Looking through some of my old posts yesterday, I realized that many of the breakfasts I have posted are our Sunday Breakfasts. No, I do not eat like this every day! So, today I decided to share my go to breakfast smoothie recipe. One serving of vegetables and three servings of fruit hide within this smoothie. What makes this the perfect every day breakfast? The fact that it is quick, easy, nutritious and delicious!
The ingredients are kale, banana, kiwi, strawberry, nutritional yeast and plain coconut water. Seasonally, the ingredients may vary some but this is my basic recipe. This smoothie packs a nutritional punch!
Roughly chop three nice size kale leaves. Kale is high in antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Slice one banana. In addition to providing a smooth textures, bananas are also high in fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
Cut the tops off of six strawberries and cut them in half. Strawberries add antioxidants, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine.
Remove the skin and cut up one kiwi. Kiwi is a fairly new addition to my morning smoothie, providing high amounts of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium.
Layer the kale, fruit and one tablespoon of nutritional yeast into a blender. I use my single serving blender to make taking it with me one step easier. Nutritional yeast adds protein, B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium and zinc. It has a mild nutty flavor to it, which works well in smoothies.
Add in four ounces of coconut water. Coconut water provides simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels within the body. It also contains enzymes which aid in digestion, Vitamin C, B Vitamins and potassium.
When you can no longer see the individual ingredients, your smoothie is ready.
I know, I know, it is green! Don’t let the color fool you. This smoothie is not only filling and nutritious, it is also delicious. The kale and nutritional yeast balance out the sweetness of the fruit nicely. All that is left is to put the lid on, head out the door and enjoy during my morning commute. When I drink all sixteen ounces of this it keeps me full until lunch time. No need to reach for that mid-morning snack!