How to Make a Smoothie... Why I Love Smoothies!

How to make a smoothie? is one of the biggest questions that I get, when people find out that I worked at a smoothie bar. After handing out reams of fruit smoothie recipes and teaching green smoothie health classes, I finally decided a website is needed to direct my friends and family to get more information on how to make a smoothie.


Hi! My name is DaNae Johnson. I live in the frozen tundra of Northern Minnesota. And yes... even in below zero degree temps, I love making healthy smoothie recipes! I have a wonderful husband and 3 children that I love very much. I am also a Christian and so my articles will reflect my views. I'm not a confrontational person, but I can't keep silent about my faith in God.

I started this website over 17 years ago. I have grown so much in my perspective on health and diet. I realized that I don't have to be a purest in my diet to thrive. This is a picture of my handsome hunny and me on our 5th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii. I was so young and had so much to discover. I thought that health could mainly be achieved by going organic and labeling foods as good or bad.

I did not have a healthy view of food. I felt guilt eating anything on the "naughty" list. That guilt drove me further down an unhealthier relationship with food. Either eating in isolation (so no one would judge me) or I'd binge a giant Symphony Chocolate bar in a day. I'd promise myself that I'd do better "tomorrow".

That disconnect with healthy habits, lead me to gaining lots of weight... which continued to bring more guilt and frustration. Eventually, I gave up. I avoided the scale. I avoided buying clothes. Nothing fit. Adding more guilt!

We had some very stressful events in our family life. Praise the Lord that these circumstances grew us closer to each other and to Him. But all the stress added even more weight. I felt paralyzed from change.

I had stopped working on this website. I didn't feel worthy to educate on how to be healthy... when I felt completely the opposite. How could little (I mean BIG) ol me help you when I can't even help myself? I would look at this website as a pair of favorite jeans that I use to wear... wondering if I will ever be able to slip back into them again.

Before Picture22023 New Year's Eve
Before PicturePosing while cooking dinner - February 2023

My Turning Point

As we finished 2022 and entered into the 2023, we celebrated with friends playing games. My husband took a picture of us bringing in the New Year. He sent me the photo. My heart sank. I didn't recognize myself! I finally looked at the reality of my health in the face. I not only had at least 100 pounds to remove... but I also needed to heal my view of food and health.

As much as it pains me to share these photos... I want to be transparent with you. I'm thankful that I didn't delete them. I treasure them now. It reminds me of how far I've come. It's proof!

I will be sharing more about how I lost the weight in my weight loss section. But for now... I will say that consistently switching little habits compounds to huge results over time. 15 months later, I'm down 87 pounds! I have only 13 more pounds to lose to reach 100. I have gained a whole new perspective on food and fitness that I will be updating on my website.

Profile10 months later - down 71 pounds!
Profile 211 months later - down 77 pounds!

How My Passion Grew

87 Pounds

I truly believe that God has guided our family to where we are now. We have experienced so much heartache and difficult circumstances. Those trials have made us stronger and wiser. God has given me a desire to share what I have learned along the way. He has made food not only to fuel our bodies but also for us to enjoy.

I am not going to pretend that I know everything there is to know about health and weight loss. I still learn new information. I am continually amazed at the variety of ways someone could improve their life with small changes.

I have discovered that smoothies are one of those great ways. While showing people how to make smoothies properly, I have noticed that healthy smoothie recipes can easily incorporate nutrition into our diet. You can use all the latest health gimmicks on the market, but having a healthy connection with food and exercise is the key to vibrant health.

I desire for others to absorb accurate information on how to take care of their bodies so that they can truly live to their potential. If we are constantly sick and tending to ourselves, how can we pour our lives into our family and friends? So please, join me on this journey to Radiant Living.

Do you want a transformation?

Are you ready to lose over 45 pounds? Do you want someone to partner with you... to keep you accountable and to coach you? Are you excited for before and after photos symbolizing your journey of growth and resilience. Radiate with a feeling of youthfulness and charm that embodies confidence and charm. Book an one on one interview to see if I could help transform your life.

Want 135 energizing smoothie recipes all bundled into a convenient handbook? Check out my ebook, Smoothie Handbook for Health.

The contents are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This website is for sharing knowledge and information from the research and experience of DaNae. She encourages you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and discussion with your own qualified professionals.

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