Breakfast can get boring. That’s why it needs to be changed up from time to time. We just added breakfast smoothies to our repertoire, and they’re easy enough to whip up quickly any day of the week. It’s the kind of breakfast that is satisfying and results in no brain fog. You nutritionist types can talk about why that is, but for me, it’s enough that I feel good all morning. That’s reason enough to try it, don’t you think?
You can load up breakfast smoothies with anything you like, but I include basic components of leafy greens, something hefty like banana or avocado, liquid, and a little something sweet. Right now, Tuscan kale is my leafy green of choice, but I can’t wait to try spinach from our garden in a couple of weeks. The banana or avocado lends a slightly creamy consistency, and for liquid, I use either almond milk or water. Other additions can include fresh ginger if I want a boost for my immune system, a dab of raw local honey, and almond or peanut butter. Finally, I almost always stir in chia seeds at the end for an extra dose of fiber and protein.
I don’t have a fancy blender, so I use our trusty food processor since it produces good enough results and has so many other uses in the kitchen. With breakfast smoothies, you can cram so much good-for-you stuff into a glass and there’s very little waste compared to juicing where you discard much of the wonderful fiber that exists in vegetables and fruit. When I finish making my smoothie, I chop up the tough kale stems and banana peels, and feed them to our worms.
If you like chia seeds, add them just before serving since they will thicken up your smoothie if allowed to sit.
Here are two of my current favorite breakfast smoothies. Either of them can be scaled down to make one serving and both are best enjoyed immediately.
Banana Peanut Butter (serves 2)
8 leaves of kale, stems removed (I prefer Tuscan or lacinato kale)
4 tsp. natural, unsweetened and unsalted peanut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (plus or minus to get your preferred consistency)
Dab of local, raw honey (optional)
Super Green (serves 2)
8 leaves of kale, stems removed
2 stalks celery cut into pieces
1/2 inch piece of fresh peeled ginger, or more if you love ginger!
Juice of 1 lemon
dab of local, raw honey to taste (this smoothie is not sweet without honey, so add honey to taste)
1 1/2 cups of water or enough to get your preferred consistency
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