I absolutely love to blend my breakfast, aka a smoothie. They are refreshing and a great way to add extra greens and/or protein to your day. My staple breakfast is a smoothie with fruit, greens, fat, protein, and my supplements. A morning smoothie is my go-to breakfast for two main reasons: I am thirstier in the morning than hungry and my workday starts at 6:30am. Getting up at 5am and out the door at 6am doesn’t leave much time for a traditional breakfast so I take my smoothie to go and drink it while in traffic on the way to the office. I also really like this because I have a hard time swallowing my vitamins and the thickness of the smoothie helps get them down.
My kids also really love fruit smoothies and I use this to add extras to their diet such as spinach or protein. Spinach is one of the easiest veggies to hide in a fruit smoothie. They never know it’s there! My kids tend to live off nut butter sandwiches, so occasionally I’ll mix up a smoothie for them to be sure they are getting adequate protein for their sports activities.
I have been making a morning shake every day for the last 10 years. The flavors and added supplements change from time to time but the staples are my Daily Turmeric, Collagen, banana and other fruit, leafy greens, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut kefir or coconut yogurt. I will do another post on which supplements I take and why soon.
Lately I have been using:
- Berry Complex powder for added antioxidants.
- Moringa for the vitamins and minerals and it seems to really give me a boost of energy.
- Collagen for gut healing as well as hair and skin health.
- Daily turmeric to tame my systemic inflammation. This helps tremendously. I was having to take so much ibuprofen for everything from my joints to pain in my legs and hands. I noticed that bringing down the inflammation has also helped with my energy levels. Now I only take NSAIDS when I get a headache (I can’t handle head pain).
- Banana, strawberries (they are low sugar as to not feed those bad bacteria),
- Coconut yogurt for probiotics,
- Coconut oil for it’s medium-chain triglycerides
- Coconut water for hydration (electrolytes),
- Spinach and kale for vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E,calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline.
- Ground Flaxseed for it’s fiber and Omega 3s.
To mix my smoothies I use a Vitamix. I bought this from the beginning and it has totally been worth the high cost. It also has paid for itself a few times over as we use it every day and it has lasted so long. Both my husband and I have breakfast smoothies, and as mentioned previously the kids have shakes too. Summer time the Vitamix does overtime with all the summer fruits to enjoy.
For the complete recipe, follow this link.