Leftovers for Breakfast
Leftover Breakfast Smoothies
Doesn’t sound very appealing, right? I’m a marketer, I should come up with a better name. However, it probably got your attention. Leftover Breakfast Smoothies?
As I was packing the children’s lunches the other day, I gathered veges, fruits and cheeses. As I was doing so, I went through the fridge and pulled the strawberries that were left over from yesterday’s lunch, and carrots. And, I noticed the 1/2 bag of already-open spinach longing for some attention. I thought to myself, this is a waste. Put the leftovers in a blender and make breakfast.
I’ve been enjoying vege/fruit smoothies over the past few months – purchased from a store near my office. Rather than continue to spend $7/day on this beverage packed with nutrients, I’m exploring ways to make it myself. While I would love to purchase a Vitamix Blender, I pulled out the very reliable Waring Blender. And, it works for this novice juicer. On this first day, I added strawberries, celery, spinach, broccoli and grapes. Put in in a blender with a tad bit of orange juice and there it was – my $7 breakfast smoothie.
Fruit/Vege Smoothie tips:
- Use what’s in the fridge. Try it out. I will tell you that I’ve been asked NOT to use celery in future drinks…
- Use frozen fruits to chill it if necessary.
- Add only the amount of liquid necessary for blending. Fruits and veges have a lot of water in them.
If anyone criticizes and tells you your drink has a lot of calories – so what. In my mind, I just ate a meals worth of fruits and veges. I will say that you need to use veges. If you leave them out, you basically just have fruit juice.
To me, it’s not a diet. Just an opportunity to get a nutrient-packed meal.
Sweeteners include apples and grapes. Don’t be afraid of ginger. It packs a punch, but good for you.
Enjoy your healthy start. Share your smoothie recipes – I’ll try them.
Gatherer: Take what’s available. Those “leftovers” are waiting…
While a Vitamix Blender would be nice, my Waring does quite well.
I know. I know. Green. But, I’m telling you, it’s good. Fruits and veges play quite nicely together.