The Smoothie That Keeps You Going Until Lunch
Having a green, alkaline smoothie for breakfast is just awesome. It’s packed with nourishing goodies, and it makes you feel great – BUT – it doesn’t always last until lunch and you can easily fall into the mid-morning snack trap…
This hugely alkaline, super-filling smoothie ticks all of the boxes: nutrients, flavour AND satiety (i.e. you feel fuller for longer).
Combining the nourishment from the greens, fibre, protein and fats it’s the perfect combination to keep your happy and hunger-free from breakfast until lunch – meaning this is the ultimate 5-minute breakfast to fit into your busy schedule.
Contains 27g protein & 29g fibre!
The “Fill-Me-Up-Until-Lunch” Alkaline Smoothie
2 Handfuls of baby spinach leaves
2 Handfuls of kale, watercress or other green leaf
1/2 Cup of almonds (soaked overnight)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
200ml of almond milk (unsweetened)
200ml filtered water
- Soak the almonds overnight or for at least 4 hours (unless you’ve got a Vitamix or other high powered blender, and then this step is optional)
- Simply blend the ingredients together, starting with the avocado, greens and liquids to form a base, before putting everything else in – except the chia
- Once it’s all blended, stir through the chia seeds and then wait for 2 minutes for the chia to do it’s thing!
Enjoy and let me know how it works for you!
What do you soak the almonds in overnight?
So that they blend easier – if you have a high speed blender, you can avoid this step.
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Good and simple. A couple of points
1) It may be a good idea to rotate the nut butter to avoid food intolerances or allergies developing…
2) It is currently very cold outside (and in my house).
Last thing I feel like is a cold breakfast…
Any options for cold winter mornings for those of us who do NOT live in the South?
I do already drink a cup of ginger tea first thing…
I’m wanting to buy a gadget to make alkaline smoothies. What should I look for (should I be looking for self-cleaning blenders, self-cleaning juicers or are they the same)?
What alternatives are there for almond butter please?
Many thanks in advance.
Hi, would there be a substitute for avocado? they don’t agree with me…
Is it safe to consume raw spinach on a daily basis? I remember reading somewhere that one should alternate greens because of some compound that spinach contains?? Is this true?
Spinach is high in oxalates and this can be a real problem for some, and perhaps a smaller problem for others.
Moreover, in Europe, we have always lightly steamed spinach.
It is an American habit to eat raw spinach (which we don’t consider healthy)…
You can sub with other greens or green powders.
I’ve been buying “Trader Joes” bottled alkaline water ph 9.5+ do you know of it and am I getting what I’m paying for ?
I’m in Seattle WA USA
@ Kelly… If organic avocados not agree with you. May I suggest you find out why. That in-it-self is a yellow flag. Shall let Ross address your query of ad avocado replacement. PS: Check to see how you react to various nuts. (similar to avocados)?.
Hi Ross I’m going to try your smoothie recipe, however, I have an allergy to certain nuts
including almonds. I think predominantly its tree nuts I’m not good with. I’m good with almond milk. What would you suggest I use instead?
Any ideas gratefully received.
The nuts are in there for protein and fat – so you can just add some extra fats and for more protein try chia, cooked quinoa, raw oats, canellini beans – or an alkaline protein powder (the sun warrior brand is great).
Or you can just leave them out 🙂
oops left the chia seeds in the blender, does that matter?
Is there any replacement for chia seeds? I am from South Africa, and I have never heard of this product.
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Hi Vernon – I’ve emailed you the answer to this.
Can I sub the almond milk with coconut milk?
I’m allergic to almonds. What can I replace all the almond-based stuff with? The only nuts I know I’m safe with are walnuts. All the others, I’m either allergic or intolerant to. I can also have sunflower seeds. Can I put those in?
Hey Jae – absolutely. These would work fine, as would cashews.
How do you get 27 g protein
Hi, Ross. I tried to make this smoothie this morning and it didn’t come out smooth at all. It was very “grainy” I guess you could say, with lots of bits of greens which was sort of off putting because I wanted it to be smooth in texture. I use a Ninja blender and I did soak the almonds overnight. What could I be doing wrong?
I would omit the Kale – this is what your blender is struggling with and making it taste grainy.
@ Amy, We use ninjas, we thoroughly grind our dry goods 1st. THEN add our coconut water & then our greens. Doing Kale (& some other items) has its drawbacks but we still alternate. Experimentation of what works & what you like, locate a balance. But, do partake of all the good stuff. Partake of the cream and the less tasty smoothies.
I am too interested in the pros and cons of consuming raw kale (and others from the same family) on general health (not necessarily for a specific condition).
Can you please provide your thoughts.
@ Matt… Ross shared a few words on Kale a few months ago. (Assuming you are ref to oxalates)…
1 = http://liveenergized.com/live-energized-tv/the-truth-about-oxalate/?inf_contact_key=948eeae4ab09369c95070da4deca99f043be58627e35fea99cb1abfcb52dafdf
2 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220wx–jVIQ
Loved the smoothie, really filling. Had breakfast at 7am an did not feel hungry till after midday. thank you.
Allergic to almonds. Can those and the almond milk and the almond butter be replaced by something else?
Is the 27 grams protein and 29 grams fiber for both servings or per serving?
Thanks so much, Julie
I have a goiter on both sides of my thyroid and through my research I have read that if you have a compromised thyroid you should not be eating, juicing or making smoothies out of the raw cruciferous vegetables such as Kale, Spinach, broccoli, cabbage etc. Your smoothie adds both raw kale and raw spinach. How can I get around this? Do you know anything about not eating the raw veggies with a thyroid condition? I would love to hear your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.
Liz, have you any information on this please?
Hi – the thyroid/kale/goitrogen issue is definitely something to be aware of if you have a known thyroid condition. For everyone else it’s certainly not an issue – UNLESS you have a severe iodine deficiency.
Look for low oxalate greens (a google search will show you this) – greens such as romaine lettuce are excellent as an alternative.
Liz, you could lightly steam them before blending…
most people (including Dr Wentz) agree that it is ok to eat veggies from the Brassica family when suffering from a thyroid condition, particularly if they are ightly steamed.
My naturopath said the same about the raw kale, cruciferous greens should be steamed. I quickly steam the greens and put them in the vitamix. Pour my greens into ice cube trays and freeze. its quicj and easy way to add to my smoothies.
Hey Angela and Liz
This is a bit of a myth. The supposed issues with cruciferous has been blown HUGELY out of proportion, is not backed by any studies – BUT it can affect those who have a pre-existing severe thyroid issue. If you want to steam first this is fine, but it’s more work and you are losing some of the nutrients by cooking.
I’ve explained more here: http://liveenergized.com/live-energized-tv/cruciferous-vegetables-thyroid/
Would can I sub for all the almonds in this recipe? I’m allergic to almonds, but not to other nuts.
You can sub any other nut you like – I most prefer almonds but you can use cashews or other nuts. Be aware that cashews bought from large chains will likely have been stored a long time and can become acidic. It’s best to buy from a local source and organic where possible.
Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing
Thanks man 🙂
Will I be seeing you in Oct in AZ again this year?
How’s things been?
i don’t have chai can you add a banana or just leave it ?
You can just leave the chia if you don’t have it. That would be better than adding banana.
I wish there was an “Edit” feature so I can go back and correct my spelling error!
Looks good! Do you make your own almond milk? I have found it impossible to find almond milk in the store that does not contain carageenen and/or myriad gums, and other undesireable ingredients.
Yes, I do – I do it by soaking almonds overnight and then putting through my slow juicer.