I’m sure you’ve heard these statements before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, skipping breakfast can be harmful to your health, and the kicker, omitting a morning meal can lead to the development of obesity. While I am not here to take a side on the validity of these statements, I do know that eating breakfast makes me a more productive, energetic and peppy person. But sometimes, the thought of preparing and chewing an elaborate healthy meal in the morning is too much too handle, which is why I’d like to give you another breakfast idea – the green smoothie.
I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve hear about these monster hued beverages, they are all the hype these days – and for good reason. These nutrient dense, easy to drink concoctions have more health [and time saving] benefits than you can imagine.
Need some convincing?
Easy. Vegetables, frozen fruit and liquid – I promise jamming these ingredients in a blender will take you no more than five mi
nutes in the morning, even if you are still half asleep.
Portable. Although best enjoyed fresh, green smoothies can keep in the fridge for up to three days. Store them in an air tight container and don’t forget to shake well before consuming Grab an adorable tumbler (like this Starbucks and alice +olivia one) or container, which in themselves can be an incentive enough to try a green smoothie, and run out the door. This is the perfect on-the-go breakfast!
Nutritious and easy to digest. As long as you blend well, the cells in the fruits and vegetables are ruptured which allows nutrients to be easily assimilated into the body. This means you’ll be able to absorb the good stuff quickly.
They are a complete food. Unlike juicing, blending fruits and vegetables ensure that the fiber is retained. Fiber is extremely important for our bodies and our digestive system. Not to mention, fiber helps to keep you feeling full and regular.
Custom made. Everyone is entitled to their own preferences when it comes to flavours. If bananas aren’t for you, substitute with another variety of fruit – or even an avocado to mimic the creamy texture. The blender is your oyster, throw in your favourite fruits to create a custom beverage – just don’t forget a hearty helping of greens.
Sneak in extra greens. The best part about green smoothies is that masking the veggie taste is surprisingly easy and, if you use brightly coloured fruit, you can even disguise the veggie colour. This is the perfect way to pack in at least two servings of vegetables and you’ll barely remember you’re consuming them! Although the name and ingredient list may deter picky eaters, the taste will have them going back for seconds – may just omit the “green” from the name in these cases!
It is pretty obvious that the hype behind the green smoothie is more than just a trend, but how does one create their first blended veggies breakfast?
Low glycemic index fruits. Although fruit is a healthy option, is still is nicknamed “natures candy” due to the high sugar content of many varieties. Choosing ingredients that are high on the glycemic index will cause a spike in blood sugar, which will give you lots of energy [for a short period of time], but we followed by a crash. The last thing anyone wants is to feel like napping a few hours after slurping up your smoothie. By using fruits that are lower on the glycemic index, you’ll help to stabilize your blood sugar levels, which will ultimately keep you feeling energized and ready to take on the world! Cherries, grapefruit, apples, peaches, plums, oranges and berries are great low glycemic index options.en smoothie is more than just a trend, but how does one create their first blended veggies breakfast? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Add more veggies and greens. To reap the greatest benefits of drinking green smoothies, you’ll want to keep the radio of greens to low glycemic index fruits to approximately 60/40 [or even 70/30]. By using neutral flavoured greens like spinach or romaine, you’ll be able to mask the earthy taste while still keeping the desired ratio. Some other great greens to try in your smoothie include kale, swiss chard, collards, cucumber, and celery.
Choose your protein source wisely. If you plan to consume your green smoothie as a meal replacement, it is important to add some protein. To ensure a smooth and creamy texture, consider using Greek yogurt instead of, or in addition to, protein powder. The wet consistency of the yogurt will make blending easier and reduce the risk of a chunky smoothie. If you choose to use protein powder, mix it first with a bit of water (or Greek yogurt – if you really want to up the protein) to avoid chalky clumps.
How about a recipe to get your smoothie journey started? I call this one the Green Goddess!
What You’ll Need
½ an avocado
½ cup almond milk
1 apple (roughly chopped)
½ an orange
2 big handfuls of spinach
Honey or liquid stevia (to add sweetness)
1 cup of ice
Blend all ingredients, except for the ice, until a smooth texture is achieved. You can add as little or as much honey or liquid stevia as you’d like. Next add the ice and blend well. Pour into a glass or to-go mug and enjoy.