Today’s recipe is featuring one of my favorite, admittedly to some people intimidating in color, breakfast: my go to breakfast green smoothie. I know, I know. St Paddies is over and I am kind of late on the green food train. But if you have been around food and healthy living blog world for a while, you know that we are obsessed with two particular breakfast options: oatmeal and liquid greens. Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows even created a movement dedicated to the sometimes also lovingly called “green monster”.
There are one thousand and one recipes out there of how to create this energizing magic potion and everyone has a favorite recipe. I switch my ingredients up on a regular base, depending on what I have at hand or what needs to be used up. But the recipe I will share with you today is special. Ever since I came up with it there is no going back and I am pretty sure that I enjoyed the same smoothie at least three mornings a week for the last two months.
Bananas have been my favorite base forever. They work their magic by providing smoothies with a gentle creaminess and if frozen (which I am not able to do with my poor ice compartment here) they turn them even into a milkshake. From there on I add some spinach to give the smoothie its well-known color and the nutrients you are going for. Spinach is great since it is easier on the taste buds then some of the alternatives out there (read kale, arugula, green salad leafs or collard greens), but I recommend to experiment with all of them in your cooking, since leafy greens are a great addition to your diet, being full of vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Next on the ingredient list of this smoothie are cucumber and fresh orange juice, which add more vitamins and fluids to the smoothie. Cucumbers freshen the drink up and citrus fruits are great in counteracting any “green” flavor. Also, a good portion of vitamin C doesn’t hurt. Finally to add to the texture of the smoothie and make it more filling, I tried adding some oats and I have never gone back. They elevate the smoothie from a snack to a breakfast and this way it keeps me full for around three hours, which is until early morning coffee and croissant break. All in moderation!
- 1 1/2 banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1 orange
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 T oats
- 1/3 cup water
- Cut up banana and cucumber. Place with spinach in your blender.
- Juice the orange and add OJ and water to the blender. Mix for 60 seconds.
- Add the oats and chia seeds, mix for additional 60 seconds, or until smooth. Fill in your favorite glass or jar and enjoy!
- You can use frozen banana chunks for a smoother and slightly frosty consistency.
A little story here: I got the weirdest look from my former boss when I brought a green smoothie to work a few months ago. He experienced many of my healthy eating escapades first hand – homemade salmon sushi, salad with garlicky hummus dressing (a no go office food, trust me on this one) and my usual microwave-prepared bowl of morning oats. Usually he just raises an eyebrow and forgoes every comment. But the green smoothie never fails to get me a “WHAT are you drinking?” and people who have no interest in healthy living whatsoever will most likely not get why putting leafy greens in a smoothie is a good idea. From there on to avoid similar discussions I started using a coffee tumbler for my green smoothie to go. So I am searching the online market for a colored, not-see-through mason jar for my smoothies – a DIY project maybe?