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Smoothies in the Morning

June 23, 2012

For most of us, we wake up and have for breakfast any of the following

  1. cup of coffee
  2. bagel with cream cheese
  3. special K cereal with milk
  4. tostadas
  5. eggs
  6. glass of orange juice
  7. breakfast granola bar or protein bar
  8. protein shake
  9. NOTHING AT ALL, JUST RUN OUT OF THE HOUSE

The problem with these items is that usually they are quick to go items that are loaded with either sugar, or aspartame, or tons of processed ingredients we can’t pronounce. Even if the item is a “diet” item such as a protein shake, I have been finding that a lot of those shakes are LOADED with sugar and sometimes even have corn syrup. (HOW DARE THEY!)

I decided to change that system in my home.  I still have my cup of coffee EVERY morning because I love it and I have researched that coffee is actually GOOD for you!

But after my delicious cup of coffee, I make SMOOTHIES for my husband, my kids, and myself.

We kick start our morning with Fruits and Veggies full of fiber and good stuff to get our bodies going.

Here’s how I started:

  1. I went to publix to the produce aisle and asked an employee where I could find KALE. I had never even heard of it before. It is the Green garnish that you see as decoration when you go to parties and eat buffets.
  2. I bought bananas
  3. I also bought from the frozen isle “frozen organic berry mix”
and I made my 1st Smoothie
1 cup of KALE
1/2 banana
1 cup of berry mix
water to blend 
  • I use a magic bullet to make my smoothies which is a nice option because it is easier to clean. However, we are drinking so much of it that I find myself making multiple batches and I think i’m going back to a regular blender.
  • the measurements vary on how much you’re making and of course to taste.
  • I try to buy the berries and the greens organic but that’s your choice. I buy regular bananas.

Once I tasted that smoothie and realized that it actually tasted GOOD. I started exploring all sorts of smoothies and different greens.

I also like:

1 cup of Collard Greens
1 apple (even with the core and seeds)
1/2 mango
1/2 banana
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 cup of romaine lettuce
water to blend 
OR:
2 medium sized oranges
1 stalk of celery  
1 carrot
water
a 1/2 inch piece of ginger 
What really shocks me about these smoothies is how much my kids LOVE them. Some of my smoothies actually come out green. I would think that my 3 year old would reject it because its green. But I have a rule in my house… YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT IT, BUT YOU HAVE TO TASTE IT.
Both my kids tasted my smoothies, and now can’t get enough. They always ask for more when they finish their cup and I always end up giving some of mine (Hence why the bullet isn’t working for me anymore!)
FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVE AN IPAD OR IPHONE. I found an awesome app with tons of smoothie recipes.
Just look in your app store for RAW FAMILY, GREEN SMOOTHIES.  A great thing about that app is that you can look for ingredients, and they tell you the health benefits of that ingredient and then you can search for recipes with that ingredient.
My challenge for you this weekend is to go to the grocery store and buy KALE, FROZEN BERRIES, and BANANAS and make a smoothie for breakfast. 
IF YOU’RE USUALLY IN A RUSH IN THE MORNINGS:
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender the night before and put in the refrigerator. This causes the frozen fruit to melt a bit but stay icy.
  • This eliminates the prep time in the morning and all you have to do when you wake up is blend and serve.
  • It’s also a great tip for blending because the frozen fruits are harder on the blender when they are rock solid.
Instead of starting your day with processed foods, sugar, corn syrup, aspartame and tons of carbs….try starting off your day with fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that clean out your liver and eliminates toxins.
DID YOU KNOW… 
  • For your digestion, the best time of the day to consume fruits is in the morning.
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2 Comments
  1. Luz permalink

    Thanks Caro!

  2. frances permalink

    I did it. If I can do it anyone can. Lol. Thank you caro.

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