Smoothies are my go-to breakfast right now. Even before trying to eat more raw foods, it was a staple for our morning routine. If the alarm doesn’t wake me, the whir of the blender is sure to do the trick.
Starting the day with fresh fruits and veggies quenches your body’s thirst for natural energy. And smoothies are a great way to incorporate them in your diet, as well as an opportunity to pack in a host of other nutritious foods.
We are given a fresh start for our bodies every single morning. Forget the misdeeds of yesterday: the vending machine snack, the 32-ouncer, the extra cookie we gave into in the break room. Every day is an opportunity to make our bodies happy rather than seriously pissed off. You know those days.
This smoothie makes my top ten. The moist cucumber combined with bright, sweet flavor of pineapple is a wonderfully vibrant combination. And with the addition of healthful ingredients like spinach, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and dried dulse flakes, it’s a smart choice as well. Do yourself a favor this weekend and forego the starchy, carb-laden breakfast and blend up a glass of this little green beauty.
Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie
1/2 c. water (I often substitute coconut water)
1/4 section of a whole pineapple, cubed and frozen
1 c. sliced english cucumber
1 medium banana (optional for extra sweetness)
1-2 c. spinach or kale leaves
1 t. raw honey
1 T. hulled hemp seeds
1 t. dulse flakes
1 t. whole chia seeds
1/2 t. sea salt
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high speed for 60 seconds. Check texture and blend for another 30 seconds if needed. For greater sweetness, add another 1 teaspoon honey.
Note: I often cut my pineapple up when I bring it home from the store and freeze half of it in small cubes. This lets me add it straight to my smoothie rather than added water from ice cubes. If you don’t have frozen pineapple readily available, cut the water by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup ice cubes.