I’ve been making a breakfast smoothie frequently for the past few months. I seem to go in cycles on smoothies. At times, they’re great and I enjoy having them. They satisfy me until lunch time and I have control over what I eat.
Because I add the frozen berries and the pomegranate juice, this smoothie is not green. It can turn a pinkish color, though sometimes it’s not an appetizing color. If that happens, serve it in a mug.
Here’s the recipe of what I’ve been doing lately. You can easily switch out the vegetables and fruit. Just use what you have on hand.
Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients
2 handfuls kale
1 chunk cucumber, skin removed unless organic
1/2 avocado, peeled and seeded
2 to 3 handfuls frozen berries
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup almond milk
1 serving Orgain Organic Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean flavor
Throw all of the ingredients into a strong blender and blend. Follow your blender’s directions for the best order to put the ingredients.
This makes one generous serving or two moderate servings.
- You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand though be careful if you use a vegetable with a strong flavor. For example, I find the taste of celery to be too distinctive to use in a smoothie.
- If you don’t have any avocado, use some other source of fat. That might be a tablespoon of coconut oil or almond butter. Having the fat in the smoothie helps this feel like a complete meal.
- You don’t have to use any juice in this. Besides the pomegranate juice, I love adding cranberry to the smoothie. I buy Just Cranberry. It’s made solely of cranberries. No other juices or sweeteners. It’s quite tart.
- Adding some green or herbal tea, preferably room temperature or chilled, works well as a liquid.
- I don’t add banana to this because the vanilla protein powder makes this sweet enough. If I wasn’t using the powder, I’d consider adding a banana for sweetness.
- The frozen berries work well in the smoothie because they keep the drink cold. Of course, you can use fresh berries. Also, sometimes I use only blueberries or raspberries or strawberries. What you have on hand is the best choice.