In a smoothie. I put arugula in a smoothie….and it was delicious.
I love smoothies, always have always will. I love drinking my breakfast; I love the endless options, the ritual of gathering my ingredients, layering them in my Vitamix, and watching them whirl around until they become one homogenous entity.
That being said, I have always been, predominately, a fruit and nuts kind of girl when it comes to smoothies. Greens in a smoothie are a relatively new thing for me and I’m not always keen on them. Why, you ask? Why is this Culinary Nutrition Expert not aboard the Green Train? Well, for one, it has to do with the fact that I am a recovering sugar addict. Yep, you heard me: addict. I am addicted to sugar. Sometimes it takes everything in my power to put down the sweet stuff and step outside my comfort zone…and greens for breakfast are outside of my comf
ort zone. And B.) I don’t put fruit in my salads so I really never thought about putting a salad in my fruit.
I made a decision to change my ways this past spring and I started putting spinach in my smoothies whenever it was available. Spinach opened up my palate to kale and now kale has given way to arugula. I didn’t really think I’d like eating greens for breakfast…but I really do. I really, really do.
What’s so great about Arugula, anyway? Well for starters, its loaded with protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, zinc and copper. It’s also an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, and K, folate, calcium, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. In layman’s terms its simple: it’s a protein and vitamin rich leaf that is fibrous. It also contains essential metals and minerals that help your blood flow and relax your muscles. Simple, a bit bitter, and extraordinarily good for you.
Sweet Arugula Smoothie
by Joanna Wilson Phillips, CNE
Serves: 2 I Prep Time: 5 minutes I Blend Time: 1 minute
What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup plain kefir
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup fresh arugula
1/4 cup kale (I used baby kale)
1/4 cup ice water
1 medium peach, cut into pieces
5 pieces frozen peach (about a half peach)
5-7 ice cubes
5-7 basil leaves, whole
2 Tbsp dried goji berries
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp raw honey (the darker the better, may add more to taste)
Put It All Together:
Layer each ingredient into a high powered blender and blend for approximately 1 minute or until liquified. Adjust honey and/or goji berries to taste. Pour into two glasses and enjoy in the sunshine!