The real breakfast of champions, the green smoothie.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to hold your nose to drink this. It actually tastes good. I know it’s not pretty and believe me, I’ve gotten plenty of side-ways glances for drinking the stuff. But, I’m telling you, it’s like green crack.
You might be wondering, “Why doesn’t she just braise her greens in butter and bacon and leave well enough alone?” I won’t deny there are many amazing ways to get your daily dose of green. You can saute it, braise it, boil it, steam it, chop it, dehydrate it and call it a chip… and you can also blend it raw into a smoothie for breakfast with any combination of fruits and liquids that tickle your fancy. It tastes awesome and is a really great way to start your day! This is the kind of stuff that changes lives, people.
It’s my breakfast of choice, and beware, once you start you can’t stop.
- 1/2 bunch kale, ribbed and coarsely chopped.
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice (I love blueberries and peaches).
- 1 tablespoon whole flax seeds (chia seeds are also great)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
- 10 ounces coconut water or orange juice (or liquid of choice)
There is no one recipe for the green smoothie. You can modify it as you choose with different combinations of fruit, blending liquid, and add-ins. I’ve made the green smoothie with pineapple, lime and coconut water for an amazing tropical treat. It can made with other greens as well such as spinach. Try a dollop of yogurt for added creaminess. The coconut oil adds an extra dose of the good fats that keep you going all day and help you to feel full.
Throw everything in a blender, and blend well.*
*My only advice is this, and it is important: Blend well, at least 60 seconds. You want a very liquified green smoothie – no chunks. Otherwise you will be chewing on your smoothie instead of drinking it.