On July 30th, I posted a request for new breakfast ideas. A generous reader offered this suggestion:
Green smoothies!! Easiest breakfast in the world. It takes 5 minutes to throw everything in a blender. They’re portable too–just use a thermos! And greens like kale & collards are great for protein if you’re concerned about that.
I usually go with a 3 to 2 ratio of fruits to greens. 3 cups fresh & frozen fruit (depends on what’s on hand: bananas, strawberries or blueberries, peach, mango, grapes, pineapple, etc.) and 2 cups greens (spinach, kale, collards, chard, lettuce, etc.; start with 1 cup at a time until you’re used to it though. spinach is the least noticeable, lettuce is the most distinctive). I also usually throw in a tablespoon of chia seeds for omega-3s. For liquid, I just use a cup of water (sometimes more, if it’s too thick).
Sometimes I make a double batch and store the excess in the fridge (or thermos) to drink throughout the day as a snack.
I’ll be honest – I was nervous. Greens for breakfast? In a thick liquid? Would this satisfy me? Would I have to force it down? So, I put if off for about a month. But lately I’ve been feeling a little tired and some friends suggested that I need to eat more green vegetables, specifically leafy ones. So I ventured into the world of spinach and I’ve been liking it so far. If it’s good enough for Popeye…
Spinach on hand, I knew this week was the week. I also had some blueberries that were walking towards the trash. Time to use em or lose em. Luckily, I married a man who entered our partnership with almost any kitchen gadget a girl could want. We even had a deep-fryer at one point. So this morning he pulled down the blender and I gathered my ingredients:
I didn’t feel like turning on my computer and checking the recipe so I improvised.
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2/3 of a banana
½ cup spinach
A splash of milk
A few ice cubes
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was a small part of me that was thinking I’d need the food processor. Could this blender really dice strawberries? (I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no – I’ve never made a smoothie before. Yes, I live under a rock.) I also decided to go light on the spinach. I didn’t want any kind of over-eagerness to result in a “too-green” smoothie that would consequently turn me off forever. So I pressed the button and watched what happened. Voila! The beautiful concoction above. And honestly? It was de-li-cious. So good, so nutritious and so refreshing. You couldn’t even taste the spinach. It’s not even 11am, and I’ve already had 1/2 a cup of spinach. I think I might be on to something here… Thanks JBK!