I am fairly certain you all believe the first thing I do every morning is race to my coffee pot and make a bleary-eyed bulletproof coffee. Alas! This is only partially true. 😉 (Yes, I just used the word alas. Because. I wanted to.)
I do grind my beans and get them in the French press basically right away; however, while coffee is brewing I grab my fixings for a green smoothie. Yes, that’s right (nearly) every morning the first thing I actually drink is a green smoothie. I love them and the days I skip them I miss them. I began drinking them daily because, even though we eat a lot of veggies, I am also feeding little people who still tend to be suspicious of the green leafy variety of vegetable so some days we focus on lots of carrots, squashes, and broccoli and not the green leafy stuff.
After just a couple of weeks, I noticed when I missed my morning smoothie I was hungrier (ahem– crankier) during the day, craved pointless snacks,and had less energy which would culiminate in a total energy crash about 3pm. (These are also all these things which have decreased incredibly since going paleo, but smoothies help too!)
Most days, my smoothies consist of 2 or 3 of whatever I greens I have on hand mixed with one or two fruits. I mean, it’s 5am, the kids are asleep (hopefully) and I am half asleep and trying to sneak in an hour of work. I don’t always care how it tastes. It’s just the “task” that gets me my coffee “reward.” 😉 Then, I always include gelatin, chia seeds, and cinnamon for a boost of protein and energy.
Many mornings my kids have a smoothie with breakfast as well, so I have to be sneakier with the green stuff and make them taste good. This my go-to recipe that is delicious, gets in the greens, and, since I get organic frozen cherries at Costco regularly, consists of ingredients I just about always have on hand.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- One banana-riper is better! And if you keep some frozen: bonus points!
- Handful of organic frozen cherries. Or, strawberries make a great substitution.
- Large handful (or about 1 cup) of any leafy green—kale and spinach are my favorites but if all you have is plain ol’ lettuce, it will work too!
- 1-2 pitted dates or 1 tbsp raw honey (more or less depending on how sweet you like it) in this recipe I actually prefer the taste of the dates and generally use 2.
- 1/2 – 1 TBSP (more or less to taste) of raw cacao powder I usually use about 1/2 TBSP for me but more for the kids to make sure the “suspicious greens” are well hidden. They know that they are there but if they can’t see them they’re happier.
- 1/4 tsp ceylon cinnamon (regular cinnamon works but is stronger in taste so I’d decrease how much you use).
- 1 TBSP gelatin
- 1-2 TBSP chia seeds
- 2 cups of water or almond or coconut milk. I generally use just water and think this is delicious. If you want a creamier texture or a more dessert-y drink the almond or coconut milk is yummy. I prefer coconut milk in this recipe.
- 1-2 slices of clementine (optional)
- small slice of cucumber–about 1/2 inch slice works (optional)
- A few ice cubes, optional but recommended if all your fruit was fresh
One note, if you haven’t used chia or gelatin in your smoothies they do gel up, so drink soonish or be prepared to eat with a spoon. Or add some more liquid and re-blend if you get distracted before you get to it.
I still live for my morning coffee…but I think this smoothie might rock your morning too!