Smoothie

Smoothie Breakfast
Smoothie Breakfast

A homemade smoothie is a great way to start the day. I always feel like something is missing if I don't have my smoothie. This vitamin and energy packed breakfast is easy to make, easy to take on the road, and will get you going. Who needs coffee?

There are endless variations depending on the juice you use, the fruit you use, the greens you use and the nuts or seeds you use. I have been using hemp and chia seeds most of the time. Soaked almonds also work well. Get creative! Fresh organic ingredients are always best but frozen will work too if fresh is not available. I often put bananas that are getting too ripe in the freezer (peel them first) to use on days when my fresh supply is gone.

Don't be afraid of adding greens to your smoothie. You will get used to the flavor and it is a great way to get more greens into your diet. Even your kid will probably drink them this way. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup liquid (OJ, coconut water, apple juice, or watery fruit such as grapes watermelon) Fresh squeezed is best.
  • 1 banana (you can peel and freeze bananas if you like or they get too ripe.)
  • 1 cup berries, fresh is best but frozen will do.
  • 1 cup other fruit of your choice: pineapple, mango, peaches, apples, kiwi etc. 
  • 1 handful of greens: kale, lettuce, spinach, chard etc. (optional)
  • ½ cup nuts or seeds: pecans (raw) or almonds (raw and soaked overnight) or chia, hemp, sunflower or other seeds. (Keep a week’s worth of almonds rinsed and drained in the fridge.)
  • 1-2 cups ice

 Instructions: 

Put all ingredients except ice in a high-speed blender. Blend well. Add ice and blend again.

Serve or pour in travel bottle and take it with you.

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Ama Opare
Lifestyle Coach, CEO at Opare Institute
Supporting you by bringing you flavorful and satisfying vegan and raw vegan recipes, inspiration and online training and one-on-one coaching to help LOVE YOUR VEGAN LIFE! I am an educator and revolutionary who has teamed up with my physician/dietitian husband, Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA, to address the growing health problems in the Afrikan/Black community by building a Nation of Black Vegetarians and Vegans.

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