I have had every intention to keep juicing, but I grew tired of cleaning my juicer. Not because it is difficult to clean, but because my sink is usually full of dishes and I have to do those first before I can wash the juicer parts. There’s the rub. I almost always choose going to bed (or watching a show on Hulu) instead of doing dinner dishes. I know I’ll regret it in the morning, and yet I can’t seem to help myself. Do you do the same thing?
I wake up and there are dishes, so I can’t make breakfast until we have some clean dishes and silverware. Then I’m late getting breakfast on the table, which means the kids have to eat quickly. Then they’re a few minutes late for school because I make them brush their teeth after wolfing down said quick breakfast. Then there are more dishes (and e-mails to check) and before I know it, it’s 10:00 am and I haven’t showered or had any breakfast myself. I do usually start the early morning off with a cup of lemon water followed by powdered greens mixed with water. (It’s not as bad as it sounds.) But at that 10:00 am part of my morning, my tummy is rumbling and I’m busy and I want something fast, healthy and delicious.
So. That’s where my daily breakfast smoothie comes back into play. I load them up with good things and sip them until it’s time for a late lunch before I pick the kids up from school. My life is glamorous!
I have been trying some new combos. I will admit it–I hate kale in smoothies. I like kale juiced. I like kale sauteed in a hot pan with garlic and drizzled with balsamic. I love kale in soup. But not in smoothies. Spinach is one that I love any way, shape or form. But when I’m out of greens, or feel like drinking something non-green, I make some kind of variation of this smoothie. Sometimes it’s berries or plums. And sometimes (when my husband doesn’t accidentally unplug our extra freezer resulting in a bushel’s worth of peaches defrosting and going rotten…sigh), I use frozen peaches from the summer. I hoard them for that moment when I can’t stand winter a minute more and I need to remember that spring is just around the corner, followed by summer and eventually fresh peaches.
- 1 whole fresh or frozen peach (about 1½ cups frozen peaches)
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- 5 large ice cubes
- ½ cup gluten-free old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water, fruit juice, or your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup pecans
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- ¼ or more tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- agave or maple syrup, to taste
- Puree all ingredients until smooth.