Green Hemp Breakfast Smoothie

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“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison” – Ann Wigmore

Some mornings call for something quick and entirely available on-the-go. Normally, I am someone who enjoys all aspects of being able to sit down to eat breakfast, but let’s face it, it’s not always an option. If you are like me and find yourself looking to curb your hunger for the first half of the day with something substantial, healthy, and nourishing; this is just what the doctor ordered. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it is chalk-full of protein, as well as, vegan and gluten free. This particular smoothie has a total of 340 calories. A low-cal breakfast with incredible satiating power? Sign me up! If you do not have protein powder on hand (as it is an expensive pantry staple) feel free to use flax meal or ground hemp seeds as a substitution. Both are unbelievably nutritious and carry tons of omega-3’s and essential amino acids (protein’s little building blocks). Virtually, the beauty of a green smoothie is it’s versatility. Mix it up. Use what you have on hand, or better yet, what you are craving that day. If you do not have kale; use spinach, collard greens, or swiss chard instead. If you dislike almond milk, substitute for soy, rice, or coconut milk. Maybe, you like good old-fashioned peanut butter instead of almond butter. Kris loves frozen mango in his smoothie and I adore a good mix of berries. Perhaps you want to add a little spirulina for an extra boost of vitamins and minerals. All is welcomed and all is equally delightful. We can wholly agree that this way fast-food way of consuming breakfast is significantly beneficial to our livelihood. Happy blending!

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Green Hemp Breakfast Smoothie {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo}

Makes 1 smoothie (5 minutes) 

 

2 packed cups fresh organic tuscan kale, chopped

1/2 cup organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (feel free to use any frozen fruit you love)

1/2 frozen banana (I freeze my bananas with their peels on, so be sure to slice the peel off with a sharp knife before adding to blender)

1 heaping TBSP almond butter (I use homemade or store-bought fav; Justin’s Maple Almond Butter)

1 TBSP vanilla hemp protein powder (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)

1/4-1/2 cup water or coconut water  (for thinning)

Coconut chips or flakes (optional; for garnish)

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1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. I like to add a bit of coconut water or plain water to thin out if it  won’t blend or seems to thick. If you are feeling fancy, garnish with coconut chips or extra berries.

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  1. Debbie Erman

    8 August, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for another great recipe. ( I am a good friend of Debi’s and she showed me your website long ago!) I appreciated the info about being able to use ground hemp or flax meal when out of protein powder. I cannot use anything with dairy in it, hence no whey protein powder. I thoroughly dislike soy and the way it makes me feel, so no soy protein powder. I did find some very easy to digest pea protein powder, but the taste is slightly objectionable. I use it though, just to make sure I am getting that protein in there. I got a Vitamix for my birthday ( Yay! Thank you, hubby!) so the greens are SO much easier to use. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for the smoothie recipe. It is vey much like what I do ( I LOVE almond milk), but I did learn some new things. I have never added coconut water to thin my smoothie, so there you go. You really can learn something new every day!

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