• there’s a splinter in my smoothie

    September 24, 2009

    There’s a reason for the quiet.  Actually, two.

    One: I’m back in the States.

    Two:  I am sans Vita-Mix.

    As for the first, it would require a long post more suited to a personal blog and possibly a book, if I finally get down to it.  The short story: after nearly six years in London, I needed to be closer to family.  Several ingredients contributed: my mom’s heart attack last year, the pull of heartstrings, a need for change.  I left London much lighter than I came in, in more ways than one.

    And that brings me to the second reason for the lack of noise.  I had to sell my Vita-Mix.  Ugh.  This was tough.  I’m not kidding.  I’m not about labels, but there are three things I’d put my name to:  Doc Martens (see heartstrings above), MBTs (those ugly, boat-like shoes that really do work), and the Vita-Mix (actually deserving of all the hype).  Oh, and make that four: Marks & Spencer underwear (because, along with a bus pass or a tube ticket to Heathrow, is one of the UK’s great buys).

    There are many things I could go into here about the reverse culture shock of it all, most of which is contained within the walls of Walmart.  So I’ll spare you unless you decide to buy the book.

    I’m currently staying with my mother in Florida.  My mom started making green smoothies earlier this year (and as a result of this site).  My mom, however, has a regular blender — the kind I thought was pretty cool up until I got my Vita-Mix earlier this year, the one I owned for one brief, shining moment.  The one with the plunger that got all those little bits down into the ridiculously fast blade.

    I’ve broken two wooden spoons already.

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  • more (fruity) smoothie action

    June 25, 2009

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    The kind folks at Whole Foods sent me the pictures they snapped of me at the Healthy Eating Tasting Fair last week, and this is one of them.  Notice the imported Ziploc bags (thanks, mom!)  All those bags have since been washed out and dried, sitting patiently in my cupboard for their next use.

    It might seem like all I drink are green smoothies, but not so.  I love all-fruit smoothies, yet there has been a lot of conflicting information circulating around the net and beyond about the consumption of lots of fruit.  One minute we read that having as much fruit as we crave all morning is the way to go, and the next someone is telling us that we should be reducing the percentage of fruit in smoothies and upping the green.  What to do?

    I’m now working my way through Dr. Douglas Graham’s 80 10 10 Diet.  What an eye opener.  Not only does Dr. Graham advocate having lots of fruit, he believes it should be the basis of our diet.  I’ll stop here since I want to finish the book before commenting further, but suffice it to say for now that reading it thus far has been a huge relief in that I finally understand that my lifelong incorrigible sweet tooth is actually a natural survival mechanism that has been distorted by unnatural food.

    With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to a recipe and blog I discovered last week, thanks to the author’s generous comments on this site.  Earth Mother’s colorful In the Raw turned me on to the Watermelon Kiwi Cooler, a perfect summer concoction I’ve been having every morning since trying it!  I tweak it a little:  using only one kiwi (fuzzy skin and all) and a few more strawberries (frozen).  The lime is non-negotiable and gives it a wonderful cocktail kick.  Not only has it made great use of my expensive watermelons (gulp), but it’s an awesome creation to whip up for guests.  Thanks, Earth Mother!

    And here’s another one of my own.  Enjoy the fruity fun!

    new recipe: groovy tangy smoothie

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  • tasting fair debrief and vita-mix offer

    June 18, 2009

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    “I want to try some Jessica Stone!”

    That was probably my favorite quote of the day during yesterday’s Healthy Eating Tasting Fair at Whole Foods Kensington.  Apparently all the other stands scattered throughout the store displayed the name of a product.  But I wouldn’t know, because I was on my lonesome and didn’t get a chance to go to the bathroom during all four plus hours of it, let alone sample some of the other yummy stuff on offer.  That’s okay, I had a blast!  It was so much fun meeting everyone and talking to them about eating green the easy, tasty way that I was still going after all the other exhibitors had packed up and left.

    In fact, it was a great reminder that meditation is not limited to sitting in lotus position and focusing on your breath.  To me, meditation is anything that lets you become completely absorbed in the moment.  Sports, sex, food, dancing…pick your pleasure and give it your all.  I was so focused on the job at hand and tapping into my passion, that the hours flew by and any other worries I had totally evaporated.

    They parked my stand in the amazing produce section, right in front of a huge spread of bananas.  I made green smoothies, of course, both because they’re so simple and because they make people happy.  If you’ve just come to the site after meeting me yesterday, welcome!  We talked a lot about green smoothies at the fair, but you can read even more on my earlier post.

    One woman said, “So, what are you selling?  Smoothies?  Blenders? Or are you just doing this for the good of mankind?”  That was another favorite quote.  Truth is, I got so caught up introducing people to green smoothies and watching their eyes go wide when they realized it tasted so much more pleasant than they expected, that I often forgot to tell people about what I actually do.  But when I did, the two main questions I got were “Can I buy this?” and “Do you teach classes?”

