First of all, thank you to the positive responses I received regarding my last blog entry. Now that I’m writing again on here, I’ve committed myself to writing a post on food every Sunday. I’m also going to publish a post on Thursdays about another topic, such as gardening or writing. I appreciate your reading and will do all I can to make your time with this blog a meaningful experience.
I love starting the day with fruit and vegetables. It sets the tone for the day, reminding myself how good these foods can taste. I need this reminder, because like many people, I have a tendency to eat emotionally, and my emotions still tell me that fruits and vegetables are the least comforting of foods. If I drink a smoothie in the morning, and stop to notice how good my body feels, it helps me re-learn each day how to appreciate plant foods.
If you are interested in changing your diet, starting the day with a smoothie might be one simple change you can make. Try it for a few weeks and see how you feel. There are just a few caveats. One is, smoothies fill you up initially, but in my experience, I find I need to eat more often when eating plant-based food, so make sure you have a mid-morning snack, such as an apple with peanut butter, ready to go. Secondly, smoothies really do work best in high-powered blenders. If you plan on making this a regular part of your life, you may wish to invest in one. Finally, I’m used to the taste of kale, and am perfectly fine with it in my smoothies (you really do mostly taste the sweetness of the fruit). However, I think it’s best to work your way up to it, rather than diving into a kale smoothie, hating it, and then giving up on smoothies in general. I’d recommend a few mornings of making the recipe without kale, then a few mornings of just adding a small amount of kale, until you work yourself up to the recipe’s amount.
My husband came up with this smoothie containing kale, strawberries, and chia seeds (I talk a bit more about chia seeds here), all of which are nutritional powerhouses. Use non-dairy milk that’s been fortified with calcium and vitamins to really stock up on your nutrition for the day.
- 1-1/4 cup soy milk, or other non-dairy milk *
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (not thawed)
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen (the smoothie will be thicker with a frozen banana)
- 2 – 3 medium to large leaves of kale, thick stems removed
- 2 – 3 teaspoons of chia seeds
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of honey, optional (the sweetness really helps mask the flavor of kale) **
Blend all ingredients until smooth. This will serve one hungry person, or one adult and one child, or two less hungry adults.
* I drink soy milk because it is nutritionally similar to cow’s milk. Other non-dairy milks lack the protein. Many foods can be harmful in large quantities, but two servings of soy a day can be a healthful part of a diet, if you’re not allergic to soy, of course. This article provides a comprehensive look at some of the research on this.
** I describe myself as vegan, but do eat honey. Many vegans would disagree with this, and I totally respect their thinking. For awhile, I didn’t eat any honey, but after considering it, I’ve decided I would like to support local, organic bee-keepers because I believe they have a role to play in assisting with the declining honeybee population.
Enjoy your smoothie and your week. Thank you so much for reading.