Filling and delicious – not to mention ÜBER nutritious
I eat this every other day. You can add or subtract anything you want. Sometimes mango juice brightens up the flavour, but it’s strawberries that I savour! Take a fish oil capsule with this drink to help fight winter dryness.
*Tip* This smoothie has many nutritional benefits, especially for pregnant women.
- Hand blender or any other blending device
- Mixing cup (and optional straw)
- Small bowl for defrosting
- 1 spoon for yogurt
- Scoup for cereals
- Frozen spinach
(Rich source of Vit. A, Vit. C, folate and vegetable protein)
- Frozen strawberries
(Ounce for ounce, a better source of Vit. C than oranges!)
- 1/2 – 1 ripe avocado
(A.K.A. the Alligator Pear)
- 1 ripe banana
(Exceeded only by avocados as a fruit source for potassium)
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
(More digestible than milk for those with lactose intolerance)
(*Note* You can substitute any cereal or seed or exclude altogether)
- 1 tbsp ground golden flax seed
(High in Omega-3 fatty acids)
- 1/2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp wheat germ and/or wheat bran
- 1/3 cup milk
Food Fact: Did you know over 70 types of strawberries are grown in North America?
Start by thawing the frozen spinach and strawberries in a bowl (overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for about an hour. For a faster method, nuke them for 30 seconds or so). Add the defrosted spinach and strawberries to a smoothie cup or blending device.
Slice the avocado in half, remove pit, and slice as shown below. (You can save the other half in the fridge by wrapping it in plastic wrap.)
Next add the banana; it is a classic smoothie ingredient and I think it makes the best smoothies. Either slice the banana or have some fun and mush it with your hands in to the cup (You may want to rinse your hands here – or lick them – whichever suits you 😛 )
Plain yogurt lets the smoothie flavours take the spotlight, but you can add a flavoured yogurt like vanilla for a subtle boost. Spoon in about 1/4 cup or more for a thicker drink.
This next step can be omitted, but it’s what makes it a super breakfast and keeps you full until lunch. Roughly measure out the ground flax seeds, hemp hearts and wheat germ (or chia seeds, etc.) into the smoothie. It gives the smoothie a bit of texture; I enjoy it, but see if it’s your thing.
*Tip* Add more milk if you find the consistency too thick.
Add the milk and blend.
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