Back when I was keeping regular office hours, breakfast was always tough. I don’t know why it was easy to prepare lunch the night before but then over and over again forget about breakfast, but it was. There were months of quick grabs on the way out the door—a muffin, some leftovers, cookies whenever they were around. (Of course.)

And honestly, even though nowadays I’m most likely still in my pajamas past 10 AM (and you’d assume that such a fact would imply leisurely gourmet breakfasts), I’ll just be honest: in actuality, the biggest thing that’s saved me is the smoothie.

See, sometime last year—around the same time that all kinds of other changes were happening—I started making smoothies. I had made them before (a certain blueberry-orange-banana one made its appearance around here just weeks before my diet change), but this was different.

peaches and greens smoothie

There were bags and bags of frozen fruit, for starters, blended in all kinds of new combinations. In the beginning, it was strawberries, bananas and raw milk. Maybe with cocoa powder added, maybe with yogurt or kefir if I were out of milk. Strawberries turned to blueberries turned to mixed berries and back again. Sometimes there were mangoes or kiwi or pineapple added in. At some point I started adding raw eggs for protein. And a few times, I tried greens like kale—but it wasn’t until this year that greens became a staple, thanks to a few experiences of intensely green shakes (as inspired by the nutritional research and consultation being done by these guys). I felt my tastebuds changing and grew to really want vegetables in my smoothies, too.

Then there was one more thing: last month, when Tim and I went to visit my family for a few days, my dad surprised me with the perfect gift:

a brand-new Vitamix

(I know, I know, but I told you, he is crazy generous).

I almost cried.


So I tell you all that to say, or to explain, that somewhere along the line I became someone who has a smoothie every. single. morning. Like many changes, it happened gradually, naturally, the way changes often do, but when I look back, I’m kind of awed by how different things look.

You know, it’s like the way that you stand your kid against the wall and mark his height each year or, you water your tomato bush every day but then suddenly notice it’s bloomed!. Sometimes it’s not until the looking back that we see change best.


Today, my morning routine is pretty simple: throw ingredients in the Vitamix, pour into glass or old kombucha bottle, and head out the door.

There is always fruit:

frozen strawberries


and a few big leaves of greens (kale, collards, chard):

collard greens

with liquids—milk or kefir/yogurt with water:


then I throw in some cod liver oil for Omega 3s (you won’t taste it anyway, and it’s easier than trying to remember to take a spoonful every day) or a few probiotics:

cod liver oil

The possibilities are endless, so things never get boring. And the particular version I bring you today is the one I made Sunday, filled with the flavor of fresh peaches (which were $0.69 a pound last week) and the grassy kick of greens. The name’s a little hokey, but the taste—and the nutritional value—definitely isn’t. Peaches N’ Greens: now that’s a good breakfast.

Peaches N’ Green Smoothie

1/2 a banana
2/3 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 fresh peaches, washed and sliced (skin on)
2 leafs of greens (kale, collards, chard)
1/2 cup plain kefir
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon cod liver oil

Combine ingredients in Vitamix or blender and enjoy!

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Jacqui

    “Sometimes it’s not until the looking back that we see change best.” I like that a lot.

  2. Aerin

    I love your blog -such great ideas!

    The thing I find most frustrating about most of the smoothie recipes I find is that they rely on bananas. I know they’re full of nutrients and definitely help make the smoothie, well – smooth. But some of us are allergic to the darn things. (As in anaphylactic shock, not “ooh, I don’t like those.”)

    I’ve found that avocados are a nice replacement for a banana – but I’m always interested if there are other suggestions!

  3. Lan

    i am a fan of the vitamix, as we tweeted over the weekend, and i do wonder how life was lived without it prior. now that it is warm enough, smoothies every morn for breakfast is perfect, especially when you can switch up flavors according to access and mood.

    1. Ceeeeee

      Before I bought my Vitamix I used a plain Oster blender to mix my smoothies. The blender worked great!!!!!

  4. BatterLicker

    So jealous of your new Vitamix!! And I totally agree about breakfast. Somehow, preparing lunch is a no-brainer, but I used to always walk out the door without a breakfast plan. Now I keep some nuts and dried fruit at my desk just in case, but the smoothie is really a life saver because it’s so fast and easy but still healthy. Like you, I often re-use other bottles to carry it with me to work.

