Good morning – happy almost Friday!
I am excited to be sharing my first recipe with you especially since I love breakfast – it is by far my favorite meal and my Green Spoon Smoothie is one that never seems to get old for me and gives me a nice dose of vegetables & superfoods to kick off the day.
I admit it is not the most appealing color. I sit in an open air office and when eating this stuff out of a Mason jar I inevitably get a “what is that”? with a fearful look. To keep it simple, I always reply “oh, it’s a green smoothie with seeds since eating it with a spoon makes me feel fuller.” San Franciscans are familiar with the green smoothie.
This is really the TRUTH people. If I drink the same concoction, I’m hungry by 10:00 despite about 25 grams of protein. Eating it with a spoon though? Makes all the yummy difference.
Now world, I introduce you to my Green Spoon Smoothie. I hope you embrace it as much as I do.
- ½ c. lowfat plain kefir or your milk of choice
- 1 scoop all-in-one meal protein powder → my personal favorite is pea protein-based Vega One in Natural flavor (that way you can customize to chocolate, vanilla, berry, etc.)
- Generous handful of baby spinach
- ½ Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. psyllium seeds → these are the thickening secret. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s and they’re significantly less expensive and less caloric than chia seeds, but also have a myriad of health benefits
- ½ c. to 1 c. fruit of choice → today, I used about a cup of raspberries since they were on sale at Whole Foods
- 2 Tbsp. water → add more if you prefer a thinner consistency
- Seasonings & sweeteners of choice → vanilla, cinnamon, Chinese Five Spice Blend, cardamom, cacao powder, lemon juice/zest, honey, stevia, etc.
Blend all the ingredients together the night before. It should be a thick smoothie-like consistency.
Store in a 16 oz. glass jar in the fridge overnight – it will be a gloriously thick pudding in the morning that you can eat with a spoon! You can add more dry toppings if you like such as more berries, granola, coconut, or nuts. I often add about 1 tsp. of coconut butter, 1 TB of nut butter, and a smattering of cacao nibs. The coconut butter hardens and adds a nice hard shell crunch.
(Today was a very special event since I got to eat my Green Spoon Smoothie out of an almost-empty almond butter jar. I learned this great trick from Tina over at Carrots’n’Cake and it’s genius!)