Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Very Green Breakfast

I'm either all or nothing.  Either I eat greens all the time, or I buy a bag of salad greens....and let it rot in my produce drawers.  One way I've found to get myself off to a good start in the morning is with a filling and energizing green protein shake.  I started making green/berry smoothies back in December, with the blackberries or blueberries actually making it purple (a gentle way to start, since "green" can be an alarming color for the un-initiated).  More recently I've been making an even simpler shake that I think is rather delicious.  It's bright green, about 225 calories, and it gets me all the way to lunch before I'm hungry again.  Score!  (Note: hemp protein adds a nutty flavor here along with heart healthy fats, but if you have another protein powder you'd like to substitute, or even just a few tablespoons of nut butter, go ahead.  Have fun and experiment!)

Green Breakfast Smoothie

Green Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 1 shake

Approx. 2 cups kale (ribs and stems ripped out) or spinach
1 cup almond milk (or your milk of choice)
2 tablespoons hemp protein (I use Nutiva brand)
1 ripe banana (preferably frozen)
honey, agave nectar or Stevia to taste...although if your banana is really ripe, you probably won't need it

Blend until smooth.  Add a handful of crushed ice at the end if you like it really cold.  Enjoy an energetic start to your day!

Green Breakfast Smoothie


Nancy said...

So glad to see you posting again!  I missed reading about your daily adventures :)

Abigail vR said...

I am still putting apples and frozen berries in my green smoothie, along with the banana. I might have to get myself some protein powder and try your version, though. I decided it was more virtuous to have the greens in the smoothie with fruit than to eat toast for breakfast instead  but I still have lingering guilt! :)


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