Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Green "Fast Food" Smoothie for Breakfast



My husband and I have been enjoying a green smoothie for breakfast. This easy to make, fast, no-cook cup is filled with the nourishment we need to get the day off to a good start. My smoothie is high in protein, fiber, all sorts of vitamins and enzymes, and good-for-you fats. I sometimes have a hard time waking up in the morning and this simple "meal" really helps. My husband, who bikes about 5 miles to work every day, says it keeps him energized and makes him feel just full enough.

The recipe that follows is definitely open to your own creative interpretation. Add in (or take out) ingredients if you like. Though I believe, for healthfulness and mouth feel , it's important for this smoothie to be "balanced", as in, not ALL fruit and juice, and it should have something with protein and fat in it. Most of all, a green smoothie is a delicious way eat breakfast, which many say is the most important meal of the day.

Green "Fast Food" Smoothie

serves 2 adults or up to 4 kids

In a decent blender (you don't need a > Vita-mix, though wouldn't that be nice!) throw in:

1-2 frozen bananas
3 frozen strawberries
1 organic apple, cored but not peeled
1/2 a large bunch of any type of > kale, de-stemmed
4 dates
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 cup whole milk yogurt from grass-fed cows, or whole milk > Greek yogurt
a dash, or drizzle, of real, local honey or Grade B maple syrup
enough whole, > grass-fed milk, whole(not lite) coconut milk, or water to fill the blender

Blend all these great real foods together until smooth and yummy looking!

Drink up and enjoy!

There are a couple different schools of thought on whether we should consume raw or even fermented crucifer veggies, like kale or sauerkraut, on a regular basis. Read this discussion at the > Nourishing Gourmet's lovely food blog.

On the other side of this discussion are studies like > this one which show that raw cruicifers can be potent cancer preventatives.

You could certainly skip the "green" part of this smoothie if you prefer.

*As always, in the world of food, health, and nutrition, you must make your own well thought out decisions, and consult a health care practitioner or other expert if you want help making those decisions.

I am pleased to share this post with > Food Renegade's Fight Back Fridays!

7 comments:

  1. Nicely put. I like how you shared the two way of thinking on the greens. You gotta go with your GUT - in more ways than one!

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  2. yeah, there is somuch information 'out there", my feeling is raw greens are probably mostly good, but some folks overdo it on whatever they hear is healthy. moderation is key...

    thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  3. I love green smoothies. I've never put milk in mine (not that I'm against it) I usually use water. Your recipe sounds really yummy. After reading "Green For Life" by Victoria Boutenko, I started drinking them regularly, I've never felt better!
    p.s.- wouldn't it be awesome to have a Vita-mix :)

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  4. A friend of mine has really gotten into green smoothies lately. My blender is older than my children and rarely used, so I don't know if it would be up to this.

    I'm on the fence about cruciferous veggies. I've got some thyroid issues, so I don't care to overdo it, but they are loaded with nutrients.

    BTW, I've added you to my One Lovely Blog Award post: http://commonsensehomesteading.blogspot.com/2009/11/one-lovely-blog-award.html
    Stop on by if you have the time.

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  5. We love green smoothies in the morning too! Although sometimes it's a race between me and my husband as to who makes it; if he does he makes it green by pouring liquid chlorophyl and a little too much maple syrup for my liking, while I put real green stuff in it and a little less maple syrup for his likeing!

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  6. i had to take liquid chlorophyl while pregnant with Eliza, and while i know it's great for boosting hemoglobin levels i just dont like the taste.

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