Sunday, 14 October 2012

Green smoothies

Green Smoothies

I'm usually most productive if I start my day with a green smoothie. I'm not a big breakfast person, but I've found that if I drink a smoothie before I leave the house, I can resist having the morning "Gipfeli " on my way to the lab. I make enough for breakfast and to sip on during the day when my energy levels are low. Here's a recipe that I adapted from various books and web sites:

Green Smoothie


2 Tbs Chia seeds
2 Tbs Linseeds
1-2 cm piece of ginger, peeled 
2-3 dates (seeds removed) or any other sweetener such as erythritol or coconut nectar  (optional) 
Frozen pineapple, (about 1/4 to 1/3 of a whole pineapple, cut into 2 cm pieces before freezing)
1 orange, peeled and cut into eighths 
1-2 large handfuls of greens (baby spinach, kale, bok choy or romaine lettuce)
1 tray of ice cubes (filtered water)
100 - 150 ml filtered water or coconut milk
1-2 tsp coconut oil 

  1. Place the seeds in the TM bowl, and process on speed 10 for 10 sec
  2. Add ginger and dates, and process on speed 10 for 5 sec
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process on speed 10 for 1.30 to 2.00 minutes.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy. Keep the remainder in a Thermos for a boost for later.

Note: Any fruit can be used, apples, peaches, berries are great. To limit the morning stress, I try to prepare my fruit in advance. Just wash, peel, cut and freeze the fruit in zip-lock bags. You'll also have a stock for Fruity Dream (Sorbet).

 A green smoothie and a cup of Crio BrĂ¼ - the perfect way to begin the day!

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