Thursday, March 21, 2013

Green Breakfast Smoothie (See Jane Blend)


I know, I know--I'm about a century behind on the smoothie craze.  My mom, however, is one of the original pioneers of the smoothie movement.  She's been forcing them down my throat for as long as I can remember.  Every single time I'm home, she makes me a healthy smoothie for breakfast (and yes, they're actually healthy..no processed foods allowed!).  I've never been big into breakfast on weekdays, either; I'd much rather sleep.  However, sipping one down in the morning has really quelled the "hungriness" (hungry/angry) I feel by noon due to skipping breakfast.


handful of spinach
handful of kale (broken up, with stems)
handful of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 banana
2 spoonfuls of raw almond butter
2 spoonfuls of greek yogurt
spoonful of chia seeds
1/4 (eyeballed) of filtered water

Disclaimer:  I'm not really into sweets so this isn't sugary at all--it's more nutty than anything.  I'm also not a health expert; I just know I need to eat healthier and this is a great way for me to incorporate more nutrition in my life.  Here's my ingredient list.  I'm curious, if you make smoothies, what do you use?


52 comments

  1. I posted my favorite smoothie recipe a couple weeks ago. It's basically just kale, spinach, greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and mango. With a splash of unfiltered apple juice. Probably much too sweet for your taste!

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  2. this looks worth trying! I´m saving the recipe! xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  3. I JUST got Chia seeds yesterday actually in the hopes of getting into smoothies myself! Banana-strawberry is also what I'm going to go for but I will skip the kale and add just a bit of OJ to sweeten things up! Can't wait to try it.

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  4. I use similar things in my smoothies. No almond butter, but I always use spinach and berries!

    I got a juicer last night and I put in a tomato, apples, banana (not smart), spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, pineapple, and chia seeds and it was really really good!

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  5. I've never thought of smoothies as breakfast material. I too would rather sleep, so I always skipped breakfast. But maybe smooth will give me some hope. Thanks for the post.

    I don't know if I'd put vegetables in my smoothies though. I've only had fruity smoothies.

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  6. My go to smoothie tastes like dessert:
    1 frozen banana
    1 tbsp almond butter
    large handful of spinach
    1/2 c almond milk
    honey

    I'll make it the night before and stick it in the fridge so I can just grab it and go in the morning!

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  7. Lots of smoothies at our place, too! I like mine with a couple handfulls of spinach, a big splash of OJ, and a bunch of frozen fruit (that way I don't need to add ice). I like the idea of adding almond butter/yogurt. My boyfriend always adds 3 raw eggs to his... blegh ;)

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  8. i usually do various fruits (blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, peaches, pineapple, banana) with some greek yogurt and a tad bit of almond milk. frozen spinach or an avocado, occasionally thrown in, if i have them on hand. i've been meaning to indulge in the chia seeds; i drink them with cherry juice at my sister's house and they are such a on-steroids-super food!

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  9. this will be a nice spring treat, thanks for the recipe.
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  10. Using frozen bananas makes a huge difference in texture! Just peel ripe bananas, stick them in a ziploc and pop them in the freezer until you need them. The smoothie becomes much creamier and more like a milkshake :)
    I also like putting in rolled oats and a tiny bit of agave nectar for sweetness.

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  11. Yummy! This looks so delicious and healthy!!

    Shannon
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  12. I love smoothies, but I just can't get into the green thing. Guess I'll have to finally give it a shot.
    xo Josie
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  13. Hi Anna Jane!

    I've been really into the green smoothies too these days. I add everything you add, (but not the yogurt - which I would love to try, and not the almond butter), plus frozen mangoes (gives it a sweet kick), a few ice cubes, berries (if I have them in my fridge), a spoonful of flaxseed and a spoonful of goji berries. The last two are recent whole food finds and are supposedly really good for you. I'd also like to try frozen peaches when they're in season.

    -Kristy

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  14. this looks really healthy! gotta eat more healthy!

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  15. i have been addicted to my morning smoothie for almost a decade! I like pineapple or coconut juice in mine so that makes it sweet which I love, but one great tip is not only the amazing frozen banana ( half frozen half fresh ) but I mix hemp/chia and flax in a container; put in in freezer so it lasts ages and then put a big swig of it in my smoothie - so much goodness!! My only smoothie downside is that I live in the land of ice and snow and I have to bundle up as I turn so cold after drinking it each morning!

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  16. My sisters and I call that hungry/angry feeling being "hangry". It happens to me if I skip breakfast, so I'll keep this smoothie recipe handy next time I do!

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  17. spinach or kale
    green apple
    almond milk
    cinnamon
    3 cubes of ice

    I pair with a hardboiled egg

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  18. Love my green smoothies. Can't get the down my munchkins throats yet. I like simplegreensmoothies.com
    Love your blog btw. Big fan!
    Cortne
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  19. I'm definitely going to try this one <3 Thanks for the tip, you do have a great blog!

    Jane

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  20. This looks so delicious and healthy! What a great way to jump start your week!

    Shannon
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  21. Eyeball 1/4 cup water
    Big handful of frozen spinach
    Little handful of frozen blueberries
    Spoonful of dry peanut butter or dry chocolate peanut butter (PB2 - so good if you haven't tried, all natural, wayy less fat than regular PB, etc.) or small handful of raw almonds or spoonful of almond butter
    Lots of cinnamon
    Sometimes I add Greek yogurt and/or almond milk.

    That's it! This is often both my breakfast and lunch and keeps me full. It keeps my skin and eyes clear. It's also DEE-LICIOUS and even passes the kid test. My 2 year old loves it.

    In general with smoothies, I don't add much fruit - too much sugar. If I use kale in a smoothy, I always add a little lemon. Helps a lot.

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  22. Yum, looks yummy!

    I'm wondering what kind of blender do you have? My friends and I are wondering how much we really need a vitamix or if a strong blender would suffice. thanks!

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  23. Yes, I want to know about the blender, too. Everyone has been talking about smoothies lately, but I don't know the first thing about blenders or food processors.

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  24. @NP + @marina - I don't have a Vitamix, just an normal Black and Decker blender BUT my friend swears by her Magic Bullet...so much that I might get one just for smoothies as they have mug attachments that are dishwasher safe! (they're $30-40, depending where you find it).

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  25. Ooo! Bookmarked! Going to try this one! : )

    Kayla
    www.lovelucygirl.com

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  26. love this! i like to make my monsters with spinach, apples, pears, grated ginger, almond milk, ice, and freshly squeezed lime and lemon. it's definitely more tart and gingery than sweet.

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  27. I'm not usually a huge smoothie drinker but I recently got some kale in a farm share I subscribe to. So since I have no clue how to cook it, might as well drink it. I've been throwing it in the blender with some 2% Fage, banana and some almond milk. Helps keep the hangriness away until noon.

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