RECIPE THURSDAY: Green Power Smoothie

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!

Ingredients:

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)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a 2L blender.
  2. Fill with water to just below the maximum fill line. 
  3. Blend until smooth, transfer to glasses or jars and enjoy!
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