A couple of weeks ago I finally bought a blender to replace the one that went kaput sometime last summer. Since buying the blender, I’ve been a bit fanatic about my green smoothies. With warmer weather, I find that smoothies make the best breakfasts — they aren’t too heavy, but with the right ingredients, they can be incredibly satisfying.
Because I am rarely without a smoothie most mornings these days, I’m often asked about which smoothie recipes I favor. I find it easier to think of basic ratios rather than specific ingredients because I’m often just working with whatever I have in my refrigerator or whatever produce is on sale. Additionally, I like a smoothie that is filling and just a touch sweet. Therefore, I don’t like adding juices or sweetened yogurts/milks to my smoothies. I usually follow this basic guide when throwing together my smoothies:
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach or kale
- 1 sweet, ripe fruit (like apple, banana, strawberries, mango, pineapple, or blueberries)
- 1 citrus-y ingredient (like lemon juice, lime juice, or a peeled orange)
- 1 part protein or fat (a cup of plain kefir, a half cup of plain whole milk yogurt, an avocado, or two-three tablespoons of almond butter)
- Liquid to help blend the ingredients (Try water, coconut water, unsweetened nut milk, juice, or some combination of these)
- I sometimes include additional ingredients to add crunch (like chia seeds), flavor dimensions (cinnamon, nutmeg), or to help dominate the flavors (cacao powder, ginger).
This basic guide usually yields a 16 oz or 20 oz smoothie.
As you experiment with flavor combinations, you’ll quickly discover your favorites. Right now, these are the combinations I’m making the most:
- Spinach + berries + almond butter
- Kale + berries + almond butter
- Kale + banana + orange + kefir + ginger
- Spinach + banana + kefir + ginger
- Spinach + banana + kefir + cacao powder + almond butter
All of the combinations above make great gateway smoothies, meaning they’re yummy enough for non-smoothie folks to at least give them a try (my kids love green smoothies — even the son who once cried because I gave him a salad for lunch).
So, who knows? Maybe green smoothies will become your go-to breakfast, too!