How Not to Die Cookbook: Super Green Smoothie & Preparing for Lent [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone! πŸ™‚

Today’s post is going to be a quick one. I kept it easy last night with a super green smoothie. Now when it comes to smoothie’s I fall into the strawberry and banana group of people. I keep it simple. I stick to what I know. So blending up flavors that I love…. in a new way… made my brain think, “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I am!”. Yes, I cringed a bit at this green smoothie. It’s so…. green. I know! It’s healthy and full of vitamins and minerals that we all need. It knocks out 6 of your daily dozen all in a glass but… visually, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m being honest. But like every recipe it’s all about the taste, right?


Taste wise it surprisingly tastes just fine. Thanks to the pineapple, apple, dates, and creamy avocado, this smoothie gets a big lift of sweetness to overpower the spinach and mint in it too. I want to dance, rave, and shout that I love vegetables in a whole new way through this smoothie… but let’s get real. It’s hard to top that mac and cheese I just made from this cookbook. A smoothie just couldn’t compare. So, if you’re looking for a fast way to slam down some nutrition, look no further. Or if you’re a smoothie-junkie who loves experimenting with flavors, then dive in and give this a try!


Super Green Smoothie

Courtesy of: Dr. Greger’s “How Not to Die Cookbook”

Makes: 1


  • 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large apple, cored
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 ripe Hass avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/4-inch piece fresh turmeric, grated (or 1/4 teaspoon ground)
  • 2 teaspoons blended peeled lemon or lime
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • Ice cubes (optional)


  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add 2/3 cup or more of water and ice (if using) and blend until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy! πŸ™‚


Around here we have also been preparing for Lent. If you’re unfamiliar with Lent, it is the 40 day period of reflection, charity, prayer, and fasting from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Now my family are a bunch of visual learners. So I wanted to do a small bible study lesson at home that would help my little one understand lent in a way that was relatable. Thankfully, I came across a bunch of Lenten activities to do as a family from fellow blogger, “Real Life At Home”. I decided to take her ideas and put my own twist on it!

The other night we sat down with strips of paper (in Lenten colors) and made a paper chain. On one side are Bible verses that we will study nightly together and on the other side of each strip are a Lenten activity to do. Some examples include: do something to help the Earth, go to a weekday mass, pray for the Pope, and make hot cross buns. The family loved doing this activity and I know it will make this Lenten season much more fun and holy as we do one thing daily along the paper chain.


I hope you all enjoy this smoothie recipe and the Lent activity. Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❀


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