Sinatra-Smart Smoothie Recipe

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

Making this drink is a daily ritual for me, and I consider it a solid preventative measure against degenerative illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. By using a blender, rather than a juicer, I get all the insoluble fiber which helps make fruits and veggies so health-protective. While juicing will still provide plenty of phytonutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and live enzymes, blending is better for making smoothies that detoxify.

My general rule of thumb is to choose organic produce whenever possible. However, it is more important to “go organic” with some fruits and vegetables than others: peaches, apples, strawberries, raspberries, bell peppers, celery, carrots, kale, spinach and cucumber tend to have the highest pesticide contents, so be sure to find organic varieties of these!

In this recipe, I use the fruits and veggies listed below. I always try to include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, which are full of anti-cancer compounds, in my daily smoothie, as well as beets, which are great detoxifiers. I also like to add raspberries and turmeric root (1 to 2 inches), which act as protective antioxidants. Feel free to find a concoction that works for your taste buds – just remember “blend it” and “beets.”

*Choose organic produce whenever possible*

  • Strawberries 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Blueberries
  • Apple
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Figs
  • Pea sprouts
  • Beets
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Coconut juice
  • Pomegranate juice

Place chopped fruits and vegetables of your choice in a blender, and add enough coconut water to blend smoothly. Pour into 2 to 4 glasses and enjoy!

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  1. myriam

    on February 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I had a heart failure a year ago and thanks to Dr Sinatra there is a light in my life. I would like to know here in Florida if there if there are cardiologists that follow same ideal and be able to contact them Please I need help.

  2. rose

    on January 24, 2020 at 7:53 am

    I like the idea of the coconut water, I was using baby water thank u.

  3. Chris Leckliter

    on March 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Your smoothie sounds healthy!!

  4. HeartMD Editor

    on March 24, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks, it is! Here’s a new, simpler one you might enjoy:
    • Grab a blender, and pack the bottom with fresh organic greens…spinach, kale, chard, and microgreens all are wonderful choices.
    • Add some sliced organic cucumber or celery, peeled apple slices, and ¼ to ½ avocado.
    • Top with 2-3 tsp of fresh lemon juice and 2-3 tsp of minced ginger root (alternately, use ginger tea as your liquid).
    • Add preferred liquid – any combination of filtered water, coconut water, apple cider or even lemonade (depending on how sweet you or the kids like it).
    • Optional – add chia seeds for omega-3 and extra fiber
    • Blend until fully liquefied, and enjoy!

  5. Judi S.

    on January 23, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    It all sounds delicious, however, I’m a lifer on Warfarin and I always see lots of greens, herbs, ginger in smoothies which doesn’t work for me due to vitamin K.. I understand why but how do I get the much needed greens daily without screwing up the INR daily? I get so frustrated trying to do right by all of this. I have just had mitral/aortic valve replaced and diagnosed with heart failure.
    I’ve been following the “awesome four” program and trying to figure out the correct amount of the powdered L carnitine and D-ribose for me…
    I have other serious health issues, autoimmune, osteoporosis and other heart issues.
    My cardiologist said ok to take all but has no belief in it and finding a nutritionist to work with me??
    Forget about it! You are basically on your own trying to figure out what/how much/how often you should be eating the right food for your health.
    Thank you Dr Sinatra for the insight and book on Metabolic Cardiology. It’s more help than I’ve received from the vascular surgeon or my cardiologist …whom I actually adore.
    Judi Selset

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