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Smoothie: The Great Green Breakfast

How to Drink Your Greens (Easily)

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Drink your greens for breakfast with this forgiving smoothie! It’s forgiving and allows for a full day’s serving of fruits and veggies.

Out of an ingredient? Don’s sweat it. Swap and switch things around as you see fit.

My only suggestion is to keep to the more neutral lettuces like butter, romaine, iceberg, bibb, oak, and green lettuces. These lettuces add fiber and water content while letting the other flavors shine through.

Anything with a more prominent or bitter taste (looking at you, kale) is very apparent and, frankly, a turn-off for me. Green smoothies shouldn’t be torturous or a chore. I find this one helps bridge the gap into full-on veggie-land smoothies by offering a little savory with the sweet.

It’s my go-to green smoothie recipe; let me know if it becomes yours, too!

Smoothie: The Great Green Breakfast

Smoothie: The Great Green Breakfast

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

Despite all of its veggies, this green smoothie has a sweet and mild flavor thanks to tart kiwi and apple. If you take my suggestion and add a beet or sweet potato, there's enough nutrition to keep you sustained for half the day. Perfect for a fast.

Full of fiber, nutrient-dense (meaning, full of good-for-you nutrients!), and yummy, this is my go-to smoothie in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 green apple ?
  • 1 Persian cucumber, or half regular cucumber — peel and all
  • Nub of peeled ginger (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 can of coconut cream (look for no artificial ingredients. Trader Joes can recommend.)
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • Coconut milk or water to blend (about a cup)
  • 1 scoop of collagen powder (see below for link)
  • OPTIONAL:
  • 1/2 steamed sweet potato (red or white)
  • 1 small beet – try both raw (peeled!) or steamed

Instructions

  1. Rough chop or hand tear lettuce and celery into a blender.
  2. Rough chop kiwi, apple, cucumber, add to blender.
  3. Add ginger, coconut cream, lemon juice, and water.
  4. Blend till smooth.

Notes

The water is for blending, the more you add the less flavor it will have.

Adding half of a sweet potato not only adds a good resistant starch to your diet (great for your gut microbiome!) but it also adds a touch of sweetness, as well as creates a silky texture that is more smoothie-like. I remove the potato peels, personally.

Beets have the same effect and are a little sweeter. You should try both raw (peeled!) or steamed with the beets and see which you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 633Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 13gSugar: 40gProtein: 20g

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