I have a bone to pick with breakfast. I absolutely love breakfast foods, or at least healthy versions of them, to be sure, but I definitely take issue with the idea of breakfast that many people hold in their minds. I’m not sure at what point in history we as a culture decided that breakfast food needed to consist exclusively of empty carbohydrates, refined sugars, and processed meats – but I can attest to the fact that it does not, and should not.
Starting the day without adequate protein, fiber, and healthy fats (in favour of sugar, sugar, and more sugar) is a definite roadmap for feeling slow, tired, and generally unwell, and the inevitable sugar crash that you will experience after these types of breakfasts will leave you craving more sugar throughout the day to compensate.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that kale and zucchini “aren’t breakfast foods.” Or how irritating I find those kind of close-minded statements!
Now I know breakfast smoothies are not a revolutionary idea, but I wanted to share this recipe with you. It’s one of my favourites, and features regularly in my breakfast rotation. Many smoothie recipes I come across are loaded with fruit, dried dates, and little else, and while these things are perfectly good for you in moderation, I don’t think consuming 6 servings of fruit in one sitting is the best idea. I also don’t feel like that would sustain me for very long.
This is, of course, my own opinion – I encourage everyone to do what feels right for their unique body and digestive system, and if lots of fruit works for you, then go for it!
This recipe is loaded with greens, protein, and fat, and sweetened with (a reasonable amount of) fruit. I omitted protein powder here, which I don’t actually have a problem with, simply because I know some people like to avoid it.
If you are, however, on the market for a good protein powder (think without whey), I recommend this completely raw, vegan, and organic one by Garden of Life.
Having this smoothie for breakfast will leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours, and save you previous time in the morning. Did I mention it’s delicious? Enjoy!
Recipe comes from my blog, The Healthful Hoard.
Very Berry Green Smoothie (serves 1)
~ gluten free, vegan, soy free, refined sugar free ~
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
- 1 cup organic kale or 2 cups organic baby spinach
- 1/4 small zucchini (optional)
- 1 very ripe frozen banana
- 1/4 cup mixed frozen berries (I use blueberries, cherries, and blackberries)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1.5 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- generous squeeze of lemon juice
- 2 ice cube
Optional nutritional add-ins
- 1 serving greens supplement (I use moringa leaf or Schinoussa Sea Vegetables with E3Live)
- 1 tsp maca
- Toss all ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Drink as is or topped with shredded coconut, goji berries, or whatever else you like.
- The kale in this recipe oxidizes very quickly, so don’t be alarmed when your smoothie goes from purple to brown.
- The lemon might sound a little weird or unnecessary, but it really helps to cut the bitterness of the kale.
- You may wish to add a touch of maple syrup or honey to this, depending on how sweet you like things. I find the fruit is usually enough for me, but sometimes I go overboard on the kale and have to add a bit of something sweet to balance it out.
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