Ok, then. The Green Smoothie. My current favorite breakfast.
Crystal Harper first told me about green smoothies. How they were the perfect running breakfast, etc. And, well, you can't argue with her daughter's running times. Not that Summer wouldn't be amazingly fast without green-smoothie fuel.
But then, there's the Tarahumara Indians of Born to Run, who swear by chia seeds for eighty-mile nearly-barefoot runs over hot desert sands. Only, chia seeds are so not delicious plain, as my daughter will tell you.
I wasn't excited about jumping on the Green-Smoothie-Girl Diet bandwagon--I don't do diets. I just wanted to try a green drink packed with super-healthy stuff. And then throw chia seeds in it.
Crystal told me the basics of her own green smoothies; I played with the details for mine and came up with something even my hyper-picky, sugar-eating, 11-year-old unadventurous eater thought tasted delicious. He doesn't like to admit that. I mean, it's freaking green.
Here's what I came up with. And mine's free. Just like the book I'm giving away. See how nice I am? Even though it's February? I could take out my brain cloud on you, but I'm giving you free, green stuff instead.
The Perfect Green Smoothie:
4 kale leaves
3/4 of a 1-lb. bag frozen tropical fruit
1 1/2 C. pineapple juice
1/2 C. orange juice
1 T. chia seeds (opt)
1 C. all-natural vanilla yogurt
1 C. crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in blender and frappe' until smooth.
Happy green drinking!