RECIPE: The Green Healer Smoothie

Did you know that veggies, especially the dark leafy green ones, have anti-aging, cancer preventing, energy-giving nutrients all up in them!?!

“But Madeleine, I’m so tired of salads and don’t have time to cook, so how can I possibly get 5 servings of vegetables in my diet every day?”

I’m so glad you asked! Drink them! No, I’m not talking about the sodium and sugar LOADED, pre-made juice in the grocery store, I’m talking about delicious, nutrient dense, glorious vegetable smoothies that you can make at home in a flash with just a blender and an index finger!


2 cups Spinach

1 cup ice

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

5 fresh basil leaves

dash cayenne pepper

Oh yeah baby, let the healing begin!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

6 thoughts on “RECIPE: The Green Healer Smoothie

  1. Yum! Pineapple and cayenne are a great idea! I have a green smoothie almost every day, and have actually been using frozen spinach lately because its inexpensive, local product year round, and blends up nice and cold. I’ll definitely try this version out, thanks for the recipe!

    1. Great Idea. I’ll often use frozen grapes instead of ice to sweeten up a smoothie. I’ll have to try the frozen spinach!
      Cayenne is great to boost metabolism, clear out the sinuses and is a great anti-microbial (prevents infections!)
      Just don’t use too much, it can over power.

      Thanks for reading,
      Be Well,

  2. Madeleine,

    I’m not going to lie, this recipe sounds disgusting. BUT, lots of things sound gross but taste great, so I’ll give it a try and let you know what my taste buds tell my brain.

    Either way, thanks for sharing!!

  3. This is so similiar to mine! It was great meeting you on the plane, how random 🙂

    2 Lacinato Kale Leaves
    3 cups water
    1 cup pineapple juice
    3 flakes of fresh ginger (more or less, depends on the drinker)
    1 squeezed lemon
    1 banana
    2 cups ice
    2 tsp Stevia (optional, a little bit goes a long way)

    notes: add carrots, nonfat greek yogurt and/or change up the juice for variety.

    I start by blending the kale, water and juice. While blending, I continue to add the remaining ingredients finishing with the ice.



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