For the past few months, I have switched up my morning routine quite a bit. Morning coffee used to be what I looked forward to. Something about sipping hot coffee with caramel creamer and a hot pastry or something sweet were so enticing to this night owl to finally crawl out of bed. The only problem is it never really gave me energy. When I HAD to change my diet with my pregnancy with my daughter last year (when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes), I started noticing how different I felt. It was and has been life-changing.
I started hearing about all these smoothies, first from the book Clean and then it sort of blew up in my face on Pinterest. Needless to say, I had to try it. I still drink coffee, but never in the morning and usually iced, more as a treat than a getter-upper.
Starting my day out with a good breakfast helps to keep my blood glucose levels balanced and gives me energy with crashing later (like sugar always did to me). For many of us, this also helps our hormone production and has been shown to reduce symptoms of PCOS. Simple changes like this have helped me clean up my diet.
One of the great things about smoothies is that you can vary them based on the fruit you have at home! I tend to always include at least half of a banana or avocado though – especially if they are frozen – as it helps give smoothies a nice creamy texture.
Green Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 4-5 strawberries
- 2 kale leaves de-stemmed
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- I put all my ingredients in my blender and mix away! It makes the perfect size serving for one smoothie.
Note of caution – if you do green smoothies every day, it might be wise to lightly steam the kale first. (greens contain oxalates when raw and may cause health issues)
Lately, I have been on a green smoothie kick and I am loving this one!
Do you have any favorite ingredients for your green smoothies?
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