I started making smoothies for breakfast back when my first son was born six years ago. It was really the only way I could eat breakfast at all with a colicky newborn, and over time it became a habit because of its ease, portability and the fact I could pack a lot of satisfaction and nutrition into the first meal of the day. Since then, it is really the only way I want to start my weekday. Weekends I crave eggs and bacon, but weekday mornings I find that I only want a smoothie. Throwing a bunch of vegetables, a little fruit, a little healthy fat, and some protein in a blender is the easiest way for me to start the day off with as much nutrition as I can get in a glass.
Over the years, my taste in smoothies has changed from being primarily fruit based to being more veggie based most days. With that change I have also found that I want less sweetness. The below recipe for my Superfoods Smoothie is my go-to recipe; it includes my favorite superfoods including spinach, coconut oil, chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and bananas. The only other addition I make somedays is to include frozen blueberries for another superfood boost and a little extra sweetness.
You will need
- 2 handfuls of organic spinach (about 2 cups)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, plain
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ice (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
- optional: stevia or other sweetener, to taste
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until smooth.