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Dr. Epperly’s Green Power Smoothie

by Dr. Bill Epperly of Forum Health, Bloomingdale

What can I eat for breakfast? People are often confused about what to eat. Most cereal is bad for you, and bacon should generally be avoided in excess. Muffins and bagels and cream cheese are all about carbs and gluten and dairy. What is a person supposed to eat?

Here is my usual breakfast (along with eggs or oatmeal a few times per week). First, you should buy a VitaMix machine, new or refurbished. It will do a fabulous job of pulverizing your smoothie for maximum bioavailability. A Nutri-Bullet may probably not be big enough for this and Ninjas are harder to clean; BlendTec blenders are another great choice. Many of the ingredients below can be purchased in bulk from Costco (look for organic!)

Green Power Smoothie Recipe

  • 2-3 cups greens (organic baby spinach, kale, Romaine lettuce, or baby spring lettuce mix)
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple or a peeled and cored apple
  • ¼ cup brown flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp hearts
  • ½ – 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries (organic strawberries or triple berry mix)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, soy milk, or almond milk or a mixture
  • 10-15 soaked almonds or other nuts
  • (optional) 1 scoop of Complete Cleanse protein powder if desired

Blend on low to medium for a few seconds, then switch to high for 30+ seconds. Drink throughout the morning; this will help you stay satiated until lunchtime or longer. This breakfast starts off your day with about five servings of fruits and veggies which is the minimum you should eat daily, plus seeds and nuts.