My Breakfast Salad Smoothie

The other day on Instagram, I posted this little tip:
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On the weekends, I pre-prep my dry smoothie add-ins. I put them in small Ball jars and then when I’m making my daily breakfast smoothie in the morning, all I have to do is drop in the pre-measured dried goods, add the raw, pershiable ingredients, blend and go. It doesn’t sound like much, but shaving off five minutes here and there means I can get a workout in before I go to work so that I’m extra energized and ready for the day. For me, that’s worth the extra time I spend preparing for the week on Sunday.

smoothieThis smoothie has become my go-to breakfast these days. I find that when I pair this smoothie with a piece of toast that’s slathered with some avocado, it sustains me until my mid-morning snack. I call it a salad smoothie since I use it to pack in some veggies. The nutty, chocolate flavors in this beverage are so dominant, they easily disguise the veggie flavor and allow me to pack it with raw goodness. I’m not really a fruit smoothie girl anyway – I’ll take a salad-filled chocolate smoothie any day!

Breakfast Salad Smoothie

Makes one 16 oz smoothie

*It should be noted that I have a Vitamix. I say that because it allows me to blend the heck out of otherwise hard to pulverize ingredients like flax seeds and kale stems. If you don’t have a very powerful blender, I’d make adjustments so that you don’t end up with a chunky morning beverage.

Dry ingredients (pre-packed the weekend before):

1 Tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1 Tablespoon unsweetened, dried coconut flakes
2 Teaspoons maca powder (a Seattle Seedling reader mentioned that this can make the smoothie a bit spicy for his liking and I agree that it does add a bit of a kick. I like that added dimension and the health benefits that come with the root so I add it in.)

Raw ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1/2 banana
1 teaspoon almond butter
1 Tablespoon (or to taste) agave
2 or 3 pitted dates
1 generous handful of greens (kale, beet greens, spinach, lettuce*, carrots)
a scoop of ice (about a cup)

Add the dry and raw ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Drink, enjoy, repeat.

* Got some veggies that are a little too wilty for your salad bowl, but not quite ready for the compost pile? Save them for your smoothies! Your belly and your taste buds will never know the difference!

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