant them your garden, you’ll have scallions growing in your garden for many years to come. They are very hardy & resistant to heat, cold, & where I live (in zone 6b) I never have to water them at all.
    When you need some fresh scallions just cut off the tops, it doesn’t hurt them at all.




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  71. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try! And I love the time-saver by prepping ingredients for the rest of the week. I really need to start doing more of that. Thanks, Dr. G!




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  72. The Dr is a beast! Burpees while making the veggie blend as I call mine. One year on NutritionFacts and everything including my eyes has massively improved. So had my physique with the help of atleanX. I have already shared the video with all my friends, family, and colleagues. Thanks so much!




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  73. A) Dr Greger is the most adorable, enjoyable, hilarious, comedic, and allll together chock-full-of-good-advice health nut! B) His presentation and sun salutations x 10 while blender vrooming is epic. C) Now for an important question, pretty please Dr. Greger. The ‘Cruciferocious’ combo juice just awesome and obviously so healthy. What about oxalates, how much safe to consume per day, how often (you’ve demonstrated a prep for 5 days in a row). I would greatly appreciate feedback, and thank you for all that I have learned and continue learning at NutritionFacts.org




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    1. Hello, Dr. Greger’s volunteer here,

      thank you for your kind words – I totally agree, he’s amazing :-)! Smart and funny, too.

      We already have some videos about oxalates, take a look:

      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-treat-kidney-stones-with-diet/

      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-star-fruit-good-for-you/

      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-prevent-kidney-stones-with-diet/

      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/oxalates-in-cinnamon/

      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/asparagus-pee/

      Hope this helps,

      Moderator Adam P.




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  74. I just made this per the video, and it’s delicious! I really didn’t think it would taste this good……….a real keeper! I can hardly wait to read the book.




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  75. My V-12 Vegetable Blast is MY new favorite beverage! I just finished drinking my first batch and it’s WONDERFUL. Best of all, I have four more batches in the refrigerator. Can’t wait to receive my new “How Not to Die Cookbook”.




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  76. It’s Bloody Mary mix! I bought regular parsley instead of curly parsley (not sure what the difference is) and found a cup was way to strong for me. So I reduced the parsley to two sprigs and added spinach to make up the difference. I also added black pepper and siracha instead of horseradish which I couldn’t find in the fridge. My wife and I were getting tired of our morning fruit and spinach smoothie so this is a welcomed break and a delicious addition to our WFPBD.
    ps…don’t forget to add your Amla powder!




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  77. Wow Dr Greger This is fantastic – I have bought your How Not to Die first book & have been showing it to all my friends & family.
    I really enjoy each video & podcast – you make science learning informative an easy fun & often humorous – It all makes sense that we should be eating real food.The world has made nutrition too complicated from what God intended our perfect bodies to thrive on – the foods that were created in their own beautiful packaging for us to enjoy in endless array. If you ever consider visiting Australia – especially Tasmania you would be our honoured guest & I am certain to be purchasing copies of the new Cook Book -You make many people smile on the outside & on the inside as well – Congratulations & bless you – avid supporter -Lee Beswick




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  78. While I didn’t mind the taste at all, I had to dilute it a lot to get it down. I’ve got a very good Vitamix blender, but I just don’t do well with vegetable smoothies. Fruit smoothies, no problem. Vegetable smoothies just get my gag reflex going. It’s a texture thing I think. Might have been different had I been able to put tomatoes in it, but I can’t do nightshades at all.

    No criticism to you Doctor. I love your site. It has helped out a bunch with my fibromyalgia, female issues, and osteoarthritis.

    I do have one burning question, however. Why is it the healthier my diet is, the less I’m able to tolerate food additives? It’s to the point where I have to make almost everything from scratch, because processed almost everything (not tofu, thank god, but I buy non-gmo organic) is making me sick. I would have thought a person on a really healthy diet would have a higher tolerance to toxins/additives.

    I accidentally (it wasn’t listed on the label) ingested a small amount of msg the other day, and almost hit the floor. When I go out to dinner on the rare occasion, I have to take cream of tartar with me to counteract the msg that seems to be in EVERYTHING. I had to quit taking about half the supplements I’m used to taking, because they started to make me feel ill. And I’ve only been doing WFPB for 2 months.




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    1. Mayavata,

      I too am finding that the healthier I get, I CANNOT tolerate the smells in stores. The detergent isle makes me want to barf and the high intensity lighting makes me dizzy – the combination has me existing stores when I am not done shopping. At Harbor Freight I feel the need to wear a gas mask because of the over bearing smell of rubber?

      What is up with these new hypersensitivities??

      Carol




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  79. Yes, yes, yes!! Do more. I loved how you didn’t waste the blending time by doing calisthenics for 10 seconds. Bravo, Dr. Gregor, you are the best.




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  80. Great video Dr Greger! I tried the recipe with the ground horseradish and it tasted great! How do you feel about adding Amla powder to the smoothie for even more antioxidants? The bitter taste would be hidden. Thanks, TFox




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    1. Hi Thomas,

      I am a volunteer for Dr. Greger. Thank you for your question.

      Of course you could add amla powder to your smoothie! Adding amla powder would only add to the healthfulness of this drink. Enjoy!




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  81. Loved the video and seeing the fun side of Dr.Greger. Even though the recipe is simple, it helps to see how easy it can be to put it into practice. Thank you Dr. Greger.




