Powerhouse Breakfast Shake

Spinach and Fruit Smoothie

Powerhouse Breakfast Shake

In my upcoming book RECIPES FOR RECOVERY, I feature some recipes for breakfast drinks. I also mention that I use the Vita-mix, although the recipes can be made using a sturdy blender. I confess the sturdy blender thing gave me pause. I don’t know of any blenders comparable to the Vita-mix. So before the book goes to print, I plan to remove the sturdy blender language and just go with the Vita-mix. Then it will have the caveat that using a blender won’t produce the same results.

If you buy RECIPES FOR RECOVERY, it’s probably because you’re interested in getting back on your feet after a serious operation, a lengthy illness, or cancer treatment (radiation, chemotherapy). Granted the Vita-mix is more expensive than a blender, but isn’t your health worth it?

Here is a sample from the new cookbook of a nutritious drink. If you don’t own a Vita-mix, try this in your blender. Then log on to vitamix.com and order the Vita-mix. You won’t regret it!


Forget those “instant” or canned breakfast drinks. They’re mostly sugar and a little milk. Make your own!

1 cup skim or 1% milk
1 banana, peeled
½ cup frozen chopped spinach
1 cup frozen mixed fruit or berries
Honey, sugar, or sweetener to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients in the Vita-mix in order listed (except sweetener).
Blend until all ingredients are smooth, like a shake.
Taste-test and sweeten if needed.
Drink immediately.

Yield: Two smoothies

Variations: Vary the fruit and frozen fruit but keep the milk and spinach for your calcium, protein, and iron.

Note: Don’t be turned off by the icky color. The flavor of the spinach is masked by the fruits.
From RECIPES FOR RECOVERY ©2011 Cheryl Norman

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