Monday, October 7, 2013

A Better Breakfast: Orange & Bok Choy Smoothie

I started making smoothies for breakfast a little over a year ago to give the family something that was not only different but nutritious and delicious.  Hubs and I have tried to be very conscious about what we eat as well as what we serve to the children--ingredients, portion sizes, food combinations, etc.  We have our moments and indulge in food that is sinfully delicious, I must admit.

But, overall the changes we made a little over a year ago have improved our health as well as our appearance.  Hubs lost about 60 pounds, and I lost 45.  I'm quite self-conscious when it comes to my weight, so I don't speak much about it and what I did to lose it.  I'd rather ignore the fact that I have a weight problem.  But I will try to post recipes & small tips here & there on occasion.  Maybe it will help me become more comfortable talking about it...

At the very least, keep in mind a few tips when I post a recipe:  for meat, I trim the fat & serve small portion sizes; we use fat free sour cream/cream of mushroom/chicken soup; and in lieu of mayonnaise we use plain nonfat Greek yogurt.  I'll try to be more specific when I posts my recipes here on out =).

Orange & Bok Choy Smoothie

2-3 stalks bok choy, fronds/leaves removed & discarded (we feed these to our chickens--they love them!)
1 navel orange, peeled (unlike bok choy fronds, our chickens do NOT like orange peels, so these get turned into compost)
6 oz vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup 100% apple juice

Cut bok choy stalks into 1-2 inch-size pieces.  Separate orange wedges.  Place all ingredients into a blender (I use a Magic Bullet that hubs bought me last year -- love it!).  Blend until all ingredients are chopped & liquified & mixed together well.  This takes probably 5 seconds with the Magic Bullet.

If you want to add a little color to your smoothie, throw in 2-3 blackberries or raspberries. :)

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