Green Smoothies & Domino Effect: Let’s Kick of the Green Reset Challenge Already!

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?” This question actually comes from a book “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” (which you can find here on Amazon – I’ll summarize the main points below, so bear with…

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Green Reset Challenge: Smoothies, Juices & Beyond – Are you in?

Does anybody else want to take their health to the next level? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Do you want to lose weight? Have more energy? Clear the brain fog? Feel and look ten (or twenty) years younger? :-)

Fresh fruit juice, healthy drinks.I was really proud of myself for not getting sick the past FOUR years (after being used to getting sick at least 3-4 times per year every year), UNTIL about 3 weeks ago I got really sore throat, runny nose, and some serious headaches, which altogether lasted about 5 days — how annoying!

Yes, I’m drinking my green smoothies every day; yes, I make fresh juice more regularly – at least 2-3 times per month; and yes, I’m eating fairly healthful vegan diet (except for excessive cookie binges), but apparently that’s not enough. Admittedly my exercise routine is nonexistent, and with the cold weather I hardly ever get out (except for an occasional skiing trip), spending my days at a computer desk.

Even though the cold wasn’t too bad and didn’t last very long (in the past, my colds lasted 2-3 weeks or more), I decided to do something about it.

Mainly, because if I’m struggling, I think many of you are struggling too. And it’s no fun being sick. And I’m not talking just about those annoying colds and an occasional flu.…

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The Greenest Smoothie Ever?

I think I may have bought the bunch of the greenest bananas that were ever sold on the East Side of the continental US (specifically, in New Jersey). I wrote a couple of days ago about the Peach Avocado Smoothie that I made and how I laugh at those who say they don’t buy green bananas (or, even worse, sing it).

But here I am. Two days later, and still no ripe bananas. :-(

So I ended up making a smoothie with some peaches, papaya, avocado, cucumber, plus collard greens and dandelion greens (shown in the photo), and the smoothie turned out quite green, even for my taste. I mean it was okay, but nothing to rave about.

So, does that happen to you and what do you do in such situations (other than closing your eyes and gulping it down as quickly as possible)?

I wrote before about various ways to fix a smoothie that doesn’t taste so great, but what’s your go-to method?

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Do You Buy Green Bananas? Peach Avocado Celery Smoothie (with Dates and Strawberries)

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Have you ever heard someone say “I don’t buy green bananas”? Apparently there is even a song that refers to that. I suppose it’s a reflection on getting older, when there is no guarantee that we’d still be alive tomorrow, so we don’t make plans that far ahead.


I don’t really subscribe to that dim view of the future, and I usually buy bananas in all stages of ripeness, including green, since I only go shopping once or twice per week. Today, however, I found myself with no ripe bananas in my kitchen. All I had were really, really green bananas, which left me with a dilemma: to blend or not to blend.

You see, lately my morning smoothie routine depends heavily on ripe bananas. I have to admit that I use them all the time. Especially now, in the cold winter time, I depend on them on filling me up with their sweetness and calories.

I decided to treat it as a challenge to come up with a smoothie that’s filling and delicious, and yet banana-less, using the ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry. Here is the result and the recipe, if you decide you want to try it too :-).…

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Smoothie Recipes for Kids & Adults: Get Your Family Drinking Their Greens, Fruits & Veggies with Green Reset Formula!

Check out my ebook on Kidle: Super Easy Smoothie Recipes for Kids: This book is meant as an introduction to green smoothies, but even if you have been drinking smoothies for a while, you may find some useful tips and tricks that will encourage your kids and other family members enjoy green smoothies with you. It’s packed with tips and tricks to get your kids (and adults too!) started with this healthy habit.

In my opinion, green smoothies are the most natural, 100% safe, and absolutely most effective way to help your kids eliminate bad cravings, reprogram their taste buds, and help them truly enjoy healthy foods now and later on as adults.

The foods we eat have an enormous impact on our mood, strength, energy level, weight, focus, immunity, and overall well-being. And whole foods – like smoothie ingredients – are some of the healthiest foods you can find.

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Tahini Berry Green Smoothie Recipe: Fights Flus, Colds and Boosts Fertility

So, this was one of those mornings where I was filling the blender up with the ingredients, and the jar of tahini caught my eye and I ended up with a really delicious concoction.

It so happens that sesame seeds – the main ingredient in tahini; contain important B Vitamins…B1, B2, B3, B5, as well as a great supply of calcium. They also have beneficial trace elements like copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and manganese, as well as both omega 3 & 6 that improve the health of the brain. And let’s not forget zinc, a powerful immune strengthening nutrient that can be added to smoothies to fight colds and flus.

