Originally published in the New York Times.
By Amanda Fortini.
The first morning I visited Mariel Hemingway — actor, author, activist, granddaughter of Ernest — I watched as she and her partner, Bobby Williams, prepared a smoothie. This is part of her daily routine: because she comes from a family with a history of mental illness, addiction and suicide (a legacy explored in “Running From Crazy,” a new documentary directed by Barbara Kopple), health and wellness and the preventive measures that promote both are at the center of her life — and thus at the center of my article about her in this Sunday’s magazine.
The smoothie she made that morning, which might help ward off the cold currently going around, is a variation on a recipe included in her most recent book, “Running With Nature,” written with Williams:
Green Drink for Two
½ avocado (plus the pit, Hemingway notes, “if you have a powerful blender,” because it’s “good for your heart”)
1 raw date
2 tablespoons raw olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
1 heaping tablespoon raw honey (unheated and untreated)
2 tablespoons superfood powder
Dash of cinnamon
The morning of my visit, she and Williams also used:
Coconut water, raw or frozen
“Ocean’s Alive,” one dropper full — this is a solution of “live marine phytoplankton”
A few fresh mint leaves
Pinch or 2 of cayenne
Sometimes, she says, they add:
Bee pollen (from local bees)
Raw asparagus, which she calls a “great antioxidant,”
and/or 1/8 of a raw beet “for the liver.”
“We change it up,” Hemingway told me, as they piled ingredients into a blender. Recently, when I texted her to ask if she had any advice to pass along with her recipe, she replied: “Relax. . . . It’s not law. It’s not science. It’s food, it’s fun. It should be playful and an enjoyable adventure.”