Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spinach... It's What's for Breakfast

For the past many, many weeks, I've been drinking a smoothie for breakfast. I've been reading about incorporating greens into my diet, especially spinach (and kale ... but I'm just not a fan). One way is with a "green smoothie". Most green smoothies recommend all greens, plus a banana to help with the bitterness, but I can't eat bananas.

I also wanted to get other things in my diet as well, including broccoli, cucumber and blueberries. The thing is, all of these foods need to be WELL chewed before swallowing in order to get all the benefits. We humans tend to put things in our mouth, chew once or twice and then swallow. That's not going to cut it. Think about it: have you ever watched a cow or horse eat? They take a mouthful of grass or hay and chew, and chew, and chew, and chew ...

There's a saying: "Eat what you drink and drink what you eat." It basically means, make sure everything is totally liquified before you swallow.

I decided to make things easier and do the chewing with my blender. *G*

I've had more than one person tell me that the thought of blending spinach, cucumbers and broccoli into a fruit smoothie turns their stomachs. Fact is, folks, you can barely even tell they're there! What an easy way to eat your veggies.

Here's what I do. I gather my ingredients (I usually also add ground flaxseed, but I'm out), in today's case a carrot, an apple, a cucumber, some blueberries, broccoli, spinach and a bit of yogurt and OJ (with pulp). You can vary the fruits a bit if you'd like, for different flavors:

I buy organic as much as possible because I leave all the skins on (that's where most of the nutrition is, after all):

I fill the blender to the brim, because spinach is one of those mysterious foods that loses volume the moment you do anything to it, including blend it:

Then I blend. I usually have to stop a few times to stir it up. But eventually, I end up with this:

Want a peek in the top?

YUM... pour and drink:

I dare you to give it a try. Your body will love you for it.



  1. I LOVE smoothies but I've never put in broccoli or cucumber jus spinach. Will try it!

  2. Jennifer, I was hestitant at first, but am growing more daring as time passes...

  3. Next shopping trip I WILL try this. My grandson is autistic. He has a gluten free/dairy free diet and LOVES veggie/fruit smoothies. It would be a boon if his Gramma knew how to make good tasting ones. ;-)