Mean Green Energizin' Machine!

I’ve been experimenting with green smoothie recipes for several years. I recently got more creative with my go-to recipe when I needed a healthy way to recover from a 7 day water fast (if you’re curious about why I did a 7 day water fast, I highly recommend this episode of the Smart Drugs Smarts podcast). The goal of my experimentation was to have a recipe that is easy and fast to make, can be refrigerated for a week without going bad, and most importantly, makes me feel awesome when I drink it for breakfast every morning. I normally wouldn’t write a blog post about a smoothie recipe unless I felt it was really, REALLY good. This recipe I’m going to share meets all of my requirements, and I am honestly surprised that a simple smoothie can make me feel so good. I don’t know why it works so well compared to my previous versions of similar recipes, but I think it has something to do with the combination of ginger, turmeric, and black peppercorns. I noticed a major difference when I started adding the peppercorns, in an effort to increase the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric. After drinking this, I get a warm feeling all over that comes with a huge mood boost. 

I make this recipe in 1 week batches, adding everything in even amounts to my Vitamix and blending as I go. This turns out to be 2 separate pitchers worth of green good stuff. I then pour into a large glass container and refrigerate. This makes for a fast, easy breakfast for 7 days. I drink an extra glass in the evening sometimes as well. Here's the recipe:

All organic:

Half a container of turmeric (normal size spice shaker = 1 container)

1 full container of ginger

3 tablespoons unground peppercorns

6-8 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 small frozen bag of pineapples

1 small frozen bag of mixed berries

4 peeled lemons or equal amount lemon juice (for preservation)

1 pre washed small container baby kale

1 pre washed small container mixed greens

1 small bag baby carrots

1 stock of celery

Enough water to make it drinkable without a spoon

I like to use ingredients that are "ready to go" or pre-washed because it makes the process a lot faster. I also think that the spice containers have a lot more than you could get from peeling a few ginger or turmeric roots. If you don’t have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, you might have to make some alterations, or just settle for something a little less blended. I’m sure you can figure something out. If you try it, I’d love to hear about it! Send me an email at