If you’re anything like me, you’re hard-pressed to get out the door in the morning with matching shoes on your feet, let alone having eaten a healthy breakfast.
Spending any amount of time in the kitchen before 7 AM just isn’t my forte. Sometime after the alarm goes off at 5:30, I can usually be found staggering to the shower while grumbling unintelligibly about needing more sleep and/or being hungry. (In no particular order.)
Once I’m finally at work I put on some lipstick, pour a cup of coffee, and pull myself together.
Then I realize just how famished I actually am.
Look, prepping for the day takes time, effort, and being somewhat organized. If I were a better planner, I would make chia seed pudding the night before and have a healthy, delicious snack to take to work.
But I’m not that good at thinking ahead. At least when it comes to getting breakfast together for the next morning. I do plan other things – my weekends, vacations, dinners… Retirement.
Today, however, I am sharing with you the super-simple smoothie that changed it all. The smoothie that transformed my lackluster morning mood into a go-get ’em killer attitude.
Bananas, spinach, almond milk, hemp seeds, and peanut butter unite to create one kick-butt, surprisingly delicious, bright green (and not overly sweet) smoothie!
My obsession as of late. I’ve been drinking these delicious creations every morning this week and it has changed my world!! (Not to mention you can whip it up in 3 minutes flat!)
Here are a few reasons to chug this down, from a nutritional standpoint:
Hemp seeds – Hemp seeds come from the same hemp plant renowned for its durable fiber, and are considered one of the world’s most nutritious food sources. They contain all of the essential amino acids, making them an ideal source of protein for vegans and raw foodists. One tablespoon of hemp seeds contains 5.3 grams of protein, 40 calories, 152 milligrams of potassium, 2.3 grams of carbohydrates, 1.6 grams of fiber, 13 percent of your daily need for iron, and about 8 percent of your daily vitamin A. The essential fatty acids abundant in hemp seeds come in a ratio that is highly beneficial as well.
Bananas – Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. They are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 400-plus mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-power delivered by this high energy fruit as well.
Spinach – Among the world’s healthiest vegetables, and with an ANDI score of 707, spinach comes out at the top of the list for nutrient richness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection.
Almond Milk – A cup of unsweetened almond milk has significant amounts of magnesium, selenium, manganese and vitamin E (and only 30-40 calories to boot.) Magnesium helps breakdown the food we consume into energy, and also aids the parathyroid glands, which produce hormones that promote good bone health. Manganese is another important mineral found in almond milk, activating enzymes that help the body aid in digestion. Additionally, manganese is important in keeping strong teeth and bones. Selenium helps to fight illness by supporting the functions of the immune system. Almond milk also fights free radicals, organic molecules that are responsible for aging, with the power of vitamin E.
Peanut Butter – Just 1 tablespoon of this creamy deliciousness packs in 4 grams of protein. (This is why peanut butter on toast makes for a great breakfast or mid morning meal choice.) As a protein-rich food, when you eat peanut butter you feel fuller longer.
Are you convinced yet? If not, the flavor will change that :)
I have it on good authority that this smoothie is the bombdiggity :-P
Barbara, this one’s for you!
- 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored, almond milk (I use Blue Diamond)
- 4 Tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter (Peanut butter has a much stronger flavor than almond)
- 1 ripe banana - peeled & frozen
- 6-10 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender in the order listed. This will aid in proper function.
- Blend together until smooth and creamy.
In other news, I now have a “thing” for finding brightly-colored ceramic spoons and buying them. To fuel my addiction, I’m pretty sure I bought Amazon out of their stock this week. I just ordered 5 more yesterday.
You have no idea how badly I wanted to wait for my new spoons to arrive before I shot this set for today’s post. The only colors I have in my collection so far are “cherry” and “Caribbean.”
Must. have. more. colorful. spoons.
Ok, enough drooling over spoons.
Here’s to living one day at a time, with a bright green smoothie.
Okay. And a cup of coffee.
And maybe some vegan chocolate…
But I promise to drink my vitamins :)