Favorite Breakfast #5: Easy Green Smoothie! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Favorite Breakfast #5: Easy Green Smoothie!

I have been on a mission to pay attention to my eating habits and continue my gym habit of six days per week, and it has been going strong one month later!

Today, I am sharing my version of a green smoothie that I first saw on Aida Mollenkamp's blog a couple of months ago and was intrigued but didn't immediately try it.  However, when I saw her sipping on it in this post, I was on a mission to try it!

After a few minor tweaks, I am totally hooked on my new morning routine and my guy is actually a huge fan of the smoothies too!




So you might want to know what this tastes like.  It is actually really, really delicious!  Sometimes, I have a hard time finding that happy medium between a wheatgrass shot and a milkshake, but this is just right for me!

I will include a few changes that you can try to increase the greens, the sweetness, or the fullness factor, as well as a few ideas to decrease the calories, if that is what you focus on.



Easy Green Smoothie
Slightly Adapted from Aida Mollenkamp


Ingredients
1 cup loosely packed kale
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup fruit, fresh or frozen (see below)
1/2 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut
Optional: up to 1 cup water
Optional: Up to 2 Tbsp. Flaxseed meal



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Note: For the fresh fruit, you can use just about anything!  I like honeydew or cantaloupe right now, but strawberries in season would be amazing.

For frozen fruit, I have used peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and mixed berries.  The only one I dislike is the mixed berries because the raspberries and blackberries are very seedy.


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Directions

  • If you are using an expensive blender, go ahead and blend everything up!

  • If you have an inexpensive blender like me, make sure to puree the kale first, like I mentioned in the post below!



Now, here are a few tweaks that you can make if it is not exactly to your liking:

  • If it is too thick, add water.
  • If not sweet enough, add more banana
  • If not sweet AND too thick, consider adding a few slices of a sweet orange or grapes plus some water.
  • If too sweet, go ahead and add some more kale or add less banana.
  • If too creamy, substitute some of the almond milk for more water.


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If you are trying to cut calories, consider some of these swaps:
  • Replace some of the banana with a lower calorie fruit (berries, melon, etc.)
  • Add less almond milk and more water.
  • Either eliminate or cut the shredded coconut down.



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Lastly, all you have to do is drink up!


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So, I'm enjoying this just about every day, especially since I went shopping for all of my super cheap produce!  Right now it is kale and cantaloupe, but next week I'm going to do spinach and frozen blueberries.  Yum!

What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?  I'd love to try it out!




9 comments:

  1. This is a great breakfast smoothie, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  2. Looks great! I've never thought of using coconut in my smoothies...I will def. give it a try! Thanks for a new twist on an old favorite!

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  3. This looks SO good! I've yet to try Kale and holy cow why didn't I think of coconut?! Yum! Thanks for linkin to Sunday FUNday!

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  4. Ha! Coconut makes everything better, right? :)

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  5. What a great smoothieThanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend!

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  6. Is the flax seed meal just in the pic? I didn't see it listed in the recipe. Thanks! Either way I am going to give this a try. Sounds so good!

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  7. Oh yes! Eagle eye there... :) I usually make it without nowadays, but it is an optional addition of about one Tablespoon if you want to boost the nutrition. It does give a slight flavor and doesn't break down in the blender. I'll update the recipe, and thanks for pointing it out!

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