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The real breakfast of champions, the green smoothie.

February 6, 2012

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Directions:

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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2012 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this! I just made it and am drinking it now, and it is yummy! My buddy was raving about a kale and banana smoothie a few years ago, but that’s all he put in it – kale, banana, and water or milk. I forget, but it wasn’t particularly delicious. This on the other hand – oh my. I used olive oil instead of coconut oil, frozen pineapple and mango that I had in my freezer, and apple juice and milk for the liquid. I also added some yogurt, like you suggested, and I think next time, I’ll even throw some peanut butter in there (I like peanut butter everywhere bananas go and beyond!). Yummy and healthy, what more can we ask for. Thanks! -Jeremy

    • February 19, 2012 3:22 am

      Peanut butter and banana! Of course – it’s so obvious, like peas and carrots. I’ll try that one next week! Thanks so much for reading!

  2. jenn permalink
    February 28, 2012 3:18 pm

    Last night I blended one of these babies up for my son. I used banana, kale, flax, oj, and coconut oil. I topped it off with a squirt of whipped cream and stuck a straw in it.

    “Green shake – Thanks Mom!!”

    I made extra and chilled in the fridge overnight for my breakfast today. I was not sure if it would stay together well as sometimes these types of drinks fade after sitting. Color was still brilliant green, taste amazing.

    Thanks for such a great recipe! (and for helping me get my son to eat his greens!)

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