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.

Do it.


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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