When I am focused on taking care of myself there is one thing you can bet on every day: for breakfast, I have a smoothie. Further, anytime I post a smoothie photo to Instagram, I get asked for the recipe. Ergo, the point of today’s post.
Some people I know are very much against drinking their calories. I wouldn’t go as far as saying they’re anti-smoothie, but they just aren’t down with drinking their meals.
I’ve shared this smoothie before here on my blog, but it’s evolved over the years to a nearly dairy-free state. I say nearly, because it does use a whey protein powder. First the recipe, then my smoothie building secrets.
1 heaping cup of frozen fruit (I use raspberries—no added sugar—almost exclusively, because of their awesome tart-ness)
1 scoop of Dynamic Greens (I get the Strawberry- Kiwi)
1 scoop whey protein powder (I use a vanilla-flavored one)
1/3 cup of coconut milk (or whole milk Greek or plain yogurt)
4 to 6 oz water
6 ice cubes
Layer ingredients in order in your blender (the order is important so you’re ingredients don’t gum up on you!), leaving the ice cubes out for the first run. I have a Blendtec blender and I run it on the whole fruit smoothie cycle once, then I add 6 ice cubes and run it a second time. When I am done, a smoothie miracle has occurred.
CZ SMOOTHIE WISDOM:
1. Coconut milk is awesome. Everyone is all over coconut milk right now and the best part is that if you add this healthy fat to your smoothie, you’ll feel fuller longer. I have used organic Thai Kitchen coconut milk because that’s what they carry at my local grocery store. I take a whole can and dump it into my blender, then I add a half cup of water to thin it out a bit and blend. Then I store that mixture in the fridge and use it for my smoothie. It makes for a creamy non-dairy additive and stretches it out a bit more. Plus it’s freaking delicious. And the best part? It’s not milk, if you are a lactose intolerant kind of girl. If you’re not a fan of the coconut flavor, try whole milk Greek yogurt for a tart, zippy taste! I am currently all over the Greek yogurt. Just choose a healthy fat you like!
2. Dynamic Greens are the shizz, people. Imagine 10 pounds of every super fruit and vegetable distilled down into one powder, and you’ll have Dynamic Greens. I buy mine locally from Nutritional Weight and Wellness, and they come in a handful of flavors. I only like the Strawberry-Kiwi, because I’m all about the tart smoothie. Dynamic Greens provide a serious antioxidant punch and I feel like the fact that I have this smoothie almost every day is one of the reasons I don’t get sick very often. I can’t back that up scientifically, but I feel like there’s something to it. This stuff isn’t cheap but it adds a lot of nutrition to your drink.
3. Don’t add extra sugary stuff to your smoothie. This smoothie already has all that fruit and that’s enough sugar. You could also toss in a handful of spinach or kale and it wouldn’t change the taste.
4. Protein also keeps you satiated. Protein powder is key to this drink. In addition to the healthy fat, protein burns in our metabolism differently. It’s a slow burner and we feel fuller longer. Listen, I’m no expert, but if you’re eating cereal or toast or baked goods for breakfast and wonder why you start to crave stuff mid morning? I have your answer: lack of protein in your breakfast. Trust me. I’m middle aged and I speak from experience.
5. Invest in a good blender. I love my Blendtec. I got it in a work trade for a friend of mine who owns a restaurant supply company. I did about $500 work on a catalog for him a number of years ago. He paid me with a blender. It was totally a fair trade. Part of me always yearned for a Vitamix, but this bad boy has been a workhorse for me and I have no complaints.
6. Blend twice. I do everything except the ice first and run one full cycle. Then I add the ice, and run the cycle again. Perfectly smooth smoothie.
I don’t require much variety so I have this every single day. I buy raspberries from a local restaurant supply company using my hubby’s membership card. I bring home 10 pounds for $25. And yes, that’s a steal. The supplements are pricey, but I figure this is how I start my day and it really does start me out on a healthy note.
There are so many ways you can smoothie for breakfast. The key is to have good ingredients and pack in as much nutrition as possible.
Of course, there are all sorts of opinions on nutrition and I am not an expert. I have a book on smoothies that rails against the use of whey protein powder. I know people who can’t fathom using coconut milk because of the high calorie count it brings. But this one? It’s working for me.
Plus, I’m down 6 pounds from the new year and hells bells, I’ll take it.
Do you smoothie? And if you have a recipe you love, by all means, share.