Like most busy individuals in the morning, I’m trying to do the most to get out of the house in addition to adding a healthy dose of substance to the mix, usually referred to as breakfast, to jump start me for the day. Now over the weekend the hubby and kids pretty much shout for ‘PANCAKES’, and of course with all the standard bells and whistles: grits, eggs, maybe a turkey breakfast meat item, and fruit. However, weekdays are a completely different monster allotting for the kids to grab a healthy breakfast at school, and for me, yep you guessed it, a smoothie. Here is where I try to load up on as many veggies while perking it with my favorite fruits. Well this morning I wasn’t quite in the ‘fruity mood’ and desired something a bit more rich and creamy…ideally something with chocolate and a nut butter. Hmmm, but how do I get my veggies in to kick-start the day with a chocolate peanut butter smoothie, tastefully? And is this really what I want to consume as my first meal of the day? I can see the afternoon or evening for a treat, but as my breakfast?
The answer is YES! See, the magic veggie that will make this concept right with the world is spinach. Now before you go sticking your tongue out and scoffing at a combo of peanut butter and this super leaf, remember that spinach is a pretty mild green, unlike its cousins the collard and kale. Spinach is the more subtle and sweeter, if you will, leafy veggie of the bunch. And when you think about it, you never taste the spinach in your fruit smoothie, right? You taste the apple, mango, pineapple, strawberry, or banana that’s thrown in to make your fruit smoothie just that, fruity. Now surely goodness and mercy, the rich flavors of peanut butter and cocoa could do the same…. right? ABSOLUTELY! I even ‘spiced’ up this smoothie a bit to include a dose of additional health beneficial roots from turmeric and ginger, which coincidentally makes for a delicious rich and cozy beverage for the Fall when served warm! But these are completely optional- extremely tasty- but optional nonetheless ;-)
Check out the recipe below!