by Dr Vikki Petersen
Getting the 7 servings of fruits & vegetables that women require each day or the 9 servings that men require is not an easy task. We have found if you don’t include some servings at breakfast you may find it difficult to achieve your goal each day.
This smoothie is a great breakfast or mid-day snack and can easily pack 3 to 4 servings. It’s quick & easy & you don’t even need to turn on the stove.
If you don’t tolerate fruits well, simply leave them out. Parsley can add a nice, interesting flavor, as can tomatoes. With a little cilantro it could almost taste like a liquid salsa.
Play with the ingredients to find a blend that you like. We have thrown in all sorts of things such as bok choy and cabbage and couldn’t even taste a difference. So be creative!
This recipe provides 3+ servings of fruits & veggies – a great, nutritious way to start your day!
Note: we haven’t found the need for an expensive mixer to make these smoothies. Simply utilize the liquefy button on a traditional blender and you’re all set.
- 2 cups of packed organic leafy greens such as spinach, kale, parsley. You can also try broccoli, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cauliflower or purple cabbage.
- 1 cup of organic berries (frozen is fine and some prefer the colder temperature and icy texture they create) such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries.
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened) or another milk substitute such as almond milk. You can also substitute freshly squeezed orange juice or grapefruit juice.
- 1/2 banana or ripe pear for sweetness if you like – this is optional. For children this is a good idea to accomplish enough sweetness that they’re unaware of all the green vegetables they’re consuming.
Throw all ingredients into a blender and press the liquefy button.
Let it blend for a good minute to break down all the vegetables.