January 17, 2011

Red and Green make Brown Smoothie

Making smoothies can give you a bit of education in mixing colors. Today I had yellow pineapple, red and blue berries, creamy bananas and dark green collard greens. When you mix the dark red/blue with the dark green you get a reddish brown color.

Normally I would steer clear of a drink this color, but I made it so I know what's in it. And in my world anything with pineapple is bound to be delicious.

Red and Green make Brown Smoothie

2 bananas
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup cherry berry blend fruit mix
4 collard greens
1 to 1 1/2 cups water

Blend well.

Pro tip: When you use frozen fruit you will need slightly more water to get to the same consistency you would have with fresh fruit.

Pro tip: Trader Joe's has great, affordable frozen fruit.


Confession. I'm not following the green smoothie detox plan anymore. After two weeks I made a move to smoothie for breakfast and lunch with a hopefully healthy dinner. Just saying.

How do you like your collard greens?

I bet you never thought of eating collard greens raw, in a smoothie.

The green smoothie recipe for today includes that very large leafy vegetable.

Apples and Collards - Green Smoothie

2 ripe bananas
1 large apple (cored)
4 collard greens
1 cup water (little more, little less)

Blend well.

Enjoy! This is one of my favorites.

January 15, 2011

Green Smoothie - Very Berry Variety

Here is a recipe for a green smoothie that's not so green. It would be easy to sneak past unsuspecting children.

1 Banana
1 1/2 cups Very Berry frozen fruit mix
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 cup sprouts
1 to 1 1/2 cups water

Blend well.

Notice the red color. See, green but not green.

Notice the super snazzy blender circa 1970's. It does the job. Sometimes the smoothies are not as smooth as a fancier Blendtec blender would make them, but it suffices.

Oh yeah, today is my cheat day. I had a wonderful tofu scramble with spinach for breakfast. The pinch of curry was the ticket.

January 14, 2011

Green Smoothie Detox - wha???

Okay, here's the deal. My wonderful friend Judith asked me if I'd like to take part in a green smoothie detox. She told me that when she signed up she was able to add a guest for free. She mentioned I could take it at my own pace and that during the program there would likely be solicitations for other products but I didn't have to buy anything.

I said sure. Then I thought to myself, hmmm, what is a green smoothie detox?

Now I know.
I'm learning lots.

Some of which are.....

I like green smoothies.
A raw diet is "interesting" :)
I can now grow my own sprouts.
My 1970's blender was kick-ass for it's time and still is.
Buying lots of leafy greens is cheaper than buying meat.
Kale is my friend.

This program, which is put on by the Green Smoothie Queen with mention of the Raw Food Divas, is completely foreign compared to anything I have ever done before. I have never even contemplated eating raw. Never. Ever. Never. And....I'm pretty sure detox has never been on any of my "to do" lists.

But, I'm doing it. And with minimal cheating. I make it through each day reminding myself this is a detox and that I am not making a complete 180 and changing to a complete raw lifestyle. But, I'll likely continue having green smoothies.

Hey, it's only a month right. I can do this. I'll keep you updated as the month progresses.

Back to my friend Judith. I met her a few years ago. She was a nurse practitioner at my work's health clinic. She left the company we worked for to explore new possibilities. After my heart attack last July, I sent her a quick note thinking she was still back east studying but discovered she was back in town. What a boon for me.

Judith teaches. She teaches about food. She teaches about self and what's important. Sometimes we forget the basics and we need a teacher. Judith reminded me to...Be happy. Destress. Eat well. Take time for myself.

So my journey continues and I'm not perfect but if you are interested in being reminded to...Be happy. Destress. Eat well. Take time for yourself...then check out her website All That Nourishes and sign up for the newsletter.

January 7, 2011


Chacha seems to know what time it is and who is due to be home any minute.

Yes, I know. That tree needs to come down.

Happy New Year.

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