Peaches n’ Green Smoothie and 10 Post-Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas

by Gena on November 24, 2011

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Happy Thanksgiving, to all of my US readers!! I hope you are having lovely holidays thus far. Thank you to everyone who commented on my two versions of vegan stuffing; the leftovers of both batches are safely tucked into my freezer, and I can’t wait to devour them next week.

Since last night was my true Thanksgiving feast (and what a feast it was—wonderful food and the company of family), I woke up this morning with no schoolwork, no classes, and, most importantly, no cooking to do! I adore making holiday food, but two days straight in my kitchen were a little exhausting. Rather than turning on the oven, dehydrator, or stovetop, I set about making a cool, sweet, and simple smoothies. Much to much surprise, I was out of berries (this is an unusual event in my house). But I did have frozen, organic peaches that I’d gotten in case Thanksgiving called for peach pie in addition to the many, many varieties of pumpkin pie I’ve been laboring over. It didn’t, and so the peaches have been neglected. This was the moment to fix that.

This smoothie is a winner. Mellow, creamy, and a very easy way to get some greens into your diet. I find that green smoothies work best with sweeter fruits, and so the banana and peach in this recipe is quite ideal. The hemp protein and milk can all be varied, of course, according to your tastes.

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Peaches n Green Smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Serves 1

1 small frozen banana
1 cup frozen peaches
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbsp hemp, brown rice, or pea protein
1 tablespoon tahini (substitute almond butter)
1 cup almond milk (substitute soy or rice milk)

Blend all ingredients in a blender till smooth. If desired, add a few ice cubes at the end of blending.

What a wonderful way to infuse your Thanksgiving with a little green!

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Now, if your family is like many families, you may have guests or other family members spending the night this Thanksgiving eve. Which means you’ll be waking up to company. Why not treat them to any number of quick, easy, and delicious vegan breakfasts? Thanksgiving week is a week of indulgence, and rightly so, but there’s no reason not to meet it with equal parts nutrition and taste.

1) Sugar Plum Muffins

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2) Classic Tofu Scramble

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3) Green “Eggs” and Hmmmm

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4) Banana Carmel Bread Pudding

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5) Chocolate and Zucchini Smoothie

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6) Classic Blueberry Pancakes

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7) Vegan French Toast

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8) Zucchini Date Muffins

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9) Banana, Oat, and Chia Seed Muffins

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10) Chia Power Pudding

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Before I go, I was just reading over my “I Am Thankful” post from a few Thanksgivings ago. My, was it touching! My life has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time, but I can say for certain that everything I was grateful for then, I’m grateful for now.

Happy T-Giving, folks!

xo

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Lia November 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you! Thank you for your blog, it has been a great source of comfort and inspiration as well as motivation. Thank you for your voice and the journey that you share with us. On a day dedicated to giving thanks this comment felt particularly appropriate, though it also reminded me of how thankful I am of these, and many other, things everyday. It is a great reminder to take the time each day to remember what we are thankful for and to keep them in mind for our happiness, our perspectives, and our sanities. With that, I wish you the absolute best in life!

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Gena November 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

Lia,

I can’t tell you how much this comment moved me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Gena

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Katie November 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thank you Gena! Your blog is so inspiring!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Gena. I hope your holiday in multiple cities, at multiple houses, is going smoothly.

Love this post…it’s sweeter, more dessert-ey, and more baked breakfast-ey type things…so I am digging it and enjoying the reminders of what you’ve made that I’ve wanted to try.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and fam. :)

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I wish I was home so I could actually make some of these! They literally just look so refreshing

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Danielle @ Gluten and Dairy Free Living November 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

This sounds delicious! I just started juicing a few months ago but I haven’t tried making green smoothies yet. You can never have too many greens, and adding them to beverages makes them that much easier to fit in.

Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring blog, I don’t know how you find the time for everything in your life.

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Gena November 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

You are far too kind, Danielle. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Hannah November 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I’m still trying to get my family into green smoothies! I actually talked about them with my mom’s friend at the dinner table during T-day, haha.

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Allysia November 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, dude! That is one of the most appealingly-colored green smoothies I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, I love green smoothies, but that’s way less radioactive looking than the ones I typically drink and bring to work while my coworkers stare at me like I’m drinking…something radioactive. :) Your recipe roundup looks great, especially that bread pudding! Plus, what an adorable ramekin.

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Martha F. November 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

So yummy that I would like to try the Peaches n Green Smoothie… Just one small problem: I can not find Kale where I live. I am in Colombia. Which green would you suggest I should replace it by, please? Thank you for your blog! Have a great weekend!

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Gena November 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

Martha,

Any green! I think spinach, romaine, and mesclun would all be excellent.

Gena

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Raw Antonia November 25, 2011 at 12:58 am

I have just discovered this website and cannot help but feel infused with all the raw food goodness here! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Your Chia Power pudding looks mouthwatering, I am going to prepare this for breakfast first thing in the morning! And the green smoothie looks so colorful and fresh. I often end up adding lemon juice (and some zest sometimes) to help my smoothies keep their color for longer, and i also try to drink them as soon as possible before the taste starts to change. I’m sure it has to do with my less than perfect blender, but I try to manage. For how long does your Peaches n’ green smoothie keep?

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Gena November 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

Antonia,

I always drink mine right away, so it’s a bit hard to say. I’d just stick it in the freezer or fridge and try to drink within a couple of hours!

G

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Abby November 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thank you for always being a compassionate voice of reason when it often feels like many people with similar values are shouting over each other to be heard. I respect your rationality and your creativity, and if I could order one of everything pictured above, I would be all over that ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend!

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Ali November 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Yum, that smoothie looks like it would be the perfect refreshing treat after so much holiday feasting! I love all your breakfast ideas too girl.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I have been craving peaches for days now, reminiscing of their summer wonder, and I definitely need greens after yesterday’s feast! I hope your trip to NYC is fantastic, can’t wait to hear about it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nicole November 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

That smoothie looks divine, refreshing, cooling (even when the temp this morn’ was 35* F) and I’m very tempted to make it tonight for dessert. Creamy goodness, come into my life!

thanks for the recipe Gena!

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Get Skinny, Go Vegan. November 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

The great thing about clean eating is that you don’t have all the guilt! Even if you binge a bit during the holidays, if it’s clean food then you probably aren’t going to end up with an extra dozen pounds…………And it’s actually fun making the “classics” either clean vegan or raw. A challenge! I super challenged my mom by adding Gluten Free and she did AMAZING!!! Using Wild Rice, Portabellas, Raw Cranberry Sauce, and nut crust for the pumpkin pie!! She already does vegan, but I was blown aways that she actually made everything gluten free as well!!

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Amanda November 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

I have never tried hemp protein powder but could use my brown rice powder. Yummy smoothie, I love peaches in my green smoothies lately. Its become an everyday thing!!

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Christine (The Raw Project) November 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

This smoothie looks wonderful and I like that it uses hemp protein. But it can seem a little grainy to me, so I’m always looking for smoothie recipes that “mask” that and can’t wait to try this.

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Frank November 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

Thanks for everything Gena. Consistently inspired by your blog and the community you’ve created. Thank You, Thank You. Best Wishes.

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Shana November 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

well, I know Thanksgiving is already past, but these recipes look absolutely fantastic! :) So glad I found your site!!

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