For all of us who love our sweets and desserts, there’s always healthy alternatives to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings. Some recipes won’t bake the same or taste the same with substitutes. Others may taste even better! I’ve concocted a go-to smoothie that’s great for a filling breakfast you can drink on your way to work or while you’re getting ready. It’s a wonderful healthy added fruit for the morning breakfast of eggs and bacon or whatever you’re cooking. Besides breakfast I’ll sometimes freeze a serving and eat it for a snack instead of ice-cream. This recipe is full of flavor and goodness and it’s super easy to make.
You can use any of your favorite fruits instead of blueberries. I’ve used fresh dark cherries and that is super tasty too. Mangoes and pineapple are a great combo with a little strawberry. Whatever fruit you choose the other ingredients should pare well with the remaining ingredients. I would love to hear from you and find out some of your favorite smoothie recipes too!
Fresh fruit – full of nutrients, natural detox, best choice for sugar cravings
Flax Seed Meal – rich source of micro-nutrients, high in fiber, but low in carbs, rich source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, gluten-free, high in Antioxidants (Lignans), improves digestion, reduces sugar cravings, balances hormones, promotes healthy skin and hair. Wow, that is quite the list!
Cinnamon – great sweet, warm flavor and has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, lowers blood sugar levels. Again, sooo many benefits that you will have to google to find out more.
Local Honey – honey has a natural antibiotic nature. Using local honey has been said to help with seasonal allergies.
Coconut Milk – Lactose free and can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance, free from dairy, soy, nuts or grain-based milk, 50 percent of the fat in coconuts is lauric acid which has antibacterial and antiviral activities, Saturated fat that can actually help boost high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol that reduces your risk of heart disease. Too many things to list. You may want to google if you need more!
Protein powder – Vege type protein powder is lower in cholesterol, gluten-free, no sugar added, non-GMO and can reduce your appetite because it is much more satiating (filling) than fats and carbs
Avocado – healthy fat, mono-saturated fat, which helps to lower bad cholesterol. A 1996 study published in the journal Archives of Medical Research found patients with high cholesterol who added avocados to their diet for one week had a 22 percent decrease in bad cholesterol and triglycerides and an 11 percent increase in good cholesterol.
Kefir – Tastes like a drinkable yogurt having a probiotic benefit that can boost immunity.
Is there anyone else who love, love, loves smoothies as much as I do? I could drink them for breakfast, lunch, supper and anytime in between. They are refreshing, filling and have ingredients that are healthy for you. Drinking these wont give you that “oh I feel so guilty eating this delicious cold drink” feeling.
If you’ve never tried smoothies and think they might be too complicated to make, think again. It is one of the easiest drinks to make that’s all natural and good for you. I’ve decided to list some benefits so you can get motivated to take a chance and go for it!
- Easy to make
- Easy on your digestion, let the blender do the work!
- Healthy – you add your favorite healthy ingredients so it doesn’t have a lot of chemicals and additives.
- Weight loss – you can use it as a meal replacement
- Get your daily allowance of fruits and veges
- Kids love them – easy way to get their fruits and veges
- Build immune system with nutrients and vitamins
- Helps curb sugar cravings
- Fun to make!
- Seems to give clear thinking
- Convenient to make and take with you
This receipe will make 2 – 8 oz servings. One for you and one for your special someone! They will love you for it and be careful, you’ll never get to make a smoothie again without someone asking if there is enough for them. Or secretly waiting for you to ask them if you would like some too. So be sure to make it large enough to share with the group! Or you could make one for yourself when no one is home;)
Some people like to add bananas to their smoothies for a creamy texture. I will sometimes do this if I really want a banana flavor. I found that adding bananas as a thickener takes over the flavor of other ingredients. My “go to” thickener is the avacado. It gives more of a silky thickness to the smoothie than the banana and you don’t even taste it. Everyone is different so you can switch up the ingredients to see what you like best.
To start off the process, I put the frozen blueberries in first, then the coconut milk and Kefir. I add all remaining ingredients and blend. Wahlah! You now have the most beautiful, vibrant color purple drink you could ever imagine! That’s another reason why this is one of my favorites, the color is so pure and natural and for some reason makes it taste even better.
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
2 cups coconut milk
3/4 scoop of protein powder ( I use a vegetable based one)
1 Tbs flaxseed meal
1 tsp cinnamon
2 swirls of local honey
1/2 fresh avocado (without the seed of course!)
2 Tbs Kefir (optional for that probiotic effect)
The Ninja Blender has got to be one of the best inventions for blending. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made. There are a few on the market that are similar and you may like better but this one is well worth the money I spent. It has three levels of blades so it blends easily and quickly. Clean up is a breeze. You just take out the middle section and rinse. There are no crazy things to unscrew and gaskets to worry about getting in place. There are 3 pieces; the lid, the canister and the blade. Simple and great! I’ve added a link if you’re interested in purchasing at Amazon. If you’re an Amazon Prime Member you can get free 2 day shipping. It’s always money back guarantee with Amazon as well. I paid $125 for my Ninja at Target and Amazon’s price here is $75!
If you like your smoothies more watery you can thaw the blueberries or add more milk. If you like it thicker you can use less milk and more frozen blueberries. This one got a little thinner than I personally like because of the preparation time. My berries got a little softer than I normally use. My husband just brought them home from the grocery store so they sat in the car on the ride home. For me, thicker is better! Either way, it looks beautiful and tastes super healthy!
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