You know what I was thinking the other day? We make green smoothies all the dang time, but why aren’t we eating breakfast salads? I mean, breakfast salad! Toss up some greens and some fruit and some veg if you please, and you’ve basically got a deconstructed green smoothie. I pretty much thought I had come up with something of epic genius.
And then I googled ‘breakfast salad’.
Let’s just say there’s nothing like google to burst your ‘I’m such a genius’ bubble.
But let’s talk about breakfast salads. If you read this post breaking down the pros and cons of smoothies, you may recall that liquids clear your stomach about four times faster than solid foods. That can be a good thing if you want to fuel a workout and don’t want a bunch of food sloshing around in your belly, but it can also be a bad thing if you become hungry again too quickly. Some mornings a green smoothie is the perfect thing for me, but others I want to chew my food and let my belly do some work. Remember, your digestive system relies on muscle tone, and like with any muscle if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Other things that are great about a breakfast salad? We’re taking in whole foods which means that all of the beneficial fiber is intact. AND, since we’re combining fruit with leafy greens we’re adding extra fiber to the situation which helps to moderate the absorption of fructose into our blood stream.
Also, you can’t add coconut bacon to your green smoothies. I mean, you *could*, but that would be super weird… or would it?
But wait! Don’t forget you have until Sunday July 6th to enter my giveaway for a bottle of six-month vanilla extract.
One year ago: Panisse, Two Ways
Two years ago: Spinach Salad with Summer Berries and Black Sesame Crusted Goat Cheese
Three years ago: Black Bean Salad with Spelt Berries
Four years ago: Wild Rice and Chickpea Salad
Breakfast Salad Recipe:
Like so many recipes, breakfast salad is a choose your own adventure situation. Use whatever greens you’ve got on hand, in-season fruit, and mix things up often! I don’t like salad dressing, and I think with all of the fruit adding flavour you don’t really need it here. A squeeze of lemon or orange juice should do the trick if you’re so inclined.
Makes 1 breakfast salad.
1-2 cups of leafy greens (I used baby spinach leaves)
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 a banana, sliced
6 large strawberries, sliced
1/2 an orange, sliced
1 Tbsp hemp hearts
Maple Coconut Bacon
Arrange the greens on a plate. Scatter with cucumber, banana, strawberries, and orange slices. Sprinkle with hemp hearts, and top with coconut bacon. Enjoy!
Spinach is an excellent source vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and calcium (good for your bones), folate, potassium, and vitamin B6 (good for your heart), iron, vitamin B2, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. And, spinach is a great source of dietary fiber.
Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant and anti inflammatory nutrients. They are a great source of lycopene (good for your prostates, fellas) vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of folate, iodine, and dietary fiber.
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