Use this smoothie formula to start your day off with fruits, veggies, and some protein in a breakfast that takes 60 seconds to put together and is commute-friendly.
Breakfast. Undoubtedly my most neglected meal of the day.
Sure, sometimes a have a batch of scones sitting around (which, if we’re being honest, shouldn’t really qualify as breakfast), and eeevvvery once in a while, I’ll manage to make a pretty legit breakfast, loaded with veggies and protein (and then I quickly blog about it to note the occasion), but most of the time, I’m eating oatmeal or yogurt and granola or a sunny-side-up egg.
Hence Excuse #532 that I used to convince the husband that a Blendtec blender was a good idea: healthy breakfasts in 60 seconds!
I first made this strawberry banana smoothie a couple weeks ago when my blender arrived and have discovered that, as I’m so fond of, smoothies are definitely a formula recipe: if you know a few numbers and a few ingredient “rules,” you can make a smoothie in seconds based on what you have on hand or what flavors you’re feeling like having right then. If you have a few spare minutes, you can add in some extras, but if you’re already brushing your hair while rinsing produce and checking email, there’s no need to be all over-achiever for a smoothie.
Also, as a totally unsolicited, I-get-nothing-for-this-but-think-it’s-awesome-enough-to-tell-you-on-my-own plug, the Blendtec is awesome.
What constitutes “awesome” for this smoothie?
YOU CAN THROW WHOLE KALE LEAVES IN THE BLENDER!
(In other words, no removal of that huge center vein that every recipe ever tells you to remove, and no subsequent funny chunks or other weirdness. I have a texture problem, people; I won’t eat cottage cheese because of it’s texture. You can trust me on this.)
My previous $30 blender would not have sufficiently blended kale that had be boiled within an inch of its life, so I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to have this workhorse in my kitchen.
*end kitchen nerd’s rant and rave*
In any case, if you’re like me, a healthy breakfast begets healthier choices throughout the rest of the day (like sufficient water drinking, not having chocolate chips for lunch, decreased Hulu-bingeing… all good things).
Have a smoothie. Save the rest of your day from the embarrassed-face emoji.
- 1 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.) or yogurt
- 3 cups greens (kale, spinach, etc.), center vein removed (depending on your blender)
- 1 cup berries
- 1 banana, peeled (I don't care how good your blender is)
- 1 cup ice
- Add ingredients in the order recommended by your blender manufacturer (most likely, the order listed here) until smooth. Taste before pouring into glasses so adjustments can be made easily.