Things are so hectic in the morning to say the least. With my oldest starting school, my husband out the door at 5am, trying to get pants on my 2 year old, and me having to be to work, its hard to even THINK about breakfast! However the oldest saying in the book "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" holds true. Starting your day off by fueling your body with the nutrients it needs, will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day. I used to be a cereal gal; every morning I would sit and enjoy some raisin bran, and head out the door (this was before kids, when I could actually sit and enjoy a meal for 5 minutes). But as the craziest grew, and time was more minimal, I turned to powder protein shakes. So easy and seemed to keep me full. And healthy right? True protein shakes can be a great meal substitute, and don't get me wrong, they definitely remain my #1 back-up (love the Vega brand), but it is always best to get your nutrition from whole foods whenever possible. Over the past few weeks, I have ventured into the smoothie category, which is becoming my new obsession. I use my trusty hand held Oster blender, instead of dragging out my giant blender. But if you're going to add ice, go with the big blender! Nutra-bullets work great too if you have one.
This green smoothie below has become my absolute fav. It's loaded with greens and fruity goodness, and tastes incredible. It calls for Kale or Spinach, but I prefer Kale as it is a good way to get your Kale-on since majority of people do not like the flavor on its own. Kale is commonly referred to as a super food and for good reason. It is loaded with calcium and iron, and packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C and A. When I picked up this giant bunch at the Lexington Co-op, I knew just what to do with it......smoothie time!!
This delicious smoothie will leave your taste buds and tummy saying "thank you!" It has become one of my go-to's for sure. It makes quite a bit, so I usually freeze half and save it for another day (it defrosts great in the fridge overnight). I wish I could take all the credit for develping this wonderful smoothie, but I got this recipe from all my all time favorite cookbook "Plant Powered Families" by Dreena Burton.
3 packed cups kale (stems removed)
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen banana slices
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup cucumber chunks (I peel them but if you want some extra roughage leave the skin on!)
2 TBSP hemp seeds
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass and enjoy!
It is important to remove the stems of kale before consuming it, otherwise you'll get a yucky bitter flavor from these lovely leafy greens. I also always have frozen bananas on hand. They brown so fast and I don't want to throw them in trash, so those browning bananas go right in the freezer to have on hand for smoothies. I leave the skin on when I freeze them to prevent the flesh from turning brown. Don't forget to let me know how you enjoyed your green smoothie. Or better yet, let me know if you put your own spin on this delightful smoothie recipe!