Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I like to have plenty of options when it’s time for it! However for me, breakfast has to be rich in nutrients, healthy and hearty, first of all because when I wake up I’m very hungry and second because the hours that follow it, are the most demanding of the day as I have to go to work and do thousands of things before and after it.
One of the meals I often have for breakfast is this chocolate smoothie because it’s absolutely delicious! Additionally it’s made of 100 % raw, unprocessed ingredients, it has a light and creamy mousse -like texture, it’s rich in nutrients, vitamins and beneficial omega – 3 fatty acids as well as fibers that keep me full for hours after consuming it.
Especially after my morning workout when I am even hungrier, I garnish my smoothie bowl with plenty of cereals, fruits and nuts.
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, peeled
- ½ cup water or vegan milk or vegan kefir
- 1 tsp raw carob powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tbsp blond raisins or 1-2 dates
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ cup strawberries (4-5)
- 1 tsp wheat grass powder (optional)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Granola, strawberries, banana slices, kiwi slices, nuts
- The night before or at least half an hour before breakfast, mix the seeds in a bowl with ½ cup of water or vegan milk of your choice and leave in the refrigerator to soak. I usually soak my seeds overnight because they soften and thus add a wonderful, creamy texture to my smoothie smoothie.
- Put the seeds with the liquid in the blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend at high speed until a thick cream has been formed. In my blender (which is a regular one) it doesn’t take more than 1-2 minutes.
- Serve immediately and garnish with breakfast cereals, fruits and nuts of your choice.
Making smoothies is a fantastic and easy way to… drink your vegetables! Although I am a person who loves eating raw salads and I try to have at least one big green salad daily, sometimes I just don’t have the time or maybe the only thing I want to do is to have a refreshing smoothie and relax on the couch.
Vegans should consume even more green leafy vegetables in order to fulfill their daily needs in several vitamins and minerals such as calcium. So, if you aren’t exactly a “green salad” person or you want to reassure that you consume enough greens, one or two green smoothies daily could be a wise and definitely healthy choice.
Since red is my favorite color, today for my smoothie I used a whole beet (root and greens) blended with some fresh, fragrant strawberries. Beet greens are actually the most nutrient-dense part of the plant since they are rich in minerals such as calcium and vitamins, while beet roots give their subtle sweet taste together with considerable amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In order to make my energizing smoothie even more nutritious I added some flaxseeds and 2-3 medjool dates for their sweet taste. Beyond its great taste, this smoothie can serve as a nutritious and filling snack between meals.
- ¼ cup raw beetroot peeled and chopped
- ¾ cup tender beet greens, chopped
- 1 ½ cups strawberries fresh or frozen
- ¾ cup water
- 2-3 dates or 2-3 tablespoons raisins
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- Wash the dates or raisins, remove the seeds, soak them in ¾ cup of water for half an hour or more and keep the water for using it in the recipe. If you have a really powerful blender you can skip soaking and add all the ingredients in the container.
- Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend at high speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.
Note: If you like frozen smoothies, put the strawberries in the freezer for at least two hours and use cold water or maybe some ice cubes.