Breakfast of Beauties, from The Green Smoothie Bible

Making a healthy, beautifying choice for breakfast feels great, and it sets the tone for the meal choices you'll make in the day ahead. But there are SO many traditional breakfast options that just fail completely in the nutrition department. You know, all that sweet, tasty, high-glycemic stuff: sugary processed cereals (I'll never forget the first time I heard processed cereal referred to as a 'bowl of inflammation'), pastries and donuts (still have trouble understanding how these were ever categorized as breakfast items?), pancakes, waffles and french toast (treat these as special occasion only, even if they are made from 'healthier' grains). In a pinch, I'm a fan of eating last night's dinner leftovers for breakfast, as they're almost always packed with way more protein and sustaining nutrients than you'd ever get in an on-the-go breakfast bar.

But when I have time to whip up my breakfast of choice, it's almost always a green smoothie. Which is why I was so excited to check out a copy of The Green Smoothie Bible, by Australian author Kristine Miles. This brand new book is not only packed with 300 green smoothie variations, it's organized according to health concerns, with chapters tailored to mood, weight loss, happy hormones, even beauty! I LOVE this. Lots of you have been writing in about switching to green smoothies as a detoxifying breakfast option for spring, and this book will provide you with enough inspiration for a year's worth of nutrition-packed drinks.

So often my go-to green smoothie consists of all of the greens, herbs and veggie bits and pieces in my fridge (today it happened to be kale + parsley + spinach + a little watercress), plus a whole lemon and a frozen banana. It's really satisfying to use every last bit of my produce so that nothing goes to waste, but I would also love to experiment with some new recipes for spring. I'm looking forward to trying a few of Miles' blends and reporting back on the results!

Here's one of Miles' beauty smoothie recipes that looks interesting- and tasty:

1/4 cup diced beets

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup goji berries

1 1/2 cups water

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Beets are packed with two powerful carotenoids, which are great for the skin, and hemp is rich in omega-3's and zinc, two more important skin nutrients. I imagine that goji would give the smoothie a wild taste, plus additional collagen-producing vitamin C, and iron. I'm ready to give it a go!

What's your favorite beautifying smoothie combo? Are you drinking them to detox, or are they your everyday staple?

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