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Peggy’s Super Smoothie

OK, this post is completely off-topic.

But here’s the deal.

I live in Southern California.  If you don’t speak regularly about losing weight, going to the gym or that you’re considering becoming a vegetarian – they will ask you to leave. …. I wish I was kidding.

So, my mom is a terrific cook with a zero tolerance for picky eaters.  When confronted with a “picky” she has been known to happily trick them into eating things they claimed not to like.

Subsequently I grew up consuming a huge variety of food (sometimes unintentionally) and pride myself on the fact that I like almost everything and will try anything.  I also have zero tolerance for “Pickys”

My friend Peggy is a terrific, adventurous cook.   She has never made anything I didn’t like.  So when Peggy said she was making a new, super-healthy smoothie I immediately asked what was in it.

She replied: “Water, banana, mango, pineapple, mint and spinach”

I, self-proclaimed adventurous, non-picky eater extraordinaire naturally replied:  “That’s DISGUSTING!!”

She just smiled.

Now Peggy is not like my mom – it’s not her style to trick someone.  No, Peggy’s  a New York gal and more straightforward.   So she just showed up at my door one day with her blender jar full of a green fluid.

I contemplated feigning illness but instead took a polite sip.

OMG – it’s delicious!  I drank the entire blender jar’s worth (I’m the youngest and the only boy in my family – sharing is not one of my virtues)

And I say that being someone who, though not picky, doesn’t like mango, thinks spinach is a necessary evil and who is pretty icked out by the idea of creaming previously solid veggies.

But this is so tasty and so refreshing it’s amazing! And it is so freakin’ good for you that, once consumed, you could spend the rest of your day stealing cookies from Girl Scouts,* eating carbs and jay-walking** and STILL feel incredibly virtuous.

It’s easy to make:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • A few mint leaves.

Stick them in a blender and blend thoroughly.

Try it!  I swear you will be amazed.

Have a great weekend everyone!

*This blog does not condone the act of stealing from Girl Scouts

** Please do not jay-walk.  You can have some carbs though

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

13 responses »

  1. Oh wow amazing, what a delicious color. Looks yummy. I would happily open the door to your friend.
    I am a picky eater. I don’t eat meat or fish but I’m not a vegetarian cause I do use dairy products and do eat eggs when they are used in an end product like mayonaise or pancakes or cake :). Love my veggies so this smoothie would go down a dream.
    Off to the market tomorrow to get those ingredients and I will give this a try. Can’t wait.

    • I actually sometimes wish I was pickier to tell you the truth (or had the strength of will to say “no” to a lot of food but, sadly, I do not). I hope you enjoy the smoothie!

      • I gave it a try but with a little difference. The cup of water and banana I substituted with a cup of soya banana milk and the half cup of pineapple became a full cup of frozen pineapple to make it more thick. And it was utterly……DELICIOUS!
        I feel so healthy now 🙂

      • Excellent! I’ll have to try that variation myself!


  2. As native Californian who doesn’t have a gym membership and considers nicotine and caffine two of the major food groups this looks absolutley delicious!!
    PS~Please don’t turn me in to the Health police…lol

  3. I thought spinach “makes you struggle!” Uncle David…(yes, I’ve heard that family favorite story).

    Actually, I’ve been putting spinach in my protein smoothies for years and years – it’s great for you and delicious. You might try adding a scoop of almond butter and some cinnamon for a real treat!

  4. Okay, I’ll dive in…when Mother fixed cooked spinach for dinner, you had a GREAT deal of trouble getting it down–clutching your throat and saying, “Spinach makes me STRUGGLE!” We all thought that was an apt description of trying to chew and swallow cooked, limp spinach…but it didn’t get you out of eating it, of course! This protest began when you were about 4 and lasted until…well, probably…till now, if you were under exact-copy circumstances!
    Frozen blueberries are a great addition too, though the color is negatively affected!
    Your sister, Phebe

  5. Even though I’d rather eat 2 sleeves of Thin Mints – I will give this a try! Hopefully, my love handles will thank me!

  6. I want to believe.

    I want to trust.

    But that looks…..well………spinachy. I can’t decide if I want to make it just to say I tried it, or just live the rest of my life never having tried a spinach smoothy 🙂

    Have an awesome day!


    • I totally get it! I wish I could send Peggy and her straightforwardness to your door cause that was the only way I was gonna give it a shot myself.


  7. Last month my husband and I were dieting and consumed most of our meals through a straw. Sure wish I had Peggy’s recipe then. Instead I forced myself to drink the most disgusting vegetable combinations. Tomatoes no matter how we paired them tasted like warm salsa…UGH!


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