GO TO GREEN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
Breakfast can be tricky. Weekend breakfasts are leisurely, delicious examples of how to truly enjoy the most important meal of the day. Weekday breakfasts: not so much. Until I discovered this green smoothie, my mon-fri breakfast consisted of an over-ripe banana and cup of coffee - neither inspiring nor satisfying. Until it becomes nutritionally and socially acceptable to eat a bagel a day, we need to find breakfast ideas that are simple and full of good things to keep us going until lunch. For me, that was the green breakfast smoothie.
Don't be alarmed by the colour - I couldn't choke back an all vegetable smoothie first thing in the morning and I don't expect you to, either. This green delight is loaded with both vegetables and fruit making it not only great for you but super delicious.
I have this smoothie at least 5 times a week and I look forward to it every single day.
NOTE: While you can change up some of the fruit/veg, I have found that, for me, this smoothie absolutely needs banana and frozen fruit. I never stray from frozen mango or pineapple - mostly because I love them - but also because berries will turn your smoothie from a vibrant green to a not so vibrant looking brown. But, if you're ok with the colour change and prefer berries, do it!
I make mine in a high powered blender. If you don't have one, you can try a food processor or bullet, though it may not end up as smooth.
1 cup packed baby kale, chard or spinach
1/4 of an english cucumber - peeled and cut into chunks
1 stalk celery - chopped into chunks
1 - 1.5 cups frozen mango or pineapple
1 heaped tsp barley grass juice powder (you can use wheatgrass or matcha powder)
optional fruits include - kiwi, green apple, passionfruit
1. in a high powered blender, add greens, cucumber, celery, green powder and 2 cups water. blend until smooth. mixture will be really watery.
2. add banana, frozen mango or pineapple and any other fruit you might want to use. blend until smooth. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a little more water.