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Not many of us wake up craving a salad for breakfast, but how much better would your day be if you started it out with a salad instead of a donut?
With all those vitamins and minerals fueling your body instead of the unhealthy fats and empty calories many of us devour for our most important meal of the day, you’ll have the energy to accomplish so much more.
So how do you make a salad taste and feel like a breakfast treat?
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Disclaimer: You will notice that there are links to Shakeology on this post and we are a Beachbody Coach (Coach is our corporation, Aspen Ridge, Inc.), but the point of this post is not to sell to you, but provide you with a great recipe for a quick, healthy meal. If you are interested in buying Shakeology, click a link, contact us, or talk to your coach. If not, read on and just skip the Shakeology scoops and/or use your meal replacement or protein powder of choice.
Regardless of how you make it, this recipe is a great way to get some extra greens.
Not only is it healthy and great tasting, it is super easy to blend together with very little cleanup!
When I make Sunrise Shakeology it’s for Chris and I, so the recipe below is for two servings. If you only want a single serving, cut all the ingredients in half. But remember, sharing is caring, so you should totally share and make enough for two!
Vitamix or Blender
1/4 Measuring Cup
Add all ingredients to blender… AND put the lid on securely
Start blender on low, then kick it up to high until smooth (with the Vitamix, that is about 45 seconds)
Pour and serve immediately
Sip it slowly to enjoy the creamy goodness
*Again, we’re not trying to sell you on Shakeology. It’s an ingredient in our recipes because it’s a product we love and use daily. You can leave it out or use the protein/meal replacement powder of your choice.
Citrus (and that would include a mandarin) is a great source of vitamin C.
You probably already know this because you’re pretty smart, but my mind was just blown away by finding out tangerines and clementine oranges just a subgroup of mandarins.
So all tangerines and clementines are mandarins, but not all mandarins are tangerines or clementines. Not quite interchangeable in classification, but totally interchangeable for this recipe.
You can use any kind of orange or even orange juice, but by using the whole fruit you get more fiber and nutrients.
Don’t toss that peel! You can use orange (and other citrus) peels for all kinds of things around the house. Today, I used it as an air freshener by adding the peel, a pinch of clove, and some cinnamon to a pot of boiling water and then let it simmer on the stove until the RV was filled with it’s uplifting scent. The only thing better would have been the smell of orange blossoms!
I firmly believe there is nothing better than fresh picked berries, but since they aren’t currently in season, I used frozen blueberries.
A bonus of using frozen blueberries is that they help keep the Sunrise Shakeology cold as it blends. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries depending on what is locally available.
Blueberries have become not only one of my favorite berries, but one of my must stock fruits. Smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt – everything is better with blueberries.
Blueberries are so awesome they have their own U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council!
Their site is full of great recipes, cooking tips, and growing information for these little balls of joy. They have tons of nutritional facts and information for your reading pleasure.
Any carrot will do as it is getting pulverized in the blender, so if you have baby, shredded, sticks, etc. toss them in. I was so excited this week to find organic rainbow carrots at the store. Steamed with a little honey, vinegar, oil, and salt glaze… yum!
No steaming is necessary for this recipe. Just remove the top, cut into one (1) inch chunks (or whatever your blender can handle) and throw it in. I don’t even peel my organic carrots. I soak all my produce in a vinegar bath and scrub them well so that I can get all the extra nutrition from the skin.
Want even more nutrition? If you buy whole carrots with the greens still attached, wash ’em up and throw ’em in. You can use it in place of the other greens or to taste. There seems to be a sweet spot when adding greens to a smoothie where it goes from “barely noticeable” to “hello salad in my drink”, so start with less and work your way up.
Spinach, beet greens, dandelion, mixed greens… pick your favorite! I usually use mixed greens for the variety and extra nutrients, but like with most things in this recipe, use what you like and have on hand.
Some greens have a stronger flavor than others and, like I said before, there is a sweet spot (for us at least) between “just right” and “there’s green stuff in my perfectly good smoothie.”
