Friday, November 13, 2009

What do I eat for breakfast?

Even as a kid I was always looking for ways to get out of eating cereal for breakfast.  The cereal got way too mushy, the milk too sugary and grainy from the cereal that most mornings I left for school disappointed in my breakfast choice.  Now, there are some decent brands of cereal out currently that are vegan- and there are a variety of dairy-free milks to pair, but I'd rather get my vitamins not from fortified cereals- but from greens and fresh fruit.  
Green smoothies are my favorite breakfast choice- and I try to wake up with one every day.  All you need is a decent blender, some raw spinach, kale, romaine,  beet greens, celery, or any other vitamin rich green and some fresh or frozen fruit.  Smoothies can be a great vehicle for vitamin or protein powders, so load up.  Your RDA of fruits and veggies can be achieved in one cup!
Now, you're probably thinking that this is gonna be gross.  Not at all!  You're making the smoothie, so you can balance the sweet fruits in proportion to the greens.  Start out light on the greens and heavy on the fruit, in a week or so, you'll be able to decrease the amount of fruit and add more greens.  
My basic recipe includes a banana, 1 cup of chopped fruit (frozen makes everything easier), 1 cup of liquid*, and as many greens as you can stand.  If you're not using frozen fruit- throw in a few ice cubes- and if it gets too bitter add some agave nectar or lemon juice.  
If you're not using a Vitamix or a Blendtec- you may want to first blend the greens, liquid, and banana first, before adding the frozen fruit, just to make sure the greens get super pureed.  
*liquid can just mean water, coconut water, cold tea (yerba mate is a great tea to start the day with), nut milk, or fruit juice.

Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup coconut water
1 cup blueberries
3-4 cups of raw baby spinach

Blend and enjoy!

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