a green morning

Until last week, I had a twice broken blender. First, the blade was broken. After a very long waiting list for a new blade and two glorious days of milkshakes and smoothies, the whole bottom of the blender basically shattered. All this while, my mind was piling up a list of things to make once our blender was fixed: cashew butter, kale pesto, sticky toffee pudding, almond flour, soups and so on. At the top of this list - and as the two days of blender activity demonstrate - were smoothies. As much as I love fruit and fruity beverages, my teeth cannot handle the added sugar found in most store-bought juice. This makes home-made smoothies ideal and a part of my breakfast of champions.

Smoothies are also very forgiving so you can load them up with all of the healthy things hiding in your kitchen: hemp and protein powders, dates, almonds, fresh lemon juice, kale and spinach. Smoothies are a good way to take a tip from Popeye the Sailor Man who got the reputation of being stronger-than-strong because of his loyalty to eating spinach. I know that I do not get nearly enough greens, but with a blender, some fruit and a tablespoon of honey that is sure to change.

Spinach and Pear Smoothie


1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
a heaping handful of spinach, well rinsed
1 banana, preferably frozen
1 pear, chopped
1 tbsp of honey
1 tsp of hemp powder
cold water if needed

Blend together the orange juice and spinach until well-mixed. Add the pear, banana, honey and hemp powder and blend. If too thick, add cold water to taste.


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