With spring here and trees and flowers blooming 🌷 we may feel more inclined to change how we eat.
It’s the season of growth and renewal, so why not try something new? Changing how you eat and bringing something new and exciting to your everyday meals? Many people feel trapped in a boring meal routines, eating the same food every day, lazy enough not to shake up their repetitive menus.
For me, breakfast used to be the least favorite meal of the day. Being stuck with the repetitive food choices consisting mainly of oatmeal, eggs, toasted bread or bagel🥓🍳, seemed very bland and unappealing. The monotony of what I thought were my only options, often made me skip breakfast at home and grab a muffin on the go to satisfy hunger and restore energy. It soon took a toll on my health, giving me stomach cramps and making me anxious and depleted.
My concept of what a breakfast could be changed after someone introduced me to smoothies. I bought a refurbished Vitamix blender online and started using it daily blending greens, fruit and veggies into a creamy, nutritious puree with a taste that, initially, needed some getting used to. It took me some time to find my perfect combinations to start fully enjoying that drink first thing in the morning.
Not only was it a ground breaking idea of how to start my day, but also an inspiration to research breakfast ideas in other cultures to make my own healthy, vibrant and delicious.
At first, I was making green smoothies only as a beverage to start the day. And when I got used to the idea of “a smoothie for breakfast”, I started experimenting with different combinations of fruits and green leaves, using less water to make the purees more solid. I would place the puree into a bowl and top it with sliced almonds or crushed nuts, sprinkled with a bit of ground flax seeds and, occasionally, added a more exotic ingredient, like acai or beet powder, aronia berries or camu camu to create more unique appearance and flavor.
Smoothie bowls can be sweet or savory, depending on your mood and appetite. They are packed with superfoods, veggies, fruits and protein to properly fuel you for the day ahead. They are full of color and really pretty, ready to brighten your day.
Next time, when you find yourself reaching for a box of store bought cereal to mix it with cold milk, think again and try something new. A breakfast bowl prepared with cooked grains of your choice, combined with your favorite nuts, seeds or fruits, a bit of honey and coconut oil or clarified butter (ghee), will transform your perception of the first meal of the day. You don’t have to eat grains or smoothie bowls every day, just try it once to experience a new combination of textures and flavors and see how many options there are. Creativity kills boredom, that’s one sure thing!
Green smoothie to boost your energy and keep you focused
Super easy and fast to make, which is especially important in the morning.
- 2 cups of cold filtered water
- 3 cups of organic greens (spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, etc)
- 1 banana, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 1 organic apple, quartered, cored and unpeeled
- 2 celery stalks, cut in 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp green matcha powder
- 1/4 cup sprouts, optional
Combine the greens, celery stalks and water in a blender. Start processing on low, gradually changing to higher speeds. Blend until smooth. Add the apple, banana and lemon juice. Blend until smooth again. Pour into glasses, add the matcha powder stirring with a spoon until well blended. Drink at once or refrigerate for a few hours.
Note: you can mix and match greens and fruits, add spirulina or other superfoods and adjust quantity of the ingredients. However, if you are a green smoothie beginner, it would be best to increase the amount of greens gradually.
Below are recipes of some smoothie based breakfast options that are everything but dull. They are different combinations of smoothies, healthy organic grains, fruits and nuts that you can modify to your liking.
Avocado and aronia berry smoothie with rolled oats and toasted almonds
For the smoothie:
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup frozen aronia berries
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, lightly toasted
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds, lightly toasted
- one kiwi fruit, skin removed, sliced
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
All smoothie ingredients place in a blender and process until smooth. Arrange in a bowl or a deep plate. Top with oats, almonds and sliced kiwi. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. No sugar needed.
Below is another variety of a similar smoothie with mango, banana and avocado. Topped with sliced kiwi fruit and blueberries.
In the smoothie below I used the same ingredients as above, except for blueberries. This is a summer variety topped with red currants high in vitamin C.