#FromScratch: Power Green Smoothies

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#FromScratch chronicles Stephie’s nutrition [r]evolution as she switches her thought process from “where should I eat” to “what should I eat”.  Follow her series as she braves the supermarket, starts to cook and explore a new way of eating.


For those of you who may be dropping in on my #FromScratch transformation for the first time, you can read about what has brought me to this point here.

Last Friday was FREAKY as I found myself entering the grocery store with an actual list of 15 ingredients; 15 ingredients that have allowed me to meet [and] surpass my goal of making 1 meal/day this week.

[and yes, you read correctly; in fact, I made 2 meals/day most of the last 6 days: BOOM!] 

Mission: a 5-7 Minute Breakfast that packs a punch

Experience: I am NOT a breakfast person; breakfast got 86’d after my heart transplant because I am on anti-rejection meds. These have to be taken at specific times [non-negotiable]. I can’t eat for 2 hours after I take my meds. 

Is your breakfast this complicated?! 

Thanks to Stefanie Sacks I have a breakfast that is quick, easy, portable, and healthy.  

So, I used her Power Green Smoothie recipe from her book, What the Fork Are You Eating, as my guide using ingredients I had on hand. You catch see her make the shake on #AllThingsCancer, so Catch the Replay.

Here’s Stef’s Smoothie Stephie Style:

1 & 1/2 C. plain rice milk

1 handful of kale, spinach, and parsley img_4657-1

2-inch piece of cucumber

1/2 cored apple, skin on

1/2 ripe banana

Freshly grated ginger root

Juice of 1 lime

[Stef also adds avocado, but I didn’t have one on hand]

I combined all the ingredients, liquid first, in my Ninja [and] pureed until it was a smooth as I could get it.



Outcome: It tasted phenomenal, but I didn’t get the texture I was looking for; the spinach didn’t fully pulverize making it difficult to drink. Pat suggested a slight technique change: rough chop the greens [and] put them in first, pulse, then add the liquid: Voila! my Ninja can make smooth smoothies!


Lessons Learned:

  1. Power Green Smoothies are REALLY good
  2. You don’t have to have a Vitamix to make smooth though I wouldn’t mind having one [Hint, hint: Hubby]
  3. Ginger and citrus bring an element of zing to a smoothie

Another mission accomplished [and] it’s almost time for another trip to the grocery store: oh my! 

P.S. If I can do this, you can too: joiners?!

For further reading and yumminess: Be Smart with Your Smoothie by Kirstin Nussgruber (@eatholisticllc)


One Comment

  1. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / October 8, 2016 at 11:21 am /Reply

    Another trip to the grocery store! Oh my!

    It’s Saturday afternoon and my phone rang. Stephie was at the market, trying to figure out what went with what.

    “Arugula is my green this week,” she said.

    “Yum,” I responded.

    “What would go in a smoothie?”she asked.

    “Something sweet.” (I am not a smoothie person, so my ability to answer this one is a bit limited.)

    “And can I do a salad?”

    Mais oui! But of course! How can I count the ways????

    “Would balsamic vinaigrette work?”


    We went through a variety of possible combinations. Stephie has lentils at home; oranges; some nuts; perhaps some feta cheese. There is definitely a salad in here!

    I have to say that after just a few weeks, Stephie is starting to get the hang of fast, easy, healthy eating. How about you? Are you following Stephie’s lead? What’s working or not?

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