So far this week, I've been drinking smoothies for breakfast. I'm usually headed to work with coffee in my hand....two tablespoons of cream and two tablespoons of sugar, for the fifteen minute drive to work and once I arrive, I eat two boiled eggs and a piece of fruit. Giving up coffee is so hard for me to do but I know that it's very necessary to cut out caffeine and sugar as much as I can. Plus Essence festival is upon us here in NOLA and I plan on eating some good NOLA foods this weekend.
This smoothie I made is really simple but feel free to add your own ingredients to your liking. Just as with any meals that I cook, I'm pretty basic with my ingredients.
(1) cup of spinach
(3) slices of a green apple
1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup of unsweetened Almond milk
*Note* I never use an entire banana because it dominates the flavor of the smoothie to me.
I use a NutriBullet but you can make this breakfast smoothie in whatever blender you currently have. Now back in the day, I used to add ice cream (which made the smoothie more like a milkshake), whip cream on the top of my smoothies or yogurt, but I don't do any of that any more. To me, using dairy products strips the flavors of the raw fruits and veggies. If you don't have time to buy the fresh fruits and veggies, you can simply buy frozen fruits prepped for smoothies in the frozen section at your local grocery store.
"A smoothie is a thick and creamy beverage made from pureed raw fruit, vegetables, and sometimes dairy products, typically using a blender. Smoothies may be made using other ingredients, such as water, crushed ice, fruit juice, sweeteners, whey powder, plant milk, nuts, nut butter, seeds, tea, chocolate, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplements. A smoothie containing dairy products is similar to a milkshake, though the latter typically contains less fruit and often uses ice cream or frozen yogurt (Wikipedia, 2019)."
Whatever ingredients you decide to use, enjoy the process of pureeing raw veggies and fruits. I'm always at the farmer's markets on the weekend, so this is reason 123,456 to spend my coins on adding more fruits and veggies to my healthy eating lifestyle. I don't stay consistent with taking my vitamins so every now and then I drop two of those horse pills lol aka my vitamins into the blender with my other ingredients. From my research, bananas help improve your digestive system, strawberries help prevent heart disease and they are rich in vitamin C. Spinach helps improve your eyesight and strengthens your muscles. Finally, green apples are rich in antioxidants and help lower cholesterol levels.
Do you make your own smoothies or do you buy them? Post your response in the comments.