I love starting my day with this smoothie! The base is made of simple bananas and oranges, your regular breakfast fruits. However, we break from tradition with the addition of parsley, olive oil, and mint. What you get is super-dense green nutrition with a very fresh taste. Don’t shy away from the olive oil and parsley; they give this smoothie an intriguing, savory note that’s utterly delicious!
Wait…parsley? Isn’t that a garnish?
Let’s talk about parsley: It’s time we give this common garden herb a fighting chance. Banished to the side of the plate as a garnish, parsley is an incredibly underutilized superfood. It’s like the Clark Kent of super-greens, hidden in plain view and possibly more nutritious than the actual “food” on one’s plate — isn’t that ironic? No other green can compare to the bright, refreshing notes it adds to a recipe. Among its many nutritive properties, parsley is filled with mega-amounts of vitamin K1, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate, to give you a super-human glow, enhanced immunity, and loads of energy to boot!
Parsley sings and dances when paired with sweet, cool mint leaves. Mint is more than a flavor too, as it encourages digestive tract health and assists in the break-down of healthy fats by increasing bile output. Since we’re adding a slip of silky olive oil into the mix, I’d say this is a very good thing!
Optional Ingredients…what’s Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Simply put, it’s a non-gelling form of gelatin. I’ve added it here as an optional ingredient because it gives a boost of protein and revitalizes the body from top to toe. Whether you’re an athlete, a beauty queen (or king), an aging rockabilly granny, or a lumberjack, you’ll find a multitude of benefits from consuming hydrolyzed collagen.
One of the biggest reasons to add hydrolyzed collagen to your smoothies (or soups, or dressings, or…) is the hefty boost of glycine you’ll bestow upon your body. Glycine is an amino acid that’s all but gone missing from the modern diet — at least for those of us who don’t eat “nose to tail.” Want to sleep better? Have less aches and pains? Age as gracefully as can be? Make glycine your BFF.
But how does it taste? Not to worry, hydrolyzed collagen is tasteless, colorless, and won’t change the texture of your “sweet morning.” If you’re unsure about it or would rather take a plant-based route for protein, try a few tablespoons of hemp seeds for a creamy protein boost, as recommended below!
Parsley Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 banana , peeled, sliced thick, & frozen
- 1 large orange (or 2 small ones) , peeled, sectioned, & frozen
- 1 big handful fresh, curly parsley, stems and all (roughly 20 g)
- 1 small handful fresh mint leaves (roughly 10 g)
- 1 tbsp mild olive oil , to taste
- 2 cups filtered water , or coconut water
- 1-3 tbsp hydrolyzed collagen (non-gelling gelatin)
- 1-3 tbsp hemp seeds , the shelled kind
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 small pinch unrefined sea salt
- a high-speed blender
- a baking tray
- parchment paper
- bee's wrap or another food wrap , to cover fruit while it's freezing
- measuring spoons and cups
- glasses for serving
Peel, chop, and freeze the bananas and oranges the night before. I do this by placing a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray and laying the fruit out in a single layer. Cover & pop it into the freezer. This way, the fruit freezes in single pieces and doesn't stick together. Easy-peasy!
In the morning, place the fruit and water (or coconut water) in a blender and blend until smooth.
Add in the parsley and mint, and blend until smooth.
Finally, add in the olive oil and any optional ingredients, and blend until fully incorporated. Serve and enjoy cold!
- Breakfast Prep: You can easily prep multiple smoothies for the week ahead - just freeze more fruit on your baking tray! Once the fruit is fully frozen, I transfer it to an air-tight container to maintain the fruit's flavor integrity.
- Ice Ice Baby: Some people like ice in their smoothies. If you're one of these people, I recommend starting with a 1/2 cup of ice, added in at the end. Blend, taste, and add more if that is your preference.
- Zoom-Zoom: This recipe benefits from the power of a high-speed blender. You can still achieve a delicious smoothie with a regular blender and a touch of patience: Start by blending the bananas with the water, blend until smooth, then add in the oranges, blend, then the parsley, blend...you get where I'm going with this.
- Play with your food: You can easily use all parsley or all mint for this smoothie. My original recipe called only for parsley — no mint. Now that it's summertime, I was inspired to add in fresh mint for its cooling, refreshing flavor and digestion support.
- For the non-experimental types: If you prefer, you can use coconut oil in place of the olive oil. Although I encourage you to first try this recipe with olive oil — that subtle, savory note is so good.