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PBS Host Laura Theodore's Smoothie Recipes

Her popular cookbook and PBS show are both called Jazzy Vegetarian, a name that strikes just the right chord with Laura Theodore. An accomplished jazz singer, Laura found herself embracing a plant-based diet over the years, happily riffing on recipes in her New Jersey kitchen. "When I moved to the suburbs from New York City, guests often turned up for weekends," says Laura. "Family Circle helped me learn to feed a crowd. I've been a loyal reader since 1974!" Fruits and veggies, pitch-perfect foods in her eyes, lend themselves to scrumptious, satisfying breakfast drinks like this one.
Happy Start Smoothie

Begin any day right with this good-for-you, gorgeously green-tinged (thanks to parsley) creation. Carrots and apples lend lots of natural sweetness. Ice cubes are optional but recommended for the frosty factor.

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Illustration by John Ritter

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 apples, cored and quartered

3 to 4 large leaves romaine lettuce

1 cup filtered water

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

6 ice cubes (optional)


Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses, preferably chilled, immediately. Serves 2 generously.

Raspberry-Banana Green Dream Smoothie

"I often start my day with this enticing and energizing combination of berries, bananas and baby greens. Using frozen bananas makes for an extra-thick smoothie," says Laura.


2 frozen or fresh bananas

1 1/2 ounces (2 cups, lightly packed) mixed baby greens

1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries or blueberries

1 to 2 cups filtered water


Put bananas, greens, berries and 1 cup of water in blender. Process until smooth, adding more water as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Serve immediately. Makes 2 generous servings.

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