a simple and refreshing green smoothie

hello dear friends.

in case you drank too much green beer or ate too many green cupcakes,
here is a healthy and delicious smoothie for st. patrick's day.
think refreshing spring day with every sip.
drinking it is like walking in a meadow with sunshine on your face.

it's not a sweety sweet smoothie
but the apple adds a definite sweetness to it.

the original recipe says it is for a juicer but i didn't let that stop me.  i  just used my powerful blender.
this blender will pulverize anything.

and it's only $59 at Target.

ok so here's the recipe that not only has powerful detox and cleansing properties,
it's gonna make you feel good about being alive.
for reals.

1 small organic apple diced
juice of a lemon
1 cup of chopped kale
1 rib of celery
1/3 cup parsley
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cup cold water

after washing, place all ingredients into the blender and hit the go button.


coming up this week...

the sad state of my garden
and let me tell you it is sad.

and hopefully some fashion



  1. I love my smoothies every morning - whatever happens to be in the greens bin is what goes in. Never thought about cinnamon, so thanks for the new possibility! Sorry to hear the garden isn't in the state you'd like. Considering you've been in Utah, and that it's only March, I suspect we'll be seeing some wonderful pictures soon enough. Gardening is a stress-reducer, so don't let it become less than the pleasure it should be!!

  2. I will have to try that recipe, Janet. I'll feel like a million after I'm sure. I look forward to your garden pic's in time. Spring is so close now, I'm very happy about that.

  3. For some weeks I am totally hooked on green smoothies! I drink at least 1 litre every day and feel great. Now I want the porsche of the blenders, the Vitamix.... :-)


  4. What a dream come true. I am going to be sure I get this Osterizer Blender from Target. I have been going back and forth about whether to replace the juicer and the blender that I used to have before the fire. Now I have learned about this mighty blender that can make a smoothei like a juicer, and I am impressed! 59$ is pretty impressive, too!
    -Suzanne in Illinois

    1. Yeah, I'm glad to hear of a good blender, too. I've run the gamut and the newer ones in my price range can't hold a candle to my old one which is falling apart.

    2. Yes Janet, me too! Thanks for the great affordable recommendation from a trained Chef. The Vitamix is not in my budget right now and I just couldn't decide what to choose when my 31 year old Osterizer finally dies. All reviews are so mixed. I won't buy though until it really breathes it's last. My mom gave it to me years ago when I left home and it's still hanging in there. It moans and groans a bit though :).
      S in Seattle

  5. this is my kind of green. i love green juice AND green smoothies. like liquid gold for your body ♥
    p.s. for those in the market for fancy blenders, my blender is just slightly cheaper than the vitamix, but i think just as powerful. the brand is blendtec {purchased at costco}.

  6. I want to try this drink. Lovely photo, too. Great idea for St. Patrick's Day.

    1. I think it was a nice idea for St. Paddy's Day, too; thank you, Janet! I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year although I whipped it early, they've taken me off medication, I'm not even a pre-diabetic anymore and I fortunately have gobs of "good" cholesterol; however, I'm darn careful what I eat or drink (like I wasn't before) and I can see nothing wrong with this green drink for ANYbody as it's a nice blend/combo of healthy ingredients. It's been amazing to see my body recover once I ditched a majority of sugar and bad carbs; it wasn't that hard of a transition although you really do need to prepare your own food IMHO most of the time so that you know exactly what's going inside of you. This green drink is a minimum of effort; good bang for the buck, so to speak. I've felt badly that I'd treated my body so poorly when it was waiting and ready for the right nutrients if I'd have just given it half a chance. I think the biggest thing for me was dropping (cold turkey) "regular" Pepsi. I'd gotten too accustomed to it as an afternoon pick-me-up. But there's lots of ways to make an icey, refreshing, cool drink and I've learned I can do an awful lot with a can of carbonated, plain seltzer water (so many ways to dress it up with sliced cukes, or fresh/frozen fruit, or a spritz of fruit juice). Okay, I'm off subject (sorry!) but some of the green smoothies are gross and this one looks do-able and delicious.

  7. I love green smoothies for breakfast,they make me feel healthy even if I am not being very healthy at the moment.
    Mt gardens are in horrible condition and I just started tilling the veg garden, ugh my aching back...LOL
    I do enjoy the lovely weather though!!
    Have you started weeding out any other non vegan items you may have yet??


  8. Sounds like a delicious recipe...I've been drinking Greens + detox drinks and they are yummy.
    Fear not Janet your garden will rally and perform, roses are very hardy.

  9. Mmmm sounds quite delicious and am sure it tastes fabulous. What an amazing blender and a great price too. x

  10. mmmm...grass green smoothie. Love that goblet!

  11. It looks very healthy Janet!

    A happy new week,

    Madelief x

  12. My first reaction was, "Yuck." But, after reading the ingredients I think I can do it. Am looking for a good "spring detox" drink to add to the spring cleanse that my yoga class does each year. My son drinks kale smoothies (he is diabetic) and they have done him the world of good. So I'll drink up. To your health!

  13. Nooooo! I'm worried about the garden! Did you end up trying my cornbread recipe?

  14. Haha...I'm with Steve on this. Pretty goblet though :)

  15. You know what Janet - I drink this too - but I have started adding a tiny bit of ginger to mine! I've got some photos of my new decor up on the blog - hope you'll stop by and tell me what you think!
    Here's to spring!

  16. I made a delicious green smoothie for breakfast recently ... it had spinach in it, but with the fruit and other ingredients, I couldn't even taste the spinach! I would love, love, love to own a Vitamix blender one day. I've seen them demonstrated at Whole Foods. They are very pricey, but the company is based in Ohio, and the product is US-made which I like. Plus, it does an amazing job.


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