I have a new routine: “Smoothie Saturdays,” when I bust out the blender after I get home from grocery shopping to whip up some breakfast smoothies for the week. This week, I made three varieties: a tropical smoothie, which I’ll cover in another post; a spinach-banana smoothie, which is simple and refreshing; and an adaptation of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie, which is super energizing and can help you kick your early-morning caffeine habit while sweeping toxins from your system.
I am in the process of trying to cut back on how much caffeine I drink — both for the benefit of my stomach, since coffee in particular is such an irritant, and because I don’t want to be so dependent on a stimulant to get alert in the morning. It starts to feel lame when you NEED coffee to function, or when you get a debilitating headache from lack of having it! In the past when I’ve needed to cut back, instead of going cold turkey I just reduce the number of cups per day and then eventually the size of my morning order. I’m down to one small coffee in the morning and no soda or tea for the rest of the day. Next, I’ll replace coffee with a green smoothie every other day until I can phase out caffeine as a kick-start altogether. Green Smoothies give you so much natural energy it’s actually amazing.
Spinach Banana Smoothie
Total time 5-7 minutes.
Makes enough for two large on-the-go beverages.
- 1 bunch spinach, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 2 chopped bananas, ideally frozen
- a couple ice cubes (use more if your bananas aren’t frozen)
Blend all ingredients together, taking care to add liquids first so you don’t jam your blender. Keeps well in the fridge for up to a week. Or, freeze for up to one month and thaw overnight in the refrigerator the morning before you plan to drink it.
Glowing Green Smoothie
This is a simplified version of Kimberly Snyder’s classic green smoothie, because I didn’t have pears on hand. If you read her book, the Beauty Detox Solution, you’ll see that almost any greens will do — so feel free to throw in kale, romaine, or spinach like I did ~ you name it!
Total time: 5-7 minutes
Makes 3-4 cups
- 1 bunch greens (I used spinach since I had it on hand)
- 1 cup water
- 1 organic apple, chopped
- 2-3 frozen chopped bananas
- juice of 1 lemon
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, adding liquids first so the blender doesn’t jam. Enjoy!
All set to go for the week ~ just thaw and sip!