A Smoothie, Crisp and Refreshing as a Fall Morning

I want to continue celebrating the fact that September is Green Smoothie Month (because I say it is!) by sharing a recipe that’s crisp and refreshing as the morning air in September.

One thing I love about September is that when the month starts, it still feels like summer, and when it ends, you know it’s autumn.

In between, there’s usually one day when I wake up and realize that the air has taken on a whole new quality. It seems crisper and clearer, and somehow my mind feels clearer and more attuned to the earth.

That makes me want to have something for breakfast that keeps my good feelings and newfound clarity intact.

I have a green smoothie that perfectly fits the bill, which I’ll tell you about in a minute.

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But first, one more thing about fall mornings.

I know that for a lot of people, fall can be a hectic time—especially if you have kids. You mornings may be spent just getting yourself and your loved ones out the door.

That can make it challenging to feed yourself well. And here’s a sad scenario that happens too often…

You commit to having a good breakfast no matter how crazy your mornings get. You plan a great smoothie for yourself.

And then you discover you’re missing the one ingredient you really need.

I want to eradicate that problem for you—at least when it comes to green smoothies!

So, here’s…

A Comprehensive Shopping List for A Great Smoothie Everyday

Fresh Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head celery
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 lemons or limes
  • 4 apples
  • 4 bunches (or 6-ounce containers) of greens
  • 8 bananas

Frozen Fruits:

  • Blueberries
  • Mangoes
  • Optional—blackberries, peaches, cherries

Seasonal and Optional Ingredients:

  • Cranberries
  • Fennel
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Red seedless grapes
  • Strawberries

Optional Dry Ingredients:

  • Cacao powder
  • Goji berries
  • Medjool dates

The green smoothie booklet I wrote draws exclusively from these ingredients. You can create almost endless tasty combinations with them.

Here’s one that’s ideally suited to that morning-in-fall feeling I just mentioned.


Pear-Parsley-Fennel Green Smoothie

Yield: 3 1/2 cups, 2 servings

Parsley and fennel give this smoothie a crisp, refreshing taste. But these two herbs do a lot more than that. Parsley is an excellent source of Vitamins C and K, while fennel offers health-promoting anti-inflammatory effects. And both are rich in antioxidants.

  • 1 cup water, or 1 cup ice plus 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1/8 bulb fennel, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon or 1 lime, peeled
  • 3 1/2 cups stemmed and chopped greens, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley, packed

Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth.


May your mornings be refreshing and your days filled with joyful energy.

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