Anyone with hypoglycemia—or a just long morning ahead of them—knows that a soul-quenching, body-nourishing breakfast is a must. But wanting a breakfast that will stay with you throughout the morning does not equate to wanting a breakfast that feels like it’s sticking to your ribs. We’re just looking for something that’s healthy with impressive staying power. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, right?
For the past few years, I’ve experimented with finding just the right breakfast for a busy weekday. I’ve tried various green smoothies and juices—because I want to incorporate the detoxifying power of greens into my breakfast—but sometimes these don’t do much for the ol’ blood sugar, meaning that they may give my blood sugar a nice spike, but I ultimately face the inevitable blood sugar crash a few hours later. This vegan detox green protein smoothie is a little different, however.
Combining superfoods kale, spinach, raw maca powder, ginger, cinnamon, and chia seeds, this green delight is the perfect blend of light and heavy—and it cleanses (i.e. supports the liver, President Detoxifier) while it satiates. (Learn more about the cleansing powers of greens here.) Since this smoothie keeps for 1-2 days in the fridge, you can even make it in advance—no more rushed mornings!
Green Detox Protein Smoothie
1 cup non-dairy milk (almond or coconut works well)
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 banana (or one serving of fruit of your choice)
1 tbsp. raw almond butter
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. raw maca powder
1” knob fresh ginger root, peeled
stevia to taste (if necessary)
dash of cinnamon
1 tsp. hemp protein powder (optional)
small handful of ice (if you want it colder)
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and purée to desired consistency. Enjoy immediately or store in a glass jar in the fridge for 1-2 days.
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Photos: Mary Hood