What I Eat – Smoothies for breakfast

November 20, 2013

People are curious about eating a vegetarian diet. I get asked frequently “what do you eat?” So I have decided to start a new blog category called What I Eat. Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a vegetarian you might get some good ideas for reducing your use of meat. That would be great.

The first entry in my new category is the breakfast smoothie. Paul and I share one nearly every day. I am lucky to have the best blender in the world, the Vitamix – which can easily blend nuts, seeds, big hunks of frozen fruit, and more. I brought it with me when we moved here and am so glad I did!

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To start with I put in the blender some kefir, kombucha, and green or red tea. The kefir and kombucha are great probiotics and the green or red tea is an amazing antioxidant. There is also some thinking that green tea can actually stop angiogenisis, or the ability for a tumor to reach out for more blood supply. There is a great TED talk about the topic here if you’re interested. I believe my addiction to tons of green tea every day is why my very large ovarian cancer tumor had not spread at all.

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Next I add seeds and nuts. I will change what I put in every day except I always use flax seed. I forgot to include pumpkin seeds in the picture above.

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Then I add some dry goodies. A bit of maca powder, chia seeds, blue agave inulin, nutritional yeast, and cinnamon. Both Paul and I have issues with our cholesterol so I add about three teaspoons of cinnamon every day.

herbs

Next I add some parsley and cilantro. I keep these in water in the door of the fridge so I can yank off a bit whenever I want. Both are very nutritious and are good to eat every day.

fresh

I bet you were wondering when I’d get to the fruit?!? Well I also put in veggies, as you can see above. I change what is in there every day but there is always a piece of apple, a piece of fresh ginger, and some carrot.

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Next comes the frozen stuff. This changes daily, too. The only constant is a piece of turmeric, an amazingly healthful root. My freezer is full of all kinds of fruit that I rotate since having a spectrum of foods gives you more and different vitamins and minerals. Right now in my freezer I have pomegranate, guanabana, banana, watermelon, kiwi, pineapple, bitter melon, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I should mention that I have a new way to break down pomegranates that is so easy. The video as to how to do it is here, and it really works. I de-seeded four pomegranates in about five minutes.

Then WHIRRRRRRR! Your smoothie is ready!

Now, what about nutrition? FANTASTIC! Below is the breakdown of the smoothie above. Since Paul and I shared it (three glasses, we were stuffed!) we each had a breakfast of 302 calories. And what great nutrition, don’t you think?

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But how about we have a little fun? Below is the calorie and nutrition breakdown for two slices of bacon, two eggs, and two slices of toast! 416 calories and way less nutritious, don’t you think?

bacon

Having a smoothie in the morning is just like exercising first thing in the morning in my opinion. You know you’ve already done something good for yourself, and that’s a nice way to start the day. Buen provecho!

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6 Comments
    1. Love this, great ideas for that morning smoothie! I will refer back to this in the morning. xo

    1. We were having smoothies at home everyday and will try to here also. I brought my huge health master blender this time. However I find it difficult to find things like kale and spinach, any suggestions. Can these be found at the mercado and also were do you get the tumeric?

      1. Lise, Hope you had a lovely smoothie this morning!

        Contessa, The only place I have ever found kale is at the Saturday Organic Market at Plazuela Zaragoza. Spinach is available at all the grocery stores regularly including Ley downtown but I don’t see it often at the mercado. Turmeric is only sporadically available in the grocery stores and the mercado, usually next to the ginger root.

    1. Hi Nancy – just two quick questions.

      How long does it take you to prep everything?
      Is the flavor spicy with the cinnamon, turmeric and ginger? Can you describe the overall flavor of your concoction?

      Thanks!

      1. Renee, I’d say it takes about five minutes or less to prep everything. The flavor isn’t spicy, really. Actually I don’t notice the flavors of the turmeric and ginger at all, and only a little of the cinnamon but that’s a flavor I love anyway. One thing that saves time is that when I come home with my fruit and veg I disinfect it all before it goes in the fridge so there’s no time wasted washing things in the morning.

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