Favorite Healthy Breakfast: Morning Green Smoothie

I’m often asked about my morning green smoothie so I decided to share the details.

First, if I’m going to drink things like spinach, kale, and green algae, I am going to do it in style. I picked up this white milk glass chalice a few years ago, and I sip my green drink from it daily.

Before I get to the particulars, I must confess that I am a randomist at heart which means I prefer to shake life up daily, including recipes. With that in mind, I’ll share my base ingredients, and list the randoms too.

Basic Ingredients

Greens

1 cup organic kale

1 cup organic spinach

1-2 tbs Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Nutritionals

Fruit and Sweeteners

1/4 cup organic blueberries (I pick these myself in the summer and freeze.)

1/3 frozen banana

pinch of stevia

Seeds

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp flax

Protein

1 scoop Sunwarrior Raw Plant Based Complete Protein Powder

Liquid

water and a few ice cubes to desired consistency

an occasional splash of almond milk

Random Ingredients

1 small carrot

a bit of apple

berries

almonds

misc. greens

Chlorophyll/Chlorella

Blender

The two top blenders for these kinds of shakes are Vitamix and Blendtec. I prefer the Blendtec as it’s less fussy and fits under my counter. My Blendtec purees all of my ingredients, including ice and hard vegetables in a matter of seconds. Love it!

One more thing about chia

Besides being chock full of nutrients including protein, adding chia seeds helps reduce cravings for several hours. This is because when chia is added to liquid, it  swells up to 9x its weight in water which increases the feeling of fullness.

So there you go! And what are some of your favorite healthy breakfast recipes?

8 Comments

  1. Sarah T. on 05/23 at

    I’ve wanted to try green drinks for a while now. I heard the health benefits are amazing! This recipe sounds yummy too. I think I’ll try it! 🙂

    • Melanee Evans on 05/30 at

      You should, Sarah! You don’t have to use my specific ingredient list either. I would start with spinach and other greens, and add some flax and a little sweetener. Banana, stevia, a teaspoon of apple juice concentrate if you have some on hand. Water and ice too. Just experiment and see what you get. It’s so worth every effort!

  2. Kristie on 05/24 at

    Very cool. We use a lot of those same ingredients in a juicer and the results are surprisingly good! My body always feels like it is saying Thank You.

    • Melanee Evans on 05/30 at

      I so agree, Kristie! It’s a great exercise to “notice” what our bodies are saying before we eat and after we eat. Our bodies usually have something different things to say than our mind or tongues do.

  3. Codi on 05/28 at

    I’m pretty sure that drinking from a chalice each morning would have benefits aside from the greens. I mean, chalice is such a strong and elegant word. I would feel graciously strengthened just starting each day with a drink from a chalice. I think you could include chalice in the “Basic Ingredients” list. 🙂

    • Melanee Evans on 05/30 at

      I agree Codi! Sipping from something elegant must certainly improve digestion too!

  4. Carly on 05/30 at

    I am very intrigued in this “chai seed” I totally want to try it! I just looked up online about it a little… Do you just add it straight to your shakes in the seed form or do you soak it first? I’d love to know more about your uses of it : )

    • Melanee Evans on 06/11 at

      Hi Carly!

      You can do it both ways. If I’m in a hurry, I add it to my shakes straight. It only takes a few minutes for it to start expanding in liquid. There is no nutritional difference either way, and unlike flaxseeds, chia doesn’t have to be ground to release the Omega 3’s.

      Personally, I like adding it straight because the more it coagulates, the thicker the smoothie is.

      You can put a couple of tablespoons in a quarter cup of water and watch it expand and then use it that way too. Add it to soups, salad dressings, all kinds of things. It really does reduce cravings.

      Let me know when you try it!

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