Sunday, April 29, 2012

Recipe of the Moment: Breakfast Smoothies

So sometimes I slip and I don't always eat as healthy as I'd like. Sometimes it's because friends are in town and they want Mexican, and who am I to argue with that? Other times it's just because I'm too lazy to go grocery shopping and we don't have any food in the house, so I'll order a pizza.
This was happening about twice a week, and I was concerned. Then I came up with a brilliant idea, inspired by pop culture, oddly enough. Everywhere you go, you hear about people juicing. There are juice bars popping up all over the city. Whether it's on twitter or tumblr or pinterest, everyone is posting pictures of shakes or juices. They're posting recipes as well, but honestly, it didn't seem that hard to throw a bunch of stuff into my blender, and that's exactly what I did.

For the past few months, I've been just throwing a bunch of vegetables in the blender. I try to stick to vegetables rather than fruit because it's less sugar and more vitamins, nutrients, etc. But whatever I do, I always put a banana in because it makes it creamier. Plus, it makes it sweet enough that you don't notice the other vegetables.

And trust me when I say, as weird as this all looks written down, it tastes amazing. The first few days I got hungry after a few an hour or two, but now I'm fine for hours - just like a regular meal.

Some of the ingredients can be hard to find, like the cod liver oil, apple cider vinegar, or blackstrap molasses. I buy mine here because they tend to have the best prices.

kale/spinach/dandelion leaves/beet greens
1 banana
1 clove of garlic
1 inch round of fresh ginger
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup oatmeal
handful of almonds/walnuts
1 tbsp cod liver oil
1 squeezed lemon wedge
3 tbsp yogurt
1 cup water/milk
1 beet, peeled
any other left over veggies or fruits you may have laying around and need to use up
4-6 ice cubes
1 tsp blackstrap molasses

Add everything in a blender, with the exception of the blackstrap molasses


After blended, pour into cup. Add blackstrap molasses and stir like crazy because it takes it a few minutes to dissolve. (Don't put it in the blender because the molasses just sticks to the bottom.)


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