How on earth did it get to be August already?? 21 days left of my summer! But the small changes I have started making to achieve that allusive balance are beginning to help.
Today is day 1 of the 14 day green breakfast challenge.
This is what I came up with. I don’t use a recipe, per-say, but more of a technique. So I thought I’d walk you through how I made this one.
People who make green smoothies every day will tell you its easy and fast.
But fast… not if you don’t have a high powered blender.
I would love a high powered blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec but its not in the budget right now. So I find ways to work with my basic one. So far I like this Oster one the best. (We have gone through about 4 blenders in the last 10 years. For me, a mid-range one (in the $30 range) seems to work better than a super cheap one.) If you have a high-powered blender throw everything in at the beginning and let that strong motor do its work! If not, doing it in stages helps me save my blender.
Today I took an orange I had zested and who’s outside was hard. I used a knife to just cut the outside off and threw it in the blender. Then I added a banana and 2 big handfuls of organic spinach. Right now it looks like a lot but it is going to blend down considerably. If I had a high powered blender or wanted to spend more time on this I might have used a frozen banana instead since I like the creamy consistency but that takes a long time to blend.
I added the rest of the frozen blueberries and 2 cubes of frozen orange juice. The frozen stuff gives it a thicker consistency.
After that was mixed up I decided I wanted to add some flax meal, and that 2 more orange juice cubes were in order. Once I added the blueberries that beautiful green color was a thing of the past and it turned kind of brown. I then let the blender run for about 3 minutes to break everything down into very little pieces. I have, personally, not enjoyed the texture of chia seeds in my smoothies but that’s just me.
I filled up this glass 3 times with this smoothie. It was thinner then I typically like, but I was able to drink it more quickly that way. Here’s my one piece of advice, though. If you drink this before work make sure to check your teeth! Those blueberry pieces stick!
I hope you are having a wonderful healthy day! I’m off to the eye doctor. Because of the medications I take I have to have my eyes checked every 6 months to make sure problems are not developing.