Somehow, when I was in high school, I was able to wake up at 5am with enough time to: shower, dry my hair, straighten my hair, put on make up, make breakfast FROM SCRATCH, and put a lunch together. I have no idea how that happened, but I suspect the answer has something to do with BOYS. As boys are no longer a motivation for me to do literally anything (sorry Mark) I have a very, very hard time doing anything in the morning besides making sure that my clothes and myself are passably clean and out of the door no more than 5 minutes late. This causes problems in the breakfast department. I have had some measure of success in the past year baking muffins and eating them either in the car or between 1st and 2nd period. But muffins are small and have lots of crumbs, which results in me being covered in crumbs and even hungrier than before I ate the stupid muffin in the first place. In an effort to get enough calories, as well as some fruits and veggies, as quickly and efficiently as possible, I’ve been developing the perfect breakfast smoothie. My first batch came out OK but due to the addition of vanilla flavored protein powder it was cloyingly sweet and also kind of weird. This second batch turned out way better and didn’t contain bananas which, for me, are also kind of too sweet and weird. My solution for packing enough nutrients into my body first thing: make the smoothie thinner so I can drink more. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner.
This tropical flavored goodness tastes light, clean and refreshing. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. The fiber from the greens, oatmeal and flax keep me full and keep my blood sugar level from spiking and then plummeting. Freeze in little cups like these (I found mine in the baby section of Fred Meyer for about $3) and then thaw over night in the fridge. Or, keep in a sealed jar in the fridge (so you can shake it up before pouring into a glass) if you’re going to use it up within 2 or 3 days. If you’d rather use frozen greens, steam according to the package directions before blending. Feel free to substitute kale for spinach. Enjoy, and have a great day!
Greeña Collada Breakfast Smoothie
Time commitment: 15 minutes
Makes: about 6 10-oz. servings
- 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
- 2 cups frozen pineapple “tidbits” (fresh or canned would probably work too)
- 1 cup 100% carrot juice
- 1 cup coconut milk beverage, plain/unsweetened, plus more to adjust consistency
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (any kind will do, make sure they’re gluten-free if that’s your thing)
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Using a stick blender, regular blender, or food processor, puree ingredients in batches until VERY smooth. As you finish a batch, pour it into a big pitcher that will hold at least 2 quarts of liquid.
- Mix everything together and store either in sealed glass jars (I recycle 32 oz. juice jars) in the fridge or in individual servings in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge before drinking. If refrigerated, use within 3 days.
*Note: These nutritional facts are APPROXIMATE. If you’d like to generate your own, go to Recipes.Sparkpeople.Com