Breakfast can be hard. The phrase, "start how you mean to go on," comes to mind. And I certainly find it true that what I eat for breakfast along with how I eat that breakfast (relaxed? unhurried? stressed? flustered?) sets the tone for the complete rest of my day. Start out with a junk breakfast, and it's all downhill from there... But begin things healthfully, and the rest of the day is much more likely to stay that way. And I don't just mean that I'll be more likely to continue eating healthfully throughout the day--it's also how well I'll handle the stresses of the day and remain a happier, calmer, more balanced person.
The question is, how in the world do we accomplish a healthy breakfast? More than any other meal, breakfast is the one we've been brainwashed into thinking is 100% about the carbs. Cereal, toast, oatmeal, porridge, orange juice, fruit. Carbs, carbs, carbs. Sugar, Sugar, Sugar. And so we often get stumped at the first hurtle.
So, what I'm sharing here is something really special to me. It's not just a recipe, at least not to me. It's not something I whip up in the morning once a week after considering lots of other breakfast options. Because, while there are other options for creating a nutritious breakfast, none of those options revolutionised my mornings like this one.
This smoothie is a way of life for me. Every single morning. My super power green smoothie. It requires no thought, no decision-making, which is just how I want it. Because health is about habits. It's the lack of routine--or being thrown out of routine--that's a killer for me. And habits only work if they're really easy. With this smoothie, all you need is about 3 minutes every morning.
The other thing that is brilliant about smoothies is that they can grow and flex with you as your nutritional requirements or understanding change. I start out with a foundation recipe of 7 ingredients. It's great on its own, but if I'm feeling like I need extra green power, add some spirulina. Feeling the need to help detox out some heavy metal toxins? Add some chlorella. Trying to work on managing insulin response? Cinnamon is fab for that. A smoothie makes incorporating all manner of therapeutic foods a very easy and no fuss option. Throw them in and blend.
I've been revising and improving this recipe for about three years now. It started out based on Victoria Boutenko's classic green smoothie (her book, Green Smoothie Revolution, is lovely). And if you do well on fruit or you'd like to phase yourself gradually to my version of the green smoothie, Victoria's green smoothie recipes might be where you're at.
But if you're trying this for the first time, just go for it. If you respond well to goal-based challenges, challenge yourself! Use this recipe for 7 days in a row and see how you feel. Make a little note (even if mental) each morning about how you felt the previous day. I am convinced that you'll feel better and better each and every day. And after those 7 days, you'll have formed a habit that will be hard to break.
Oh, and don't be scared off by the sheer amount of smoothie. You'll be full, happy, and satiated for hours.