Green Smoothies for Spring Cleaning

I’m in the thick of “spring cleaning.” My “cleaning” is different than the one you may be envisioning. No, I’m not beating my rugs with a broom, or dusting my refrigerator coils. What I’m doing is giving the insides of this ole body some TLC now that the hibernating months are over.

Each spring, I like to consider some of my “consumption” habits and try to make some minor improvements that will allow my body to feel better and more energized.

Now, I’m not talking about dieting. Diet-schmiet. I’m not a big fan. Although, yes, back in the day when I was aerobicizing to Jane Fonda, I did partake in the grapefruit diet, the chicken broth diet, and the cucumber diet. My sister claims there was a hot dog diet at one point too, which I can’t imagine since I looooathe hot dogs.

No, what I like to do is make itsy-bitsy manageable changes, and I do not do it through restriction. That method always backfires. For instance, if I said to myself, “You need to cut back on the amount of wine you are “enjoying” each evening and can only have one glass of wine a week.” – a restriction goal – then, I would be guzzling a whole bottle every night.

Instead, I make it a goal to increase the food or beverage I want to eat or drink more of and leave my guilty pleasures alone. They naturally take care of themselves.

About 10 years ago, when I first started this annual ritual, I wanted to kick my “3 cans of Diet Coke a day” habit. Instead of telling myself I couldn’t have it, my goal was, “Drink more iced tea and sparkling water.” And I stocked my house with those beverages. When eating out, I encouraged myself to order iced tea or sparkling water and slowly, over time, my tastes and cravings changed. Iced tea and sparkling water became my go-to cold beverages. Every now and again, I long for a Diet Coke  – either in a glass with ice or cold in a can but never from a plastic bottle – and I let myself have one, but I’ve found that I’ve lost my taste for it.

This year, I want to drink less caffeine with less dairy. My body already reves too high so the caffeine does a number on my adrenals…much like pouring gasoline on a blazing fire…and the acid wreaks havoc on my stomach. As for the dairy, I’ve often joked that I’ll take my coffee “half and half” – half coffee, half Half & Half – even though dairy and I are not friends. We have no business hanging out together, especially in small confined spaces with other people around.

So, I’ve given myself 2 goals:

  1. Drink more Americanos (espresso usually has less caffeine than drip coffee) with the tiniest smidge of cream – just enough to soften it ever so slightly.
  2. Drink more green smoothies in the morning. My hope is that the green smoothie will fill me up and naturally limit my consumption of Americanos to one instead of two or three.

We’ll see how it goes. What I’ve learned from the past is that with patience it usually works itself out without much thought from me. Below you’ll find the green smoothie I’m currently enjoying. If the green is too much for you, I posted a purple “green smoothie” over here on 1859.

I’m always curious how you manage the minefield of our current food landscape. Do you do anything like this? What do you do when you want to change a “consumption” habit? I’d love to know and I’m sure others reading La Pomme would as well.

As always, thank you for spending a bit of your precious time here,


PS: For the record, wine and chocolate have never made it into the “spring cleaning” ritual.

PPS: Many of you kind-hearted souls have inquired about how my son is doing with his new, but limited, eating routine. It’s hard to know for sure, but he seems to be feeling much better. Instead of his usual vampire look, he actually has rosy color in his cheeks. Makes me smile to see it.

Green Smoothies for Spring Cleaning
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Course: snack, breakfast
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Serves: 4 small glasses or 2 big ones
What I love about smoothies is the fact that you can toss almost any combination of fruit and greens in a blender and it's bound to be tasty. Well, except for the one time I decided to get crazy and add half a head of romaine lettuce in there. My kids were not thrilled. But, speaking of my kids, they love this and all. They prefer a little more of the coconut oil and honey. I prefer a little less. And as a bonus, this smoothie is naturally gluten and dairy free. Cheers!
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ Granny Smith green apple, sliced
  • a generous handful of baby spinach leaves
  • ½ - 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ - 1 tbsp honey (I use Hanna's Honey Lavender Blossom)
  • 1½ cups diced frozen mango
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Put the orange juice, banana, apple, spinach, coconut oil, honey and frozen mango in your blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Once again, blend until smooth.
  4. Pour in a glass. Slap in a straw. Enjoy.



  1. My Restriction: Fries only once a week.
    My Reality: “Saturday counts as LAST week. Today is Friday, and that is THIS week.”

    Restriction: I won’t BUY candy.
    Reality: I will eat all of the candy sitting in front of me, bought by others.

    Restriction: Ice Cream only in the Summer.
    Reality: “Many people consider February to be Summer.”

    Finally: Add a scoop of Whey (isolate, not concentrate) to your smoothie recipe for full protein experience. Or a whole egg if you’re not you.

    Joey, smoothie SKillorzz

  2. Carrie, I know this sounds bat-*-crazy, but sometimes I just imaaaaagine in great detail how something tastes. I take the same time as it would to eat it (so, 3.5 seconds for 4 oz. of dark chocolate!) and just remember and feel what that experience is like. That usually takes care of the craving.
    And of course sometimes I just go ahead and eat whatever it is I’m craving, because that’s okay, too.

  3. Wow, just looked at the purple smoothie recipe on 1859. I’m trying that tomorrow!

    • Let me know what you think. My kids drank it for years before they realized it had spinach in it. And now that they know, they still happily drink it.

  4. Betty Cook says:

    I love the green smoothie recipe Carrie. I think I’ll see if Dad likes it. 🙂

  5. cindy reeder says:

    Carrie…you’re spot on to post on smoothies…they’re the ‘it’ drink for those in the know and so healthy…I broke down and bought a ‘Nutri-Bullet’ to blend mine and I just love it. And glad your son is on the mend! ;)))