Back to school food - post #2

By Sarah Levannier - September 14, 2014

In this second post for back to school foods, I would like to share with you my smoothie recipe. We all know how important it is to eat our famous "5 a day" and yet, we often struggle to do so. Vegetables are very important for our body and immune system. They are what is going to help us fight that cold or make sure we feel good after a meal. Of course, eating fruits and vegetables without paying attention to our food combinations (I should write an article on food combinations somedays) can be quite nasty for our body. Not everyone believes in the power of good food combos. I belong to those who A- have experienced it and B- has seen positive results. 

This smoothie is full of greens. It's a very green smoothie. However, it's important to eat fruits and vegetables of all of the rainbow colors (for exemple, blue is for blueberries, orange is for carrots, oranges… red is for tomatoes……). This smoothie also contains seeds and nut milk which bring you a lot of fibers, proteins and good fats. 

It's perfect if you are in a hurry because it will only take you 5 minutes to prepare it and you can drink it on your way to the office. It's also a great way of eating at least 2 portions of fruits and vegetables. And finally, it's sugar free, naturally gluten free and vegan friendly. 

Serves 1

- 1 cup kale
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled
- 1/5 or 1/4 of avocado
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds, preferably soaked
- Nut milk to taste (I used 100 mL hazelnut milk but it's up to you to add more or less depending on the texture you are expecting. Mine was quite thick. You can replace the nut milk by water or regular milk but then it won't be a vegan smoothie anymore).
- Ice cubes to taste
- Muesli, seeds… to top 

Put all ingredients in a blender (except ice cubes and topping ingredients) and blend until you get the texture you expected. You may add honey if you need a sweet taste. 

Pour in a big glass or in a specific container to take it on the go. Add ice cubes and top with seeds, oats… Let your imagination speak! 

Now how simple was that? There are no simpler recipes as smoothies. And yet, if you don't pack them with sugar and other unhealthy products, they can be a great alternative to breakfast for people who are in a hurry or simply are reluctant to eat in the morning. 

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