My Go-To Smoothie
I really cherish the days I wake up in my own bed. Just like I cherish having a kitchen. And my closet, and my couch, and coffee maker, and basically all the things you don’t realize you use every day until you aren’t home every day. I usually stay in bed as long as I can, without too much guilt gnawing away at my need for productivity.
After shuffling around and opening up all the blinds in every room, I’ll make a cup of coffee with my beloved Nespresso, followed by a big green smoothie.
WHY I MAKE A GREEN SMOOTHIE
I make a smoothie almost every day I’m home because I usually don’t have them on days I’m out of town on a trip. I find this is the most efficient way for me to get as many greens as possible in for the first meal of the day. And there’s lots of information on how having something more easily digestible for your first meal aids in the productivity of your digestive system.
A green smoothie generally keeps me full until about lunch time, especially if I focus on drinking water throughout the morning. As much as I love toast, granola, pancakes or basically any other delicious breakfast item, I noticed it can give me heartburn first thing in the morning or make me feel so full and bloated I don't have any desire to actually get going with my day. When I noticed my energy and satiety levels after making smoothies regularly, I was kind of convinced this needed to be a more permanent routine.
As far as ingredients go, I’m pretty basic in the formula and will occasionally change things up. After many years of tweaks, trials and adjustments I’ve found this combo is most satisfying and simple.
WHAT I USE
I’ve also solely used a Cuisinart hand-immersion blender (http://amzn.to/2C2Mvqo) and its 16 oz mixing cup (which I LOVE) for the past 6+ years, and because of its size I do have some restrictions as far as the size and density of my ingredients. But the benefit of its compactness, I’ve actually been able to take this on some trips when I’ve been dedicated to packing smoothie ingredients!
1 C water
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1 TBS organic almond butter
1-2 scoop of Orgain Vanilla protein powder http://amzn.to/2EN01Bt
1-2 TBS chia seeds
2+ handfuls of chopped kale, chard, spinach
GET CREATIVE: SMOOTHIE SWAPS
Right now I’m enjoying the Orgain organic protein powder in vanilla because it’s not too sweet and I can barely taste it. I might try another brand when I’ve used up this container. If I do want to sweeten things up, I’ll add half a banana, or a handful of frozen raspberries. When I have it handy, I’ll throw in shaved coconut. I recently started adding maca powder, and occasionally I’ll swap my nut butter for coconut oil or avocado.
When I first started making smoothies in high school, it usually consisted of yogurt, milk and frozen fruit, and I thought I was being so healthy! I mean, who couldn’t get behind a berry milkshake? It’s been several years of adjustments, trying this and that, and slowly pulling fruit all the way out of the equation except for the occasional add.
If you’re just starting on your own smoothie journey, I encourage you to keep the fruit portion under 1/2 cup and slowly add more greens as you can tolerate. Let me know what you put in your favorite smoothie!