Since my household begins every morning with a smoothie, I am happy to oblige his request. Giovanna and I share the need for our first food of the day to be fresh and healthful. We love baked goods!….but these need to come later, after our bodies have woken up.
There is one thing to note about this recipe- it is dependent on a Vitamix, or another extremely powerful blender. Our Vitamix, inherited from a fierce woman who passed away two years ago, is our prized possession. We practically worship it around here. Its significance increased even more when Giovanna broke her jaw in a bike accident and pureé was the name of the game for weeks. My advice to all who want to cook decent food on a regular basis- do not skimp on a blender- go for quality. A strong one can do the work of a juicer and a food processor without as much of the hassle and clean up.
1 or 2 dates (pitted)
1 large leaf of kale
1/2 cup of yogurt (plain or maple)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 tablespoon flax seed oil
1 apple (cored and cut into pieces)
1 3/4 teaspoon of ginger (peeled and chopped)
3/4 cup carrot or apple juice
a few mint leaves
a few dashes of cinnamon
Put all of it in a blender with a few ice cubes and blend! Add more liquid if you want it smoother. Opt out of the supplements if you don’t have them or don’t want to spend the money.