Some days a smoothie hits the spot for breakfast.
Maybe I’m in a hurry and don’t have the time to sit for breakfast.
Or maybe I’m at my computer working, and need something that’s easy that won’t make a mess.
Or maybe I’m just craving something smooth and creamy, like this Blueberry Ginger “Green” Smoothie. I put “Green” in quotes because the smoothie has plenty of baby spinach, but when mixed with blueberries, you can’t see the green in the smoothie.
The colour is a deep purple colour, thanks to the mixture of the gorgeous blue pigments from the blueberries, and the bright green pigments in the spinach. Those beautiful colours represent and array of phytonutrients – plant nutrients – that offer many health benefits including reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.
This is what I put in my smoothie today:
1 cup of organic, unsweetened almond milk
2 cups of baby, spinach, packed well
1/2″ chunk of fresh ginger
1 cup of organic frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
3 tablespoons hemp protein powder – I used Manitoba Harvest
– Pour the almond milk into your high speed blender, followed by the spinach, followed by the other ingredients
– Set your blender to the “green smoothie” setting
– You may need to use the tamper at first to get everything blending nicely
Remember to chew your smoothie.
Yes, that’s right, I recommend chewing your smoothie.
Sounds strange because it’s a beverage, but chewing it is important.
It will stimulate production of saliva to start the digestion process in your mouth, which is where digestion is supposed to start.
And by chewing you, you won’t chug your smoothy to quickly. You will drink it slowly, and notice when your body starts feeling full, and you are feeling satisfied.