After the kids went to bed last night, I chopped and prepped a bunch of veg to go into my vitamix, then poured a huge glass of water and put it next to nice big lemon. I had the good intention of starting my day out by detoxing my liver with a refreshing lemon water followed by a very green vegetable smoothie. Instead, Gabi woke up at 5am telling me her tummy was requesting breakfast, specifically “mommy waffles”. When a hungry tummy speaks we must listen, especially when it speaks for homemade waffles!
So did I do this while sticking to my good intention set the night before? Well I had half the glass of water (16 ounces) but without the lemon and only after I guzzled down my left over milky iced coffee from the fridge!! Smelling the waffles and also having an opportunity to have breakfast alone with my youngest daughter while her sister and dad still dozed, it was a no brainer, I had to share in the waffle fun instead of my green smoothie. Plus I didn’t want to wake up the sleepers with the noise of the blender!! So we enjoyed our waffles while we chatted about last night’s dreams, counted how many days of school we had left and what fun things we were going to do this summer. Such a great start to our early day that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Plus freshly made, warm waffles….what a perfect breakfast. These and pancakes used to be my favorite breakfast as a kid too.
So instead of starting my day out with lemon water and a veggie smoothie, I drank two big glasses of lemon water post-workout and had my veggie smoothie as a mid-morning snack. Then to balance out my sweet-starchy breakfast I had a smoothie bowl for lunch. I love smoothie bowls in spring-summer, I can’t do them when it gets colder but when its warm they are so perfect for a quick light lunch. I recently fell in love with putting frozen greens into my smoothies or bowls. One day I was out of regular greens and at the same time cleaning out my freezer and found an forgotten about pack of frozen kale and collard. I needed a post exercise smoothie so thought I’d give it a try instead of ice. Combined with a little frozen fruit, water or vegan milk this combo was a real winner! Don’t know why I was surprised by how good it was, but it really makes my smoothies thicker than if I used fresh greens from the fridge. Try it out and tell me what you think!
Blueberry Frozen Greens Smoothie Bowl
1 cup vegan milk
1-2 cup frozen collard greens (or kale, spinach, chard)
½ cup frozen blueberries
2 stalk celery, chopped
1 scoop protein powder (I used Frank Lipman’s Be Well – Sustain)
1 scoop green powder (I do Amazing Grass Green Superfood)
1 tsp lucama powder (optional)
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
1 tbsp coconut, shredded
1 tbsp hemp seeds
¼ avocado, chopped
¼ cup berries or pomegranate seeds
1) Measure your liquid into a high-speed blender. Add in remaining ingredients and blend away.
2) Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with your favorite healthy toppings.
Yields: 1 medium smoothie bowl