    Aerin – sometimes I use a couple tablespoons of almond butter or yogurt to thicken things up a bit (tofu too) without using banana. It works best when the rest of the fruit ingredients are ripe, but honeydew melon also can add a natural sweetness if needed.

  5. kc

    I am drinking my morning smoothie as I type this! I read Revive last year and have been a regular morning smoothie drinker since. After loads of experimenting, my favorite add-in is ground flax. It gives the smoothie a thick creamy texture (almost milk shake like) with the added protein/omega-3 boast.

  6. Tim

    I love enjoying a good smoothie with you.

  7. Molly

    Oh wow, sixty-nine cents a pound for fresh peaches?!? Glory be, that’s enough to move me from my beloved New England down South.

  8. Anne Zimmerman

    I’m a green smoothie fan too! My favorite is bananas (so glad I am not allergic) milk, vanilla, and 2 huge handfuls of spinach. It reminds me of the milkshakes I got as a kid… though as a child I would have NEVER gone for the green.

  9. heather @ chiknpastry

    LOVE veggies in the smoothies! will have to try this combo in my non-vitamix blender that is sorta shady. we’ll see!

  10. TJ

    I start my day with a green fruit smoothie but mine has alfalfa and different fruits or veggie juice or something.

  11. Kim

    Looks delicious! And now I totally want a vitamix :)

  12. Shannalee

    Jacqui, : ) i like you a lot!

    Aerin, I use 1/2 a banana for the natural sugar. If I couldn’t have bananas, I’d probably use some other sweetener—like honey or other fruits?

    Lan, Yes! And yay Vitamix!

    BatterLicker, Great minds think alike! And thanks for those great tips!

    Kc, Hmmm. Interesting! I’ve never used ground flax before!

    Tim, And the one you made me yesterday was perfection!

    Molly, Right? It was a special sale, but I was so excited.

    Anne, Yum!

    Heather, Ha! Tim’s been using a non-Vitamix blender for smoothies for years. Put yours to the test!

    TJ, You too? I love all the green smoothie love here!

    Kim, Right? Best gift ever.

  13. Jolynn

    So thrilled you got a Vitamix! We got one a few months ago, and I’ve been looking ever since for a good food blog that will help me get the most out of it. (And then you, who I read regularly, just happens to mention she got one? Yay!) I hope you’ll occassionally share recipes and ideas as you discover them. Enjoy!

  14. Shannalee

    Thanks, Jolynn! Your comment was so encouraging: I love when things work out that way, and exactly what you’re looking for is right in front of you. Hope to have more Vitamix-style recipes in the future for sure!

  15. bianca

    My stepmother has a vitamix and swears by it; between your glowing recommendation and her, I am really wanting one!

  16. Alicia

    Will you make me a smoothie when I’m there?! Can’t waaaaait!!! You’re going to be hearing that a lot before June 17… got to proclaim my excitement on each social networking site, right?

  17. Maddie

    I haven’t been able to get this green smoothie idea out of my head for a week. That means it’s time to bring out the blender, right? :) (And yay for your amazing new Vitamix!)

  18. Neil Butterfield

    Sounds yummy and is most certainly a good way to get some good nutrition in.

  19. Shannalee

    Bianca, She is so right! : )

    Alicia, Green smoothie coming up! Can’t wait to see you guys!

    Maddie, Ha! Definitely. Hope you like it!

    Neil, Exactly!

  20. Joanna Boston

    I love green smoothies. I talked several of my fam into them. It doesn’t look appealing always, but everyone I finally convinced to give it a try loves it. I’ve always put spinach in mine. Maybe I can try some other greens.

  21. Shannalee

    Joanna, I’m so proud of you! : ) And def try kale or collards sometime—it’s good to alternate so your body doesn’t get acclimated.

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  23. molly

    i ADORE our vitamix!

    a fine father, indeed.

  24. Gemma

    What a gift! I’ve been dreaming of one. Cheers to green smoothies.

  25. Shannalee

    Molly and Gemma, I know, he’s amazing. : )

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