green smoothies

A few weeks ago Courtney was trying to think of new ideas for breakfast; so, she asked me what I usually ate in the morning. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an exciting answer for her. I have been eating Kashi Go Lean with almond milk everyday for breakfast for over a year – I just love it and it’s packed with protein! But, Courtney’s questions got me thinking about switching up my breakfast.

After a little research, in an effort to even out my caloric intake throughout the day (eat nearly the same amount of calories for breakfast as I do for lunch and dinner) and to start the day with something more than grains, I decided add a green smoothie to my breakfast. And, well, green is my favorite color; so this was bound to be a good decision!

For me, it seemed rather odd to add “greens” to my fruit smoothie – I thought I would have to gulp down the smoothie to get past the weird taste it created when combined with fruit. But after I blended up my first smoothie, I was SHOCKED. The fruit overshadows any taste of the spinach! I called my husband, Ty, into the kitchen the first morning begging him to hurry up and try it (just to make sure I wasn’t crazy). He agreed; the spinach taste was absent from the smoothie. I can’t get enough of these green smoothies – I have had one every morning for the last three weeks!

So far, I have created these blend variations: Green Tropical Smoothie and Green Berry Smoothie.

green tropical smoothie ingredients:

1/2 c frozen pineapple
1/2 c frozen peaches OR 1/2 c frozen mango
1 medium banana
3 ice cubes
1-1.5 c fresh spinach

green berry smoothie ingredients:

3/4 c frozen blueberries and raspberries
1 medium banana
4-5 strawberries OR 1/2 cucumber
4 ice cubes
1 c fresh spinach

directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to substitute the spinach for kale or the banana for avocado. I haven’t tried it, but the “word on the street” is that it’s just as yummy!

Note: Try not to over-blend or it gets “frothy.” The smoothie will only turn out the bright, green color when mixed with light colored fruits. 

If you try different blends or already have a favorite of your own, let us know what they are in the comments!