I know it may seem like my life is full of leisurely dinners and multi-layered cakes (and truth be told… it is!) but it’s also full of hectic mornings, lunches spent at my desk, and me running around like a chicken with its head cut off. My aforementioned tendency to stretch the bounds of my time and sanity, coupled with a long commute to work and a need to compensate for the aforementioned cakes and dinners has resulted in my newest addiction for breakfast.
For a while I was sort of leery of all the sugar, natural may it be, that comes with having a daily smoothie. I don’t add any sugar to mine, but all that fruit does add up. However, along with a busy schedule comes a drop in my fruit and veggie intake, so lately I’ve been making a point to make a smoothie. Every morning. And it feels awesome knowing that I got in a serving of veggies by sneaking some spinach or kale in there, too. I swear, it keeps me awake better than coffee on my hour-long drive to work in the mornings, and I have felt better than ever the past couple weeks since I began incorporating them into my morning routine.
It all started with strawberry season. Once the Plant City strawberries started rolling into the supermarket, I couldn’t resist. I may or may not have purchased upwards of 10 pounds of strawberries in just a couple of weeks. Some got washed, cut up, and frozen, but most went in my belly in some shape or form.
Here is the general recipe for my unbelievably delicious, filling, and healthy smoothies.
Delicious and Healthy Smoothie Recipe
– 4 or 5 fresh strawberries (can use frozen)
– small handful of frozen blueberries
– 1 frozen ripe banana
– 1 teaspoon of whole flax seeds
– 1 teaspoon chia seeds
– 1/2 cup or so of full fat plain greek yogurt
– 1 cup pomegranate juice (milk, almond milk, any liquid really) to get it moving
– a handful of kale or spinach
Blend using a hand blender (or whatever blender you’ve got) until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Enjoy!
I have on occasion added fresh raspberries, and you can basically adjust this however you’d like. However, I do not recommend that you skip the yogurt, as it makes the smoothie so much creamier and gives it a lot of staying power. I loathe fat-free dairy, especially yogurt, despite the fact that I was raised on skim. In fact, I had never even tasted whole milk until I was in high school and realized I had been missing out on all that is holy about milk when I accidentally grabbed it and paired it with a donut from Reynolds. As you can imagine, my reaction was akin to the time Ted (on How I Met Your Mother) has bacon for the first time.
Anyway, as you may have noticed, I’m not overly concerned about the amount of fat I eat. I truly believe that the best diet is a well-rounded diet full of REAL food. That means I do not eat much processed food at all. Not much fast food, not much that comes in a box. I wash, dice, chop, season, and cook almost everything we eat in our house. I buy everything I can with minimal processing, aiming for as much of it to be locally grown as possible. This results in a good bit more work for me, but if you prep ahead of time, that work can at least be mostly avoided on a weeknight. All this to say that I always use whole fat dairy. KERF has an excellent explanation of why she eats full fat dairy, so I won’t rehash it. Anyway, the whole fat greek yogurt gives this smoothie its staying power and a whole lotta protein. And then I add a veggie.
I actually prefer spinach in my smoothies. They seem to blend a little better. But any dark leafy green will do. Pack as much in there as you can! I pinky promise you can’t taste it.
I use a double-walled insulated plastic cup like this Double Walled Tumbler to drink my smoothie on the way to work.
I know that this is a complete departure from what I normally am posting about, but it has consisted of 1/3 of my meals for the past couple weeks, so I thought I’d share it with y’all!
What do you put in your smoothies? Any new combinations I should try?