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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Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie & 40 Days of Green Smoothies Giveaway!

Tropical Mango Banana SmoothieIt’s no secret that I am a big fan of Becky Striepe’s blog over at Glue & Glitter.  (You may remember that I did a video interview with her last fall.)  Every weekday Becky has recipe, craft, and DIY ideas, along with updates on her adorable baby, Darrol Henry.  As a mom to a young child, she knows that, like her, people are busy and looking for quick and inexpensive ways to improve their lives.

Speaking of self-improvement…  Although she’s not a religious person, Becky regularly gives something up for Lent.  One year a friend of hers mentioned that instead of giving something up, she liked to add something to her life.  At that point, Becky had been forgoing breakfast and, inspired by that idea, she decided she would use Lent as an excuse to start a morning green smoothie habit.  Armed with a $25 dollar blender, she stocked her pantry and sucked on smoothies for 40 days until it felt like a normal part of her routine.

Tropical Mango Banana SmoothieAfter hearing from others who were curious about a green smoothie routine but overwhelmed at where to start or worried it would be expensive, she decided to put her smoothies (after tweaking and testing) into an eBook.

Now this 62-paged book titled 40 Days of Green Smoothies is available for just $4.99 as a PDF through Glue & Glitter.  (And I have one copy available for giveaway at the end of this post!)

Throughout the book, Becky offers money saving tricks and time saving techniques.  Best of all, each week starts with a shopping list, so that a person can easily get everything needed to make that week’s drinks.  Obviously, the first week is the most expensive since there aren’t any leftover ingredients to use up; however, if you’re already making smoothies, it’s very likely that you have some of these ingredients on hand in your kitchen right now.

(Personally, I like to use the bulk spice area at our local natural food store to get chia seeds and flaxseeds.  Buying them in large bags can be pricey, but when you get them in bulk as needed, the sticker shock isn’t as high. )

Tropical Mango Banana SmoothieBecky mixes up the greens used in the smoothies throughout the four weeks.  Kale, collard greens, parsley, and lettuce all make an appearance.  All of the smoothies include fruit, but she keeps the fruit light.  I have found that at smoothie shops, the drinks are always too sweet for me.  So I like it that Becky keeps her smoothies on the milder side, using non-dairy milk as the base instead of fruit juice.

For added creaminess, the smoothies either have banana or avocado in them.  For a whippy viscosity and hit of omega 3’s, she reaches for flax seed or chia seeds.  (Before I got a high speed blender, I’d grind my own flaxseed and chia seeds as needed in a coffee grinder before adding them to the blender.  With a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can throw them in whole with the other smoothie ingredients, and they’re able to grind them to oblivion in a flash.)

Tropical Mango Banana SmoothieAfter reading through 40 Days of Green Smoothies, I made a trip to the grocery store for frozen mangoes.  Often in the winter I crave tropical fruits.  If I can’t feel the warm sun on my skin, eating it in fruit form feels like the next best option.  I used vanilla almond milk, but any non-dairy milk will work.

In her book, this smoothie is simply referred to as #4 since that’s the day it’s meant to be enjoyed.  This creamy, mild smoothie goes down easily with a light amount of sweetness and a punch of green from nutrient-dense kale.  All of the ingredients work deliciously well together.  This smoothie serves one generously, and even after drinking my fill, I had some leftover for an afternoon snack.

Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie

Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1 generously

Hello, tropical! The mango gives this smoothie a decadent kick. It may be bright green in color, but you won’t taste the greens at all in this creamy green smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 leaves of kale, ribs removed
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Notes

(Cadry says: When using a regular blender, I recommend blending the greens and almond milk first before adding the other ingredients. It can be difficult for a non high-speed blender to break down those fibrous walls, and giving the greens extra time on their own ensures a smoother smoothie.)

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Now for the best part – the giveaway!  This is a worldwide giveaway, and readers anywhere are eligible to win a copy of 40 Days of Green Smoothies.  One winner will be chosen at random.  

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Disclaimer: This recipe from 40 Days of Green Smoothies was shared with permission from Becky Striepe.  I was given a copy of the book for review, but the thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am an affiliate for Vitamix & Blendtec, and there are links to them in this post.  When you buy through me, you get free shipping and it helps to keep Cadry’s Kitchen going!