Ryan Griffith, Assistant Recreation Director-Outdoor Recreation Supervisor, 509.363.5414
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:29 p.m.
Roll out of bed, let the dog out, fire up the coffee pot, get ready for work and say good bye to the family. Sound familiar? Well you’re missing something. Breakfast! Maybe you’ve never been a breakfast person, or you splurge for pancakes, bacon and eggs on the weekends. Well maybe it’s time to make a weekday breakfast a priority.
About a year ago my wife and I started making our own green smoothies and micro green powder (I’ll get to the micro greens in a bit). I’ve never been a smoothie guy, I’ve never found one I really enjoyed or they’re too expensive from the juicing stands. So we hit the store for a bunch of spinach, bananas and peanut butter to start making green smoothies our morning ritual. I have never felt better, I have more energy in the mornings, I’m getting my daily greens and it tastes great!
So what’s up with micro green powder? You can buy these at health food stores, online and other places but you can also make your own too. We buy a ton of spinach and lettuce, as well as we grow our own in the garden. There is an abundance that we could never eat prior to it going bad. So instead of composting we dry it out in the oven or food dehydrator. To dry it out: turn your oven to 170 degrees or lowest temperature, place leafy greens on a sheet pan with parchment paper in a single layer, place in the over with the door cracked open by using a wood spoon, (this will let the moisture out) and dry for 2-2.5 hours. When the leaves are dry, crackly and break apart easily, place it all in a blender and grind up into a powder. These greens can be placed in your smoothie, sprinkled on your salad and other foods to give you an extra dose of daily veggies. Hint: Place dried greens in a mason jar, screw on the blender blade to the jar top and blend. Then they are already in a storage container.
There are a lot of great recipes online and many variations to choose from, so have at and share your recipes with us.