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Add a little green to your breakfast

Sunday, February 3, 2013

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Spinach smoothie
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
The thought of a sweet, cold, creamy smoothie sounds refreshing, and maybe yummy, right?

But when you add spinach, broccoli and kale to the equation you probably want to turn your nose up.

I'd never been much of a smoothie person until recently, really, after reading some of T-G blogger Steve Mills' posts about how much he was enjoying his transition into a healthy way of life.

Fully knowing I wasn't getting enough fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, I started playing around with some recipes and have since become hooked on my daily smoothie. Truthfully, I could probably drink these all day long and not terribly miss solid foods, but I've been limiting myself to one a day, usually for breakfast.

Can you think of any other way to consume two cups of spinach without even noticing?

Give them a try, as well as some of the other recipes listed below (contributed by T-G readers). You won't be disappointed!

Spinach smoothie

A smoothie with a couple large handfuls of spinach, banana, clementine, one cup almond milk and a scoop of protein.

-- Sadie Fowler

Steve's 'everything' smoothie

I basically throw in a handful of several types of nuts, maybe a raw egg occasionally, some dried fruit, handful of spinach or carrots, one each of orange, apple, banana, about five large strawberries, a handful of blueberries, maybe some fresh pineapple and a slice of ginger.

I also alternate some grapes, pomegranate, peaches or any other fruit that is on sale. I stay away from broccoli and cabbages because they add a taste I don't like in my smoothie. I would rather eat them raw or cooked but not as a drink.

When I am making a smoothie for my wife it is banana, strawberries, maybe some pineapple and a little vanilla.

I forgot to say that all smoothies get a cup of filtered water and a cup or two of ice cubes. I cut back if I have frozen strawberries since it becomes more of a frozen concoction with all that frozen.

-- Steve Mills, T-G blogger

The jolt

I drink my smoothie for lunch so it gives me a jolt without a sugared diabetic fruit coma...mostly protein: 1 1/2 cups ice,

1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop garden of life vanilla raw protein powder, 1 scoop garden of life perfect food plant protein, 2 Nectreese monk fruit sweetener. Topped with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

This 80 calorie drink (per 1 1/2 cup serving) tastes like a blueberry-vanilla shake and is a dark rich green and last about 6-7 hours. Along with an egg and dry Ezekiel raisin toast for breakfast and a low calorie sensible dinner, I'm dropping pounds in a major way and feel great.

-- Posted by chefgrape, T-G blogger

Veggie lovers

This recipe calls for a handful of spinach, a whole apple (cored but not peeled), handful of kale, 1 carrot (peeled),1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons flax seed, 1 cup cranberry juice OR 1 cup grapes (you may omit the juice and instead add a dash of rice, almond or soy milk), and 1 cup cubed ice.



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