Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Breakfast Shake

shake it

Another liquid-based post from yours truly. I can't help it! This heat makes me not want to eat solid food. Not that I'm complaining. I was wishing for this weather way back when it was snowy and horrible in the middle of the winter. That's the thing about living in a place with intense seasons. I always appreciate one weather extreme by remembering its opposite.

So yeah, no solid food for now, just cool drinks. This one isn't boozey, though, which is good because, call me square, but I really don't think anyone should have a big glass of booze for a weekday breakfast. This time, I'm sharing one of my morning shake recipes. I could have these three times a day if my budget permitted. Instead, I just start each day with one.

I started adding greens to my shakes only recently, after reading about fifty other food bloggers insisting that you really can't taste the greens. Well, number me 51, folks, because it's true. You can't taste a few leaves of spinach or chard mixed in with a bunch of berries and bananas and almond milk. I swear it.


Summer Breakfast Shake

1 big (or 2 medium sized) leaves of swiss chard
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1 1/4 cup of vanilla almond milk

Rip the greens up into small pieces and then put them in your blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend it like crazy, especially if, like me, you want to gag when you come up with a mouthful of frozen banana lumps or a chunk of leafy chard.

Some Notes:

- I find that spinach blends in a bit better than chard, but I happen to have chard on hand right now so it's been what I've been using.

- I have an excellent blender. The Man of Science got it for me for Christmas one year. It's made by Breville and it is tall and skinny and looks a bit like a blender version of Homestar Runner. It actually has a "Smoothie" setting that alternates pulsing and blending to ensure that your smoothie is chunk-free. Genius!

- I freeze all of my berries for shakes as well because I like the shakes to be super thick and cold. Especially on steamy days like today.



Chandelle said...

I agree, I'm all about frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. Warm, thick smoothie is just gross, and so is runny, watery smoothie. Frozen fruit makes a perfect smoothie!

A said...

"I really don't think anyone should have a big glass of booze for a weekday breakfast. "

It's 5 o'clock SOMEWHERE right?? LOL!


Anonymous said...

very nice! how easy is your blender to clean? I'm a bit of a lazy git in the mornings, so it'd have to involve not washing many dishes in order to have this delicious smoothie!

Jo Stockton said...

The blender is fairly easy to clean because it comes apart into three pieces. I usually just leave it full of water in the sink for the day and then either wash it or put it in the dishwasher at night. Or, rather, the Man of Science puts it in the dishwasher at night.


HayMarket8 said...

That smoothie looks great. I love the idea of taking the blender pic. I may steal that from you! :)

allularpunk said...

yummy smoothie! i'm actually planning a smoothie for breakfast in the morning. but i don't have strawberries or any greens! next time.

Aggie said...

This freaky, Jo. I was JUST going to request a breakfast shake recipe from you! I love this blog.

Cyn said...

My only issue with green smoothies is how much I love chard by itself - I want to eat it so I can taste it! I am wondering if I could use some of my boring lettuce is smoothies, though.