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The Good Karma Diet: Green Smoothie Recipe + Book Giveaway!

Green Smoothie

Photo by Doris Fin.

My dear teacher Victoria Moran’s new book, The Good Karma Diet, is now on sale! You’ll find my transformation story on pages 166-167. I’m delighted to host Victoria on the blog today with an excerpt from the book along with a green smoothie recipe (I’m really psyched about this; I have to confess that throwing kale and a few odds and ends in the Vitamix usually results in a smoothie that’s a bit too healthy tasting, if you know what I mean. I actually need a recipe.)

And of course, you can enter win a copy of the book below!

From The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference. This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical: you do good and you get good back.

As is true for life in general, it’s probably better to do this with unselfish motives, but even if your motivation is to become thinner, healthier, or more youthful, you’ll be doing something modestly heroic at the same time. This way of eating and living could lessen the suffering of billions of animals. I know it’s hard to think in terms of billions, but if you imagine counting the individual beings one at a time, you get some of the impact. In addition, ninety-eight percent of the animals raised for food suffer horrifically on factory farms before being slaughtered, often in adolescence. Every time you eat a vegan meal, you’re voting for something different.

This choice also lightens the burden on the planet. Raising animals for food in the numbers we do today calls for an exorbitant amount of water and fossil fuels. It leads to vast “lagoons” of animal waste, and the release into the atmosphere of tons of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane.

What you have here is holistic dining at its finest – body and soul. Eating whole, plant foods is scientifically validated as being both nutritionally adequate and anti-pathological. In other words, it cures stuff. Not everything. But reversal of such scourges as coronary disease and type 2 diabetes among people on this kind of diet has been repeatedly reported in the scientific literature; and the preventive potential of this way of eating is supported by ample research.

the-good-karma-diet-413x620If this sounds great but going all the way seems impossible right now, go partway. Americans’ consumption of animal foods has, as I write this, been decreasing annually since 2007, primarily because non-vegans are making vegan choices some – or much – of the time. They fix a veggie-burger or black beans and rice, or they order their latté with soy, or have a green smoothie for breakfast so they’ll look prettier and — what do you know? — the statistics get prettier, too.

Once you’re fully vegan, celebrate! The only thing you need to “do” nutritionally that you weren’t doing before is take a vitamin B12 supplement of about 100 micrograms a day as a tiny, tasty, melt-in-your mouth tablet. B12 is not reliably found in plant foods unless they’ve been fortified with it, and lack of B12 is dangerous. This single missing element in a plant-food diet pains many vegans. If this is the perfect diet, it ought to be, well, perfect. But this is life on earth: extraordinary, magnificent, and absolutely not perfect. Bacteria in our mouths and intestines do make some B12, and maybe at some point in evolutionary history we all made enough, just as our long-ago ancestors made their own vitamin C and now we don’t. I look at taking B12 as a tiny surcharge for the privilege of being vegan.

If you hear yourself saying “I could never give up ice cream” (or something else), realize that you may just be short on vegucation. There are lots of rich, luscious nondairy ice creams on the market, and you can make exquisite homemade ice cream with only a DIY gene and an ice cream maker.

If you have the information and you’re still saying “I could never give up. . .,” listen to yourself. You’re affirming weakness. You’re bigger than that. You can eat plants and save lives. You can give your life exponentially more meaning by living in a way that decreases suffering just because you got up and chose a kind breakfast.

Without this commitment, the Good Karma Diet would be, as much as I hate to say it, just a diet. To me, a diet is: “Eat this and don’t eat that, and feel guilty when you screw up, which of course you will because you’re only human, for heaven’s sake, and nobody can be on a diet forever.” That doesn’t really make you want to say, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Understand and embrace the compassion piece, the conviction that you’re here to make life easier for others, regardless of species, and then everything else – whatever tweaks you might make because of an allergy, a digestive peculiarity, a personal preference — will come with little effort. This lifts that word “diet” from the deprivational depths and restores its original meaning from the Greek diaita, “a way of life.” And this particular way of life is one replete with meaning and fulfillment and joy.

Excerpted from THE GOOD KARMA DIET: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion by Victoria Moran, with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2015.

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Green Power Smoothie Recipe


1 large celery stalk, chopped
1 frozen banana, or 1/2 cup other frozen fruit (peaches, pineapple, berries, etc.)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
About 1 cup kale, spinach, or romaine lettuce, tightly packed


For a greener smoothie: 1 to 2 teaspoons spirulena or barley grass powder, and/or a handful of fresh cilantro or parsley

For a sweeter smoothie: 1 teaspoon maple syrup or 3-4 drops stevia

For a heftier smoothie: 1/2 small avocado, and/or 1 scoop vegan protein powder

For a spicy smoothie: 1/2-inch knob of fresh ginger, or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For a super-duper smoothie: 1 to 2 teaspoons maca powder and/or ground flaxseeds

Loving Preparation:

1. In a blender, blend celery, banana (or other fruit), lemon juice, greens, water, and any optional ingredients, until liquefied.

2. Add greens of your choice and blend until completely liquified.

Taste and adjust if necessary. (Go easy on the greens at first. The time will come when you’ll fill the blender with them.)

3. Serve immediately.

Makes 1 to 2 servings.

Excerpted from THE GOOD KARMA DIET: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion by Victoria Moran, with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2015. Photo and recipe by Doris Fin, CCHP, AADP.


The usual guidelines:

  • You get ONE entry for a Facebook comment
  • TWO entries for a share, tweet or retweet
  • and THREE entries for leaving a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite smoothie combo!

Contest ends Friday, June 5th at 5pm ET. Randomly-chosen winner also receives a round of Taza chocolate. Smoothies are kind of hard to send through the mail, after all.  😉


4 Comments to The Good Karma Diet: Green Smoothie Recipe + Book Giveaway!

  1. June 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Looks great! Here is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe. Its called The Vacation. Enjoy!
    Add to blender
    1 cup 100% coconut water
    1 cup frozen pineapple
    1 cup frozen mango ½ cup strawberries
    ½ inch fresh ginger root peeled and either cut, diced or
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    ¼ cup cucumber cut into small slices (don’t peel)
    1 cup kale
    1 cup spinach
    Blend until smooth and enjoy!

  2. Kelly's Gravatar Kelly
    June 5, 2015 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Like Marissa, I love the combination of coconut, mango, and berries (raspberries and strawberries). I use So Delicious coconut milk as a base, add the fruit, kale, chia seeds, and a shot of maple syrup. This one is more of a dessert than a super-healthy smoothie, of course!

  3. Shari W's Gravatar Shari W
    June 5, 2015 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    The recipe sounds delicious – I will try to make it this weekend. I appreciate the idea that you’ve put out there – compassionate eating – what a great way to phrase the lifestyle choice and make it easier to comprehend. My only negative comment – it is not a weakness to say that I could not give up …. >> I think it is a strength to admit/talk about that what keeps oneself from switching to a vegan lifestyle. I understand the perspective that it could be seen as an excuse and perhaps not being compassionate but it is not necessarily a weakness. I am going to look for this book in my local library.

  4. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I need to start making more smoothies!

    Unfortunately, meet consumption in much of the rest of the world is going up.

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