Smoothie O’ the Day:: Apples and Oranges

Since the discovery that my sugar is a bit wonky, I have, at the advice of my most excellent midwife and second mother, taken to snacking in between {much smaller} meals.  This has proved a perfect opportunity to play with smoothies again. 🙂  You can do the same, or add this to your repertoire for a juice fast.  It is thick, creamy and delicious.  And it utilizes my two fave juicing/smoothie ingredients – avocado and Granny Smith apples.  Avocado is amazing for waking up the brain.  Never fails.

{Fit in 40} | Apples and Oranges Smoothie

Apples and Oranges Smoothie::

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 oranges (Valencias are perfect), peel one
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 avocados

Juice the apples, oranges and carrots.  Scoop the avocados into the blender with the juice and liquify.  Serve with an orange wedge.  Enjoy! Makes about one quart of smoothie goodness.



{Fit in 40} If you like Piña Coladas…

You’re going to love this smoothie:

{Fit in 40™} | Greeña Colada Smoothie

All it needs now is a little paper umbrella.

Greeña Colada:

  • 1 pineapple, peeled
  • 1″ piece ginger
  • 2 avocados, pitted and scooped
  • 12 oz. coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Run the ginger and pineapple through the juicer.  Place everything in the blender and liquify.  Why not garnish with a fruit skewer or a cocktail umbrella?  Gorgeous, gorgeous!  Makes two generous servings.

TIP: keep the pulp cleared from the spout since the fibrous fruit can really bog the filter.


And this one:

{Fit in 40™} | Peachy Green Smoothie

Doesn't look like much, but I promise, it's delicious.

Everything is Peachy Green Smoothie

  • 4 peaches, pitted
  • 8 oz spinach
  • 1” piece ginger
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2-3 avocados pitted and scooped

Run the peaches, spinach , and ginger through the juicer.  Add that combination, the lime juice, and the avocados to the blender and whiz.  Serve with a pineapple skewer… or a little cocktail umbrella!

And THIS one:

{Fit in 40™} | Banana Melba Smoothie



Banana Melba Smoothie

  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 3 peaches, pitted
  • 1” piece ginger
  • 1.5 c. raspberries
  • 2 bananas

Run the apples, peaches, and ginger through the juicer.  Pour the juice, along with the bananas and raspberries into the blender and whiz away.  You may have to do this in two batches.


*All of these make two generous servings, except Banana Melba, which makes 3! *

{Fit in 40}:: Green Silk Smoothie

I’ll have to go back and post more about my 40 day fast…  I realized that the last few days were completely neglected here.  I have made some interesting discoveries about my body, but those are for another post.  It all amounted to my decision that sticking to juicing daily – just for breakfast time, or for brekky and snack – is absolutely a habit I don’t want to let go of.  At least not for the foreseeable future.

So I was scrounging around for something to make a smoothie with this morning before Mass and came up with this one, which we are going to call Green Silk.  It is absolutely fabulous.  I promise.  It’s loaded with potassium, which is perfect for days when you’re planning to be working hard or in the heat.

The Green-Eyed Girl juice is something I whipped up yesterday morning, while getting ready to take the tribe out for our family birthday celebration in Boston.  I gave Brian a glass of it to try and he is a fan.  It’s amazing!

{Fit in 40} | Green Silk Smoothie

Gorgeous. That is all.

Green Silk Smoothie

  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 2” chunk ginger
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 1.5 c seltzer

Run your apples and ginger through the juicer.  Pour the juice and all of the other ingredients into your blender and whiz until liquified.  You’ll have a beautiful pale green, creamy, sweet and filling smoothie.  It is gorgeous in every way.  Enjoy!  Makes two really generous smoothies.

Green-Eyed Girl Juice

  • 10 oz spinach
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 4-6 carrots
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 2” chunk ginger
  • water or seltzer

Run all of the fruits and veggies through the juicer and add water.  The carrots make this juice a little more substantial, almost creamy tasting.  And I’ve discovered that they hold the juice together, too – no separation as with watery juices.  Marvelous!  Makes enough for two grown-ups.


Juice Fast:: Day 34

Scale Says:: -22lb.

Body Says:: Nothing to report.  Feeling AOK

Breakfast:: Morning Dew *

Lunch:: Huevos Rancheros

Dinner:: Salad with leftover marinated chicken or steak

Got a late start today, so I wound up combining breakfast and lunch.  I am the fullest I’ve been in weeks.  It is a very unpleasant sensation.  Two significant changes for me since the beginning are that I know really understand eating to satisfaction v. eating to fullness.  I prefer the former.  The other thing that I have noticed is that I am much more sensitive to flavours maning that I am really appreciating and enjoying even the most subtle tastes.  It’s wonderful!

What changes have you noticed?

Morning Dew Juice::

  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 pt. strawberries
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • water



Juice Fast:: Day 7

Scale Says:: -16 lbs.

Body Says:: Plenty of energy, some aches and paints (shoulder pull and arthritic joints)

Breakfast:: Melon Melba juice **

Lunch:: Something with gandules (green pidgeon peas) because I’ve been craving them.

Dinner:: Greek Smoothie (because I never got one yesterday)

One week!  16 lbs. away so far.  I expect that I’ve lost more water from our outing yesterday, but also some other stuff since starting my herbal cleanse yesterday.  Things are moving in the right direction, if you take my meaning.

We took a day off yesterday.  Completely off.  We took 6 of the children to Old Sturbridge Village for the afternoon and walked for hours.  Our oldest two went shopping and to a movie after chores.

I had an aura yesterday while we were out – the first migraine or near migraine since I was pregnant with Beatrice. It lasted longer than normal, but I didn’t get the nailing pain I normally do. Just a nagging one. My guess is that it was either the heat (around 90) we were walking in (I was VERY well hydrated), or possibly the pain from my shoulder shooting up into my neck and head…

Food temptations are momentarily rearing their heads.  But they are fleeting and I can move on.  I am determined to complete this fast.  And Brian has been a tremendous help.  Traditionally, we visit the local Friendly’s ice cream chain after OSV, but he kindly suggested that we go to the grocery to pick up supplies for homemade ice cream sundaes for the kids, and that it would give me an opportunity to pick up what I wanted for my lunch.  Good, sweet man.

I haven’t really been hungry at all.  My tummy is always full of juices or water… or builky veggies.  The most difficult time of the day for me right now is late evening.  I get peckish along about 10.  A few almonds settle that quickly.

I got a question yesterday from Karen about what juicer I use.  I have a Jack LaLanne Juicer
.  I have had it for 8 years.  Never had a single problem with it… except that I keep losing the key that helps dismantle the unit for washing.  No worries, a chopstick, or the stick end of an electric beater fits perfectly, as was discovered by our some Jack!

If you’re fasting along, please leave a comment below and let me know how you’re doing!

Today’s recipe::

Melon Melba Juice

  • 2 honeydews or cantaloupes, seeded and cut to fit your juicer
  • 4 peaches or nectarines
  • 1 c. each raspberries and blackberries
  • 1.5″ piece of ginger
  • equal amount of water


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