Stuff My Mum Says – About Green Smoothies


“Greens keep you regular.”

Or so my mum used to tell me.

I have no idea what she means 😉

But the idea of drinking green smoothies was floated by my doctor many moons ago.

He was treating me for chronic fatigue syndrome.

He told me they were fantastically healthy, easy to make and would help no end.

That’s what he said. Oh yes.

Now here’s a patient who is determined to get healthy. Has embarked on all sorts of health regimes to achieve her goal.

We’re talking installing a sauna in her garage so she can sweat out all those toxins on a daily basis.

Spending hundreds of dollars on supplements and vitamins.

Flying hours and hours to doctors on opposite coasts of the North American continent.

But would I try a green smoothie?

No, I would not.

The idea just revolted me.

It was the bright greenness of it.

The fact that it was liquidized lettuce.

That water was added to a vegetable that was already 95% water.

And liquidized.

Did I mention it was bright green?

But eventually my doctor wore me down.

I made a green smoothie.

Except it wasn’t.

It was gray.

I took the first sip, focusing intently on the horizon in order to distance myself from the awful smell and taste I expected to assail me.

Bracing myself, I was.

But nothing. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t vomit-inducing either.

If only I could get over the gray.

So life went on and I kept paying attention to my health but I didn’t make gray/green smoothies my order of the day.

Until I came across the recipe I’m going to give you below.

Anna from Diva Goes Green came into my life via Lisa at Style Essentials. Anna has made the recipe up and tweaked until it is just right.

I drink it almost every day.

It is wonderful, refreshing and gives me all my vegetables in one fell swoop.

Regular is as regular does. (I have no idea what that means but it sounds good.)

So thank you, Anna, for changing my mind about green smoothies.

The DivaGoesGreen Beautifying Green Smoothie:

The Greens first:

4 huge handfuls of Spinach

3 long stalks of Celery

1 huge handful of Coriander

1 huge handful of Parsley

1 cup of Water

Now mix all the greens and the water in the blender!

Now Fruits:

1 big Pear or 2 small Pears

1 big Apple or 2 small Apples

1 Orange, juiced

2 Lemons, juiced

1 Kiwi

1 Banana

Now chop all the fruits and mix them all with the greens in the blender!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary E. Ulrich
October 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

“liquidized lettuce” now that sounds like a recipe for Halloween.

I don’t know. Green or gray, it still sounds gross. (hey, like the alliteration?)

Maybe… maybe I would give it a try.
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Alison Golden October 6, 2010 at 7:28 am

I know, I know. I feel your pain on that ‘eeew’ factor. But truly, just try it. Push yourself, Mary. They are soooo good for you and all your fruits and veggies in one drink.


Darlene October 6, 2010 at 3:06 am

Great article.
Was suggested I drink smoothies a while ago.
I’ll give this one a try.
Who know, maybe I become addicted.
Thanks for the link to research more.


Alison Golden October 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

Thanks, Darlene. I think it does take a while for the head to get around the idea of *drinking* veggies and conjures up a number of feelings/images but once the idea has wafted across our consciousness a few times it doesn’t seem so strange. Give it a go! 🙂


October 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sounds good, but where’s the coffee???
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Alison Golden October 8, 2010 at 7:14 am

Gosh, I haven’t drunk coffee in years. Doesn’t make me feel good. Can you have an allergy to coffee?


October 11, 2010 at 3:09 am

I guess so! I love the smell … reminds me of lazy mornings with the newspapers (as if they ever happen!)
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Alison Golden October 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

Yes, I love the smell too. The taste I like less and the effects even more so. I have a coffee scented candle by my bed and that just about does it for me. 🙂


James January 14, 2013 at 3:31 am

Fructose is the fat switch. This smoothy promotes way too much.


Alison Golden January 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

If you’re worried about the fructose, you can drink it over 2-3 days, it keeps quite well in the fridge. Or alternatively, share it around – my family share this recipe between four at breakfast. While it is high in fruit, it is an excellent smoothie to get people over the ‘hump’ of drinking something green which for many is a barrier and it works particularly well for kids.
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