A while back Jason and I attempted to do the Clean Program by Alejandro Junger. While I failed after a few days, what I took away from the experience is how awesome it is to start the day with smoothie. I’ve been eating a smoothie for breakfast almost everyday for a year and I feel much less healthy when I don’t have one. What is great about a smoothie is that you have so many options and it almost never tastes the same, though it’s always delicious. Here’s what my smoothie had in it this morning: Lindsay Brust
- Almond butter
- Chia seeds
- Earth Balance chocolate soy milk
- Frozen peaches
- Frozen cherries
- Frozen blueberries
Start with filling a small food processor with spinach, dump in a little milk and the almond butter. I usually use about a tablespoon. Blend. Dump in a little more spinach and the frozen fruit to about 3/4 full on the food processor. You can use whatever sounds most tasty to you. Put soy milk (or dairy, almond or coconut) to the top of the fruit. Blend. While blending, you can add a little more milk from the top until the smoothie is nice and creamy. Slurp away.
The ninja and I attempted The Clean Program a couple of months ago. While we didn’t last very long on the cleanse, the one thing we took away was the morning smoothies. I love them. I don’t think there is any better way to start the day then with a refreshing and healthy dose of fruit and protein. Recently, a friend introduced me to the spinach and kale smoothie at Whole Foods. I thought it was going to become a staple afternoon refreshment until I saw the price. $8. For a smoothie. “Seriously?” I thought, “I bet I can make that at home.” Here’s what is delicious:
Ingredients (all to taste):
- Almond butter
- Cocoa powder
- Milk – I usually use almond or coconut. Dark chocolate almond is especially decadent.
- Frozen Fruit – Raspberries are my favorite because they add a tartness but I also use blueberries, blackberries, or mango. I always use frozen fruit because I like my smoothies to be very cold but don’t like using ice in the food processor.
Throw that all in a food processor and pulse a couple of times before blending until smooth. Dump that delicious smoothie in a pint glass and enjoy!