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Simple Smoothies

  • June 14th, 2011

Looking for something refreshing and hydrating that’s not water? How does a seasonal berry smoothie sound to you? Smoothies can be a great way to alkalize and hydrate the body. They can be a great breakfast, post workout snack or even dessert! You can create fruit smoothies, vegetable smoothies or an interesting combination of the two. Personally, I love smoothies for breakfast this time of year. You just need to make sure you have a protein and fat source in them so you’re not hungry in an hour. In addition, the protein and fat helps to slow down how quickly your body processes the sugars in the fruit. There are a variety of protein and fat sources that you can use including whole fat yogurt, whey powder, pea powder or hemp powder. I sometimes like to use a raw egg yolk, but I purchase my eggs from a trusted source and I don’t consume the white raw as it’s indigestible. I’ve also tossed cooked beans or quinoa into my smoothie for added protein. Some great fat sources include Omega-3 rich flax seed oil, coconut oil, coconut butter, avocado, kefir, almond butter or raw, soaked nuts. For extra minerals, I like to use an organic “greens” powder. I’ve also been known to throw some kale, spinach or lettuce leaves in my blender.

When they are in season, you can’t beat fresh berries in your smoothie. To enjoy them longer, I will purchase a flat of blueberries, strawberries and cherries from the farmers market when they are in season and then freeze them. It’s best to wash them and freeze them on cookie sheets before placing them in ziploc bags or whatever containers you like to use. Another tip is that when your bananas start to over-ripen, cut them up and freeze them for smoothies or frozen desserts. By using frozen fruit, you can skip the ice. Just add some water or almond milk to thin your concoction a bit.

Here is one of my favorite dessert smoothie recipes!

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from SweetlyRaw.com

 

Raw Cacao Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk of choice (raw dairy, coconut milk, almond milk)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon unsweetened raw cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup ice

Blend everything until completely smooth. You can always sneak in some greens for added nutrients. Enjoy!

 

 
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