The Smooth Side of Nutrition—Raw Breakfast Drinks
Posted on May 21 2012 | (2) Comments
Category:Raw Juices and Smoothies
Smoothies are great for people who are rushed and don’t have time to linger over a sit-down breakfast. I know because I’m one of them!
The truth is that if you have time to drink a cup of coffee, you have time to enjoy one of the nutritious smoothies that I demonstrate in this video.
In the days when people worked dawn to dusk doing hard labor on a farm, a breakfast of eggs, meat, potatoes, and plenty of bread and butter might have made perfect sense to them. In the 21st Century, however, most of us are better off with something a bit lighter. Juices, green smoothies, and fresh fruits are perfect choices for your morning repast, since they are high in nutrients, low in calories, easy to digest, and surprisingly satisfying.
I’m especially busy this month doing post-production on more than two dozen new demonstration videos that I’ll be posting soon. Fortunately, smoothies make a fast and energizing breakfast. On a chilly morning, I use room temperature fruit. When it’s hot and I feel like something frosty, I use frozen berries.
In addition to people who are short on time, smoothies are great for people who are short on appetite. Smoothies are just what you’re looking for if you’re the sort of person who isn’t very hungry first thing in the morning, but then ends up famished before lunch time...and possibly visiting the vending machine in the break room for an unhealthy snack. They go down easy in just a few gulps. So even if you’re not hungry, it’s easy to drink one and get your morning nourishment under your belt.
A great breakfast drink is my Berry Green Smoothie. It’s made with oranges and the berry of your choice – strawberries are in-season at the moment – familiar tastes you naturally associate with breakfast
The secret to this and any great-tasting smoothie is ripe fruits and fresh, unblemished vegetables. The right amount of water is important, too, as you don’t want a smoothie that’s too liquid-y or too thick. To get the consistency just right, I recommend that you blend down your fruit and water first, and then add your greens a little at a time
And speaking of greens, when you’re making green smoothies, don’t forget to remove the stems from tougher greens (such as kale), and chop them up a bit. Then work in batches and don't put too much in the blender at one time so that all the ingredients can blend perfectly.
Another secret for making smoothies extra smooth and creamy is choosing the right blender. The top-of-the-line, in my opinion, is the Vitamix. It’s a powerful machine that really gets the job done fast. I also recommend – and use – the Kitchenaid blender. It’s my tool of choice when I produce my cooking DVD’s. It’s easy to work with and doesn’t make too much noise.
For more recipes like the Berry Green Smoothie check out my latest books and DVDs!