Lately, I’ve been trying to make a smoothie for breakfast before work. Usually I have breakfast at my desk; either oatmeal or homemade granola. When I’m running out the door I don’t leave myself enough time to grab smoothie ingredients and whip one up. Yeah, I know I could prep better the night before, make a smoothie bag with ingredients chopped up but I haven’t actually done that yet.
I have been improving, however, waking up slightly earlier (than my wakeup time of 7:00), and throwing ingredients in the blender before giving it a whirl and pouring it in my to-go cup. The other morning I got to work (I’m a teacher) and was still sipping on my green smoothie when the kids came in. They were asking if I was having a ‘Shamrock Shake’ (they were obsessed with this phrase the week before spring break) – and I laughed, saying yes, but it wasn’t what they probably wanted to eat. I told them it had kale and spinach in it. Many ‘eews’ ensued from the class. They’re in grade 5, they don’t know they like vegetables yet.
On the weekend or when I’m off, like for spring break, I’ll have a green smoothie everyday. This is my version of a ‘shamrock shake’ – healthy and green! If you’re like me and find yourself without time to prep a smoothie in the morning, chop up all the ingredients and toss it into a bowl or bag, then pour it into the blender with some ice and almond milk in the morning.
…but if you want to indulge a little tomorrow, these chocolate stout brownies are ah-mazing.
Have a happy, lucky & green St. Patrick’s Day!
- Big Handful Kale
- Big Handful of Spinach
- Big Chunk Cucumber, washed & peeled
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1-2 Tbs. Hemp Hearts
- Sprig of Mint
- Handful of Ice
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Scoop Vega Proteins & Greens Powder (optional)
- Chia Seeds (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into big glass - top with frozen raspberries and chia seeds if desired.