When it comes to a healthy breakfast that provides long-lasting energy and a sense of well-being and “lightness”, you really can’t go past a green smoothie – it’s filling, without being heavy. There is something about a green smoothie in the morning that not only makes you feel good, but motivates you to keep eating well for the rest of the day.
You can mix and match the ingredients to suit your personal preferences and to use up whatever you have on hand. The only real necessity is probably bananas – without them, the smoothie tends to be too watery and tasteless.
Easy Green Smoothie
1-2 ripe bananas (the ones with a few black spots on the skin are perfect)
1-2 serves of fruit of your choice (apple, pear, mango, pineapple, peach or berries work well)
1 handful of leafy greens (start with mild-tasting greens, such as baby spinach, baby cos lettuce, Asian greens or mixed salad greens)
Optional: 1 teaspoon of greens powder, such as spirulina, wheatgrass or chlorella powder
½ cup natural fruit juice
Place all ingredients in blender, add just enough water to almost cover, then blend and enjoy. A green smoothie will last for a day or two in the refrigerator, but they don’t taste as nice as when consumed fresh. As you get accustomed to the taste, experiment and rotate the greens, and gradually replace the juice with pure water.
A word of warning, when you begin to drink green smoothies daily, common side effects include: more frequent bowel movements, clearer skin, increased libido and energy.
Although green smoothies are the ultimate in healthy breakfasts, it is a bit hard to get excited over them on a cold and frosty morning, when you crave something warm. Enter quinoa porridge – it’s stronger-tasting than traditional oat porridge, but packs a real nutritional punch.
To make, add one cup of quinoa porridge flakes and two cups of water to a saucepan, over low heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until it thickens. For extra creaminess, add a splosh of coconut or nut milk during cooking. Sweeten with a drizzle of maple syrup or raw honey. Add your favourite extras, such as grated apple and cinnamon, chopped walnuts or pecans, dried fruits and chia seeds.
Chia ‘Pudding’ with Fresh Fruit
Another light and easy breakfast during the warmer months, is chia “pudding” with fresh fruits – mango, strawberries and other berries work deliciously well! The chia “pudding” needs to be made in advance, but keeps in the refrigerator for several days. It is quite rich and filling, so you only need small amounts.
To make chia “pudding”, mix together 1/3 cup of chia seeds with 1 ½ cups of coconut or almond milk. Add 2 tbsp of maple syrup or raw honey (may need to warm slightly during cold weather), and ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly, or add to a jar, and shake vigorously. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until set.
- Featured Image – http://www.girlslife.com/fitness/eat-right/25192/quick-healthy-and-delicious-breakfast-bowls-to-start-off-your-morning-right
- Green Smoothie – http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-101
- Quinoa Porridge – http://www.uk.momtastic.com/food/174877-maple-pecan-quinoa-porridge-recipe/
- Chia Pudding – http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chia-seed-pudding-recipes/