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    1. Janet,
      You have to see him in person because thats the only side you see! His humor and personality give a richness to everything you experience from then on, be it his book, videos, etc. He is forever in your head!
      Carol




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  82. Here’s my daily smoothie:
    1/2 carrot
    1/4 red pepper
    1/4 beet along with some leaf and stalk
    1/4” turmeric root
    1 cup kale
    1cup baby spanich
    1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
    1 cup red cabbage
    1/2 small tomato
    1tbls ground flax seed
    A few walnuts
    1/2 teaspoon rosemary
    1 cup water
    Blend for 5 burpees( I like to chew it)
    I munch on this every morning while getting ready for work.
    Delicious!!!




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  83. I love your video and I am going to try to make your shake this week!! It’s kind of like one I do now. Thank you so much for your wonderful information.




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  85. Great video and great smoothie!

    A question that I never saw addressed, so it would be of everybody’s interest:

    Is it safe to blend the lemon seeds into a smoothie?

    I know that both the peel and the pith have nutritional benefits, but I only seem to find contradictory information about the seeds on the internet, and none of it from a scientific source.

    Thank you very much,
    Rick




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    1. Rick,

      He juiced the lemon into the smoothie. And added a little zest!

      He also suggested juicing the lemon into the tomato juice ahead to save time.

      Ive watched this video so many times, I could make it in my sleep!

      Good to know you loved it, I cant wait to try it!

      Carol




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    2. Thank you for your question. I can’t find any evidence that lemon seeds would be harmful. Dr Greger has not covered this topic specifically. As you say, it is difficult to find a scientific source to support one way or other




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  86. HIGHsterical!! I rewatch this everytime I need I lift! Havent tried it yet, but I love the 5day bag idea.
    Please, please, more more!!! I have the book on order, cant wait to get it. Havent done a burpee in my life, going to try 3 as my first juice blends.

    Kudos to Dr. Greger for making health so much damn fun!!




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  87. Dr. Greger, thanks for the fun video! I can really relate to mixing it up in the kitchen. I’m game for trying this veggie concoction and can’t wait to get a hold of your new book. WFPB since last January and loving the adventure and good feeling about what I’m doing for my family and myself. I think others around me are starting to rethink their eating habits also. You are keeping it all together for us!




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  88. To save money I use the cheap plastic grocery bags to store veggies in the frig instead of the expensive zip-locks.
    No ice, the only cold drink I have is beer.
    And drink it from the blender = one less thing to wash and no waste rinsing it out down the sink drain.




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  89. It’s like Bloody Mary mix, only healthy! I only put one cup of greens so that it doesn’t get in the way of the wonderful, spicy taste of this drink. I definitely include the jalapeno and horseradish as used in the video. I don’t use the recipe listed but instead use the ingredients as Dr. Greger made his drink in the video. This drink is helping me to consume fewer calories each day.




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  90. I tried this recipe by invitation of my sister. (she said she wasn’t sure that anyone would try it but thought I might) We followed all the directions but one and it came out fabulous. My substitution was due to the fact that my ice maker was broken so we decided to use frozen blueberries. We both agreed it came out great. No doubt more nutritious and a few more calories but not many.
    So if you want to try a twist to this, try some unsweetened blueberries (I think it was a cup or so, equivalent to the amount of crushed ice).




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  91. Got a question, and maybe someone here can help!. I want to pre order the cookbook. I can pre order it at a Dutch [thats where I life] internetshop to get it 5 december. But I can not see a preview, so my question is; Does any one know if the book uses cups, fahrenheit, ounces etc?
    For me thats difficult because I am used to work with grams, celsius, etc.




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      1. Thank you for your answer! But as far as I know, there will be no dutch version!? Just like the original ‘how not to die’ book its only avalable in english at all the (dutch) sites I know off…. Please correct me if I am wrong:)




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  92. Dr. Gregor you are the best, congrats to this time saving veggie power drink video all the way from Vienna .
    Trying hard to spread your words in the city of Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel……… bevor most of the citizen will be
    Sugar Dumplings and die young. So enjoy your special sense of humor and appreciate for wisdom and curiosity to get to
    The bottom of things, a big THANK YOU !




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  93. This general question has probably been asked, but what are your general criteria in determining which studies are worth making a video about? I think somewhere you reported there are some 2,000 studies a year or something worldwide in the English language. With so many to select from, and assuming they all conclude something different, how do you know which are significant or reliable? E.g., is it the methodology employed, the scope or numbers sampled, the prestige or authority of the reporting institution? Maybe just your gut?




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      1. Thanks. I’ll look at them.

        I noticed that Harvard came out with another one today reporting that 57% of kids today will likely be obese by the time they’re 35. But apparently Harvard did not venture any possible causes.

        Vernon




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      2. Also, I was standing in the checkout line behind a woman in Publix Sunday. Suddenly she lopped two heavy packages of bacon onto the conveyor. Made a loud noise. Kinda startled me.

        Is it impolite to say, “You know that a class-one carcinogen? Up there with asbestos & plutonium?”

        And then she replies, “Well, you’re going to die anyway.”

        And then I say, “Yea, but I understand that cancer is a terrible (painful) way to die.”

        Or, she says, “Everything causes cancer now. So what?”

        And then I say, “Right. And there’s a lot of arsenic in the environment also, but that doesn’t mean I want to voluntarily consume more of it.”

        I kept my mouth shut.

        Maybe next time.

        Vernon




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  94. Love the cookbook and the videos. Now I can eat well whereas before I was lacking many nutrients in my diet as I didn’t realise how easy it could be to make delicious recipes. I have Waldrenstroms Macroglobulinemia a very rare cancer and already my bloods have improved with me having more energy. Thank you Dr Greger.




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