A Healthy Breakfast

Mmm. I'm enjoying my favorite breakfast of late, a green smoothie. I start with frozen tropical fruit (blend of strawberries, mango, pineapple, papaya, and bananas) in a pint mason jar, add spinach, unsweetened flake coconut, chia seeds, and unsweetened vanilla almond/coconut milk. Since regular-mouth mason jars have the same diameter threads as most standard blender pitchers, you can put your gasket, blade, and collar right on the mason jar. Invert the jar, blend till smooth, and hey presto! One delicious, healthy green smoothie already packaged to go to work or wherever. Even if you drink it right away, you have still managed to avoid the chore of washing your blender pitcher plus a drinking glass if you prepare it in a jar.

Spinach is very mild in flavor, so you only taste the fruit and coconut. I find this smoothie to be plenty sweet for my taste without adding any additional sweetener. One other note: I add coconut for protein and a little bit of fat so the smoothie is satisfying and will tide me over until lunchtime. If coconut isn't something you like, you could substitute a tablespoon or two of almond butter to achieve the same effect. Nutrition facts will depend on how you prepare this smoothie, but made as written below, it's worth about 150 calories. Not bad for a delicious and satisfying healthy breakfast.

Ingredients

1/4-1/2 c frozen fruit
1 c raw baby spinach, rinsed
2 T unsweetened flake coconut
1 t chia seed
1-1.5 c unsweetened almond/coconut milk, to taste

Directions

  1. Add all dry ingredients to a pint mason jar in the order given above. Note: if the chia seeds settle to the bottom of the jar, they will tend to stick when you start blending, so add them to the jar last.
  2. Add the almond milk to the jar. I usually eyeball it using the graduations on the side of the jar. A volume closer to a cup will give you a very thick, milkshake-like smoothie. Additional milk will thin it out until it reaches a consistency that is a little easier to drink.
  3. Fit the mason jar with a standard blender gasket, blade, and collar, then invert the jar, set it into the blender, and blend on medium power for several minutes, until smooth.
  4. Remove blender hardware. Either cap the jar for transport, or enjoy straight away! So refreshing and healthy.

 

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