Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So it makes sense to start your day in the healthiest way possible way with nutrient dense food.
One of the best foods for you to eat are greens as they alkalize your body and you can’t get much more nutrient dense than kale.
This green breakfast smoothie is packed with cleansing, healing nutrients and if you really want to make your body sing from the inside out, sip on one of these smoothies after your morning workout. This is my go to breakfast that I drink on the way to work every day. My sister Sandra even enjoyed one every morning while she was staying with me for her holidays. Of course, you can have these any time of the day really, I don’t mind 😉
Organic is best and here’s why
Kale, spinach and other greens are some of the most heavily sprayed of all vegetables. The Environmental Working Group (a US based organisation) has made a list of the 12 most heavily sprayed produce and the 15 least sprayed, known respectively as the dirty dozen and the clean 15. You can access the list here. America and Australia use similar pesticide practises.
We’re not talking produce heavily sprayed with one pesticide, we’re talking multiple pesticides. Kale has been found to contain up to 55 different pesticides and spinach up to 48. Pears are just as bad. If you really want to start the day with a clean, pure, nourished body, give organic a go.
Organic kale and baby spinach can both be found in larger health food stores, some farmer’s markets and at certain Woolworths and Coles stores in the organic section. Organic pears can be harder to find. If that’s the case, you can purchase organic apples and adjust the amount you put into your smoothie in order to get more sweetness. Organic apples, when in season, can be found in abundance in organic sections of supermarkets, health food stores and also at farmer’s markets.
As the ingredients in this smoothie are from mainly cooler weather produce, you will find it is cheaper to buy them in season.
Why these are so good for you
Kale is high in iron and aids in cell growth and proper liver function, it helps Alzheimer’s sufferers, prevents blood clotting, protects against various cancers (bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate), fights against arthritis and autoimmune disorders, strengthens your immune system, helps prevent osteoporosis, aids in digestion and helps detoxify the body.
Spinach improves skin health, eases constipation, flushes toxins from the colon, builds strong bones, improves eyesight, protects against breast cancer, reduces risk of ovarian cancer and protects your brain function from premature aging.
Pears reduce the risk of stomach and oesophageal cancer, lower blood pressure, lower risk of stroke, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, relieve constipation and improves colon and digestive health, strengthen the immune system, and help prevent birth defects.
Bananas help with depression, build strong bones, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen your blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn and help prevent kidney cancer.
Cucumbers are very hydrating, aid in digestion, rid the body of toxins, control blood pressure and promote joint health.
- 1 cup water
- Handful of kale (preferably organic) – chopped into small pieces
- Handful of baby spinach (preferably organic)
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- ½ large pear, chopped
- ½ banana (fresh or frozen), chopped
- Place the water, kale, spinach and cucumber in the blender and blitz until well combined.
- Add the pear and then blitz again (this will make the smoothie more creamy).
- Add the banana and blitz until smooth.
If you don't have any kale, just double the amount of baby spinach.
I'm not a sweet tooth so this is perfect for me. If you want it sweeter, either add the entire pear, or the whole banana or both.
Mix it up! You can use any green that doesn't have too strong a taste. Try iceberg or butter lettuce, and silverbeet and then add a stick of celery in place of the cucumber. Play around with it until you're happy with the result.