KEEP THE CONTROL CENTER CLEAN: Detox the Brain with Skinny Green Smoothies




Sorry to keep thumping on the brain thing, but there’ another fact I learned from my health guru, Dr Mark Hyman – you can find him here at  Toxins come in through your mouth and skin and move through your body in your blood. There is no blood barrier between your body and brain so all those heavy metals, pesticides, plastic molecules and pollution flow through that most important of all organs, your master control center.

Like anything that grows dirty, you need to give it a good cleaning. That means detoxification. That means increased metabolism (weight loss) and elimination (peeing and pooping to the layman). Yeah. Flush that bad stuff out!

The foods you need to be putting in your green smoothies with regularity are citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemon and lime; herbs, especially cilantro and parsley, walnut pieces, beet greens, cabbage, kale, lemongrass, celery, ginger, green tea (a great base liquid) and turmeric. 

The more delicious the combinations of these foods you can whirl into a green smoothie, the easier it will be for you to stay interested in detox: It will taste good. The better the combinations, the more you will make, flushing your body out on a consistent basis. The more you flush out your body, the cleaner your brain will be.  Thoughts may still be dirty, but those thoughts will be clear.

Life is fast these days. You can’t afford an unfocused muddy mind. Drink green smoothies and go clear.

Change How Your DNA Metabolizes Fat: Skinny Green Smoothies as Self-Love


Somehow, the image above lurks just beyond the consciousness of many women. We are not her, but we are afraid of being her. Maybe she’s inside us just DYING to pop out. 

She’s not. I swear. I am a woman in the middle of her life and have never had a better body. I actually am much better looking in my 50s than in my 20s, when I was a model. 6’2″ and coming in at 130. Then I ballooned to over 200. Then I came back down to 160. Then, my weight shot to….well, you get the idea.

I got a real career (modeling = free money) and started learning some facts about health. My guru (everybody needs one, baby!) is Dr. Mark Hyman He told me that eating certain ingredients had an impact on your health in the next minutes, hours, days, and years. He told me that eating the right foods literally gave your body instructions to activate DNA that burns fat faster. Keep eating those ingredients and your DNA will continue to receive the signals, ultimately changing over to the new, faster fat-burning system. You literally change your body’s structure, your DNA. 

I started drinking green smoothies and darned if it didn’t work. A month into writing and testing the cookbook, my pimples cleared and that last annoying ring of waist fat fell away. Sure I was working hard but I felt balanced, calm and <gasp!> HAPPY.  That’s the real payoff: the way you feel about you.




Cherries Also Make Everybody Poop: More Skinny Green Smoothies

So, yesterday we learned that Mr. Celery belongs in your green smoothies because of the way he assists with elimination, another word for pooping.  Don’t just put him in juices: use celery in your thicker creations, the Skinny Green Smoothies.

But an inquiring mind might ask “what else makes me poop?” One of the answers to that question is CHERRIES. Glorious red Bing cherries, pitted with love, and plopped into the blender will get your trains moving on time.

Cherries are also rich in phytonutrients: Vibrant color means the fruit or vegetable has powerful abilities to clean out your cells and flush toxins from your body. That’s part of the pooping. Cleaning out cells keeps your body free of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. That’s why you should always reach for color in the produce section. Makes shopping easier, no?

Finally, cherries are full of melatonin and that helps you relax. Impossible, you say! No so. Because after you poop and the melatonin kicks in, you’ll be a lot more fun to be around.



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



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



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.