Morning Smoothie Recipe
A few years ago, several members of my family, starting with my Dad, became obsessed with the Vitamix Blender. It’s basically a blender on steroids that could probably double as an outboard boat motor, and is the blender of choice recommended by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of the book, Eat to Live. Dr. Furhrman coined the term “nutritarian” as a style of eating, and has made major waves in the health community for his ground-breaking theories about how to cure illnesses, even cancer, through proper diet and nutrition. I’ve read almost all of Dr. Fuhrman’s books and have been blending healthy soup and smoothie recipes ever since.
One day, while talking to my sister about blending (seriously), she told me she had run into my aunt in New York who had recently lost a ton of weight and was even getting muscle definition. My aunt had apparently gotten pretty hardcore into Forrest Yoga and the pounds had literally melted off. One of my aunt’s other health secrets was a breakfast smoothie recipe that she shared with my sister. In fact, my aunt, sister and dad had all gotten hooked on it. While there are a lot of delicious smoothie recipes out there, this one is a kind of hard to get away from, at least for me and my family. It packs everything you need into a one punch, and tastes great too. Here’s how to make it:
- 2 small or one large banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- Bunch of spinach, kale or other leafy greens (I use Kangkong because I live in the Northern Mariana Islands where spinach and kale are only sporadically available)
- 1-2 organic dates
- 1 heaping teaspoon of cacao powder
- 3/4 cup of almond milk or soy milk (I prefer almond)
- (Optional) 1 heaping teaspoon of green superfood (I like Healthforce Nutritional’s Vitamineral Green.