Start with less and add to taste. You can always add more but once it’s in, it’s in.
During the winter I’m just not in the mood for salad as often as I was in the heat of summer. I know I still need my daily dose of green power, so this is the perfect way to stay on track.
Almonds are a great snack all on their own and pack a pretty mean nutritional punch.
Before we eat nuts in our house, we soak or sprout them. For almonds, that means soaking them in water for six ((6) soaked) to twelve ((12) sprouted) hours and then drying them back out in our Excalibur dehydrator.
You could also use almond milk or another nut of your choice.
We don’t like the added ingredients in store bought almond milk, so we make our own in the Vitamix.
For the Sunrise Shakeology, it’s easier to throw in the almonds and water and let them become almond milk as they blend with the other ingredients than to make almond milk separately.
It’s all about saving time and cleanup!
Just like with almonds, you could use coconut milk or water, but using the dried stuff is cheaper and no extra work.
You can even add coconut oil. Just make sure to blend it well. This healthy fat likes to rise to the top, so keep blending until it is well acquainted with the other ingredients.
If you don’t have it or don’t like the taste of coconut, don’t worry about it. Just leave it out.
I love the creaminess the coconut adds to this Sunrise Shakeology while adding the extra fiber and healthy fats. I’ll let The Science of Eating tell you all about how great coconut is for you.
Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology was the first Shakeology I tried (courtesy of my meat loving stepdad so that tells you how good it is), so it always holds a special place in my nutritional heart.
Back in the day, I only drank it plain with water. While that is still a great option for quick, on the go meals for us, we prefer our Shakeology, like many things in life, a little more sophisticated. Smoothies are a great way to dress it up.
Sometimes I go really crazy and add some Greenberry or Vanilla Shakeology in place of one of the Strawberry scoops. Can you tell we like variety in our lives? Life is too short for one flavor.
And don’t throw away the scoops when your bag of Shakeology is empty. They’re about a 1/4 cup (or 4 tbsp) and perfect for measuring your other ingredients. I keep one in our oatmeal, nut, and other dry storage containers for easy measuring.
We make all our smoothies and shakes with cold, distilled water.
We don’t have a fancy fridge with an ice maker and water dispenser, so we fill our Shakeology Shaker Cup with distilled water and keep it in the fridge. I don’t usually measure the water, I just fill the blender to the four (4) cup mark after all the other ingredients are added (which for the small Vitamix container is full).
We drink room temperature water (with lemon) as our beverage of choice all day with the occasional herbal tea, orange juice, or cranberry juice (exciting, I know). Since we don’t use a lot of ice we disconnected our ice maker (more freezer storage space), so I don’t usually put ice in our Sunrise Shakeology unless it is really hot out, but you can to give it that ice cream shake texture.
If you don’t freeze your fruit, use cold water, or add ice, your Sunrise Shakeology can get really warm while blending it, so keep tabs on the temperature. Like I said, we like ours cold but not icy cold so we skip the ice but use cold ingredients. Adjust your ingredient temperatures until it is just how you like it.
To make sure we get all the vitamin goodness of this shake, we pour a little bit of water back in the Vitamix, blend it for a few seconds, then drink our vitamin water. This way we are always drinking water after our shake and it starts the cleaning process for the blender. Most of us don’t drink enough water (and drinking enough water is super important), so this extra glass will set you on the right track.
Enjoy Your Sunrise Shakeology
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Having this as a meal or snack option keeps us from buying or reaching for ice cream or some other unhealthy sweet treat.
This isn’t a low calorie, low fat snack and does have quite a few grams of sugar from the fruit, so drink it in moderation and make sure to compliment this meal with other healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.
If you get tempted, like we do, to have more than one Shakeology concoction in a day, cut the amount of Shakeology you use per serving.
Sometimes we’ll use one scoop for the two of us in the morning and then have another scoop split between the two of us later in the afternoon. One shake might be sweeter, like Banana Date Shakeology, while the other, like Sunrise Shakeology, has even more of that salad nutrition.
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