If you know me, then you know I love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. Not only do I like breakfast foods (I could eat them all day long…um, bacon?), I like eating in the morning. There’s really nothing like a healthy meal first thing in the day.
I usually stick to the eggs and breakfast meats–I like to eat a protein heavy b-fizzle because it helps me feel healthy, energized and ready to face my day with a more positive outlook. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something lighter and fruitier. January is a time when many people try “cleansing” diets or go crazy with the juice fasts. I’m not one for juice, as it’s usually pretty high in sugar, but I do enjoy a good smoothie every now and again.
This morning I was in the mood for something perfectly sweet and liquidy, so I made a smoothie with some apple, banana and kale. I call it the Kalapplenana Smoothie.
1/2 medium apple (I used a braeburn)
1/2 banana (frozen)
1 handful of curly kale
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
Step One: Break your kale up into smaller pieces and place in a microwave safe dish with some water. Microwave on high until the leaves are a little wilty– steaming the kale helps release the nutrients, you know.
Step Two: Put everything in the blender. I like to put the chia seeds in the bottom and the milk in last…but you can do it in any order you want…alphabetically, by ripeness, or from favorite to least favorite ingredient.)
I chose to use apple and banana in my smoothie not only because they were the only fruits in my house (it’s winter in New England…there’s very little in season here right now…), but because both contain pectin (apples more so than bananas). Pectin is a complex carbohydrate, or soluble fiber found mostly in plant cell walls, and is used in cooking as a thickening agent. This means that when ingested, pectin can help aid digestion and to clean out or normalize the digestive tract.
Well, this smoothie turned out okay…and only okay…I think it was missing something. A scoop of almond butter perhaps? Or some cocoa powder? Something. A smoothie is a great way to get some fruits and vegetables into your system in the morning (or anytime, really). They usually turn out pretty good! Check out this Green Monster recipe site started by Angela from Oh She Glows and start making smoothies!