It’s a brand new year, and at the top of my New Year’s Resolutions list is EAT MORE VEGETABLES. This is not part of a diet or weight loss plan, it’s on the list only because I currently hate vegetables but they’re super good for us (duh) and I think it’s lame that I still find excuses not to eat them. I’m both envious and gloriously fascinated by women who enjoy/look forward to/crave their vegetables piled high on salads, oozing out of their breakfast burritos, and bordering the perimeter of their dinner plates. But that’s just not me. Disliking vegetables is part of my DNA.
So for 2015, my goal is to learn to love them, which means getting creative and disguising veggies in ways I like to prepare and enjoy my food. So for breakfast, that means smoothies! The smoothies I’ve made in the past have always required lots of flavored yogurt or juice to be yummy enough to tolerate, and they’ve always been fruit smoothies. Then one day I stumbled upon a delicious sounding and delicious looking smoothie on Kristin Cavallari’s Instagram; I made it right then and instantly called it a veggie success! Since then, I’ve tweaked it a bit to be the perfect smoothie for me. The best part is I use no sugary yogurts or juices, and the star of the show is – gasp – spinach. So the best tasting green breakfast for the veggie hater is a spinach smoothie, which has the following nutrition facts (source: Body and Soul).
Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It is a good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.
1 frozen banana
1/2 or 1 avocado
handful of frozen spinach
1 tsp honey
Almond or Coconut Milk (or a combination of both, like this one). Get the unsweetened, which has less sugar and still packs a lot of flavor, I swear.
Mix it all in a blender on the puree setting and there you have it…a breakfast smoothie that will hold you over until lunch. And speaking of lunch, check back next week for the best green lunch for a veggie hater.