5 Minute Vegan Breakfast: Warm Vegetable Smoothie

Warm Vegetable SmoothiesI’m continuing my 5 Minute Vegan Breakfast series today with Warm Vegetable Smoothies!

As I’ve talked about before on my blog, for many years I worked in touring children’s theatre.  I absolutely loved the job, but one of the down sides was that I had to wake up at ungodly early hours and sit in traffic to get to schools that were sometimes hours away.  When the alarm went off at 4:30 am, I needed everything to go on autopilot with clothes arranged the night before, a lunch already made and waiting in the refrigerator, and a breakfast that I could easily eat in the car.

For those mornings, I kept a stockpile of tomato soups that came packaged in their own heatable mugs with a hole for sipping, which I’d buy in singles at Target.  This was before I went vegan; although, out of curiosity I looked it up to see if they’re still for sale (they are) and if they are vegan (yep, that too).  However, the ingredients include high fructose corn syrup, which I have avoided for years now, and I can only imagine what was inside the lining of that encased mug that I was heating.  Even so, at the time I thought I was grabbing a fairly healthy breakfast.

Despite the fact that I wouldn’t be inclined to get one of those prepackaged sippy soups now, the idea of drinking my vegetables while on the road is still an attractive one.  And while I could make a cold fruit smoothie before I head out the door, in the chilly winter months it’s more appealing to have a warm option for breakfast.  I like having something that will heat the bones while I brave the cold.

Warm Vegetable SmoothieSo lately I’ve been making five minute breakfasts that I call Warm Vegetable Smoothies.  I throw half of a ripe bell pepper, a carrot, a tomato, chia seeds, water, and a leaf of kale with the rib removed into my Vitamix.  (Using another high-speed blender, like a Blendtec, would also work.)

With the exception of cutting the bell pepper in half and removing any stems, I don’t chop any of the vegetables.  I simply wash them, throw them in the blender, turn it to high, and let it blend until smooth and warm, which takes 2-3 minutes.  If I’m having the smoothie at home, I drink it out of a mug, and if I am taking it to go, I put it into my sippy coffee cup.  The produce-rich drink is mild and velvety with slightly earthy undertones from the carrot.

Warm Vegetable SmoothieNow, a person could totally make a case for this being called soup, but the experience doesn’t hit me that way.  Since it has chia seeds in it, it has that thicker, whippy viscosity that I associate with smoothies.  Also tomatoes and ripe bell peppers are technically fruits and, along with carrots, are all quite sweet.  So the smoothie still has a sweetness to it.  (And if you’re not a kale fan or just don’t want any of the associated bitterness in the morning, simply omit it.)

Warm Vegetable SmoothieI like starting the day knowing that I’ve already gotten several servings of produce into my system.  It makes me feel like I’m ahead of the game.  However, I do find that whenever I start with a liquid breakfast, I get hungry faster and usually need to eat again within a couple of hours, and so I plan my mid-morning snack accordingly.

Warm Vegetable Smoothie

Warm Vegetable Smoothie

Serving Size: Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper with stem removed
  • 1 small to medium sized tomato (or the equivalent amount of cherry or grape tomatoes)
  • 1 small to medium sized carrot, top removed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 leaf curly kale with the rib removed (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, blend all ingredients on high until warm, smooth and velvety. This will take 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a mug and enjoy while warm.
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23 thoughts on “5 Minute Vegan Breakfast: Warm Vegetable Smoothie

    • Thanks, Caitlin! It’s funny how preferences change. That used to be my favorite brand, and I thought homemade soup was a disappointment. It’s hard to imagine now wanting something out of a can when I could have soup made from scratch!

  1. A warm veggie smoothie is a really intriguing idea. I like the idea of getting some veggies in earlydoors – makes a change from the porridge I rely on for a hot winter breakfast normally!

    • I’d never heard of the phrase “earlydoors.” Even though I had a fair guess as to what it meant, I had to look it up to see how it originated. I thought I knew a fair amount of British colloquialisms, but you’re always teaching me new ones!

  2. What a good way to start your day! The idea of a warm smoothie is intriguing. I love the idea of starting your day this way…especially on these cold mornings!

    • Yes, I like feeling like I’ve already ticked the boxes on servings of fresh fruits and vegetables before the day has even begun in earnest. And it’s definitely harder to eat something cold and watery when it’s so ridiculously cold outside!

    • Thanks! I got it at a Japanese import store in Burbank the last time I was there, along with a matching fork & knife. I couldn’t resist that little winking face!

  3. How have I never thought of this?! I love the idea of starting the day with a dose of veggies. I’d probably have to heat mine though because I don’t have one of those high-powered blenders that does it for you, but it’s not like that takes a ton of time :)

    • Yes, it feels good to know that I’ve already gotten some produce into my system before the day has really started in earnest. Do you think your blender would be able to blend raw vegetables into a drinkable form? Before I got a high speed blender, I had the toughest time getting mine to break down kale, for example, and had to have it blend in batches. There’s no way it would have been able to obliterate carrots. You could try steaming the vegetables first to soften them a bit, if necessary.

      • That’s a good idea. My blender does fine with kale and frozen fruit (when I do smoothies) but your point about the carrots is well-taken!

  4. I guess I’m one of those people who prefer to think of it as soup — thick and creamy puréed soup. Yeah! Do you find you have to remove the center rib even with a vitamix?

    • You know, probably not, but I got into the habit of always removing the center rib with my old blender and it kind of stuck. Plus, that’s how I always see it in other recipes, and so it’s become my habit. But you’re right! I should try it with the rib still in the next time I make it. If it can break down carrots to nothing, I can think of no good reason why it couldn’t break down the kale rib. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  5. At one point in my life, I practically lived on those little soups. The fact that this is a healthier alternative to them makes your warm smoothie even more appealing!

    • You’ll have to let me know if you try it! I wouldn’t say it’s the same flavor at all of those other soups, but it is cozy to start the day with something warm and portable.

  6. Warm smoothies are perfect for the cold days…but I can’t stand warm smoothies or juices – love a bit of ice in them! I need to get a Vitamix one day…And congratulations with the nomination!

    • They’re definitely something I’m more drawn to when it’s cold outside, like it is right now. But I can see how they wouldn’t be appealing to everybody! I’m surprised that you don’t have a Vitamix already with all of the cooking that you do. Although, since you’re always traveling, maybe it’s not as much of an imperative.

    • Yes, it can be harder to want to eat cold, crisp vegetables when it’s cold and crisp outside too. A bit of warmth makes it go down easier! Thanks for stopping by, Christin!

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