Green breakfast smoothie.

I make smoothies for breakfast a few times a week, and can honestly say that I feel my healthiest when I skip a super heavy breakfast, and have something lighter and more nutritious. I'm a huge fan of green smoothies, and as someone who has struggled with anemia off and on, this is such a great way for me to get iron that is easy for my body to digest. I've been making the same smoothie for years, and was super excited when I opened the Oh She Glows cookbook and found almost the same recipe as my own. The only difference is that she doesn't add berries to her green smoothie, where I have been. Here's what I made this morning:

- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 *huge* handful of spinach (don't be shy!)
- 1 banana
- 3 to 4 TBSPs of peanut butter (Oh She Glows recommends 1 TBSP, but I seem to do better with the extra protein, and I prefer to not use protein powder, which she suggests as well)
- 1 TBSP of chia seeds
- 1/4 TSP pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 TSP of cinnamon

To keep the smoothie cold, I would usually add about a cup of frozen mixed berries, which also gives it a nice tangy taste. This morning I skipped the berries and added 2 ice cubes. I was worried the flavor wouldn't be as good, but I think it's even better. It's rich, creamy and super refreshing!

PS: If there is one kitchen item I highly recommend, it is buying a vitamix. They are pricey, but they are SO worth it. I use mine several times a week, if not every day, and that thing is powerful. I'd even look on craigslist to see if you can find one used. Mine is pretty old but still works like it is brand new.