Every once in a while I go on a smoothie kick for breakfast. These generally consist of a few basic ingredients—almond milk, plain yogurt, a scoop of whey protein powder, maybe a squirt of agave nectar. After that, it’s a veritable fruit basket upset and anybody’s guess as to what I might add. (Which basically means, I’ll add whatever’s in the house that I either need to eat before it goes bad or that I just happen to have on hand.)
This week I’ve been doing a mango avocado smoothie—and it’s quite good, if I do say so myself. Avocado is actually really good for smoothies because it smooths out the texture. Seriously. It makes a great thickener, as opposed to fruit, which just gets liquidy when blended. On the strange-r (as opposed to stranger) end of things, I’ve also been known to make a turmeric smoothie. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory, and coming from a family with a history of rheumatoid disorders, I’m more than happy to try to counteract any potential conditions that may pop up by using natural means to avoid them.
Anyway, here’s the basic smoothie recipe and some variations on the theme:
Basic Breakfast Smoothie
1 c. almond milk
¾ c. plain yogurt
1 scoop whey protein powder (I usually use vanilla, but you can also get chocolate)
½-1 tbsp. agave nectar (if desired for sweetness, can also use honey)
Optional for flavor (only a dash of each is necessary):
– Powdered ginger
Put ingredients in blender and puree. Top with granola, if so desired.
– Mango Avocado: Add half a peeled mango and half avocado. Delete mango if you want to try an all avocado smoothie.
– Banana and Peanut Butter: Use ½-1 full banana and 2 large spoonfuls of peanut butter. Put on some Elvis. Enjoy.
– Berries: Add ¾ berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a mixture of all of them). Berries can be a bit on the tart side, so if you want this to be a bit sweeter, add more agave nectar.
– Pumpkin/Butternut Squash: Use 1/3 of a can of pureed pumpkin or squash. Definitely add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a smidge of cloves to this.
– Pear: ½ pear, cinnamon, ginger. Crystallized ginger would be really good with this, too, if you happen to have some lying around.
– Sweet potato: I actually haven’t tried this, but I’ll bet ½ c. sweet potato, along with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger would be awesome!
– Turmeric: Add a couple shakes of turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to basic recipe. Your smoothie will be a lovely yellow color! Add fruit if you like, as well.
If you can think of others for me to try, comment below.
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