Breakfast has always been difficult for me. Getting up in the morning and chewing food just never worked. But, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jump-starts the metabolism and prevents those afternoon energy dips that make me want to curl up with my favorite green blanket and hibernate. Eating breakfast not only protects my family members from potential crankiness, but protects myself from the notorious afternoon salty/sweet attack. For all of these reasons, I was determined to find a breakfast source that I could easily stomach, within the first hour of waking up. About 5 years ago, I discovered the perfect answer to my lifelong dilemma… The Smoothie!
Keep in mind, I love to cook. But, I tend to be very creative with my cooking and rarely use recipes. The smoothie was perfect for me. All I needed was my blender, a collection of healthy ingredients and a straw. I knew from the onset, this relationship was going to be a beautiful one.
In the beginning, my creations were very simplistic. I started with just a few basic ingredients, experimenting with flavor and texture. Once I found a balance that worked for me, I was able to dig in and create a complex, healthy and tasty smoothie that would be the building block of my day.
Because I am an advocate for creativity in cooking, I have tried to create my step-by-step smoothie making process, leaving you with many choices that fit your specific likes and needs. There is no right or wrong. The measurements are truly approximations. Make your smoothie fit you. Enjoy!
Smoothie: Your Breakfast in a Cup
Fruit: 1/2 C minimum
I love berries! During berry season on the farm, we are always inundated with fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries and blueberries. As much as I enjoy eating fresh berries, I remind myself how grateful I am to pull out home-grown berries from the freezer in January. So, when you head out to pick fresh berries from your local berry farm, remember to gather enough to freeze for your smoothie creations!
Bananas (for a creamy texture), peaches, pineapple, kiwi, mango and papaya are also yummy choices!
Liquid: Add 1-2 Cups of liquid
H2O, almond milk, coconut milk, low-fat dairy, iced coffee, iced green tea, 100% fruit juice are some great choices.
If you like a creamy smoothie: Greek yogurt, ice cubes, coconut milk, or almond milk
Greens: 1/4 C minimum
Baby spinach, kale, swiss chard, sprouts or romaine work well. Don’t skip this step! I promise, there is minimal to no taste and so many amazing benefits for your body!
Flavor: 1/2 T (This is not a necessary step, but it is a nice addition!)
Raw honey, real maple syrup or vanilla add great flavor
Superfoods: 1 tsp-2T
flax seeds, chia seeds, protein powder (I prefer hemp), matcha powder, spirulina, cacao, coconut, turmeric, wheat germ, and/or almonds
*I put 2T chia seeds, 2T flax seeds, 2T hemp powder and 1tsp matcha power in every smoothie I make. ♥
I hope you enjoy this smoothie making adventure! If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices, just start with the ingredients you have at home, at this very moment.
My smoothie creation for today is: 1 banana, 1 C blueberries, 2 C almond milk, 1/4 C baby spinach, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 T chia seeds, 2 T flax seeds, 2 T hemp protein powder, 1tsp matcha, 2 T unsweetened coconut, 1/4 C sliced almonds. (Adjust the amount of milk, based on the consistency your prefer.) Enjoy!
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