    To answer the first question: no, I don’t make and bottle green smoothies to sell.  My mission is empowering YOU with practical, tasty tips like this so you can go from consumer to creator.  Also, green smoothies – and most fresh preparations – are best enjoyed as soon as they are made.  And they’re fun!  As I mentioned yesterday, you don’t need a recipe – just go with the combinations you crave, and if you stick to about 50% fruit to 50% greens you’ll be fine.  But it’s always nice to have some inspiration, so if you liked yesterday’s blend, here’s a refresher:

    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/3 cucumber, peeled
    2 handfuls baby spinach
    Small piece root ginger (or more, depending on how much kick you like)
    1 cup filtered water

    As you’ll notice in my recipes, a lot of them call for a high-powered blender.  I haven’t talked about my Vita-Mix before, but those who came around my stand yesterday would have seen it.  That’s right, I love my Vita-Mix so much that I lugged it to the fair with me.  It is quite an investment – one I thought about for a long time – but one of the best I’ve made.  I use mine several times a day, for making everything from smoothies to my prize-winning Dulce de Leche (dairy and sugar-free, of course!)  If you live in the UK or Ireland, you can receive free standard shipping if you order your Vita-Mix through me.  Here’s what you need to do:

    VAT UK customers: Please call 0845 868 4566 to place your order.
    Ireland customers: Please call 0766 709854 to place your order.
    Quote this code: 20-01-000090
    The Vita-Mix 5000 machine comes with a 5-year warranty

    Okay, now that that’s out of the way, onto classes!  I’ve had a lot of requests for group workshops, so if this sounds like your cup of herbal tea and you’re in the London area, please drop a note in the suggestion box at Whole Foods and tell them you want to try some Jessica Stone!

    And don’t forget: the special coaching offer on your recipe card is good when booked before the end of the month.

    It was truly a joy meeting all of you, and I hope you’ll stay in touch.  Special thanks to the American Airlines crew who came by at the end of the night and drank the bottom of the smoothie barrel.  Green smoothies on air planes…now there’s a flying idea.

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  • mom’s first green smoothie

    June 10, 2009

    I feel really proud of my mom right now in that “baby’s first steps” kinda way – yesterday she made her first-ever green smoothie!

    They say that children end up teaching their parents, but while this is often said in the context of taking care of them in their old age, I believe this is so from the moment of birth.  One of the reasons I want to have children is to learn from them – from their innate curiosity and spontaneity that comes from being in the moment as only children know how.

    And a big reason I started Green Appetite was for my mom.  A year ago this father’s day, I got an awful call – my mom had just had a major heart attack.  Being an ocean away and experiencing the gulf more than ever, I’d never felt more useless in my life. That is, until my mom not only survived the horrible event but came away from it with an undaunted determination to turn her diet around – not an easy task, yet one she has pulled off amazingly guided by her tough spirit and selfless support of her husband who took on the same heart-healthy diet right along with her.

    When I came back from visiting her in Florida, there was only one thing I could do – if I wasn’t there to shop and cook with her, the next best thing was to come up with creative ways for her to eat deliciously while protecting her precious heart.  My mom’s commitment to health is proof that people can and do change when they choose to and when there is plenty of love to support it.  She has been an inspiration for most if not all of the recipes on this site.  And now here’s my mom’s recipe, exactly as she emailed it to me.

    The Lucy Smoothie

    l mango
    l ripe banana
    Bunch of raisins
    1/2 of a cucumber
    Spinach
    Piece of papaya
    Ginger
    l cup of bottled water

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  • put a real spring in your step

    May 14, 2009

    new recipe: oh, happy day smoothie

    I have been so excited to read all your amazing feedback about the site and can’t thank you enough for giving me a real boost.

    So, I thought I’d offer you more of the same in return with what’s probably my favorite change your diet a little bit, change your life a lot tip.

    I’m certainly not the first to write about the life-boosting, Popeye power of the green smoothie, and yet it took me a long time to find out about them and give them a try myself. As they say, once you are ready, the teacher appears. Similarly, every time I rave about green smoothies I’m amazed at what a new concept this is for most people. Well, you are ready and the teacher has appeared!

    If you make just one change this week, make it this.

    Everyone knows that dark, leafy greens – lots of them—are good for our bodies, but how many of us actually sit down to a huge bowl of them every day? It just doesn’t happen.

    The answer? The green smoothie. By blending the phytochemical powerhouses of green leaves with the sweetness of fruit, you’re tricking and treating your body at the same time. Not only that, it takes less than five minutes to whip up. And there’s no better time to try them than right now, when the weather’s getting warmer (well, one can hope in London) and fabulous fruit is coming into season. I encourage you to be recipe rebels and play around with different combinations, but a basic guideline is 50% fruit/50% greens. I like to use a mix of fresh and frozen fruit so things are nice and cold. To that end, I always keep bags of frozen berries in the freezer along with other fruit like pineapples and peaches I slice, peel and freeze.

    This week, I hit the fruity jackpot when my friends Arti and Sunil brought me a box of glorious Alphonso mangoes from India. Peel one and it’s like pure sunshine in your hands. I can’t get enough of this luscious concoction and hope it brightens up your day, too, even if your mangoes come from the corner shop, which I’ll sadly be reverting to soon. Even so, it’ll still be amazing. Have this first thing in the morning or in a safe, reusable bottle on your way to work, and you’ll already have consumed more greens than most people do in a week.

    By the way, whenever I post a new recipe it’ll appear in the recipes section so you can find it easily. Here’s the link again for this one:

    oh, happy day smoothie

    And to learn more about the many benefits of greens, check out Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life.

    Cheers!

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