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
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!