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It was Victoria Boutenko who put Green Smoothies on the map in her terrific book, Green For Life (I HIGHLY recommend reading it). Drinking a big luscious smoothie can be the perfect meal replacement or snack during this 11 Week Total Health & Weight Loss Initiative. They are super easy and delicious. Your Rehab Director gives them 2 Green Thumbs UP!

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Goji Blast

2 grapefruits, juiced
3 blood oranges, juiced
handful goji berries
4 or 5 frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp. chia seeds

Put everything in the blender and do yo thing!


Spirulina Swirl

1 Young Coconut, water & meat
1 Tbsp coconut butter
1/2 small fresh pineapple, peeled & chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 cups frozen mango
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice
2 tsp spirulina

Put all ingredients, except the spirulina into your blender and run until well combined. Pour half of the mixture into a separate pitcher and set aside. Add the spirulina to the remaining mixture in the blender and combine. Pour this shake into a tall drinking glass, alternating layers to create a swirl effect.

Kids love this!


Cran-Banana Power Shake

2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen cranberries
2 big handfuls red leaf lettuce
1 heaping tbsp green powder
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp. maca powder
juice of 3 oranges


Pawpaw Sunrise

1 ripe pawpaw, peeled & seeded
2 C fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp mint leaves, chopped
juice of half a lime

Watermelon Kiwi Cooler

3 cups seedless watermelon chunks
2 kiwi
3 strawberries
Juice of 1/2 lime

Hairy Green Supreme

3 handfuls of spinach
1 kiwi (hairy skin and all!)
1 C pineapple
1 frozen banana
2 C water

I make a smoothie that my kids love:

1/4 cup of soaked almonds
1.5 lbs spinach
just enough water to blend this up
4 or so frozen bananas
4-6 dates (depends on size of dates)
3-4 tbsp raw cacao nibs or the raw cacao powder (fiddle with it though- I have not used the powder)
2 tbsp coconut oil
enough water to blend up.


Blend all ingredients. This makes 5 good sized glasses of smoothie. You can add more cacao nibs or dates if you need to for added sweetness and chocolate flavor.

green immune system booster

5 oranges (peeled & cut in quarters)
2-3 handfuls of spinach (to taste)
1/2 cup of water to get things going

- throw everything into the blender & let 'er rip.
- i have a blentec blender & i run it first on "whole juice", then i add 6-7 ice cubes & run it on "smoothie".
- if your oranges aren't super sweet, add a banana or a frozen banana to it & yummmm ... enjoy!
- this makes about 30 oz or so, depending on how juicy your oranges are & how long you let it blend. this is one of my family's favorites - my 3 kids LOVE it! : )

Grapefruit Banana Smoothie

The secret concoction:

Juice about 3-4 cups of ruby reds. [May I say that whoever invented the citrus juicer is a genius? This way, you don't have to deal with seeds and pith in the blender.]

Dump the juice in the blender, along with 3 ripe bananas. Blend baby, blend!

Wa la! A quart of smoothie goodness. Liquid sweet tarts! (ever eat those candies as a kid?)
How does a four-ton elephant get its protein? What about a gorilla that can easily bench press 2,000 pounds? Both consume large amounts of green leaves.

Start Your Blenders

Here's some recipes I enjoy. Each will yield approximately one quart.

3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
1 C frozen mixed berries
1/4 inch fresh ginger, grated
2 C filtered water

1 bunch romaine lettuce
1 C pineapple chunks
2 seedless oranges, peeled
3 dates
1 C coconut water

6 kale leaves
10 mint leaves
3 bananas
2 Tbsp carob powder
2 C filtered water

2 handfuls mixed baby greens
2 stalks celery
1 cucumber
1 handful dulse
2 bananas
2 Fuji apples
2 C filtered water

I love this I could drink them all day! I'm one of those ppl who never really measures anything so I'm not sure on the measurements. I'm going to guess. lol

Acai Berry & Blueberries
1 cup almond milk
1-2 cups frozen blueberries (2 cups will make 2 nice size smoothies)
1 serving acai juice (its hard finding raw juice I usually end up w out raw)
1 serving frozen acai pulp, sorbet, smoothie pack (depends what you can find in your area)
1 banana

place in blender until smooth.

When we went raw coffee was our biggest problem, but i have replace our morning coffee with one of these smoothies and get a nice energy boost from it. Enjoy :)

I found another great smoothie even my fiance and son love!!!

3 handfuls or so spinach
2 peaches cut up and frozen
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup water

i'm so happy I am even able to please the pickyest of eaters !! :)
ah, the pleasure of green smoothies!! when frederic patenaude 1st introduced me to green smoothies about 3 or 4 years ago, i was, like, NAH! but i decided to go for it. changed my life! been doing green smoothies ever since. (had some problems and had to hang back--allergic reactions (horrible hives, swellings, pain, itching)--but i'm back on them and hoping for the best.

here are some of my favs. note: i make HUGE smoothies, too big for the vitamix for one batch, so just half the amounts if you want smaller ones.

1. the one started with from frederic patenaude (this is easy.)
3 apples
3 leaves kale
1/2 to 1 lemon


2. i made this one up
5-7 bananas
2 medium mangoes
4 pears
one whole head red leaf, green leaf or romaine
10-16 or more oz water

blend bananas, mangoes, pears, and water first. then add greens.

3. adapted from dr. oz (not into celery much, so i omitted it.)
1 bunch spinach
3-4 kirby cucumbers or 2 large regular cucumbers
1/2 bunch parsley (or less)
4-5 apples
as much ginger as you can stand (i like a lot!)
juice of 2 limes or lemons (to taste)
16oz or more water

i adjusted the amounts after doing this one for a while. really green!

4. this next one isn't green, but it's a great way to get folks interested. my mom likes this one. i call it "raw vegan mango lassi."
4-5 bananas
2 mangoes
3-4 pears

tastes like mango lassi to me! i think i have the amounts right, but adjust. if it isn't kickin' add more mango.

5. this last one i kind of stumbled upon. i call it "raw vegan 'chocolate' milkshake." i do this when i need some extra protein.

4 bananas
4 HEAPING tablespoons of raw hemp seed protein powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
water (if you want choc ice cream, not much water. if you want a milkshake, add a little more. if you want choc milk, add more.)

blend and put in frig until it gets cold. i LOVE it!

- apples take over smoothie taste. use mangoes with apples if you don't want the smoothie to taste like applesauce.
- kale gives very strong taste. use strong fruit like blueberries and mangoes. (i use bananas and pears mostly with kale.) but if you don't like the taste, do half head kale, half head lettuce or other mild green.
- kiwis give an interesting taste to smoothies. now i don't use them unless i have a specific recipe for them.

after i did a few smoothies, i got braver and just started putting stuff together. some came out better than others, but experimentation is good. and even if they aren't kickin' right after you blend them, they often taste MUCH better cold. have fun!
My favourite green smoothie:

2 bananas
2 soaked dried figs (plus soaking water)
lots of spinach

--> blend and enjoy the sweetness :-)

Chia Coconut Custard Shake

1 thai coconut, meat & water
1 TBSP chia seeds
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP raw honey or agave nectar
a generous pinch each of cinnamon & freshly grated nutmeg

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

2 cups of frozen strawberries
1 papaya blended
1 tsp of agave


Alkaline Green Smoothie

1 avocado
1 lime
2 cups of baby spinach
1 cucumber
1 tsp powdered wheat grass


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