And you mocked Mr. Celery: A Skinny Green Smoothie Because Everybody Poops

th-1Turns out Mr. Celery had your back all along. He’s boring unless stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese or bobbing around in a Bloody Mary.  But, while researching the Skinny Green Smoothie book, I found a lot of information about celery that made me respect it. Strange. After all these years, I break for celery.

 Let’s talk about what it does before it makes you poop. Celery has a completely safe, natural salt that even the most fragile of cardiac patients can eat. Celery lowers cholesterol, helps lower internal acidity to restore healthy pH levels, is full of phytochemical coumarins that help prevent the formation of stomach and colon cancer. Celery is a diuretic, getting out all your excess water and bloat. Yeah, you’ll pee and poop.

 This isn’t in the Skinny Green Smoothie book. It’s a special one for you. To help you, you know…..

 SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIE BECAUSE EVERYBODY DOES IT

This should be a sweet green smoothie because the salty nature of celery will make it even more delicious. 

2 stalks celery, including leaves, washed, ends trimmed and roughly chopped

1 cup spinach

Water, as needed

1 cup strawberries, washed and hulled

Honey to taste

Ice

1. Put the celery and spinach in the blender and cover with water. Process until the ingredients are broken down. 

2. Add the strawberries and honey and, with the motor running, drop the ice through the blender top. Serve

 

So, stop making fun of Mr. Celery. He loves you and has your back. Smoothiecover

 

 

 

 

 

I’m afraid of herbs and other tales of the Skinny Green Smoothie, including a recipe

th-2Why are Americans afraid of herbs? A sprig here, a garnish there.

What’s the little deal? Why can’t we have more with our food? Cooks like the Barefoot Contessa and the much celebrated Herb Farm out West have been encouraging us to add bursting handfuls of fresh herbs to our foods forever. Few do it. I just don’t know why. My salads are about 1/2 lettuces and 1/2 herbs. Why? The flavor! 

 

So, the stuff pictured here. It’s cilantro. Say you REALLY love the flavor. You put 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves in your guacamole instead of two. You may feel the same about basil and sneak extra leaves between your mozzarella and tomato. You are a fresh herb sneaker.

 

Stop the sneaking. It’s time to use huge bunches of fresh herbs as greens for green smoothie because they have SO MUCH NUTRITIONAL POWER IT IS MIND BOGGLING. Cilantro literally sticks to and drags heavy metals from your body. Forget Obama Care.  You need these. Skinny Green Smoothies

 

CILANTRO AVOCADO LIME SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIE

1 avocado, halved, pitted and flesh scooped out

1 cup cilantro, stems and leaves

1 cup raw spinach

Juice of 1 lime

Water as needed

1 tablespoon chia seeds (really, if you are not using these, GET SOME)

1 tablespoon honey, optional

Ice

 

1. Really scoop out the avocado – much of the best nutrients are under the skin – and add to the blender along with the cilantro, spinach, and lime juice.

2. Cover the ingredients in the blender with water, add the chia and honey, if using, and process until all the ingredients are broken down.

3. With the motor running, drop ice cubes down through the hole in the top of the blender until the desired cold and thickness is reached.

4. Pour. Feel heavy metals and toxins being dragged from your body as you sip. It feels GOOD.