My Morning Smoothie.
350 Calories for Two Full Glasses.
This is an example of what I make myself most mornings. It’s a long list of ingredients, but it only takes a couple of minutes to throw everything in the blender … I don’t normally display it on the chopping board in little bowls like this!
- ¼ cup protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax mix
- 2 cups of cold water – or iced water
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 medium carrot
- Slice of beetroot
- Chunk of root ginger
- 1 handful of cabbage
- 1 handful of broccoli (purple in this case)
- 1 cup frozen berries – blueberries today
- ½ frozen banana
The ingredients change day-by-day and the quantities are pretty approximate. It all depends on what’s currently in season and what I pick up when I’m shopping. However, the frozen fruit is significant – so you’ll want to keep at least the quantity of fruit about the same. I happen to love banana and blueberries so use those a lot.
I mix this in two stages. First I put in everything apart from the banana and berries and whiz it up. This makes sure that there are no vegetable bits in the final mixture.
Then I add the frozen berries and banana … and do a final blend. I tend to keep the time pretty short – as I don’t want to warm things up too much. This often leaves a berry or two untouched – but that’s fine.
Because of the high vegetable content – you will want to ensure that the smoothie is kept cool. This keeps the taste of the vegies at bay and gives the resulting smoothie a mild taste – believe it or not. Most of the time, the only real tastes are the banana and the ginger. So this is a great way to get loads of vegies in a smoothie without tasting them. Your mileage may vary.
These quantities will make two large glasses full – around 350 calories worth. I have one for breakfast and the other mid-morning. It keeps well in the fridge – just needs a quick stir and you’re done.