I have gone back to making a smoothie for breakfast or maybe I should call it brunch as I never seem to get to it until a few hours after I have started my day..My Ninja Blender Smoothie is a one – two and done process that I love. It contains a lot of green vegetables but because I have the habit of adding a slice of fresh beet to it I get a strange color. As anyone who has done that knows, the red beet color takes over everything and unless you use a lot of beet the color is a little less than exciting, but the flavor is great..
It is now only two weeks until we return to our home in Mexico and as part of the last minute buying process, I have purchased the Ninja Mega Kitchen System
Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL771)
New Price: $197.99
Old Price: $249.99
You Save: $52.00
to take with us. I have wanted a Ninja system for a long time because I believe in using all of the produce when I make a drink. I have a juicer but it removed all the fiber and just gives you clear juice…not that is not always bad, but when I start my day I want all the nutrition I can pack into my smoothie….Here is the recipe I am presently using to start my day…
- 1 kale leaf including the stem
- 1 large swiss chard leaf including the stem
- 1 beet leaf including the stem
- 1 large or two medium carrots
- 3 or four sprigs of parsley
- ⅛th wedge of fresh beet from medium sized beet
- 1 piece fresh ginger, I use a piece about the size of a quarter, ¼ inch thick
- 1 Granny Smith Apple
- 1 medium sized ripe banana
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 8 ounces fresh spring water
- Put everything into the large 72 ounce blender jar, cover it press blend, that's all there is to it.
- The Ninja system is so powerful that you can put everything into it at once, including the ice and it will blend you a perfect drink in a matter of a couple of minutes.
The energy level I feel from this smoothie is much more than I expected when I started making it a couple of days ago….I also have a recipe for a great tropical fruit smoothie that I will share with you in the next article.
I use a protein powder called PlantFusion PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb New Price: $32.76 Old Price: $52.99 You Save: $20.23 but there are many others available at your local health food store. I happen to like this one because besides being a complete protein, it is Gluten Free, GMO free, has not soy and is made with sprouted Amaranth and Quinoa.
Kale gives us vitamins K, A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids, and copper, potassium, iron, manganese and more.
Swiss chard is a store-house of many phytonutrients, rich in B-complex group of vitamins plus protein, calcium, thiamine, selenium, zinc, and more.
Beets bring to the smoothie Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; and folic acid.
Fresh Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller that fights many ailments including clods and the flu.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene as well as fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.
Parsley brings us chlorophyll, vitamin A, B, C, and K, folate and iron as well as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vanadium, and zinc.
Granny Smith Apples are rich in carbohydrates and fiber as well as Potassium and vitamin C.
Bananas are a great source of potassium as well as vitamins B-6 and C.
There are a lot of other great vegetables that I will be adding or exchanging over the next few days including spinach and bell peppers…In a world where High Frutose Corn Syrup is added to just about everything we buy except fresh vegetables and fruit, I really enjoy treating my body to a home made smoothie…