In my book, Do You Have the Guts to Be Beautiful, I discuss the Green Drink, and why it’s such a great way to start your day. That recipe is a good starter for anyone new to the Green Drink, but my own personal version has evolved over the last few years. I wanted more fiber and more greens in my Green Drink, and this is what I (along with my husband and two daughters) now eat every morning. I like to use chilled water (and frozen fruit works, too), as the smoothie is yummiest when cold.


  • 1/3 cup each of flax, chia, and sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp milk thistle seeds
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups of seasonal fruits, fresh or frozen,  to taste. I like something with polyphenols like blueberries or red seedless grapes.
  • ~10 medium sized green-leaves… basically, as many dark, leafy greens as you can stuff into your Vitamix, including kale, collard greens, parsley, etc.
  • Water


Put seeds and milk thistle in blender. Blend until powder-like. Add one cup of water and continue blending. Add fruits and vegetables, and then slowly add additional water while blending. Blend until liquefied, or until smoothie has reached desired consistency.