Green Breakfast Bowl

Green Breakfast Bowl

I had planned to start the year with a post about cleansing. But since I just shoved down two of David’s Almond Butter Cookies, that somehow wouldn’t feel completely honest. Although if you don’t count those cookies, I have actually started the new year pretty clean and healthy. Obviously I’m not on a juice cleanse, but I have tried to minimize my intake of sugar, gluten and dairy products even more. This week we have therefore had some delicious and light dinners. We will share a few of them with you soon, but today we focus on the first meal of the day.

I have started every morning this year with warm lemon water. It is probably the quickest and easiest way to cleanse your system, improve digestion and boost the immune system. And when followed by this nutrition packed green breakfast bowl, you have a pretty great kick start of the day. This blend is actually a kind of smoothie, but we eat it as a substitution for yogurt, served in bowls and often topped with some muesli, granola or seeds. It can probably sound a bit extreme to have spinach, avocado and fennel in a breakfast smoothie, but combined with the rest of the ingredients it really has a fresh and delicious taste.

We will be back in just a few days with a nice soup recipe, but until then we hope to have you hooked on our breakfast bowl.
2013, here we go!

Warm Lemon Water
Serves 2

 2 cups warm water
2-4 slices organic lemon

Heat the water as though to make tea, it doesn’t have to boil. Pour into tea cups and add the lemon slices. (I usually squeeze the lemons as well). Serve.

Green Breakfast Bowl
Serves 2

You need a pretty good blender or food processor to get it completely smooth. Our Vitamix does the job easily. But if you have a juice machine you can start by running the fennel, ginger, apple and pineapple through it and then blend the juice together with the rest of the ingredients.

1/2 avocado
1/4 fennel
1/2 handful spinach or kale
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1 apple (or banana if you prefer it sweeter)
2-inch slice pineapple
1 tbsp physsilium, hemp, flax or chia seeds
1 cup almond milk or ice cold water

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour in bowls and top with seeds, nuts or granola.


  • I'm a terrible breakfast eater although I know it's the most important meal of the day. I acctually prefere to drink, but tea doesn't get me far (obviosly) so I think I'll try this recipe, thank you for the idea!
  • Eline
    I found your blog by accident, but I'm so glad I did! This has become my new favorite blog. Seriously. I will try this recipe very soon!
  • It's intriguing how would it taste like with fresh spinach on. Anyhow, it looks really yummy though avocado smoothie keeps popping in my head. Thanks for this! When are you posting the soup recipe? Can't wait!
  • I made this wonderful green breakfast bowl this morning and also cooked a small batch of granola to top it off. It was a gorgeous feel-good breakfast; the smoothie flavor was nicely rounded and subtly sweet. Little did I know my friend (and next-door neighbor) would be coming over to cancel our planned morning visit to a coffee shop because she developed mastitis overnight. She was tired, in pain, and certainly in need of good nutrition to help cleanse her body of the toxins. I served her this breakfast. She LOVED it and I felt so good that I could help in some way. Thank you!!
  • hugin
    I just made this this morning; way delicious! Even better than I expected. (My BlendTec, while not as nice as a Vitamix, had no problem with it.) I threw in a bit of hemp protein, but it doesn't seem to have impacted it much taste-wise. I never would have thought to use fennel in a smoothie, so this is fun. :) Need to get back into my own lemon-water habit! Like Shea, I also add turmeric, ginger, and honey, as well as a pinch of cayenne and a pinch of black pepper. So tasty! I like it kinda fiery. :) The same mix of things, except for the lemon, is delicious in a hot nutmilk, as well! That's a better evening drink.
  • I made this a few times this week and love it. The fennel and ginger add a really yummy touch and I've felt great all week. Thank you for sharing this!
  • Sara
    Hello Luise! Can you please specify wich Vitamix you chose and how did you get it? buYing it online? from the uk shop? Please let me know, I was thinking about buing a juicer but maibe vitamix is more extensive ... Congrats for your blog, I've been reading it since the very beginning and love it Sara
    • Hi Sara. Thanks :-) Here's a link to the swedish webshop we ordered from
  • Hot lemon water... I love it! I add thinly sliced ginger, tumeric and honey to mine. It's delicious and wards off lingering illness. Love the green bowl recipe and will definitely give it a try. I've been doing banana+spinach+peanutbutter+coconut water... never thought to add avocado though... YUM! Super foods are the way to go! Great job guys. :)
  • This recipe looks perfect--particularly the fennel...I would never have thought to combine these ingredients, so I look forward to trying it!
  • Ashlee Tharp
    Hi GKS - I love your recipes and have cooked many of them. My question is pretty basic, is there a way to print out the recipe and photo together? I might be overlooking a simple step to create a hard copy to use in the kitchen. Thanks!
  • I had the lemon water when I woke up (I did a homemade BPC a couple of months ago and never could remember to do the lemon water thing so hopefully I can get in the habit) and am having the green breakfast bowl right now and it's amazing!! I used both spinach and kale. Seriously delicious. I really LOVE the smell of fennel after juicing it. Thanks for this recipe! Your site never ceases to be informative and your photos are always stunning. =)
  • Indeed, before having read your post I would not have thought about the idea to have fennel, avocado and spinach for breakfast. But now I really think to give this recipe a try :) It looks already very delicious on the photo!
  • amy
    Hi there! I just made the delicious smoothie bowl and it was so good! I am not a long time vegan, less than a year. Your site has been so inspiring, so thank you!! amy
  • Laura Cooper
    I have just moved house and have been eating awful foods as I had no kitchen to cook properly. I am going to start afresh tomorrow with this. Thank you for the inspiration!
  • Wow. Just bought the last ingredients so I can try it tomorrow!
  • People never believe me when I tell them how great a hot lemon water each morning is. Aside from the health and diet benefits, I love the meditative time that it gives me. A beautiful photo, as always.
  • Excited to try this out - love the pic - thanks for sharing!
  • Maria
    Thank you for this blog! I am a vegan who recently turned gluten free from health problems. Your recipes have helped me so much in this and given so much inspiration. I am really looking forward to more of them. Happy 2013!
  • What an awesome start to the day :) The fennel must give it such a refreshing boost. All the best for 2013, looking forward to your book. Nicola

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