Over the past 8 months I have experimented with a raw vegan diet. I’ve learned so much about my inborn potential. Nourishing my mind and body with nutrient dense raw food has helped me drop twenty pounds, increased my energy ten fold, clear out accumulated toxins, and blossom with heightened clarity.
I’m in the midst of writing a full length article on my endless nutrition tinkering and history. It’s extensive to say the least!
I’ve been twittering a lot about my breakfast green smoothie obsession and getting lots of questions and requests for filling recipes. I hear you. Not all smoothies are created equal! A cup of fruit smoothie would never get me through a dance class or teaching four hours of clients in the morning.
We are busy people, who need filling nutrient dense smoothies that will give us unlimited energy, rev up our metabolism and keep us satisfied until a mid morning snack or lunch.
Here are five of my favorite breakfast smoothies with the addition of a few key satisfying ingredients.
Glow Inside and Out Ultimate Green Smoothie
It takes only a few minutes to prepare this amazing green smoothie:
- 1 1/2 cup of water
- 1 head of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
- 3-4 stalks of organic celery
- 2 organic apples, cored and chopped
- 1 organic banana
- 1/3 bunch of organic cilantro
- 1/3 bunch of organic parsley
- Juice of ½ fresh organic lemon
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, mix until smooth. Gradually moving to higher speeds add the herbs celery and apples. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
Kevin Gianni’s Signature Smoothie
via the Renegade Health king himself.
- A bunch of Frozen Fruits (Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, etc)
- Hemp Seed
- Cacao Powder or Nibs
- Maca (1Tbsp)
- Coconut Water or Filtered Water
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Cucumber
- Head of Bok Choy
Kevin doesn’t measure..just dumps it all in a Vita Mix and enjoys. Maca is a powerful hormone regulator. Toss it in for an extra vitality boost.
Summer Splendor Smoothie
via Sergei Boutenko of the Raw Family
- 4 leaves chard, stems removed
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 head fresh parsley
- 6 apricots
- 3 peaches
- ½ vanilla bean
Yields 2 quarts. Eating what’s in season is best for you and the planet!
Green Hemp Smoothie
via Kevin Gianni again! I can’t get enough of this guy! For all you muscle building protein lovers…
- 2 tbsp hemp protein powder or hemp seeds
- 1 handful greens
- 1-2 dates
- 1 cup berries
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
Adding hemp seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil or nuts will make any smoothie filling and satisfying. I like how Kevin doesn’t go over board on the nuts, but goes with hemp instead.
via Gena on Choosing Raw.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 lime, pit and skin removed (if you don’t have a VitaMix, just use lime juice)
- 3/4 cup pineapple, chopped, or 1/2 banana, chopped
- 1 tsp agave, or stevia to taste
- 1 cup water
- 6 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Add more ice or water as needed, and enjoy.
Key Filling Ingredients
While the fruits and veggies packed into each recipe above should stimulate and deeply satisfy every cell due to all the nutrients, for a more filling breakfast smoothie add one or more of these protein and healthy fat dense goodies:
Nuts- almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia
Seeds- sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, flax, hemp, chia!
Mylk-nut/seed/oat mylk…all non dairy
Oil- flax, coconut, hemp, avocado
I find that just two tablespoons of a nut butter or chia seeds does the trick for me. The additional fat and protein slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream keeping your energy levels stable and your tummy satisfied.
It’s also important to understand that maybe a cup of smoothie just isn’t going to do it for you. Sip your morning smoothie mindfully, allowing time to “chew” the nutrients and stomach to give you feedback.
I usually drink two cups of smoothie throughout the morning and may even have a crisp snack of celery or apple to satisfy the crunch factor. A lot of times I just find that I want to really chew and eat something rather than just slurp down nutrients. Find what works for you!
Challenge: Run to the market for the ingredients and set yourself up for a week of delicious morning smoothies. Try my faves for this week and then find your own for next week. I can’t wait to hear back about how incredible you feel.
Do you have any green or otherwise splendidly filling smoothies recipes? Leave em’ in the comments so we can all try.