Smoothie

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.

Healthy and Delicious Fruit Smoothie Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Smoothies.

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.

Strawberries | Oysters & Pearls

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.

Natalie's Favorite Fruit Smoothie Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Here is the general recipe for my unbelievably delicious, filling, and healthy smoothies.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Delicious and Healthy Smoothie Recipe
serves one

ingredients

– 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

instructions

Blend using a hand blender (or whatever blender you’ve got) until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.  Enjoy!

Fruit Smoothie with Frozen Blueberries | Oysters & Pearls

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.

Adding Kale to a Healthy Fruit Smoothie | Oysters & Pearls

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.

Smoothie in a Double Walled Cup  | Oysters & Pearls

I use a double-walled insulated plastic cup like this Double Walled Tumbler to drink my smoothie on the way to work.

Healthy Fruit Smoothie with Kale or Spinach | Oysters & Pearls

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?

Until Next Time

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3 thoughts on “Smoothie

  1. Rachel

    I’m on board with the full fat theory as well. I will say that when I was hard core Paleo, I would allow a tiny bit of full fat dairy in my diet and I never felt better. Good for you with not counting calories, but focusing your energy on eating clean!

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