If you know me, I am not a morning person. I could be, I suppose, if mornings started around 10:00 am, but when my alarm is set for 5 am, it makes me want to cry. Therefore, when my alarm goes off in the morning, I hit the snooze button until the very last second that I need to be up, and then proceed to rush around and get out the door in less than 15 minutes. Don’t worry, I shower at night.
My mad dash in the morning usually leaves me no time to make breakfast. Because of this, I find myself either hitting the Tim Hortons drive-thru, or grabbing a bagel from the hospital cafeteria. To counteract this, I really try to have breakfast prepared and ready to go, so I can grab it on my way out the door. I like to make this smoothie the night before, pour it into my plastic to-go cup, and therefore it is ready to drink on my way to work.
This smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with protein, fruits, veggies and omega-3’s, it is the perfect way to start off your morning, and a great way to squeeze in some extra veggies and fruit into your diet. If you’re intimidated by the spinach – don’t be! You can’t taste it, I promise. And don’t be turned off by the color, the berries will turn the smoothie into a brownish-green color. Not always pleasing to look at, but still tasty!
Want to try a different version of a green smoothie? Check out the green monster smoothie.
Fruity Green Smoothie
Yields: 1 large smoothie
1 cup strawberries, raspberries or blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If using fresh strawberries, add a handful of ice.
Source: Stick a Fork In It original recipe.