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John Farmer’s Tales – EP 1: The Magically Delicious Heart-Healthy Smoothie

John Farmer Tales: End Cats (TM) by Eric Hepperle Designs (c) 2017

Smoothies are delicious and can be made from practically any fruit! (Credit: Photo-Mix, licensed under CC0 1.0)

Growing up, Grandma was the best cook I knew. She could make anything from Spanish rice to potato boats to macaroni and cheese to apple crisp.

Now I’ve always been fascinated with wizards, witches, conjurers, and magicians. To me, cooking was a kind of magic and recipes were its spells. As a young’un I watched Grandma and tried to learn as many of these “spells” as I could, which became useful when I had to start preparing meals for the family around age eleven.

But, one of the best, most delicious, most interesting and easiest recipes I learned didn’t involve any cooking at all! No sir. Just a blender, greens, and some fruit. I’m talking about the SMOOTHIE.

A smoothie is a fruity drink that is part solid, part liquid and if done right, all delicious. Grandma first started drinking smoothies when she began the Weight Watchers diet many years ago. She had a smoothie for breakfast as a meal replacement because it literally counted as zero calories, but at the same time, it was filling. Some benefits of smoothies include dramatic long-term healthy weight loss, greater energy and stamina, and better cardiovascular health. The only side effect is that due to water content, drinking too many (more than four) per day could give you a case of the runs. Your health is important so please consult a trusted health practitioner before adding smoothies to your health regimen.

In any case, for most people, a smoothie in the morning (instead of bacon and eggs or cereal) is a great beginning to an energetic day.

To get you started, here is a recipe for a simple, delicious Strawberry-Banana smoothie:

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie


1 c. strawberries
2 ripe bananas
1 c. fruit juice
1 c. baby spinach
a pinch of kosher salt (to taste)
2-4 ice cubes (optional)


Blend all ingredients until pancake batter consistency, pour, and enjoy.

Tip: Use frozen bananas and you will not need ice and your smoothie won’t end up watery when the ice dissolves.

Bonus: Try adding frozen mango for an amazing tropical taste!


About 4 8oz. servings.

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3 years ago

I see you didn’t use ice to blend your smoothie. I thought smoothies were to be a cold drink. we made so many smoothies at tcby the 2 years that i worked there, I made them at the mall for 2 years for another business but my memory left. each place used YOGURT and they were amazing! In the mall the yogurt was raw no sugars but we added sugar if people wanted, otherwise the smoothies were all natural and made with frozen fruits. how i miss smoothies! i have tried at home but nothing taste the same. i am… Read more »

Eric Hepperle
Eric Hepperle
3 years ago
Reply to  tina

Thanks Tina! 🙂 You are absolutely right: smoothies are best made with ice or frozen fruit. I will update the post to reflect that. There are many options for additives to smoothies, and yogurt is definitely a popular one, providing tang, protein, and healthy probiotics for gut flora restoration. But, do you know I’ve even had delicious – #DairyFree #GlutenFree smoothies? They are made with oats (rolled or steel cut) and I may post a recipe down the line.

Frank the Tank
Frank the Tank
3 years ago

Great job buddy keep up the good work

Eric Hepperle
Eric Hepperle
3 years ago
Reply to  Frank the Tank

Thanks Frank!