My 8 month old son, August, is becoming a pretty keen eater and we have a little morning ritual happening now, where we sit down for breakfast together. After using the baby bullet to make his baby food in the mornings I often end up using it to make myself a smoothie too, which it is just perfect for. And this morning the smoothie was especially good… so much I thought I’d do a post on it.
I always prefer to add lots of greens to my smoothie as I don’t want them to be too sweet… To me, they’re an easy nutrient-packed breakfast option that I tend go for on busier mornings, or on mornings I’m headed to the gym. If I’m going to the gym and I’m hungry I make a smaller smoothie and make sure to have about an hour or two before a work-out, to make sure my body has had a chance to somewhat process it… the chia seeds make a great addition to a pre-work snack as well due to their high water-absorption, which can help prolong hydration & retain electrolytes during intense exercise. However, be mindful to not overdo the chia seeds right before working out, as they’re super high in fiber and take longer for the body to process, which can lead to some uncomfortable abdominal cramps if you’re doing some hardcore cardio too soon after. Packed with many essential vitamins & minerals, this smoothie is also a great post-workout snack & has a super refreshing taste!
Lime & Coconut Green Smoothie
- 1 ¼ cup (300 ml) fresh spinach leaves
- 2-3 fresh basil leaves
- ½ banana
- juice from ½ lime
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- ¼ cup (60 ml) 100% pure unrefined coconut water
- ½ pear, grated
- 1 tsp coconut, shredded + 1 tsp to sprinkle