Most mornings I can’t stomach breakfast. I tend to be drawn to sugar for that first meal. I’m guessing my sleepy tummy prefers something easy to digest. Unfortunately, I’m also overweight and often trying to avoid processed sugar. A while back I discovered a recipe for a homemade smoothie. I modified it according to my tastes and nutritional preferences and for months had it for breakfast every day. Then, I came across Cafe Cyan’s post about a green smoothie and started to pack in some green leafy veggies as well.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 C frozen strawberries
- 1 C frozen Nature’s Three Berries (I get this from Costco, but any mixed berries will do.)
- 1/2 of an orange
- 1/2-1 scoop Spiru-Tein Tropical Fruit protein powder
- 1 scoop ground flax seeds (I can usually find this at Costco)
- 1 C homemade yogurt
- 1/2 C juice, milk, or Rice Dream
- a dash of acidophilus
a handful or two of spinach and/or spring mix
Add everything to a blender
- Blend 🙂
I do vary the recipe. I only add an orange when I have them around. I often use yogurt from Costco if I haven’t had time to make my own.
These days I can’t do dairy because I’m breastfeeding my son who has a dairy sensitivity. I don’t do smoothies as often because the non-dairy alternatives are so expensive, but I’m glad the options exist. I was able to find cultured coconut milk at Whole Foods and it works great in place of yogurt made from cow’s milk.
I use whatever juice I have on hand, but prefer orange juice. If I don’t have juice, I use milk or Rice Dream. The purpose is really just to thin it out a bit.
A few times I added a square or two of Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate. I wouldn’t do it regularly, but man is it delicious.
I find this smoothie is a handy use of old bananas. I like to keep bananas around because they make for an easy healthy snack when I’m in a hurry, but I hate how fast they go bad. In order to avoid waste, I peel and freeze them once they start to develop spots. Then, it’s easy to pop them in the blender later or thaw them for other recipes, like banana bread.
I’m definitely not a morning person, so you know it has to be a quick and easy recipe if I was able to make it before work most mornings. It’s so versatile, you can modify it to suit your needs and tastes without too much effort.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? What would you suggest adding to this one?