1. When is a good time to drink the smoothies? Do they replace my meal?
The best best best time to drink the smoothie is first thing in the morning, first thing in your belly. It is also best to drink it on its own. I do drink my smoothies with meals often, but there is always a chance that starches combined with the greens could cause gas. I would suggest giving yourself either a 1/2 hour before or after your smoothie when eating other foods. That way you can have it as a meal or a snack. As for replacing a meal, they can but it will be completely dependent on your body. You might be ravenous right after drinking a quart or more or you might ride the whole morning on 1 cup. Let your body be your guide.
2. I'm on a tight budget and don't want my fruit going to waste, any suggestions?
My recommendation to everyone whether you are on a tight budget or not is to take advantage of your freezer when your fruit starts to go. Just chop it up and pop it in. Yes, freezing the fruit does change the fruit somewhat but not nearly to the extent that a cooked food would. Just make sure that your greens are always fresh. Another suggestion is to blend it up with some water and freeze it in ice cube trays. Definitely also try buying your fruit on sale and definitely stick to your favourite fruits. There is no need to dabble into all sorts of recipes if they aren't going to tickle your taste buds. Finally, if you like bananas they are usually easy to buy more for less and when they start to go, just peel them and freeze them.
3. How do I cut a young coconut, mango or pineapple?
Check out these 3 videos that I found on youtube, that best illustrate the way that I cut them.
I hope that everyone has a great start to their first day! Suzanne