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in immune function. It is a nutrient that many people are bordeline deficient in. Zinc deficiency increases susceptibility to infection.

So check out this tahini smoothie recipe. It’s just what the doctor ordered for the winter season!

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Blendtec OR Vitamix OR…??? Which is the Best Blender For Smoothies

Many people ask me should they go with Blendtec or Vitamix when choosing an blender.

The two blenders are in tight competition for the green smoothie makers market :-). Although many people may choose a more affordable option (such as Omni , Ninja, or other) I found that a cheaper blender just wasn’t doing the job when it came to blending tough greens and veggies (and nuts, and seeds…).

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The Anti-Flu, Immune-Boosting Super Smoothie for Kids & Adults

The flu season is coming, and -like it or not- it will last up till the end of spring. So it’s time for the Anti-Flu, Immune-Boosting Super Smoothie recipe.

I may have said it before ;-) but if you want to beat a cold, you need to add more the fruits, vegetables, and leafy to your diet. It’s also common knowledge that less processed (preferably raw) is better – especially when it comes to vitamin C, since it begins to degrade with heating (above 70-75˚), so what better way to eat it than in a green smoothie?

So, instead of stocking up on tissues, cold medication and cough syrup, I recommend that you If you’d rather stock up on fruits and greens. <Here’s what you need to know about using green smoothies to avoid flu and cold this winter season.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (with Oatmeal, Greens & a Cup of Compassion!)

Since I started experimenting with nut butters in smoothies, I find myself craving them more and more as the weather gets colder. After this banana-almond butter smoothie, I’m trying all kinds of nut and seed butters, including sunflower, cashews, tahini, and – of course – peanut butter.

This may sound counter-intuitive, but adding peanut butter to a smoothie (and other nut butters) may actually help you lose weight. Even though they contain up to 200 calories per serving, all the fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there’s nothing more decadent than licking peanut butter off a spoon–and indulgence helps us fight cravings and stay on track.

For a super simple chocolate variation, use chocolate soy-milk, or try this simplified version of the chocolate peanut butter smoothie.

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5 Easy Green Smoothie Recipes for Beginners

When I first heard of green smoothies, I was already sold on the need to eat lots of raw, green foods. That’s why raw green smoothies made perfect sense to me from the get-go.

More than that, they provided an easy solution to my pressing problem, namely: how to consume lots of leafy greens without spending whole day chopping and chewing veggies.

However, I know there are people who heard a mention of a green smoothie and wanted to gag. For some people green smoothies is something they have to ease into …

If you are in this category, keep reading. I’m going to provide you with a few simple recipes to make that “easing into” really EASY.

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10+ Kale Recipes You and Your Family Will Love! Plus The Nutritional Benefits Of Kale

Have you already tried a green smoothie recipe with kale?

Kale —and other greens, including collard, chard, spinach, bok choy, dandelion, parsley, turnip and beet leaves — are true superfoods. They deliver a bonanza of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are loaded with calcium, essential for strong bones and healthy. They provide stress-fighting B vitamins and help our eyes with vitamin A. They even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats. But when was the last time you had a bunch of kale?

The fact is kale (and other greens) is often neglected when it comes choosing your ingredients. It’s certainly not most people’s first choice when it comes to preparing salads or vegetable side-dishes.

Especially in winter, when there are fewer in-season vegetable choices — kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather are a great addition to the menu. Plus, they are great for boosting immunity – so a kale smoothie recipe may be just what the doctor ordered ;-).


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Best Smoothie Blender: My Indispensable Tool for Preparing Green Smoothies

OK, if you read any of my previous blog posts, you know by now that you should be drinking lots and lots of fresh green smoothies every day.

So today, I’m going to talk about my favorite smoothie maker that I use at least 3-4 times a day to prepare green smoothies for myself or my family.

If you are searching for best blender for smoothies, keep reading and your search will soon be over :-)

It’s been over three years now that I’ve been using a Vitamix blender for my smoothies, and – wow – it has made my life so much easier, healthier and more enjoyable to boot.

Prior to buying the Vitamix, I’d been using a different blender – I will not mention the brand here, as it does not matter. It was doing an OK job blending fruits and soft greens, such as spinach, but as it comes to making smoothies with tougher plants – kale or celery, for example – it was awful. It could not handle the tougher jobs, resulting in a chunky texture that was not very palatable. Also, I was afraid to run it for too long, as the engine was overheating quickly.

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