This banana blueberry gooseberry green smoothie is a great way to start your day. If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier, make one of these green smoothies for breakfast!
Originally published on honeyandbirch.com in January of 2014.
After getting a bad cold and spending the last 10 days in bed, I had an epiphany. I am not taking care of myself. This isn’t a new year’s resolution but a realization that in general, I am beating up my body.
You only get one body so you should probably take care of it.
One of the first things I am going to do is eat breakfast. I get up every day at 7am, start working and don’t eat for hours. According to Live Science, 4 reasons to not skip breakfast include decreased risk of diabetes and heart disease, better memory and easier weight loss. Definitely enough reasons for me.
I am going to start slow with some green smoothies.
Banana Blueberry Gooseberry Green Smoothie
The vibrant green color of green smoothies used to really throw me off. I thought they would taste savory but thanks to the addition of fruit, nut butters and sweeteners, they are sweeter than they look.
This smoothie includes bananas, blueberries and cape gooseberries.
Bananas and blueberries are common fruits and great additions to green smoothies. Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper. Blueberries are full of anti-oxidants. They are also a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, fiber and copper.
Cape gooseberries are not common, at least not in the US. In fact, you may not be able to find them at the store (if that happens, just substitute them with an additional banana.) I am always on the search for new fruits and vegetables and couldn’t resist buying and trying them. According to my research, they have a moderate amount of vitamin C which makes them a great addition to my new breakfast routine.
Smoothies are really easy to make – you just add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend everything until smooth and pour into a glass.
It’s really that simple and that’s why its great in the morning. If I have an easy breakfast plan, I am more likely to eat breakfast. Wish me luck!
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 big handful spinach
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup sliced banana (approximately 1 banana)
- 1/2 cup cape gooseberries
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon raw agave
- Add the milk, spinach, banana, blueberries, flax seed, almond butter and raw agave, in that order, to the blender.
- Blend until smooth. Add ice to a large glass (optional) and pour the smoothie into glasses.
If you can't find cape gooseberries, substitute with an additional 1/2 cup of bananas.
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