I’ve had a few people ask me for the recipe I use when making my breakfast smoothies. But the reality is that there’s no recipe–it’s more of an approach than a specific mix of ingredients. I tend to vary the ingredients a lot based on what’s available (obviously preferring fresh ingredients) and daily taste preferences. All you need is a blender and a willingness to experiment a bit.
I virtually always start with the same base of ingredients, which includes:
- frozen strawberries (when available, we buy fresh from the farmer’s market and then clean, cut, and freeze them the night before)
- whole raw milk (get the best you can, of course)
- plain (unflavored) kefir or good quality greek yogurt
- vitamin C powder (acerola is excellent)
I put all the ingredients in the blender and blend them to my desired consistency and taste. But, like I said, this is really only a base. I’ve been known to add one or more of a bunch of different ingredients, which can include:
- frozen or fresh berries (black, blue, etc.) — check the freezer section at Trader Joe’s or you local grocery store to see what’s available if you cannot get fresh. You can often replace the strawberries in the base with a berry mix.
- mango or peach
- a scoop or two of nut butter (walnut, cashew, almond)
- flax seed meal
- whey protein powder
- caco powder (a little bit goes a long way!)
- fresh spinach (1-2 fists full)
- coconut milk (Thai Kitchen is our favorite brand)
Again, quantities vary based on how many people you’re serving, desired consistency (thickness), and the selection of ingredients. I’ve probably made 4 dozen different varieties using different mixes or ratios and it’s extremely rare to end up with something that I don’t actually want to drink.
If you do it right, you’ll be amazed how good these can taste. In fact, while visiting my parents in Ohio last week (you may have noticed our posting slowed down some), I made these for my parents. Mom proclaimed that they were “like having desert for breakfast.”
Lastly, if we happen to have some freshly whipped raw cream on hand, I’ve been known to put a scoop on top of each smoothie when I serve it.