Smoothie Breakfasts – an Experimental Week

My last post gave me a kick in the behind to make a small change in my eating habits. I am not a person of extremes, so I would never go on any crazy diet, or any diet for that matter. A huge challenge I am facing in almost anything I do is that I can see the pros and cons to anything, and that makes it almost impossible to take a firm stand quickly. Sometimes, ever. The same goes with food.

Like many others, I don’t always have time to sit down and eat breakfast in peace (emphasis on the peace part). Moreover, I don’t always feel like eating for a while after waking up, and I usually get hungry at some point in between kids’ meals, which is a bad time for me to eat, because they will want to eat too, even though they are probably not really hungry. This makes for eating round the clock, and disrupted meal times for the rest of the day, which is difficult to manage. Hence, I don’t eat. Which is bad. Obviously. Or I grab a handful of the nearest food I can find, which doesn’t always make for a healthy option (ever tried a chunk of salami this way? Trust me, it’s not great for your stomach).

So I’ve been thinking about an alternative way for me to eat something without really eating something. So I went for the obvious option: smoothies. I am conflicted about smoothies too, but I can live with them under a few conditions:

  • they need to be made with natural ingredients, which means no miracle-powder-this or that;
  • they need to be made without juice;
  • they should only use the sweetness from fruit, and not from additions like honey, agave or maple syrup, dates or raisins;
  • they need to contain some vegetables;
  • they should be drunk in reasonable amounts, and not by the bucket-full.

The reason why I am ok with smoothies and not juices is that a smoothie is pretty much a pre-chewed fruit, vegetable and liquid mix. I know chewing has its important role too, but a thick smoothie is also kind of like a soup, and I have never heard anyone go nuts that one shouldn’t be eating soup. A juice, on the other hand, has so much taken out of the ingredients, that I am skeptic that the result is really all that good for you. So, smoothie it is.

Day 1

Here is Monday’s smoothie. I made this for everyone in the house, and it came to about 600 ml. I do take seriously the reasonable amount rule. So in the blender went:

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  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 1 ripe banana
  • a handful of frozen blueberries
  • a handful of frozen pineapple cubes
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a pinch of flax seeds
  • unsweetened almond milk.

As a bonus, I get to look at the sunrise every morning!

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Yes, I work with handfuls and ochiometrii (which means that I judge ingredients by the look of them – very precise, I know). But this allows for tweaking according to tastes: more or less liquid, more or less of one or another fruit, more or less spice. So go with it, please. It’s easier to start with less and add more, than the other way around.

Day 2

A green smoothie this time, but which didn’t put off any of the kids, even when I said it contained avocado (which Kid 1 thinks is disgusting).

 

  • very generous handful of spinach
  • 1 small avocado
  • frozen mango
  • 1 medium pear
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • almond milk

The avocado and mango make this one very smooth indeed. All the flavours are very gentle, so if you prefer something with more of a kick, I suggest adding a bold fruit or spice.

Day 3

For my third smoothie experiment I wanted something of a different colour, but it kind of turned out as an unknown colour, haha! It’s all due to the green of the spinach leaves and the deep red of frozen cherries. At least it tasted great!

 

  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 13 frozen cherries
  • frozen peach pieces
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • almond milk

Day 4

The new element to this smoothie was hazelnut and rice milk, which has a much nuttier taste than almond milk. I also had to use more liquid than in the last few days, because the smoothie was really thick and creamy, so much so that the kids actually ate part of it with a spoon.

  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 tsp flax seeds
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • hazelnut & rice milk

Day 5

The grey outside has continued (so no pretty sunrise either), which is why I felt the need to go for a brighter smoothie.

  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 pear
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • hazelnut & rice milk

Day 6

  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 1 mango (plus some leftovers from the kids’ snack the previous day)
  • a handful of blueberries
  • hazelnut & rice milk

Day 7

  • a generous handful of spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • a handful of frozen mango
  • 13 frozen cherries
  • hazelnut & rice milk

 

So what has my experiment resulted in? I’ll do a round-up of my thoughts in my next post. Until then, I hope I have inspired you to try some fresh concoctions of your own.

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