You have probably heard the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While some people swear by intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast, personally I cannot do it. If I do not have something in belly by 9am I have zero energy. Plus simultaneously ravenous and nauseous all at the same time. In fact, I’m 85% certain I’m a hobbit! Given a chance I’d take second breakfast and elevensies. So to keep my body fueled through the morning craziness that is my everyday life, I like to make a green smoothie for breakfast. Over the years I’ve tried different recipes but this one is a current favorite.
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Now I’m not saying that everyday is exactly the same but this is how I start out most of my mornings. With quality ingredients! My smoothies are plant based so contain no dairy. I’ve already written about dairy free alternatives, but one I am loving right now is the Califia Almond milk. It’s actually something I picked up on a whim at Sprouts a few months ago but since then I’ve switched from Traders Joes/Blue Diamond to Califia. Why? Simple, I prefer the taste. They are local-ish to me, non-gmo, energy conscious, organic and they are a fully plant based company. Plus the packaging is more recyclable here than the tetra packs (Califia is Plastic #4) so I can throw them in the recycle bin. Also come on that bottle is amazing! Just imagine the craft projects you could do with those suckers.
Green Smoothie Ingredients
- 1c Almond Milk
- 2/3 scoop Protein Powder: PlantFusion Vanilla Bean (so yummy!)
- 2 Big Handfuls Spinach
- 1 Tbpsn Flaxseed Meal
- 2 Bananas
- 1/4c 100% cranberry juice
I’m going to tell you that you could DEFINITELY make this smoothie with any blender or food processor but if you don’t have a Vitamix, get it on your wishlist! For so many years I made smoothies with regular blenders. Thinking that the whole Vitamix trend was overrated. Let me tell you that having got a Vitamix in 2016 I cannot believe the difference!!! On our Hawaii vacation I had to use a regular blender and it was terrible in comparison. Best kitchen purchase ever! We bought one refurbished from Amazon. Double thumbs up, definitely recommend.
Making the Green Smoothie
When I made smoothies before the vitamix I’d just add the ingredients and hope for the best. Little did I know there is a “knack” to it! Add the liquid, then solids from lightest to heaviest. So I added the almond milk. The Vitamix has a handy dandy measure along the jug making this super easy. Next up comes two big handfuls of spinach. I love spinach and prefer the baby spinach which is more tender.
Now the next step is something that a lot of green smoothie recipes skip. You need VITAMIN C. Why? With the added Vitamin C you’ll absorb three times the amount of iron from the spinach. Say what? Yep, I know mind blown. If you have been skipping this step you’ve been missing out on bonus iron. I just add 1/4 of a cup of 100% cranberry juice which also seems to help my kidneys. You could add a small amount of orange juice and if you wanted to get real fancy you could throw 1/2 an actual orange for bonus micronutrients! I’ve also used fresh or canned pineapple if we’ve had any leftover from cooking.
Vegan Protein Powder
For plant based protein powder PlantFusion Vanilla Bean is my preference. Seriously it’s so good! I’ve been using this for about 3 years and it’s by far my favorite plant based protein powder. I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored anything usually but I bought some of their Chocolate Raspberry Protein Powder last week and am LOVING it as a post workout shake. If anyone is interested in satiety and weight loss they also do an amazing product called LEAN. It’s got lots of fiber and is better at curbing hunger than whey! I’ve tried almost all their products and never been disappointed. Definitely highly recommend.
After the protein powder I add in the Flaxseed meal and bananas. However you’ll have to use your imagination for that because I forgot to take photo’s. Sorry, I was eager to get my morning smoothie at this point. Anyway, after all the above ingredients are in I add about 1/2 cup of water and some ice. If it’s Summer I’ll use frozen bananas too as I like a cool smoothie on those warm Summer mornings.
Once all the ingredients are in it’s time to blend! The good thing about the Vitamix is it has a smoothie setting. Just flip to the setting and switch it on. It turns off automatically. I think it’s timed. That sucker crunches up and blends all the ingredients super fast. My old blender would be chugging and I’d have to shake it often as the ingredients would get stuck. Ice and frozen bananas are no problem for the Vitamix!
Drink & Enjoy
And then voila! You’re green smoothie is done. I serve mine in a LARGE glass as this ends up being around 4-5 cups of green smoothie. Yes, that’s per person. You can choose to drink “as is” but I use a reusable straw from my set of glass straws. These things are amazing. In the 18 months I’ve had mine I’ve only broken one which honestly is a record for me. I use one every morning though and think of that… I’ve saved approx 550 plastic straws from the landfill! These are super easy to clean. Maybe I need to do a whole other blog post on these alone I love them that much!
Incase you’re health conscious, counting calories or tracking macros here is the nutrition breakdown of the smoothie with the ingredients listed above. The data is from My Fitness Pal where I’ve been logging all my food for the last week (#dietlife). If you want to friend me on MyFitnessPal as always my username is WorkoutWithDi
- 367 Calories
- 57g Carbohydrates
- 7g Fat
- 21g Protein
- Macro: 61C/17F/22P
So that’s my morning green smoothie. As I said I have it pretty much every morning. Sometimes in Summer (when I eat way more fresh greens in salads) I’ll switch it up with blueberries rather than spinach. Or strawberries if they are in season (California strawberries fresh from the farm are the freakin’ BOMB!).
Do you drink Green Smoothies?
Did you know about Vitamin C to boost iron content of dark leafy greens?
Have you tried a Vitamix?