For those of us on a gluten-free diet, the toughest meal to adapt is often breakfast. Waffles, pancakes, toast, muffins, croissants, pastries and most cereals are off limits – unless you are willing to spend a decent chunk of change on gluten-free versions from stores. Unfortunately, even store bought alternatives are often made with a lot of highly processed ingredients and are packed full of sugar. You can learn how to adapt your own recipes, and make healthier versions of gluten-free waffles, for example, with brown rice flour (instead of white) and stevia (instead of sugar); but if you’re not a morning person like me, making these treats will be more of a weekend affair than part of a daily routine.
And so here comes the wonderfully nutrient-packed, healthy – and most importantly – quick, breakfast smoothie. There are endless combinations for this, but my Green Power Smoothie is one of my favourites. There are two warnings I have to share with you first. 1) This is a very fibre rich smoothie, so it will likely have a mild cleansing effect, i.e. if you’re constipated, things will get moving soon. 2) If you bring drink this in front of other people, you’ll probably be turning heads. Finally, if you’re going to drink these smoothies everyday, I highly recommend buying certified organic fruits and veggies so you don’t sensitize yourself to the pesticides.
This smoothie takes about 5 minutes to prepare and makes about 4 glasses, or enough for two people. I usually make it, then pour it into two recycled almond butter jars with sealing lids. Enjoy!
2 Organic apples of your choice
2 Celery stalks
2 Black kale leaves
1/2 cup Coconut milk (optional)
2 tbsp Almond butter
2 servings Protein powder of your choice (pumpkin seed, hemp and pea are good options)
- Place all ingredients in a 2L blender.
- Fill with water to just below the maximum fill line.
- Blend until smooth, transfer to glasses or jars and enjoy!