February 10, 2020

Our daily Panama breakfast (food diaries)

Before my husband and I left for Panama, we had started on a green smoothie kick. When we arrived in Panama City, I was already bemoaning not being able to stick to our new routine, until I realized the apartment we stayed in had a Vita-mix. 

Breakfast we had every day in Panama

Then the sun was shining and the sky was blue again. I’m not a routine person by lifestyle, but once I decide to stick with something (for however long), I hate being derailed by inconveniences…like not having a blender.

Turns out, Panama was an amazing place to continue our new ritual. 

Green smoothie with dragonfruit

I love the fruit in Panama, the dragon fruit, bananas, pineapple, plums, nectarines, but especially the papaya. 

Almost every day I added papaya to the mix. It is such a healing, gentle detoxifier. I’d even leave some of the seeds in as they are incredible for digestion and gut healing.

We’d make different variations every day, but the skeleton of the recipe remained the same.

Basic Green Smoothie

  1. 1/2 bunch of kale, stripped from stems (like the BIG leafy green ones – the markets I’m used to would I’d probably use the whole thing)
  2. 1/2 papaya (with some seeds)
  3. 1/2 – 1 banana
  4. 1 bunch of spinach
  5. 1 bunch parsley
  6. 2 cups store-bought green juice/smoothie as blending base

Blend, blend, blend. We would drink half of a blender each and that was our breakfast. 

I liked having a pineapple based one too, and for that one, I liked tossing in a whole bunch of cilantro (the stems are good for you too!). Plums and nectarines are great too and act as the sweet to counteract the “kaleness”. 

Green smoothie with fruit in Vita-Mix

These smoothies are definitely green heavy, some days we loved our fruity combination and some times they were just “extra green”. 

Regardless, it is an amazing way to get SO much greens in, as well as fibre. Very helpful when traveling, because your digestive system tends to get confused, if you know what I mean. 

It’s quick prep and we’re full till lunchtime, and most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing we’ve got more greens in our day than most people do in a week. *lovingly pats back*

Are you a green smoothie person? Do you have a favourite ingredient combo? Best unique smoothie you’ve ever had? 

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